Good Mondays Farm is well situated between the Roman cities of Bath and Cirencester and a within easy reach of the pretty Cotswold towns of Tetbury (20 mins) and Malmesbury (10 mins). In the other direction lies the popular Wiltshire market town of Marlborough (25 mins).
Malmesbury dates back to the 12th century and is built on a site of worship used from the 7th Century. The famous Abbey House and Gardens (10 mins) (Monday – Sunday 11 a.m. -5:30 p.m.) (www.abbeyhousegardens.co.uk) in which resides the ‘Naked Gardeners’, Ian and Barbara Pollard, is a truly spectacular 5 acre garden in the centre of Medieval Malmesbury and straddling the River Avon.
Tetbury (20 mins); Cotswold market town made wealthy by the wool trade in the 16th and 17th centuries. Today it is well known for its upmarket shopping – antiques, vintage & interiors, exclusive boutiques & HRH Prince of Wales’ Highgrove shop.
Westonbirt Arboretum (22 mins): The famous and newly upgraded Arboretum is within half an hour. (www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt) (Monday – Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Avebury (20 mins): Arguably better than the other more famous Wiltshire stone henge and certainly larger and allowing for much closer access. Nearby are also the other pre-historic sites of West Kennet long barrow and Silbury Hill (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury), as well as Avebury Manor and some lovely walks up to and along the Ridgeway, Britain’s oldest thoroughfare.
Lacock (22 mins): Owned by the National Trust, Lacock includes the famous Abbey and Fox Talbot museum (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock-abbey-fox-talbot-museum- and-village) (Monday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Castle Combe (24 mins) has been called the prettiest village in England (www.castle-combe.com) and, understandably, has featured in many films including War Horse. Just up the hill is the famous motor racing circuit. (www.castlecombecircuit.co.uk).
If pedigree’s rather more your thing than petrol, then check what’s on at Bath (40 mins) and Cheltenham race courses (57 mins) which host events all year round including the famous Cheltenham Festival in March. In May, the world’s premiere 3 day event, Badminton Horse Trials (28 mins) (www.badminton-horse.co.uk) is just up the road from us, and, likewise, in August, Gatcombe Horse Trials (30 mins).
Houses & Estates
The stately homes of Bowood (24 mins) (www.bowood.org) (Open Season: approx April – October, check website; House, Gardens, Soft Play Area & Tractor Ted Farm Mon-Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.), Dryham Park (24 mins) (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dyrham-park)(Mon-Sun 10-5pm) and Chavenage (www.chavenage.com) (2018 Open Season: 1st May – 30th September on Thursday’s & Sunday’s 2 – 5 p.m.) are all under 30 mins away and Longleat (www.longleat.co.uk) (Monday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.) is under an hour. Bowood and Longleat make for wonderful family days out with Longleat’s famous safari park and maze, and Bowood’s adventure playground and 18 hole golf course. HRH Prince of Wales’ unique garden at Highgrove is well worth a visit (booking required well in advance) (Monday – Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).
There are several spas within 30 minutes of Good Mondays Farm. Calcot Manor (www.calcot.com, Monday – Sunday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.), Lucknam Park (www.lucknampark.co.uk), Whatley Manor (www.whatleymanor.com, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 9 p,m., Saturday – Sunday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.) and Bowood -(www.bowood.org) all have great facilities, but do book a spa day or treatments in advance. As a member of Calcot Manor, I’d really recommend it if you fancy a jacuzzi with a glass of champagne, perhaps followed by a massage or a swim in their lovely warm pool. If you’re merely wanting a treatment, more locally Hazelwood Beauty (https://hazelwoodbeauty.co.uk) offers a variety of award winning treatments 10 minutes away.