Exploring Some Hidden Gems locally

The Annexe Yew Tree Cottage serves as an ideal base for exploring the wonders that lie within a 50-mile radius. From lovely little villages to ancient monuments and beautiful landscapes, this region is a treasure trove of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Let us discover some of the must-visit destinations near Annexe Yew Tree Cottage.

Castle Combe:

When you visit Castle Combe, you will find a quintessential English village just 20 minutes away from the Annexe Yew Tree Cottage . Admire the charm of its quaint cottages, its single street and passage ways, and the 14th-century Market Cross. This idyllic setting has also served as a backdrop for various films and television shows. You can explore the hills above and have a wonderful walk around the village and even further afield. ( Ask us for ideas of walks)


Step back in time with a visit to the historic village of Lacock. Its well-preserved medieval buildings and streets have made it a favorite filming location for period dramas. Visit Lacock Abbey ( National Trust Property), a beautiful country house with roots dating back to the 13th century. It contains the Fox Talbot Museum which is dedicated to the birthplace of photography.

Caen Locks:

Located on the Kennet and Avon Canal, Caen Hill Caen Hill is one of the longest continuous flight of locks in the country – a total of 29 locks with a rise of 237 feet over 2 miles. It is only 40 minutes drive from Annexe Yew Tree Cottage. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the towpath, appreciating the serene beauty of the surrounding countryside.

Westbury White Horse:

Perched at the top the Westbury Hill, the Westbury White Horse is a magnificent chalk figure etched into the hillside. Standing at 180 feet tall and 170 feet wide, this beautiful artwork can be seen from miles. Take a hike up the hill and be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the Wiltshire countryside. You may also see paragliders practising their sport. It will take take 45 minutes from the Annexe in a car.


No visit to this region would be complete without a trip to Stonehenge. About one hour drive away, this prehistoric monument stands as a testament to ancient civilisations. Enjoy these collossal stones. Make sure that you visit the museum and learn more about these stones. From the visitor centre you can walk (The walk from the visitor centre to the stones and back is approximately 2.6 miles (4km) much of it across fields and unmade paths) or take a shuttle bus. 

Avebury Stone Circle:

For those fascinated by ancient sites, a visit to the Avebury Stone Circle is a must. This Neolithic monument, less famous but larger than Stonehenge, surrounds the village of Avebury. Walk among the massive standing stones, soak in the mystical atmosphere, and ponder the spiritual significance of this ancient site.


Take a trip to the coast and explore the charming seaside town of Clevedon. Stroll along the Victorian pier, breathe in the salty sea air, and enjoy panoramic views across the Bristol Channel. You can also venture further down to Weston-Super-Mare and spend a few hours on the beach. Depending on traffic, it will take you 45 minutes to drive to Clevedon.

Cheddar Gorge:

Prepare to be amazed by the dramatic natural beauty of Cheddar Gorge,about an hour away for The Annexe. This limestone gorge, the largest in Britain, offers spectacular rock formations, towering cliffs, and stunning cave systems. You can visit some of these caves or go cheese tasting!

With its proximity to an array of enchanting destinations, The Annexe Yew Tree Cottage serves as the perfect base for exploring the historical and natural wonders that lie less than an hour away. From the fairytale village of Castle Combe to the mystical Avebury Stone Circle and the breathtaking landscapes of Cheddar Gorge, this region offers an unforgettable journey through time and natural beauty. So pack your bags, put on your explorer’s hat, and get ready to discover the hidden gems that await you near Annexe Yew Tree Cottage.