What is Salisbury like?
Salisbury’s great glory is its scenery, whether it's the famous view of the Cathedral spire across the Water Meadows, the ancient stones of Stonehenge looming out of Salisbury Plain or the wonderful valleys with their picturesque villages emanating from the five rivers that converge on Salisbury
We cover an area that spans four counties — Wiltshire, South Somerset, North Dorset and West Hampshire. This extends from Stockbridge to Castle Cary, and from the Vale of Pewsey to the New Forest.
Property in Salisbury
Salisbury has a superb choice of property types in all price brackets. In the Cathedral Close, one of England’s great architectural set-pieces, large period properties that are effectively country houses in a gracious urban setting represent the cream of the market. Elsewhere, city property ranges from terrace houses to period cottages and larger townhouses.
Property in the picture-postcard villages and towns that surround the city is always in high demand. The area’s quaint thatched cottages, former rectories and manor houses represent some of the finest country property in southern England, and the variety of landscape provides a great choice of location.
For perfect villages, try the Nadder Valley around Tisbury, the Wylye Valley stretching from Maiden Bradley to Wilton, or the Chalke Valley from Alvediston to Coombe Bissett.
For glorious open landscapes, head to the Cranborne Chase in north Dorset.
For ease of commuting, look in the countryside around Gillingham, Tisbury, Salisbury and Grateley, all of which have stations on the main line to London Waterloo.
For handsome small towns, try Castle Cary, Shaftesbury and Wilton.
The local scene
Salisbury's famous scenery is a backdrop for a stylish but laid-back lifestyle: although London is within easy reach, the 90-minute train journey puts the city on the outer edge of commutability, so the area remains properly rural but with a sophisticated edge. There is theatre at the Salisbury Playhouse, and the cultural scene also includes the annual Salisbury Festival, with presents a varied programme of theatre, music, dance and art.
Trains from Salisbury to London Waterloo take 90 minutes; the main line from London Paddington runs through Castle Cary.
The A303 and M3 provide fast access to the M25, with Heathrow Airport about an hour away.
Southampton International Airport, about 20 miles away, serves Amsterdam, Paris, Düsseldorf, Malaga and Dublin, as well as cities in the UK.
Schools in Salisbury
Salisbury’s excellent schools make it a magnet for families. The city’s leading schools include the independent Cathedral School, Chafyn Grove, Leadenhall Preparatory School and Godolphin Girls’; and the excellent state South Wilts Grammar School for Girls and Bishop Wordsworth’s School for boys. Such leading schools as St Mary’s Shaftesbury, Bryanston, Sherborne, Clayesmore and Milton Abbey are within easy reach.