Boutique glamping and camping in the North Wessex Downs, with immediate access to the White Horse Trail
Some places leave a lasting impression as soon as you arrive. The North Wessex Downs is one example, the undulating downland and ancient forests rightfully inspiring literary greats. Highway Hill is another, a rural idyll with a clutch of shepherd’s huts and bell tents in a quiet paddock beyond a farm. And, since 2021, there’s even a tiny pop-up campsite, too, so those with their own tents can also come and share in a slice of the quiet country pie.
Down a single lane road, guests arrive to a yard of farm buildings before spilling out to a parking area with the glamping paddock beyond. Shepherd’s huts are tucked beneath birch trees, featuring fitted beds, wood-burners and fully equipped kitchens, making them the natural choice for a romantic break. The bell tents, meanwhile, are slightly more spacious (sleeping up to six people) and cater nicely to families. Inside, bunting abounds, fairy lights festoon the central pole and thoughtful little touches like vintage trunks, vibrant throws and a wood burner mean the bells are equally inviting on cooler evenings.
In the height of summer, meanwhile, the pop-up campsite (the ‘Windmill Hill’) also appears, set in a separate meadow and with its own portable-style toilets, gas-powered showers and a communal kitchen tent. There are bell tents in this camping area, too, those these don’t have wood-burners since they’re geared up for the warmth of summer. All guests also have access to additional toilets and a disabled-access shower near the reception and car park area.
What’s notable at Highway Hill is the clear thought that’s gone in to every detail. There are conscientious extra touches like hammocks and high-chairs and, for glampers, basic provisions, from tea and porridge to lanterns and linen, are all supplied. They recently added wood-fired hot tubs you can book, too, after feedback from their glampers.
Both on site and off there’s ample to entertain. There are pygmy goats and alpacas to meet and there are plenty of footpaths leading straight from the farm. The long-distance White Horse Trail runs up the slope opposite the entrance, leading to the Cherhill White Horse, one of 13 iconic equine chalk figures that dot the Wiltshire hillsides. The mysterious stone circles at Avebury and the neolithic burial tomb at West Kennet Barrow are also nearby, while the Georgian-Roman splendour of Bath is 45 minutes away. So you can do a whistle-stop tour of England through the ages before returning to your timeless retreat in the hills.
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Hosted by Ruth M.Joined in September 2017
42 Ratings · 54 reviews
July 25, 2022
Isabel - sleeps 4
Had the whole site to ourselves
Lovely stay. We chose Isabella, and it's closest to the main tent. As there was no one else when we were there, we had the whole site to ourselves. Was a bit weird as we didn't see anyone until the next day, but everything was fine. The weather was perfect, everything was clean, the main tent had all the cooking stuff we needed, and the beds were nice. We made a small camp fire too!
July 18, 2022
Isabel - sleeps 4
The field were the glamping sites are is stunning and really quiet. There are great communal facilities available to. There’s the added bonus of goats and ponies to watch while your relaxing.
July 4, 2022
Annabel - sleeps 4
Highway Hill is a beautiful campsite in a tranquil setting surrounded by unspoilt countryside. Everything is as advertised - there is all you need for a memorable stay.
The Annabel tent we stayed in was spotlessly clean and sheltered us perfectly during a heavy shower :) The toilets and showers are clean and very well maintained.
We built a campfire with the ample firewood and enjoyed the sunset perfectly framed by the rolling fields. Our daughter also loved that she could see so many of the farm animals (ponies, cows, goats, sheep and a donkey) from the campsite.
Thanks Ruth for a lovely stay, we look forward to staying with you again.
November 2, 2021
Isabel - sleeps 4
Wonderful hosts Esther and Chris made us feel welcome straight away.
Set in the stunning Wiltshire countryside. This place is an absolute gem.
The facilities were immaculately clean, and everything provided for including bedding and towels. The on site personal hot tubs are a great touch and the log burner within the bell tent was just heaven.
There are an array of animals on site where your children can spend an hour with them under the guidance of Dave the farmer….which our kids loved
There are many wonderful walks to go on and also some lovely places to eat.
Staying here will not disappoint.
We had a truly wonderful time and are hoping to return next year.
October 12, 2021
Annabel - sleeps 4
The shepherds huts, bell tent and safari tent set in beautiful Wiltshire countryside make the perfect location for a hen party! Cosy places to sleep with the all important communal space to gather and celebrate! Thank you Highway Hill for offering the perfect venue to host a party. We can’t wait to return to celebrate our grandad’s 90th next summer!
September 14, 2021
Gabriel Oak - sleeps 2
We recently stayed at the Gabriel oak shepherds hut. We had a lovely time away and came back so relaxed. The facilities were very clean and tidy. The bed was so comfy and we had such good sleep whilst there. The only additions I would make to the property are that the huts could be more private from eachother and the equipment used to make fires whilst there are more sufficient and easier to use. Would definately recommend.
From the host
Escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life in order to get back to nature is incredibly important for our wellbeing. Set deep in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside, Highway Hill provides luxury outdoor accommodation for families and couples who love the outdoor life but don’t want to compromise on comfort. We’re located at the end of a leafy country lane in 100-acres of private land within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; a stunning landscape of ancient woods, gently meandering chalk streams and rolling downland.
Even though we do say so ourselves, staying at Highway Hill is a very special experience; one that’s perfect for seasoned campers and newbies alike. You can choose a romantic, hand-crafted shepherd’s hut for two or spend a night under canvas in one of our comfy and spacious family-sized bell tents.
Our accommodation is finished to an extremely high standard and we also have two wood fired hot tubs new for 2021. Wood burning stoves offer warm, cosy nights in whilst our futons and soft, snuggly bedding make for a dreamy night’s sleep. Spend the evenings barbecuing on one of the many fire pits then, as night falls, toast marshmallows, share stories or while away the night watching the dying embers before drifting off to sleep under the stars.
Easy to find, yet hidden away, Highway Hill offers the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Simply turn up, switch off and immerse yourselves in nature.
There are plenty of fantastic walks starting close by, including a pleasant seven-mile trek to the local Cherhill White Horse, one of numerous chalky equine hill figures found across Wiltshire. A 15 minute drive away lies the ancient stone circles of Avebury, along with a museum and various other attractions in the village including the National Trust owned Avebury Manor (01672 538016). There are also several other Neolithic sites in the region, such as West Kennet Long Barrow. The Georgian stately home, Bowood House (01249 812102), is about a 15 minute drive away and features a famous adventure playground for the little ones, as well as stunning grounds designed by Capability Brown. The iconic city of Bath, with its Roman and Georgian attractions, is also just 45 minutes away.
Food and drink
Basic provisions such as milk, tea, coffee, sugar, and oats, are supplied on arrival. Guests are welcome to use the oven, microwave and other cooking facilities in the main kitchen, and pre-made meals can be ordered too. The White Horse Inn (01249 813118), found about two miles away in Compton Bassett, offers a sophisticated spin on pub grub classics, The Dumb Post (01249 813192), run by Richard and Beth, has amazing views and delicious food, and the Hop Chapel (07889 078648) is the perfect setting for a scrumptious beer whilst watching the sun set.