Southdown is a modern detached house set in a large garden in the hamlet of Roundway Village, a mile from the historic market town of Devizes. We are rated 4 stars & hold both Walkers & Cyclists Welcome, a Green Tourism Gold Award, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Green Tourism Award & the Enjoy England breakfast award.
A footpath running alongside the house leads to the Kennet & Avon Canal and the attractions and facilities of Devizes. A short walk in the other direction takes you up onto Roundway Down on the edge of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Here you can find the Devizes Millennium White Horse (one of 8 horses cut into the Wiltshire Downs), the site of the Battle of Roundway (1643) and Oliver’s Castle hillfort. Being situated in the centre of the county, this is a perfect location for touring the whole of the county with its wonderful towns, villages and ancient sites, eg: Avebury, Stonehenge, Lacock, Salisbury, Castle Combe, Bath etc.
Whether you are touring, walking, cycling or on business, you are assured of a very warm welcome and a comfortable stay. We have three guest bedrooms: two doubles with en-suite facilities and a twin with a private bathroom. There is a guest lounge containing local information, books and maps etc, and a gallery with photos of the area, drinks facilities and a guest computer. We have wi-fi if you wish to bring a laptop.
Our renowned breakfast is served in the conservatory or dining room, depending on the time of year. Both overlook the back garden. Guests are welcome to use the garden and the hot tub.
Southdown is also the home of White Horse Walking Holidays. We offer you all the elements that make up a great walking holiday or short break for little more than the cost of B&B. Southdown is on the Wessex Ridgeway, White Horse Trail and Mid-Wilts Way and is only 9 miles from the start/finish point of The Ridgeway National Trail. NB special offers are not valid for online bookings - phone or email to book.
Environmental StatementWe hold a Gold Award for our environmental efforts & Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's award for Green Tourism 2012. Our aim is to help promote sustainable tourism within the region and we strive to show that participating in green tourism does not in any way compromise our high standards.
We are committed to socially responsible and sustainable working practices by:
Using solar panels for water heating and PV panels for approx one third of our electricity
Using a woodburner fuelled by wood from our garden
Using eco friendly products
Growing fruit & vegetables
Purchasing local, free-range, organic and Fairtrade products
Promoting public transport & encouraging walkers and cyclists
Providing tailor-made walks for guests
Using low energy light bulbs
Reducing waste, recycling & composting
Using recycled paper products
Using short & low temp washing/dishwashing cycles, line dry bedding
Working with local organisations to promote the area
Marketing mainly through the internet