Hopefully TA will post this review. I did not stay overnight at this B&B but I spent the afternoon with Sue, saw her house and had lunch.
I was posting on various England forums with regards to an upcoming trip and had many responses from Sue (WhiteHorseWalker is her TA name). I did not plan to stop in Wiltshire but rather was heading to Somerset after landing at Heathrow. As I began to more closely plan my itinerary I realized I'd be going through Wiltshire. I admit to being a bit "cheeky" and PM'd Sue and asked if she would mind taking me on a walk around her town. (Her B&B specializes in those who are interested in walking about the White Horses of Wilshire.)
She was very kind in accepting the invitation I made for myself and I showed up looking a fright after 10 hours on a plane and 90 minutes of driving on the "wrong" side of the road. We made an unscheduled detour into Devizes as I locked us out of her house (oh, Sue, I'm still squirming over that one) but it was a lovely day and Sue's hospitality and friendliness made the jet lag and yes, some of my fears over taking myself off for a month's vacation alone, melt away. And to top all this off, she made me lunch!!
Her house is lovely with a large garden and wonderful conservatory -- a short and pleasant walk into Devizes. Sue herself is a wonderfully warm and caring hostess and her B&B is so pleasantly arranged with a great load of resources, especially targeting those who love to walk and amble the amazing English countryside.
I left wondering, if this is what she does for someone she "met" through the forums on TA, what does she do for her paying guests? I may never know ... but I think it would be worthwhile for anyone planning a trip to Devizes to find out!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Southdown is a 4 star Silver rated B&B in a rural location on the edge of the North Wessex Downs AONB. A short walk from the Devizes Millennium White Horse and a mile from Devizes and Kennet & Avon Canal by footpath or road. Guest lounge, large garden. Walking holidays a speciality - maps and walking books to borrow. On the White Horse Trail, Wessex Ridgeway & Mid-Wilts Way. Packed lunches by prior arrangement.Trip Advisor Green Leaders Silver Award, Breakfast awards from Visit Britain/Enjoy England and Visit Wiltshire, Walkers & Cyclists Welcome awards. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Southdown B&B / White Horse Walking Holidays Devizes, Wiltshire