The house is centrally located in the village of Bowerchalke at the upper end of
the Chalke Valley, which is part of the Cranborne Chase & West Wiltshire Downs Area
of Outstanding Natural BeautyANOB. As our pictures show we have a large mature garden
that has seating areas where you can sit back and take in the tranquil surroundings.
In the summer weather permitting breakfast can be served on the patio.
A full English breakfast served with freshly squeezed orange juice is available along
with healthy alternatives. You also have a choice of homemade bread and preserves
to accompany your breakfast.
AlthoughBowerchalkeis only a small village it has some notable attributes in that
it has been home to the Nobel Prize winning authorWilliam Golding, Gaia TheoristProf James Lovelockand PoetSiegfried Sassoon, William Golding is also buried in
the village churchyard. From 1878 to 1924 the village had its own newspaper the cheapest
ever printed in England as it sold for a farthing and was published by the vicar
the Rev Edward Collett. A book about the Bowerchalke Parish Papers by Rex Sawyer
was first published in 1989.
The Doomsday Book refers to this area as the Manor of Chelke and it was not until
1225 that the name Burchelke first appeared, then over the next six hundred & fifty
years the pronunciation changed to its current permutation of Bowerchalke.
Further back in history prior to the Roman occupation of Britain the Cranbourne Chase
was inhabited by a Celtic tribe called theDurotrigesand legend has it that the
Bowerchalke hamlet of Woodminton was the site of a battle between them and Augusta's
second legion commanded by Vespasian circa AD43. The battle was fought at a place
known locally as Patty’s Bottom and legend has it that on certain moonlight nights
tramping is distinctly heard and headless horses can be seen rushing madly about.