The Martinsell Centre is located close to the ancient town of Marlborough in the Vale of the White Horse.
It rests in a stunningly beautiful rural setting surrounded by miles of unspoilt countryside.
Our private gardens set in the foothills of Martinsell Hill offer quiet spaces in which to meditate, listen to birdsong, or simply leave behind your cares and concern.
Martinsell Hill occupies a prominent location on the southern end of the Marlborough Downs overlooking the Vale of Pewsey.
It appears to be a part of a sequence of Iron Age fortifications along the edge of this chalk escarpment, including several long barrow burial chambers from that period.
It is likely that the area has been continuously occupied for thousands of years.
Avebury is one of the finest and largest Neolithic monuments in Europe, sitting at the heart of a breathtakingly beautiful prehistoric landscape.
The 5000 year old henge is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and the centre of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Avebury stands on the St Michael ley line that crosses England from Cornwall to East Anglia and is seen as an important spiritual centre by many, drawing increasingly large crowds at festivals such as the summer solstice.
Amid the gently sloping chalk escarpments of the Marlborough Downs stands a strange sight.
Silbury Hill is part of the megalithic complex around Avebury. At 40 metres (130 feet), it is the tallest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe, comparable in height and volume to the roughly contemporary Egyptian pyramids.
Its construction began about 4600 years ago. It is estimated that it took 18 million hours to shape the 248,000 cubic metres of earth that cover its five acre base.
Incongruous and enigmatic, Silbury Hill maintains its own counsel about its origins and purpose.
Find out more about Silbury Hill on Wikipedia.
West Kennet Long Barrow
West Kennet Long Barrow is situated on a ridge just south of Avebury and is one of the largest and most impressive Neolithic chambered tombs in Europe.
It was constructed some 400 years before the first phase of Stonehenge, and was in use for a thousand years until 2500BC, when the tomb was sealed with the gigantic sarcen boulders that now guard the entrance.
A local legend tells how this tomb is visited at midsummer by a ghostly priest and a large white hound.
Find out more about West Kennet Long Barrow on Wikipedia.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site incorporating Avebury, Silbury Hill and West Kennet Long Barrow as well as other important Neolithic earthworks, burial chambers and monuments is just fifteen minutes’ drive from The Martinsell Centre.
Stonehenge stands as a timeless monument to the people who built it and evokes feelings of magic, mystery and a little shiver from the depths of our beings.
What is it? Why was it built? Why was so much effort expended over so many years on its creation?
Why does it have such a profound, magical effect on people?
It is estimated that the three phases of its construction required more than thirty million hours of labour. Speculation about its purpose ranges from ritual human sacrifice to astronomical calendar computation.
The construction of Stonehenge originally began about 3100 BC and the monument we see today is the final stage, completed about 3500 years ago.
Stonehenge is also just fifteen minutes’ drive from The Martinsell Centre
The historic town of Marlborough is just ten minutes’ drive from The Martinsell Centre. It is the archetypal English market town: a place where Norman coins were minted, Tudor kings hunted for deer and where coaches heading west from London stopped to feed and water their horses.
On Wednesdays and Saturdays Marlborough High Street (the widest in Britain) still hosts a bustling market selling all manner of things from locally grown produce to pots, plants, pashminas and pottery. The town also boasts many coffee shops, boutique clothing stores and a branch of Waitrose.
Savernake Forest and the beautiful West Woods are also close by the town, offering many hours of relaxing rambling.
Find out more about Marlborough on Wikipedia.
Although strictly a village, Pewsey has the population of a small town and can be regarded as the capital of the Vale of Pewsey.
It is overlooked by a prominent white horse, which was carved into the chalky hillside approximately 50 years ago by boy scouts in order to commemorate the coronation of King George VI.
Pewsey is two miles from The Martinsell Centre, and offers a large Co-op supermarket as well as a delicious local bakery, specialist delicatessen, and a variety of restaurants and traditional pubs.
Relaxing boat trips along the historic Kennet and Avon canal are also available from Pewsey Wharf.
Find out more about Pewsey on Wikipedia.