Decided we needed a little treat for Easter and booked ourselves into the lovely Beckford Arms - as recommended by Nick.
Having looked at their excellent website which had many interesting places on their doorstep, we managed to fit a load of fun into two days with something for everyone.
Salisbury Cathedral - hoped to climb the tower, but you need to book (and we hadn't, but the kids had fun exploring and Michael was v excited to have seen the Magna Carta. I was rather disappointed by the interior which was so full of clutter, memorials and shrines - the basic structure is so beautiful and needs no such adornments. Stan enjoyed the colouring set which came with his lunch!
Pythouse Kitchen garden - a truly wonderful place - restored kitchen garden with a deli and cafe, displaying work by locally based artists, serving really tasty food, much made using their own produce and that from local suppliers. I think I have found the ideal model to combine all of my interests and am now on the look out for a similar site.
Old Wardour Castle - a wonderful, romantic ruined castle
The finished off with a visit to Shaftesbury, just over the border into Dorset where we had possibly the most surreal pizza ever - in a restored chapel, complete with rather awful trompe d'oeil, a fountain filled with plastic flowers and a summer-holiday, Shirely Valentine worthy waiter - and the pizza would have made Domino's look tasty. Ah well, it can't be gourmet all the time....
The real highlight of the trip, was the arrival by pure chance of Nick, Geo and the boys at the pub as we settled down in the garden for our first pint. They were on the way to Cornwall to go camping and were having a last blast of luxury before their (rather glam) destination on a Feather-down Farm site. So we had a wonderful dinner together and the kids had a ball in the large garden.