Before sharing our visits I will show you the village where we stayed and I must begin by saying that Hilmarton was the friendliest village we have encountered. As well as everyone being so friendly Hilmarton were last year awarded 'the best kept village in Wiltshire'. So lets have a look at the flavour of this place.
Val and Geoff the owners were delightful, and as well as being very friendly and helpful their hospitality included home made bread, Apricot preserve,shortbreads and ground coffee.They also gave us a tour of their lovely cottage and enchanting cottage garden at the back.
Alan at 5 foot 8 inches is far too tall to walk straight through the door
The view from a bedroom snuggled under the thatch
A bridleway and footpath close by
Lets go inside, straight into the sitting room through the front door to the left of where I am standing, the stairs being just to the right, again straight off the sitting room.
The stairs with a 'headbanger'. If one does not stoop low enough then you bang your head on one of these 'headbangers' which stops you banging your head on the beams.
Into a bedroom with a tassled headbanger. Certainly stops you walking through the door and smashing your face!
A picture of the cottage when it stood at the end of the village a very long time ago
And a sample of the original Wattle and Daub used in the original construction of the cottage all those centuries ago.
The primary school
The old Almshouses, look at the roof
A larger dwelling
Site of an old well
Entrance to a back garden
And last but not least, a part of the Parish church bell tower during practice. It's now time for confessions!