|Confirmed by the Tourist Info office as the cheapest place to stay in town, it's run in a laid back, warm and unpretentious manner reflecting its owner, Steve. As a base for exploring the rich megalithic area it's superbly placed and fantastically run.
Everything has a reassuringly ramshackle edge, in stark contrast to the oppressive primness of most B&Bs or the corporate sterility of Travelodge style places.
Big self-catering kitchen (all utensils provided), free bread and jam for toast anytime, no charges for hot water, drying racks on the radiator in your room (so different to places that prohibit drying stuff out).
There are no curfews at all, come and go when you like.
And there's a great little sauna too!
The hostel has a grapevine-roofed veranda out back strewn with windchimes and hammocks and such, all part of the easygoing, headsy, biker ethic of the place.
It's well stocked with books and current music mags if you get rained in. I'd give it maximum ratings on all fronts.
|8th September 2004ce|
|The 'facilities within' menu says this is 2.9km away from th Pipers, but actually they're on site (OS 203.436249).
This site puts you in the middle of a landscape rich in megaliths. The Pipers menhirs are on the adjacent fields and are owned by the farm. We camped 20 metres from one of them!
It's a one and a half acre slightly sloping field on a small dairy farm on the B3315. It's licensed for 30 camping 'units'. Rudimentary facilities; toilets, hot & cold water, metered showers and a washing up sink.
None of the caravanning with kids stuff at all, just a quiet field with enough facilities so you can get on with stuff. It's really cheap and the farmer is very friendly. All you need.
Charges: £3 per 'unit' (ie tent or caravan), PLUS £2 per adult, £1 per child (under 12), 50p per dog.
|20th July 2003ce|
|Whilst the superb Red Lion does great trade on being the only pub in a stone circle, it's not the only bed and breakfast.
Manor Farm is an 18th century house on the High Street at the west side of the circle.
There's a double room from £57 inc breakfast, single room from £40. A three room cottage is also available.
There's car parking space. No dogs, no kids under 12, no paying by credit card.
I don't know what standard the facilities are like, but I thought I'd post the info anyway. Ignore the rating.
|12th April 2002ce|
|Unremarkable and characterless pub in the village a mile north of Avebury.
The bed and breakfast accommodation is newish and functional. The kind of thing that should be 25 or 30 quid, but cos there's small TV and a kettle with some sachets of coffee it's £50 a night.
Single, twin, double and family rooms are available.
Until recently run by friendly people, the New Inn's recently been taken over by management who are a tad brusque. Maybe time in the countryside will chill them out a bit.
Still, if you're wanting Avebury accommodation and the Red Lion and Manor Farm are full, you'll be OK here.
|12th April 2002ce|
|This is exactly what I hoped for the first time I went to Avebury. Somewhere to camp that's the cheapest I've ever seen, safe, and near the stones.
Avenue Farm is someone's house that lets people use the back garden. There's only basic facilities; a toilet and two stand pipes with drinking water.
They charge £3 per tent per night. Note: that's per *tent*, irrespective of the number of people or whether you have a car.
If all you want and need is somewhere to pitch up, cook your food, and safely leave your stuff during the day, this is the one.
You just turn up, and then try to catch the friendly people in the house while they're in so you can pay.
The garden is populated by several cats, a dozen or so chickens who gently pester you for scraps of food, and two hilarious ducks.
Also, although the road down to Avebury has no pavement and is made treacherous by fast cars, there's a footpath just west, through the fields from Winterbourne Monkton down to Avebury.
|12th April 2002ce|
|At first the Red Lion may seem - like the rest of the buildings in the stone circle - a bit intrusive, even sacriligious.
But once you realise that the henge is the centre of a vast landscape of monuments, a central place to rest becomes a welcome thing, and the promise of a good pint or fine whisky can make all the difference for walking that last mile or two.
Built in the early 1700s when the roads east and south of Avebury were the main road from London to Bath, it's a beautiful thatch-roofed building.
There's a good range of well-kept beers, very friendly staff, real fires, bog-standard pub food.
There's 4 rooms for the bed and breakfast accommodation, and it's all staightforward, unfussy and fine for the money. They do have a bit of a problem understanding the concept of veganism, but that's hardly unique.
For bookings & other enquiries:
telephone 01672 539266 or fax 01672 539618
|12th April 2002ce||
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