In the heart of mystical Wiltshire Lakeside Rendezvous nestles at the foot of the Roundway Hills where it is reputed that a famous battle ensued with Oliver Cromwell at the helm of the Round Heads against the Royalist Cavaliers. Lakeside Rendezvous is situated in a tranquil rural location; set in the Vale of the Seven White Horses. At the heart of Lakeside is a natural well-established spring fed lake which boasts carp up to 40lb in weight along with Bream, Tench, Roach and Perch.
There are local pubs within a 10 minute walk from Lakeside serving good food and traditional beers. In the village, there are two pubs one called The George & Dragon which is an Egon Ronay recommended eating-house. We also highly recommend The George at Sandy Lane. We also have a new ice-cream parlour which is a couple of minutes’ walk from us. They also serve up a good breakfast so we are told.
Or why not stroll along the towpath of the Kennet & Avon canal which is approximately 1 mile from us. The Kennet & Avon canal is a navigable waterway crossing Southern England linking Bristol to Reading. It links many architectural and engineering triumphs including aqueducts, pumping stations and lock flights. The canal is a combination of three waterways: the river Avon to the West, the river Kennet to the East, both of which are linked by 57 miles of man-made waterway. We are just 1 mile from the famous Caen Hill locks, 29 in all, the canal then climbs 240ft through locks making its way through the historical town of Devizes. Why not stop of at the Marina and take a trip on one of the now operating narrow boats and lazily travel the canal stopping off at one of the pubs such as The Barge or even hire a day boat yourself if you are feeling a bit adventurous.
Alternatively venture into the market town of Devizes taking in Wadworths Brewery where you might see the Dray horse drawn carriages which still deliver the beer barrels to the local public houses. Devizes boasts its own cinema, bingo hall, sports centre and museum. There are Equestrian and golfing centres nearby.
Other interesting local places are all within easy reach. Here are just a few for your perusal:
- Avebury Stone Circle, Great Barn and Manor House
where it is said that approximately three thousand years ago the largest stones
at Stonehenge were dragged across the Wiltshire Downs from Avebury.
- Mystical Stonehenge itself and Salisbury with
its famous cathedral.
- Cherhill and the Pewsey Vale with its White
Horses carved into the chalk hills.
- Bowood House where the current Earl of
Shelbourne resides. Bowood House has an adventure playground and the most
spectacular gardens. Bowood also has a highly recommended Golf & Country
Club, where you don't have to be a member to play a round
- The beautiful National Trust villages of Lacock,
where Fox Talbot pioneered photography and the picturesque village of Castle
- The beautiful Georgian city of Bath, with its
ancient natural spring baths.
- Corsham Court which was once a royal manor in
the days of the Saxon Kings. The house and park today are principally the work
of Lancelot "Capability" Brown, Jon Nash and Thomas Bellamy.
- Marlborough town which dates back to the Doomsday Book.
If you are thinking about visiting Wiltshire in late summer you may see the legendary crop circles and then you can decide for yourselves whether they are fact or fiction!