About this office
The Hamptons estate agency in Marlborough enjoys a prominent position on the town’s characterful and historic High Street, in the heart of the action in a great setting from which to explore the town’s delightful streets and alleyways. The branch services both sales and lettings in the town and in the surrounding villages and rural areas, including the villages of West Overton, Cadley, Savernake and Brunton, plus the larger centres of Devizes, Avebury, Hungerford and Calne.
Why move to Marlborough?
Marlborough is a historic market town situated in the beautiful county of Wiltshire on the old coaching route midway between London and Bath. Marlborough offers a wide variety of boutique shops and restaurants and features a thriving market, while nearby stations and major roads offer excellent transport links to London and the West Country. From the well-populated High Street to the annual jazz festival held in the summer months, Marlborough is a pleasant place to live and work with plenty of attractions and amenities to keep both locals and tourists amused and occupied. Among its characterful alleyways you’ll find traditional half-timbered cottages and stately townhouses in a mix of homes, independent shops and coffee shops. Outside of Marlborough, there are many historic coaching inns including The Three Tuns, The Bell at Ramsbury and the White Horse Inn at Compton Basset.
A little bit of history
Marlborough can be found in Wiltshire, sitting next to the river Kennet. It's a historic market town that was once controlled by William the Conqueror but was later almost totally destroyed in 1653 by a great fire. There are many sites of historic interest in the surrounding areas, including the World Heritage site of Stonehenge, the stone circle at Avebury and the extraordinary prehistoric white horse hill figures.
Architecture and property
One of the benefits of moving to Marlborough are the choice of housing types on offer. There’s something for everyone, from grand period homes to apartments and bungalows. There are many period buildings on offer in a number of different styles, including Victorian terraced cottages, half-timbered townhouses and lovely stucco homes facing onto The Green, one of the most sought-after areas of the town. On the outskirts there are detached family homes, while there are lovely cottages in the Collingbournes, Ogbourne St George and Burbage, including some thatched homes.
Shopping and amenities
One of Marlborough's key features is its High Street – you only have to take a glance to notice it's incredibly wide, with a church at each end. It's a little-known fact that the width of the street is due to the fact cattle used to be walked down it in times gone by. Nowadays the high street plays host to a regular market where there are no longer cattle for sale, but plenty of local producers and fresh fruit, veg and items for the home. The town also has Waitrose and Tesco supermarkets.
Though there are some well-known names such as Rick Stein, much of Marlborough’s restaurants and pubs are independents, where seasonal, sustainable and foraged are the buzz words to watch. The Polly Tea Rooms are a stalwart of the High Street with luxury afternoon teas and delicious suppers, while there are a number of takeaways, bars and Indian restaurants too.
Marlborough is surrounded in the North by rolling Marlborough Downs and in the South by the spectacular Vale of Pewsey and the Salisbury Plain. The town itself lies in the shallow upland valley of the river Kennet, which flows through the town centre. Over time the river has made the valley wider and created fertile land for farming. There are attractive villages, ancient sites, historic houses and a variety of wildlife to enjoy throughout the area together with possibilities for riding, walking, cycling, driving or even hang-gliding over the unspoilt downland. Nearby is also the wonderful space of Savernake Forest and there are walks along the Ridgeway.
Schooling in the area is of a very high standard and a wide range of both state and independent schools are available. There are many well established and some extremely well-known private schools, both preparatory and senior in and around Marlborough. These include Marlborough College, Dauntsey’s and St. Mary's Calne for secondary education, while St. Francis and Pinewood prep schools offer an excellent education for both boys and girls. St John's Marlborough secondary school has recently been awarded academy status. Education for smaller children is offered by St Mary's and St Peter's in Marlborough.
Marlborough is situated about 8 miles from the Badbury Roundabout and Junction 15 of the M4. To the north, the A419 runs past Swindon to the Cotswolds and Cheltenham. The M4 runs between the M25 and London to the east (London in about one hour and 50 minutes) and Wales and the M5 to the west. South of Marlborough is the A303 and the cities of Salisbury, Southampton and Bournemouth. Stations at Pewsey and Great Bedwyn offer mainline rail services to London Paddington and the West Country.