Places to Eat, Lots to See & Do

Tresco House provides the perfect base for exploring a wealth of tourist attractions and local events.

Historic Marlborough

Marlborough is the quintessential English market town. Spend a leisurely day browsing the many bijoux shops interspersed with breaks in one of our many independent street cafes.

Marlborough College runs an excellent summer school during July and hosts many food and craft fairs throughout the year.

The Marlborough Jazz Festival, initiated in 1986, now attracts 4000 visitors to the town during July, turning it into our own mini New Orleans.

Local produce and fayre can be found at the street market every Wednesday and Saturday, and a car boot sale on the common attracts increasing numbers of knowledgeable antique dealers one Sunday a month from March to October. Great for a barter.

On Our Doorstep

A stroll across the garden and adjacent field will deliver you to some of the most beautiful Ridgeway walks and cycle paths the Wessex Downs has to offer.

If country pursuits are on your ‘to do’ list, then we have local horse riding, shooting and two Golf Courses within a three mile radius of Tresco House - Marlborough Golf Club and Ogbourne Downs Golf Club.

Excellent Local Places to Eat

Silks on the Downs, Ogbourne St Andrew - our village pub / gastropub. A freehouse, run passionately by Chef/Proprietor, Kevin Cole.

Coles, Marlborough (Bar Restaurant) - is a buzzy neighbourhood spot with warm lighting, plush banquette seating sunny bar tables and a roaring log fire which all match well with the good vibe.

The Outside Chance in the village of Manton ( just outside Marlborough) - a cosy pub offering a full and freshly prepared lunch and dinner menu, fine drinks selection and popular Sky Sports events available on widescreen.

Avebury & Stonehenge

Historic Avebury with its mystical ring of stones dates back to around 2600 BC and can be reached by car in 10 minutes or across the Ridgeway on foot for the more hardy. Whilst there you can visit the National Trust owned Avebury Manor whose renovations were the focus of a television documentary in recent years.

Silbury Hill, the largest, and perhaps the most enigmatic, of all megalithic constructions in Europe is just 1500 meters from Avebury, and Stonehenge some 30 miles from Tresco House.

Hungerford - perfect for antiques

Hungerford is just 10 miles from Tresco House and offers a true feast for the vintage, retro and antique enthusiast.

Further Afield

The Cotswolds

We are about 30 miles from Burford, considered the southern gateway to the Cotswolds.

The Cotswold Wildlife Park at Burford provides a really lovely day out for adults and children alike.

Families will love the facilities at the Cotswold Water Park in South Cerney. Windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, canoeing and a lakeside beach are just a 25 minute drive from us.


Bath – 45 minutes by car

Bath is a wonderful city with beautiful Georgian architecture and a fascinating history which makes it definitely worth a visit. It also has an array of boutique shops and award winning restaurants - making it the perfect place to explore for a day. For more information and to see what is on, visit the official tourism website.

Salisbury and Winchester

Salisbury and Winchester – 35 miles (in different directions!)

Both of these ancient Cities feature an array of beautiful streets and historic buildings, as well as  stunning Cathedrals.

Outlet Shopping

Rainy day? Try shopping at Great Western Designer Outlet Village, Swindon.

With over 90 stores, this undercover centre really does offer something for everyone ranging from iconic fashion brands like Polo Ralph Lauren, L K Bennett, Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss to athletic labels, like Nike and high-street favourites, like Superdry and Fossil.

Slightly further afield (an hours’ drive) is Bicester Designer Outlet Village, home to more than 900 outlet boutiques of the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brands.

Blenheim Palace

Why not stop off at Blenheim Palace en route, home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a true masterpiece of 18th Century Baroque architecture. Discover the beauty of this World Heritage Site amongst over 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown parkland and Formal Gardens.