The National Trust is responsible for the care of an eclectic mix of holiday retreats, including manor houses, alms houses, fisherman’s cottages and follies. In the 1950’s we first offered holiday cottages to paying guests in order to preserve many of our most characterful small buildings and cottages
Every penny you spend directly helps the National Trust protect, restore and open up places for everyone to enjoy forever. In 2014 holiday guests contributed 2.5 million pounds towards the restoration of landscapes and buildings in which they stayed.
We are one of the UK’s greatest supporters of traditional building techniques such as lime plastering, thatching and lead working. Our partnerships with local craftspeople and the diversity of properties we care for, ensures that these skills are preserved and passed on to the next generation.
The art of conservation is not only about protecting the fabric of the building, and sustainably managing land and coastlines, but also bringing their stories to life.
Here is a small taste of properties which have played an important role in historic events and are now relaxing holiday retreats.
As new properties come under our stewardship, care is taken to not only create a cosy getaway but also to ensure that each building has its character preserved. In addition to the preparation of our new cottages and our major refurbishment projects, all our properties require on-going care to ensure that they will be enjoyed by future generations.
In 2015 we unveiled Malt House at Cotehele Quay, Cornwall, a Grade II listed building which has been lovingly restored to provide accommodation for up to 6 people. We were also delighted to open Treleddyd Fawr, a traditional Pembrokeshire cottage creating a cosy base for two. In 2016 we completed Gordon's Cabin, the former linhay which is now a s cosy cottage for two.
Set on the real estate around Blickling Hall in the glorious part of north Norfolk.
This cottage stands in a secluded woodland setting within the Snowdonia National Park.
Historic Grade II listed Wireless Station, dating back to 1900 in fantastic cliff-top location.
A spacious cottage with far reaching views across the Tamar River
Traditional Pembrokeshire farm cottage providing great access to the coastal countryside.
A former linhay, the cosy cottage is on the outskirts of Mortehoe village in North Devon.