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Island Cottage Holidays

The view of the coast at Botallack near Botallack Count House Cottage, near St Just, Cornwall  © David Noton

The view of the coast at Botallack near Botallack Count House Cottage, near St Just, Cornwall © David Noton

Island cottage holidays let you explore the intricate areas on the UK coastline, from the milder Isle of Wight in the south to the historic Lindisfarne in the north. Our island holiday cottages welcome you to enjoy the freedom of the great British coast and experience some hidden gems dotted across the UK’s shores.

The National Trust have over 400-holiday cottages, with many on or close to some of the United Kingdom’s most beloved islands. We have self-catering holiday cottages on the Isle of Wight, Brownsea Island, Lindisfarne, Anglesey as well as a charming collection on the west coast of Cornwall so you can enjoy the archipelago of the Isle of Scilly.

Our island cottage holidays are perfect all year round, making them idyllic retreats for romantic getaways , family get-togethers, long weekends or just as an escape from the everyday antics of working life. We even have a selection of 150 dog-friendly holiday cottages so your doggo can tag along on your break. It is still not too late to book and the Trust have a special selection of last minute holiday cottages. Book today!

The Isle of Wight is a special holiday haven and our charming collection of holiday cottages welcome you to the UK’s largest island.

Built in a traditional style with a large and welcoming entrance porch, Old Church Lodge is an attractive single story Victorian stone cottage set within its own garden. The island cottage is close to the village of St. Helens and the Duver, a stretch of sand and shingle beach owned by the National Trust that is frequented by seabirds and wildlife.

Compton Farm Cottages 1 & 2 are the epitome of an Isle of Wight holiday. This pair of 19th century, stone holiday cottages, are perfect for relaxing on the quieter side of the island and are ideal for a lazy family holiday. Unwind at Compton Bay, explore the beach, go surfing or seek out dinosaur casts at low tide. There is no TV or mobile signal here so you can really get away from your everyday life for a while and recharge.

Our Dorset holiday cottages are found amongst the coast and near a number of splendid seaside towns, including some characterful cottages to rent on Brownsea Island.

One of a small row of cottages, the recently converted Custom House sits on the water’s edge on Brownsea Island. The fun starts when you leave your car behind and transport over on a little ferry. When the day visitors have departed, the Brownsea virtually becomes your own treasure island. The heathland, lagoon, and woodland are all wildlife hotspots and perfect for exploring.

The neighbouring Agents House enjoys a lovely, prime location on Brownsea Island. With its own private garden overlooking the lagoon and stunning sea views, this cottage is just 3 metres from the water's edge. The holiday cottage sleeps 6 so it’s an optimum choice to spend a week away with the family and children, and its unique and thriving habitats will leave you infatuated.

You don’t have to go far to become immersed in island life with our Northumberland holiday cottages. Northumberland is the northernmost county in all of England with quick and smooth access to the island of Lindisfarne for a quieter holiday experience.

St Oswald’s Cottage on Holy Island is a substantial stone built cottage overlooking Lindisfarne Castle. With stunning views of the vast open countryside and harbour, the grade II listed cottage was designed for Edward Hudson who at the time owned the castle. En route to the castle and 4oo yards from the harbour is Glen House. It provides an ideal base to explore this tranquil area and the rest of one of England’s most northern areas.

We also have an abundance of holiday cottages in Cornwall so you can experience the archipelago off tsouthwesternern tip of the Cornish peninsula at Land’s End. The Isles of Scilly can be reached by boat, welcoming tourists, and the Trust offer a wide range of cottages on the west coast so you can enjoy this special area.

The cosy Count House Cottage sleeps two and lives close to the dramatic cliffs of West Cornwall with amazing views over the ocean. Relax in the garden with a drink after a peaceful day of strlolling along the coast and wandering the islands. For a Trust property closer to the Isles, Nanceglos House is tucked away in Penzance. There is plenty to explore nearby including St. Michael's Mount to the north and the picturesque fishing village of Mousehole to the south to name just a few highlights.

If you are looking for something along the seaside with open views of the shoreline, then view our coastal holiday cottages.

What’s so special about island cottage holidays with the National Trust?

Island cottages are ideal for couples, families or friends and you can enjoy a trip to some of the Great Britain's most unique coastal areas.

When you book one of our coastal holiday cottages you're not only getting your perfect getaway, you're also helping us care for these special places well into the future.

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  • The exterior of Tywyn Cottage, Camaes Bay, Anglesey. © Mike Henton

    Tywyn Cottage

    Cemaes Bay , Anglesey

    This attractive cottage is situated in the picturesque harbour village of Cemaes Bay.

  • The exterior of St Oswalds Cottage, Holy Island, Northumberland © Roger Coulam

    St Oswald's Cottage

    Berwick-upon-Tweed , Northumberland

    A spacious three bedroom stone-built cottage overlooking Lindisfarne Castle.

  • The exterior of Pomone, Irex and Varvassi at Totland Bay, Isle of Wight   © Steve Thearle


    Totland Bay , Isle of Wight

    One of a row of cottages in a stunning position on The Needles Headland.

  • The exterior of East Rosetta Cottage, Cowes, Isle of Wight  © Mike Henton

    East Rosetta Cottage

    Cowes , Isle of Wight

    The smallest part of a Victorian house on the sea front of Cowes.

  • Exterior view of Agents House, Brownsea Island © John Plimmer

    Agents House

    Brownsea Island, Poole , Dorset

    A large family house on Brownsea island. Ideal for bird watchers.

  • The exterior of Count House Cottage, Botallack, Cornwall © Chris Lacey

    Count House Cottage

    Botallack, Nr St Just , Cornwall

    A cosy cottage for two, steeped in Cornish mining history, with dramatic ocean views.