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Last Minute Holiday Cottages

The Lighthouse at the Lizard Peninsula sits on top of craggy cliffs under a brooding dark blue sky, with Bumble Rock and the Lions Den. © Joe Cornish

The Lighthouse at the Lizard Peninsula sits on top of craggy cliffs under a brooding dark blue sky, with Bumble Rock and the Lions Den. © Joe Cornish

Last minute holiday cottages allow for spur of the moment bookings and a last minute holiday is ideal for any time of the year. Our charming collection of cottages caters for spontaneous last minute holidays as you never know when you’ll need a break!

Book a last minute break with the National Trust and escape to a unique location and our holiday cottages are perfect all year round. You could choose a cottage right on the cusp of the coast during the sublime summer months or revel in a cosy cottage for two, nestled within a remote woodland as the cold and dark starts to settle in.

Why wait to get away? We run special offers throughout the year. Whether you’re feeling spontaneous, or you just haven’t had time to plan, now’s your chance to book that break and just go. Save 15% on last minute holiday cottages and enjoy the freedom to escape at a moment’s notice or within a few short weeks!

A Trust cottage is distinctive and a last minute holiday will be perfect for you. Our collection of cottages continues to grow and Trust land can be enjoyed no matter what season it is. The mesmerising colours, sheer natural beauty, and impressive landscapes make a last minute stay in a Trust holiday cottage unique and like no other.

If you’re in need of a last minute treat, away with a loved one, we have a pleasant selection of romantic cottages for two. Take a spur of the moment break in one of our secluded countryside cottages or simply relax in tranquil surroundings, featuring holiday cottages with spectacular sea views, nestled in wooded valleys, isolated on remote moors and hidden from civilization in the peaceful regions of the UK.

The Birdcage rises out of the charismatic Port Isaac, famous for the Doc Martin series, and the Grade II-listed building is two centuries old. For a real hideaway, The Bakehouse boasts an unusual and special landscape that sweeps across Dorset. Sleeping two, a key feature of this thatched cottage is its open fireplace which is perfect for getting cosy on a chilly eve. 

The Trust have plenty of coastal cottages in many special areas such as Cornwall and Devon. Any holiday wouldn't be complete without a trip to the beach! We have a plethora of seaside and sea view cottages that are waiting to be adored.

We have a superb selection of Devon coastal cottages, featuring the heavenly seaside towns of Exeter and the English Riviera. Renown for its characterful cliffs and jaw-dropping views, the sublime shoreline of Devon is a perfect spot for enjoying the British seaside. You won’t find a cottage closer to the sea than Mill Cottage, which becomes popular in the summer months. Or for a riverside location, the picturesque Ferry Cottage brings a sense of modernism into an olde worlde part of the country.

Cornwall is always ideal for a last minute holiday. Escape the city lifestyle for a while and enjoy a change in scenery. The Trust has over 100 unique Cornish holiday cottages and the Cornish coast makes a last minute break even more appealing.

Coastal holiday cottages are incredibly popular and Quay Cottage lives by the water’s edge and comes complete with private gardens and wonderful views. Not far up is the Fal Estuary, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, perfect for a stroll on any afternoon. Boscastle is home to a rare example of a beautifully unspoiled 17th-century home, Elm Cottage, which has been immaculately restored to maintain its original character.

When it’s cold outside, our holiday cottages let you get closer to the season’s highlights. The Lake District is perfect for a spontaneous holiday and our special cottages here will make you fall in love with the glorious county of Cumbria. Ideal for a family holiday, Silverthwaite is spacious and adventure is right on your doorstep. Complete with an open fire, this holiday cottage is perfect for an autumn or winter break. In the northwest of the National Park, Watergate Farm is full of charm and you can even bring your dogs! There are plenty of nearby walks and hikes to be had and the cottage offers gorgeous views across the valley.

Wales is a great choice for a last minute holiday. Moryn provides breathtaking views across the horizon at Porthdinllaen on the Llyn Peninsula from its private roof terrace, an exceptional experience when under clear and crisp skies. For a change in setting, Little Milford Farmhouse and Little Milford Lodge hide in secluded woodland, where you can spot winter wildlife from your window.

Why choose a last minute holiday cottage with the National Trust?

Our holiday cottages get booked up during busy periods but there will be some cottages that are available for a late booking.

Every time you stay with us, the proceeds goes directly back towards protecting, restoring or opening up buildings and landscapes for everyone to enjoy. Your contribution is invaluable in helping the National Trust continue to protect and grow these special places.

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  • The Lodge at Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire © Mike Henton

    The Lodge

    Hebden Bridge , Yorkshire

    A pillared Victorian lodge standing at the entrance to the Hardcastle Crags valley.

  • The exterior of Chirk Home Farm Cottage, Chirk Castle, Chirk, Wrexham © National Trust

    Chirk Home Farm Cottage

    Chirk , Wrexham

    Traditional stone cottage, one of a semi-detached pair just a few hundred yards from the Castle.

  • Front of Nanceglos House, Trengwainton, Penzance, Cornwall © Paul Watts/Cornish Picture Library

    Nanceglos House

    Penzance , Cornwall

    A large house with lots of original features in a serene setting.

  • The exterior of White Edge Lodge, nr Sheffield, Derbyshire © Mike Henton

    White Edge Lodge

    nr Sheffield , Derbyshire

    A wonderful location for an interesting and historic cottage with open views.

  • Exterior of Mustard Pot,Felbrigg,Norfolk

    Mustard Pot Cottage

    Cromer , Norfolk

    An octagonal sitting room is one unusual feature of this cottage.

  • The exterior of Ferry Cottage, Brixham, Devon © Mike Henton

    Ferry Cottage

    Brixham , Devon

    Pretty riverside cottage, situated on the famous Greenway estate