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The exterior of Chirk Home Farm Cottage, Chirk Castle, Chirk, Wrexham © Mike Henton

The exterior of Chirk Home Farm Cottage, Chirk Castle, Chirk, Wrexham © Mike Henton

Self-catering holiday cottages from the National Trust allow you to become immersed in colourful, beautiful, scenic locations all over the UK. Our self-catering holiday cottages offer a truly unique British holiday experience by bringing you one step closer to breathtaking views, exquisite grounds and unlimited freedom.

The Trust have an established collection of over 400 alluring holiday cottages in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. All of our self-catering cottages boast a charming character and have been lovingly restored to maintain the cottage’s original feel and our historic holiday homes are ideal for families, couples, gatherings and even the dog can come! Our holiday cottages come in a variety of shapes and sizes ranging from 2-bed properties for a romantic weekend away to sleeping 18, perfect for family get-togethers and reunions.

Our getaways transform the traditional Great British escape and the Trust’s special selection of unique properties, including lighthouses and castles, creates a sense of occasion. Wherever you stay, our holiday cottages allow you to seriously unwind, escape the city, not worry about your usual day-to-day antics, all in some superb settings.

Our self-catering holiday cottages are on landed cared for by us meaning you get the chance to enjoy the space and time to relax and recharge in some of the finest spots the United Kingdom has to offer. The Trust have holiday cottages looking out over the rugged coastlines from the clifftops of Cornwall, hidden away in woodland vistas in the Lake District as well as waking up to the fresh countryside air in Wales in the mountainous Snowdonia.

We are keen on preserving historic builds and conservation is at the heart of the National Trust. Inspirational examples of holiday cottage conservation projects include Treleddyd Fawr and the  Malt House. Catherine Zeta-Jones, along with fellow actor Matthew Rhys gave their support for the National Trust campaign that helped save Llyndy Isaf farm, a 600-acre estate in 2011. Discover Cilgerran Castle, which the Trust acquired in 1938, a 13th-century fortress in the heart of Pembrokeshire. The Trust will continue with this important work throughout the year, and you can find out more about these new cottages and when they are available to book.

When on holiday, a trip to the seaside is very much a highlight! Long beach walks, revelling on sandy shores, exploring secretive bays and lagoons and watching the sunset are atop the list when discovering a new place on your getaway. You can choose from a wide selection of coastal cottages in a variety of lovely locations such as Cornwall, Wales, Devon and Norfolk. For a holiday cottage on the coast, see our sea-view cottages in Cornwall or try a Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage in Devon. Doyden Castle in Cornwall is about as close to a fantasy destination as you could imagine and sits on an isolated clifftop. Or sit on the roof terrace of Moryn and gaze out across the horizon at Porthdinllaen on the Llyn Peninsula, North Wales and watch the sun go down.

For something a bit more unusual, our quirky cottages really do provide a unique holiday experience. A castle cottage may just be the royal escape that you need so you can play King or Queen for the week or our lighthouse cottages in dramatic destinations may be exactly the escape you are after. Our cottages really are one of a kind, like The Water Tower in Cornwall is one of a kind and perfect for a romantic getaway. The Mustard Pot in Norfolk comes complete with a stunning octagonal shaped living room!

For a cottage away from it all, free from urbanisation, the Trust have some special cottages tucked away, hidden in secluded areas such as dense woodland and lonely hillsides. You can stay in many remote locations, like Warcleave Cottage in Devon, submerged on the edge of woodland with the River Teign flowing at the bottom of the garden.

The National Trust are more than just holiday cottages. We genuinely care about you having a wonderful time on your trips away. Everything you would expect from the National Trust and more is reflected in our bountiful hospitality service, warm and welcome, and we always go the extra mile. The Trust know the details of all properties inside-out, as they’re all owned by us, meaning you’re looked after  from the moment you book, right through to departure.

Still not sure?

The Trust encourage you to explore the website to see our range of beautiful cottages. Our Holiday Ideas page is updated regularly to provide fresh travel inspiration and our new cottages are always showcased here. If you have a particular place or cottage in mind, then head straight to our cottage search.

We can post you our latest brochure to enjoy in your own time, so please do leave us your details to receive a copy.

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  • The exterior of Forest Cottage, nr Exeter © Stephen Jones

    Forest Cottage

    nr Exeter , Devon

    This semi-detached eighteenth century cottage lies in Ashclyst Forest.

  • Exterior view of Seaview, Studland, Dorset © Mike Henton


    Studland , Dorset

    Former tennis pavilion, superb views Studland Beach.

  • 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 Fountains Cottage, nr. Ripon, Yorkshire © Chris Lacey

    Fountains Cottage

    nr Ripon , Yorkshire

    A spacious family cottage, full of character, on the doorstep of Fountains Abbey.

  • The exterior of Rowthorne Lodge, Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire  © Mike Henton

    Rowthorne Lodge

    nr Chesterfield , Derbyshire

    A romantic gate lodge on the Hardwick Hall Estate.

  • The exterior of Stable Cottage, Port Quin, Cornwall © Chris Lacey

    Stable Cottage

    Port Quin , Cornwall

    A charming cottage with outstanding views across Port Quin Bay and out to sea