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Top holidays picks for 2016

Walkers enjoying Bossington Hill, Holnicote Estate, Somerset  © John Millar

Walkers enjoying Bossington Hill, Holnicote Estate, Somerset © John Millar

Whatever’s on your holiday wish-list for 2016 we have a whole host of inspiring ideas. From cottages crammed with character to bothies and feel-good volunteering breaks, there really is something for everyone. So whether you fancy lording it up in a stately manor with friends and family, or simply want to get back to basics and at one with nature, every break is enticing.

Holiday cottages

Choose from over 400 holiday cottages across England Wales and Northern Ireland, each one has with its own story to tell. Highlights for 2016 include Godolphin House– one for Poldark fans this six-bedroomed Cornish manor was owned by a tin mining family and is furnished with plundered goods. Literary lovers will enjoy Monk’sHouse Garden Studio, a tiny one roomed studio in the garden of Virginia Woolf’s country retreat. While fans of Capability Brown (the landscape architect who celebrates his 300th anniversary in 2016) shouldn’t miss the Triumphal Arch, a Henry Holland designed folly overlooking Berrington’s parkland. Not all are ancient piles, take Chert, a 1970s mirror-image house on the Isle of Wight or Trees a 1930s log cabin overlooking Lake Windermere.


When it comes to camping, there can be few sites to rival the special places we look after. From beautiful beaches to breathtaking mountain ranges, our campsites are set in some fantastic locations, ideal for exploring the surrounding countryside. Find out more about our top camping spots here.

Working holidays

For the sun-lounger averse, or those just want fun, adventure and something a bit different, our working holidays provide the unique opportunity to get outdoors, develop new skills and play apart in looking after the nation’s special places. Popular holidays include volunteering on a fell farm during lambing season, apple picking and cider-making and behind the scenes at Lindisfarne castle. You can find out more about our working holidays here.

Bunkhouses and bothies

For a group getaway in a great location, why not take a look at our bunkhouses. There are over thirty to choose from in beautiful coast and countryside locations,sleeping between ten and forty people in simple comfort, with no-frills kitchens, lounges and heating. We also have bothies, which offer very basic accommodation - often in isolated spots; these are the perfect escape for those wanting to get away from the trappings of modern life. Pack as if you are camping but no need to bring the tent! Find out more about our bunkhouses and bothies here.

Every single holiday you take with us helps to continue to look after special places for ever, for everyone.