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Unique Holiday Cottages

East Cottage & The Lighthouse Tower, East Cottage, situated on the White Cliffs of Dover, Kent © Mike Henton

East Cottage & The Lighthouse Tower, East Cottage, situated on the White Cliffs of Dover, Kent © Mike Henton

Unique holiday cottages present you with an opportunity to stay in some of our most unusual, different, and quirky properties. The Trust have a charming collection of unique holiday cottages that will add something different to your UK getaway. Whether it be grand architecture, extraordinary interior design or remarkable location, a Trust cottage will leave a lasting memory.

We have a wide selection of cottages just waiting to be adored. Our unique holiday cottages add an extra dynamic to your stay and Trust properties gift you with a chance to explore some of the finest areas across the UK. We have holiday cottages all over the British Isles with a characterful collection of unusual builds in Cornwall, Wales, Norfolk, Yorkshire, the Lake District, and in many more special places throughout Great Britain.

National Trust holiday cottages allow you to explore somewhere new, return to a cherished childhood holiday spot, and discover the best of what the UK has to offer.

Cornwall is one our most popular locations. We are very proud of our cottage collection and have a number of intriguing properties scattered across the West Coast. The Cornish coast is one of the most famous coastal regions in England and we are able to provide a wide range of beachside cottages.

Doyden Castle resembles a fantasy location from a far away land. The castle is perched high on the cliff top overlooking the ocean, a dream spot for many! The gothic archways, crenellated tower and arched windows bring out its tremendous character and was built around 1830 as a kind of pleasure house by the infamous and wealthy bon-viveur, Samuel Symons. Its chequered history only adds to the dramatic experience of staying in this little fortress on the edge of the cliffs with a sea view.

For a romantic getaway in something more avant-garde, the Water Tower in Truro has been designed with such style, resembling the legendary tower of Rapunzel. The Tower stands at four stories high with one circular room on each floor. Further up, you can freely explore the Fal Estuary and beyond without impacting the splendid natural environment of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The South West coast is prominent for tourists and during the summer months Devon can become a very popular holiday hotspot. We know a trip to the beach will be a highlight of any summer break away and we have a wonderful set of coastal holiday cottages that are perfect for families, friends, couples and even the dog!

The Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottage is one of our most unique holiday cottages. Its exhilarating spot on the edge of the cliff is one of our most exciting cottage locations. Ideal for large groups or family reunions, the Trust property is located close to Woolacombe beach, one of the best seaside spots in all of Devon. You may get a chance to see dolphins, porpoise, and gannets fishing at high tide from the lighthouse!

Shute Barton presents a unique opportunity to stay in one of Devon's oldest manor houses and today, the self-catering retreat has been converted to a luxurious holiday cottage. The impressive dwelling features a medieval great hall on the top floor with its original collar-beam roof, a gorgeous 15ft-high late-medieval window, and a bedroom with late-seventeenth-century painted panelling. Outside, the garden includes lawns ideal for croquet or tennis. For a truly memorable holiday for a large family, group of friends or special event, it would be harder to find something more different.

East Anglia is home to a large selection of unique holiday cottages. Suffolk and Norfolk have an abundance of interesting properties to spend long weekends in, enjoy a last minute holiday cottage, and are perfect to stay in all year round.

With its unique appearance, the Round House was originally a shooting lodge and then a gamekeeper's cottage. The remote cottage is hidden by an enchanting woodland glade not far from the Fairy Lake, and the winding, tree-lined track adds extra appeal and seclusion. Close to a Suffolk highlight, Ickworth park calls out to be explored, made easy by extensive hiking, running and cycling trails that wrap around the estate taking in the fine gardens, lakes, woodlands and the impressive Georgian Italianate palace at its heart. A day at the races at nearby Newmarket is also a must!

Drive between the gate houses at the entrance to Felbrigg Hall and then down a woodland track to arrive at the Mustard Pot. Its unusual design and character is amplified its octagonal shaped sitting room and bedroom above. The holiday cottage comes with direct access to acres of park and woodland on the Felbrigg estate, with the east coast, beaches, and seaside towns just a few minutes drive away.

Why choose a unique holiday cottage with the National Trust?

Unique holiday cottages from the Trust are ideal for couples, families or friends and you can enjoy a stay in an unusual and quirky cottage, explore the thriving countryside, vast coastline and relax in some of the UK’s finest holiday hotspots.

The proceeds from National Trust Holidays go directly back towards protecting, restoring or opening up buildings and landscapes, so you can continue to enjoy our holiday cottages again and again.

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  • The exterior of The Lighthouse Keepers' Cottage, Lynton, Devon  © Julian Gurney

    The Lighthouse Keepers' Cottage

    Lynton , Devon

    Dramatically situated on the cliff edge, unsurpassed views over Bristol Channel.

  • The exterior of The Tower, Nr. Aylsham, Norfolk. © Mike Henton

    The Tower

    nr Aylsham , Norfolk

    Set on the real estate around Blickling Hall in the glorious part of north Norfolk.

  • The exterior of Triumphal Arch, Leominster, Herefordshire © Chris Lacey

    The Triumphal Arch

    Nr Leominster , Herefordshire

    This unusual cottage is a part of the entrance arch to Berrington Hall.

  • East Cottage & The Lighthouse Tower, East Cottage, situated on the White Cliffs of Dover, Kent © Mike Henton

    East Cottage

    St Margaret , Kent

    A charming former Lighthouse keeper’s cottage with breathtaking views

  • Doyden Castle, Port Isaac, Cornwall © Mike Henton

    Doyden Castle

    Port Quin , Cornwall

    Castellated cliff top folly in spectacular position on headland.

  • The garden and exterior of The Water Tower, Trelissick, Cornwall  © Mike Henton

    The Water Tower

    Truro , Cornwall

    A distinctive former stone water tower with an intriguing interior.