With The National Trust
Our friends at the National Trust have holiday accommodation to escape to in every corner of England, Wales and Northern Ireland for new experiences or to tick off something on the bucket list that you’ve never found the time to do. Whether you want an adventure-filled holiday, a family-friendly break or a peaceful retreat for two, with their wide range of unique cottages, simple bothies or bunkhouses and beautiful campsites you’re sure to find your perfect getaway.
We’ve picked out a few of our favourites to help inspire your next trip. Where will your next adventure take you?
The National Trust have over 470 unique cottages to choose from ranging from cabins by the sea, cosy cottages in the hills, manor houses and even a lighthouse or two. You can see their full range of cottages here, but if you’re struggling to choose, check out some of these lovely buildings and spectacular locations.
For something quirky…
Mustard Pot Cottage, Norfolk
The aptly named Mustard Pot Cottage sits amongst the woodlands of the Felbrigg estate, in the privacy of its own lawned garden. As well as its charming resemblance to a small condiment pot, this two-bedroom cottage is also exceptionally cosy and oozes quirky character. We love it.
By the sea…
Foreland Lighthouse Keepers Cottage, Devon
You’ll experience sweeping sea views and the thrill of living on a cliff-edge in this stunning cottage, situated behind an actual lighthouse - which still operates today (minus the loud foghorn). Quietly nestled on the Exmoor Heritage Coast, you can pick up the South West Coast Path direct from the door for hikes to nearby Lynmouth and beyond, or go inland towards Watersmeet to enjoy its wooded valley and popular tea-garden.
For larger groups...
Thorington Hall, Suffolk
Stay at one of Suffolk’s oldest (and most intriguing) houses for a getaway with a difference. With intricately decorated Tudor roses on the west staircase and signatures of previous owners mysteriously etched into the windows, this luxury farmhouse comes with stacks of charm. And with eight bedrooms, stacks of room too.
Bothies and Bunkhouses
As well as cottages, the National Trust also have a large range of bothies and bunkhouses situated in some spectacular locations that are within easy reach of national parks, beautiful countryside, and unspoilt coastlines. You can check them all out here or try some of our favourites if choosing one yourself is just too hard.
For bunkhouse stays…
Ilam Bunkhouse, Derbyshire
This large, 16-person bunkhouse sits within the stunning Ilam park estate. With epic limestone hills, winding rivers and ancient woodland all around, this remote bunkhouse is perfectly placed for groups looking to get active outdoors and explore the glorious surroundings of the Peak District.
For an overnight bothy…
Watendlath Bothy, Cumbria
This rustic bothy is perfect for those who want to spend time exploring the fells, tarns and peaks of the Lake District. You’ll be high in a valley with unparalleled views of the surrounding fells and get a few added comforts too - including a log-burner and a fully equipped kitchen. There’s enough room to sleep six - you’ll just need to bring your own sleeping bags and camping equipment.
When it comes to campsites, the National Trust have some of the most beautiful around. Whether you have a tent, motorhome or campervan you’ll find something to suit in their full range here, or try one of our favourites from the many gems on offer.
For coastal camping…
Brownsea Island, Dorset
Brownsea island, overlooking the rolling Purbeck hills, is a wildlife haven with its lagoon, lakes, reedbeds, and beaches. Staying overnight on the island offers the chance to enjoy this special place out-of-hours. Trust us, there’s nothing quite like experiencing this special place after the last boats leave for the day.
Long Wray, Cumbria
Nestled on the western shoreline of Lake Windermere this stunning site offers a wide-range of camping options including traditional pitches with waterfront, lake, meadow or woodland views, or camping pods, safari tents, space for campervans and even two suspended tree tents.
For van life…
Gupton Farm, Pembrokeshire
Campervans are welcome at this pretty campsite on the glorious Pembrokeshire coast, making it ideally situated if you’re looking for an activity break in Wales. Nestled in a cwtch-like hollow, the site looks over Freshwater West, one of Wales’ best surfing spots. You’ll wake up to striking sunrises, equally spectacular sunsets, and be able to enjoy a spot of stargazing after dark.
Still looking for that perfect escape? For the full range of National Trust holiday accommodation visit: nationaltrust.org.uk/holidays
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