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National holidays you can Trust

August 2019

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The National Trust offers a huge range of charming and quirky properties

Most of us will have heard of the National Trust, Britain’s ever popular charity that looks after all the special places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
With its historic houses, castles, ancient monuments, gardens and nature reserves, most of us will have visited a National Trust property at some time in our lives.

But what a lot of people don’t know is that the National Trust also do holidays. The Trust has hundreds of unique holiday places right across the region, from picturesque cottages to historic hotels and large country houses, all waiting for you to book and enjoy a very special break.

In fact, holidaying with the National Trust is not new. They have been providing holiday accommodation since the 1930s, when they started with just a few carefully restored cottages on some of their land.  Gradually the concept developed and the Trust worked with local heritage crafts people to restore and refurbish more and more historic buildings.

Today the National Trust can offer over 400 properties to cover every type of holiday plus they have a number of very special camping sites as well. And all the properties are exceptional in their own way. There are lighthouses, listed lodges, fisherman’s cottages or even turreted towers as well as charming homes of all sizes in unique locations. Every property has a story to tell…some even have a claim to fame as the former home of a famous historical figure or because they have been featured in a film or tv show.

Dogs and pets haven’t been forgotten; the National Trust offer over 160 dog friendly holiday cottages in fabulous locations which are sure to bring an extra wag to that tail!

All the National Trust accommodation is self catering, but you can be sure all the basics are there for you so that you can cook and bake lovely meals. Things like toilet roll, bin liners, washing up liquid and dishwasher tables are provided, and a welcoming a pint of milk and tea and coffee awaits new arrivals.

All bed linen and two towels per person are provided, along with tea towels and some cleaning supplies. It has all been very well thought through. And the National Trust even provides seven days a week customer service to ensure any holiday problems are quickly sorted out.

One of the really good things about a National Trust holiday is that the money charged for the accommodation helps to look after the property and also helps towards the conservation of many of their other special places too.  When you think that the Trust currently looks after over 500 historic houses, castles, monuments, parks and reserves as well as many works of art and  nearly 800 miles of coastline, it makes taking a holiday with them almost a duty!!

For anyone who would like to contribute more, the National Trust does offer working holidays as well, when you can work in some amazing places alongside experts, learning new skills and probably making deep friendships as well.

Find out more about National Trust holidays at

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