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How your holiday helps

A child walks along the beach with a kite at Rhosili and South Gower Coast Wales
Flying a kite at Rhosili and South Gower Coast, Wales | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

What do a 1000-year-old castle, a windswept coast path and a puffin's nest have in common? They’re all places that you help to look after when you stay at one of our holiday cottages.

What makes our holidays different?

Set on the coast, in the countryside and within the historic estates we care for, our holidays offer unique locations and unforgettable experiences. But that’s not the only reason our holidays are so special. Every time you holiday with us, 100% of the money we make goes back into conservation work at the place you’re staying in and other special places too.

So when you set off for a day at the beach, you could be helping to repair a much-loved coast path. Staying in a woodland retreat? You could be protecting the forest habitat of an endangered species. And while you enjoy cosy evenings reading in front of the fire, you could be helping to restore books in a 400-year-old library.

An exterior view of The Mill Cottage in Devon

Caring for the coast 

With over 778 miles of coastline in our care, we're doing everything we can to make sure the beaches, dunes and bays we all love can be enjoyed for years to come. We have over 195 coastal cottages, bunkhouses and campsites across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In 2019, the contribution cared for the equivalent of 778 miles of coastline we look after*. From repairing footpaths, protecting wildlife habitats, to litter picking, the money from your holiday is helping to support conservation work on the coast.

A deer is spotted at Low Peak holiday cottage, Yorkshire

Looking after the countryside 

Wildflower meadows, rolling hills, heather-covered moors: the UK countryside is a varied and beautiful place. By staying at one of our country cottages, you help to care for the land and wildlife that surround it. In 2019, the contribution from our 129 country cottages equated to enough money to maintain over 1,600 miles of footpaths. What's more, last year the money from our campsites was enough to support the equivalent of eight National Trust rangers to look after the countryside 365 days a year*.

An exterior view of The Tower holiday cottage in Norfolk

Unearthing history 

From cleaning the stonework on a 17th-century statue, to bringing a Victorian kitchen garden back to life, caring for hundreds of historic buildings and gardens requires constant attention. We have 119 holiday cottages within the grounds of the historic estates we care for and every stay helps to preserve and protect the heritage at these places. The contribution from these cottages in 2019 raised the equivalent funds to clean and brush 36,717 square metres of stone work – that’s enough to clean a wall around the perimeter of Basildon Park Estate in Berkshire*.

The local area to Draper's Flat, York

Protecting urban spaces 

Your holiday also helps to look after special places in towns and cities too. From The Beatles childhood homes in Liverpool, a Tudor house in Hackney in London, to city parks, your stay supports unique urban spaces. We have four city cottages in York and Birmingham. Last year, the contribution from our four city cottages equated to enough money for us to repair the slate roofs at 177 of the houses we care for.

The kitchen and dining area at Mam Farm, Derbyshire

New places to stay 

Every year we restore and refurbish cottages, bringing them back to life and opening them up for you to enjoy. We work with local, heritage craftspeople to protect the unique character of these places. Take a look at some of the new places you can stay, from a flat in the centre of historic York, a Grade II listed former mill, to a seaside cottage on the Dorset coast.

Sunset over Rhossili Bay on the Gower Peninsula, South Wales

Plan your getaway

Inspired to book your break or would like to find out more? Take a look at all our unique holiday cottages and find your perfect getaway.

*These costs were correct as of December 2019 and should only act as an indication as exact figures will differentiate from project to project.