Top holidays for 2017

Looking for ideas for your next holiday? Why not book an Easter break with the family to one of our quirky cottages, a wild escape at one of our campsites and bargain bothies, or spend the summer helping behind the scenes? And by holidaying with us, you’ll not just have a memorable experience, but you’ll be helping us protect these unique buildings and environments for ever, for everyone. Here’s our pick of some of the best getaways on offer this year.

Exterior of Arlington Row

9 Arlington Row, Bibury, Gloucestershire 

One of our newest holiday cottages, number 9 is the only holiday home on the iconic Arlington Row. The cottages were built in 1380 as a monastic wool store and converted into weavers' cottages in the 17th-century. Bibury's central location also provides easy access to the Roman town of Cirencester and Chedworth Roman Villa: one of the grandest Roman villas in Britain.

Exterior of The Potter's Cottage in Downpatrick

The Potter's Cottage, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland 

This stone cottage is situated on the shores of Stangford Lough and the Castle Ward estate. The cottage is located next to the historic working farmyard and clock tower which featured as Winterfell in HBO’s Game of Thrones. And the estate offers plenty of Game of Thrones experiences, including archery and cycle tours of the locations.

View from tent opening at Wasdale Head campsite

Gupton Campsite, Stackpole

New for 2017, this campsite is situated on the beautiful coastline of south Pembrokeshire, above Freshwater West beach. The campsite offers easy access to Stackpole’s award-winning sandy beaches, tranquil wooded valleys, wildlife-rich lily ponds, walking trails and watersports. Keep an eye out for otters in the lily ponds and seabirds around the coast.

A family relaxes in the glampng pods at Crom

Glamping at Crom, County Fermanagh 

If you like the idea of camping but still want to maintain a little luxury, why not stay in one of our glamping pods? The pods have enough space to fit families of 2 adults and up to 3 children, with two single beds and plenty of floor space. The pods at Crom look out over Lough Erne and are a stone's throw from the water - the perfect spot to relax and watch the sunset.

Exterior of 2 Siloam Cottage in Conway

2 and 3 Siloam Cottage, Conway, North Wales 

Home to natural wonders like Snowdonia National Park and Puffin Island, North Wales has been ranked number four on Lonely Planet’s best places in the world to visit in 2017. These two cottages are an excellent base to explore the regions many attractions. They also offer great inspiration for walkers, having once played host to Sir Edmund Hillary, conqueror of Mount Everest.

Child learning woodland skills from ranger on Clumber Park woodland holiday

Family rangers working holiday, Northumberland 

Experience life as a ranger whilst enjoying time outdoors with the family. Each day will be a mix of work and play in the beautiful wooded gorge of Allen Banks. Help the rangers make charcoal, clear rhododendron and learn about what it takes to look after this special place and its wildlife as well as other fun activities throughout your stay. Runs 24th - 27th July.

Coasteering at Baggy Point, Devon

Wet, wild and walling working holiday, Devon

During this seven day experience, you’ll help to restore some of North Devon’s beautiful coastline. Learn the art of stone-faced hedge-banking and provide a vital habitat for many wildflowers, voles, reptiles and birds. In your time off, you’ll also have the opportunity to go wild swimming, kayaking and try the adrenaline-fuelled coasteering. Runs 8th - 15th July.

Exterior of Octavia Hill bunkhouse in Kent

Octavia Hill bunkhouse, Westerham, Kent 

Octavia Hill bunkhouse was converted from a former farm building and dairy around 40 years ago and several of the original features still remain. The bunkhouse is perfect for groups of family and friends, walkers, special interest groups and people who are looking for a base to explore the area. Sleeps 14.

The kitchen at Horringer Park Gates

Horringer Park Gates, Ickworth, Suffolk 

Another new addition, this late Georgian Grade II listed gatehouse has remained largely unaltered for the last 200 years. The cottage has retained many historical features including an old fashioned Belfast sink, an Everhot oven (similar to an AGA) and traditional red clay tile flooring.

Combe Park Lodge

Combe Park Lodge, Lynton, Devon 

In the heart of the Devon countryside, this Edwardian cottage features an open-plan kitchen/dining room, sitting room, two double bedrooms and two bathrooms. The nearby Watersmeet gorge offers many great walks through ancient woodland. For a more adventurous activity, you can try paddling the white waters of the East Lyn River or surfing in Lynmouth Bay.