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The term “the great British” precedes many things - hit TV shows about baking, events from beer festivals to flower shows, even appreciable qualities like spirit and determination. When it comes to the UK countryside, though, the adjective is entirely fitting: no-one could argue that it isn’t great. The National Trust is the organisation under whose umbrella the historic buildings and monuments of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as its fields, gardens, lakes and coastline, huddle. If you’re keen to trace Britain’s history, or simply relax and admire breathtaking natural beauty, why not do so from the comfort of a rustic cottage in Blighty’s heartland?
There’s no end of National Trust sites to visit, so whether it’s Hadrian’s Wall, the Aberdulais Waterfall or the dramatic tip of the north Cornwall coast, you’re sure to come away satisfied. After planning your itinerary, take your pick from our selection of holiday cottages close by popular National Trust attractions. Go on: treat yourself.
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National Trust cottages in Cornwall
There’s a lot to do and see in Cornwall, whatever time of year you visit. In summer, there’s a selection of the UK’s most gorgeous beaches, including the glittering Porthcurno, to throw down your bucket and spade; art fans, meanwhile, will love a wander through Tate St. Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum. Elsewhere, the scent of a thousand flowers suffuses the air in the Lost Gardens of Heligan, or you can spend a day exploring the Rainforest Biome at the unforgettable Eden Project.
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National Trust cottages in Devon
With over 700 cottages in Devon, we’re sure we can provide a perfect base for your adventure in the region. But you may struggle to cram in the myriad activities on offer in this stunning county! Water rafting, horse riding, windsurfing and rock climbing are just some of the more adrenaline-focused pastimes, while the unspoiled countryside is populated by ancient castles and stately homes. There are also vineyards, if you enjoy a touch of red - or white: the choice is yours.
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National Trust cottages in Yorkshire
Whether you prefer to be comfortable on the coast, or cosy in the countryside, Yorkshire is an ideal holiday hotspot. Picture-postcard villages typified by rural charm, the verdant vales of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and herbaceous meadows of the moorland reserve in the Bridestones: suffice to say you can leave any stresses behind you upon arrival in Yorkshire. National Trust beauty spot Hardcastle Crags is worth a look, while breathtaking coastal views await all along the Cleveland Way National Trail.
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National Trust cottages in Wales
There’s well over 1,000 cottages in Wales, so don’t worry about bedding down in comfort during your trip: focus on ticking off Wales’s 63 National Trust sites. A trek along the ‘rooftop of Wales’, Abergwesyn Commons, is a must; the landscape is rich with Bronze Age ritual sites and abandoned medieval villages, while red grouse plunder their way through the heather. After you’ve scaled Snowdonia’s sizeable peaks, visit the Roman gold mines in Cothi Valley, before settling on the golden sands of the Marloe Peninsula.
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National Trust cottages in Northern Ireland
The National Trust’s emerald treasures are spread fairly evenly throughout the counties - and thanks to the relatively short distances between each, you can tick every site off your itinerary over the course of a weekend. Behold stunning neoclassical architecture on a visit to Templetown Mausoleum in County Antrim, before checking out Patterson’s Spade Mill just along the road. Of course, there’s more to Northern Ireland than National Trust sites; why not hit the shops in Belfast, before sampling the capital’s famous nightlife?
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Northern Ireland Cottages
St Columbs Cottages have just been completed in 2012 and are set right in the heart of the beautiful north coast countryside. It is located about 2.5 miles outside Bushmills and is within 10-15 minutes of the busy towns of Ballymoney and Colerain...
Hillview is a detached cottage set four miles from the village of Ballyliffin in County Donegal. This cottage sleeps six people and has three bedrooms, consisting of one double, one king-size double with en-suite shower room and a twin bedroom, as...
Rambler’s Retreat is a delightful, detached property which enjoys a unique location nestled amongst the rolling Leitrim countryside, just four miles from Manorhamilton, near Sligo, and can sleep four people. This all ground floor cottage has two d...
Moor Cottage is a spacious, detached cottage located close to the village of Rathmullan in County Donegal. With four bedrooms, including one ground floor double with en-suite wetroom, one first floor double and two family rooms with one double and...
Glencross Cottage is a cosy, detached cottage set in an elevated position close to the village of Rathmullan in County Donegal. With three bedrooms including one ground floor double with en-suite shower room, plus two first floor family rooms with...