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Darnbrook Cottage, Yorkshire

5 Remarkable National Trust holidays

The next time you’re planning a trip, try somewhere with an adventure right on the doorstep. With amazing National Trust holiday cottages all over England, Wales and Northern Ireland, a totally unique holiday experience might be closer than you think.

 

Here are five of our favourite National Trust cottages.


1. Moryn, Gwynedd

If your heart is set on a room with a view, this cosy North Wales beach retreat is for you. With the ocean beckoning just a few steps from your door, you could easily spend your whole visit strolling along the sand.

 

But there’s also some serious hiking in this part of the world. The Welsh coastal paths are almost unrivalled and Snowdonia National Park is in easy reach, ready to test even the hardiest mountaineers.

 

This is the smallest cottage on our list, sleeping two people – something for adventurous couples to take on. 


2. Darnbrook Cottage, Yorkshire

With greenery all around, this Yorkshire getaway might be one of the most relaxing National Trust places anywhere.

 

Sitting at the base of Fountains Fell, the cottage is actually part of a working sheep farm. More than that, it’s slap bang in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, meaning beautiful country walks in every direction.

 

The cottage comfortably sleeps five people (and two dogs). Cyclists in the family should try out the nearby section of the 2014 Tour de France route. 


3. Erne View, County Fermanagh, NI

We couldn’t put this list together without including one of the National Trust’s wonderful holiday spots in Northern Ireland. Erne View boasts views across Lough Erne (it’s pronounced ‘loch’, and means ‘lake’).

 

That provides an unmissable opportunity for water sports, not least of which is the Lough Erne Canoe Trail. Any canoe trail is a plus in our books, but Lough Erne has a particularly strong offering that includes historic waterside structures like Devenish Tower and Enniskillen Castle.

 

Wildlife is another big draw, with kingfishers, otters, and grey herons making regular appearances.

 

This very spacious retreat sleeps up to seven guests.


4. East Cottage, Kent

For a holiday to make your friends jealous, how about a cottage next to an actual lighthouse? This attention-grabbing location delivers everything you need from a great getaway, while making for some memorable additions to your photo album.

 

If unique history catches your imagination, you’ll be fascinated by the area’s war stories. Special mention goes to the Fan Bay Deep Shelter, a complex of tunnels built below the cliffs during WWII.

 

This cottage sleeps four, and if you fancy a break from the lighthouse keeper’s solitary life, it’s a short walk to St Margaret’s. There you’ll find the village and the bay, for lunch and a dip. 


5. West Cottage, Cornwall

From East to West, we head to Polzeath in Cornwall. As you’d expect there are abundant walking trails in this area, as well as the National Trust’s Lanhydrock cycle trail. Easy access to the beaches at Polzeath and Pertireglaze Haven mean swimming and surfing are a must for adventure seekers.

 

With the sand still between your toes, visitors of all ages will enjoy the regular wildlife sightings. Look for peregrine falcons and grey seals along the coastline, and get excited at the sight of porpoise fins amid the waves.

 

This dog-friendly cottage sleeps four, with excellent views of the sea.


You can find out more about these cottages, and over 400 others, by visiting the National Trust website.

 

We’re also excited to announce our latest competition, in partnership with the National Trust. Enter now and you could win up to £1000 towards your next National Trust holiday.


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The National Trust

 

We are proud to be the Official Outdoor Retail Partner of the National Trust. With our quality equipment and expert advice combined with National Trust’s enduring care and access to a huge range of special outdoor places, we hope to inspire and grow everyone’s connection with the outdoors.