For Alan Leibowitz, president of The Landmark Trust, vacation rentals provide the opportunity to preserve parts of local history. “We are sticking to our mission to rescue precious buildings, symbols of our history and culture that are most at risk,” he said. The Trust’s guests are so passionate about this mission that a group of ‘Landmarkers’ are on a mission to stay in the 200 properties under the Trust’s care.
Here’s our selection of charming, stylish, quirky and grand historic self-catering properties to stay in, helping the work of these charities. What’s more, many cost a fraction of the rates charged by privately owned second homes.
The Cage, Port Isaac, Cornwall
This three story cabin, a Grade II listed former shoe shop, was bequeathed to The National Trust. It is used as a holiday home because it is too small for permanent residential use without parking or a washing machine. However, it offers a cheerful and quirky experience for a short break in Port Isaac, with views of the harbor from the terrace. Distributed over three floors with a narrow staircase and a small kitchen. Sleeps two.
Prices from £331/three nights