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Landmark Trust

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The Landmark Trust
Landmark Trust logo
Legal statusBuilding conservation and preservation charity
HeadquartersShottesbrooke, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Region served
Predominantly UK
Dr Anna Keay

The Landmark Trust is a British building conservation charity, founded in 1965 by Sir John and Lady Smith, that rescues buildings of historic interest or architectural merit and then makes them available for holiday rental. The Trust's headquarters is at Shottesbrooke in Berkshire.

Most Trust properties are in England, Scotland and Wales. Several are on Lundy Island off the coast of north Devon, operated under lease from the National Trust. In continental Europe there are Landmark sites in Belgium, France and Italy. Five properties are in the United States — all in Vermont — one of which, Naulakha, was the home of Rudyard Kipling in the 1890s.

The Trust is a charity registered in England & Wales[1] and in Scotland.[2] The American sites are owned by an independent sister charity, Landmark Trust USA. There is also an Irish Landmark Trust.[3]

Those who rent Landmarks provide a source of funds to support restoration costs and building maintenance. The first rentals were in 1967 when six properties were available.[4] The Trust's 200th property, Llwyn Celyn, opened for rental in October 2018.[5] Landmark sites include forts, farmhouses, manor houses, mills, cottages, castles, gatehouses, follies and towers and represent historic periods from medieval to the 20th century.

Governance and administration

The Trust employs a 400-strong workforce headed by a Director.[6] Anna Keay was appointed Director in 2012,[7] succeeding Peter Pearce (1995–2012) and Robin Evans FRICS (1986–1995).

The work of the Trust is overseen by a Board of Trustees chaired by Neil Mendoza.[8]

Prince Charles became Patron of the Landmark Trust in 1995.

A group of high-profile supporters act as Ambassadors for the Trust, helping to raise awareness of the Trust's role in rescuing and preserving remarkable buildings. As at March 2017[9] these were: David Armstrong-Jones; George Clarke; Nicholas Coleridge; Simon Jenkins; Griff Rhys Jones; and Natascha McElhone.

In media

The Gothic Temple at Stowe was filmed in March 1999 as the Scottish Chapel in the Bond movie The World is Not Enough.[10]

In May 2015 five life-sized sculptures by Antony Gormley, titled Land, were placed near the centre of the UK and at four compass points, in a commission by the Landmark Trust to celebrate its 50th anniversary. They were at Lowsonford (Warwickshire), Lundy (Bristol Channel), Clavell Tower (Dorset), Saddell Bay (Mull of Kintyre), and the Martello Tower (Aldeburgh, Suffolk).[11] The sculpture at Saddell Bay is to remain in place permanently following an anonymous donation and the granting of planning permission.[12] The sculpture on Lundy was relocated to Cambridge.[13]

The work of the Trust was the subject of a six-part Channel 4 television documentary, Restoring Britain's Landmarks, first broadcast in October 2015.[14]

Four Channel 4 programmes, Great British Buildings: Restoration of the Year, transmitted from 23 March 2017, were co-hosted by Landmark Trust Director Anna Keay and Kevin McCloud. Buildings featured included Belmont.

Properties available for holiday lets

The following lists aim to be complete and illustrate both the variety of structures and geographical spread of the trust. In the Trust's early years, prior to the incorporation of the charity, properties were often bought with the support of the Manifold Trust. The Trust's current portfolio also includes properties bequeathed to the Trust, leased, or operated through a management agreement on behalf of other owners. Dates of acquisition and first lettings are shown where available from Landmark Trust or other published sources; time differences between dates often reflect previous/current ownership and the extent of restoration required.

Detailed histories of each building are prepared by the Trust's Historian during its renovation. These include summaries plus before and after photographs of restoration works as carried out. Each building history is then left as an album in the property for visitors to peruse. All Trust property history albums were made available online for the first time in October 2018.[15]

Channel Islands

Fort Clonque, Alderney
Fort Clonque, Alderney



The Landmark Trust manages the Island of Lundy in the Bristol Channel on behalf of the National Trust, and operates a number of holiday cottages there. The properties managed by the Trust include:

  • The Barn
  • Bramble Villa East
  • Bramble Villa West
  • Castle and Keep Cottages
  • Government House
  • Hanmers
  • Millcombe House
  • The Old House
  • The Old Light
  • The Old School
  • The Quarters
  • Radio Room
  • St John's
  • Square Cottage
  • Stoneycroft
  • Tibbets

London and South East England

Name Image Town County Acquired Opened for lets Notes
43 and 45a Cloth Fair
Betjeman's, Cloth Fair, London EC1 - - 1140972.jpg
Smithfield London EC1 1981 Two properties. 43 is the former home of the late Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman.
Cobham Dairy Cobham Kent 2016/17 2019 Grade II* ornamental dairy designed by James Wyatt in the 1790s in the style of an Italianate chapel, on the Buildings at Risk register.[16] The Trust launched an appeal in late September 2016 to rescue the building and had raised £200,000 by 31 March 2017, thereby securing a further £200,000 match funding from Ecclesiastical Insurance.[17] The full target of £954,000 was achieved by late 2017. Renovation started during 2018 and was completed in Autumn 2019.[18]
Fox Hall
Fox Hall, Charlton - - 1010189.jpg
Charlton West Sussex 1983
Goddards, Abinger Common, Surrey-1093093487.jpg
Abinger Common Surrey 1991 1997 Architect: Edwin Lutyens 1898–1900, 1910
Gothic Temple
The Gothic Temple, Stowe - - 886707.jpg
Stowe Buckinghamshire 1970 1977
The Grange
The Grange, Ramsgate 1.jpg
Ramsgate Kent 1997 2006 Architect: Augustus Pugin
Georgian House, Hampton Court Palace East Molesey Surrey 1993 1993 Built as a kitchen, later housing Foreman of the Gardens and Clerk of Works.[19]
Hole Cottage
Hole Cottage, near Cowden, Kent - - 40462.jpg
Cowden Kent 1969 1970
Laughton Place
Laughton Place - Lewes, East Sussex, England - DSC05336.jpg
near Lewes East Sussex 1978
Luttrell's Tower
Luttrell's Tower - - 859271.jpg
Eaglehurst, near Southampton Hampshire 1968 1968
Obriss Farm near Westerham Kent 1990 1996
The Old Parsonage
The Old Parsonage, Iffley - - 284977.jpg
Iffley, Oxford Oxfordshire 1997
Oxenford Gatehouse Elstead Surrey 2009 2010
Princelet Street Spitalfields London E1 2004 2005
The Prospect Tower Belmont Park, Faversham Kent 1990 1992
St Edward's Presbytery
St Augustine's Abbey Church and The Grange - - 503995.jpg
Ramsgate Kent 2010 2015
Sackville House East Grinstead West Sussex 1995 1997 Bequeathed by Ursula Honess, granddaughter of Sir Aston Webb.[20]
The Steward's House Oxford Oxfordshire 1985 1986
Wilmington Priory
Priory Ruins at Wilmington - - 746364.jpg
near Eastbourne East Sussex 1999 2000 Leased from Sussex Archaeological Society who operated it as a museum until 1992. Appeal launched for restoration and renovation in 1995/6.[21]

East of England

Name Image Town County Acquired Opened for lets Notes
The Ancient House
Clare - Ancient House.jpg
Clare Suffolk 1999 Heritage Lottery Fund grant £82,200 towards restoration, 1997[22]
Appleton Water Tower
Appleton Water Tower - - 1022651.jpg
Sandringham Norfolk 1976 1977
Cavendish Hall Cavendish Suffolk 2010 2010
Freston Tower
Freston tower4.jpg
Ipswich Suffolk 2001 2005
Houghton West Lodge Houghton Norfolk 1990 1996
Keeper's Cottage Shuttleworth Bedfordshire 2004 2007
Lynch Lodge
Lynch Lodge - - 265413.jpg
Alwalton, near Peterborough Cambridgeshire 1983
Manor Farm
Pulham Market, near Diss Norfolk 1979
Martello Tower
Aldeburgh Martello Tower front.jpg
Aldeburgh Suffolk 1971
Methwold Old Vicarage
House opposite St George's Church, Methwold, Norfolk - - 312484.jpg
Methwold Norfolk 1998 2002
New Inn Peasenhall Suffolk 1971 Three separate lets prior to refurbishment in 2013
Peake's House Colchester Essex 1995 1995
Purton Green
Purton Green Farm - - 916546.jpg
Stansfield Suffolk 1969 1971
Queen Anne's Summerhouse Shuttleworth, Old Warden Bedfordshire 2004 2009
Stoker's Cottage Stretham Cambridgeshire 2005 2007
Warden Abbey
Warden Abbey (428017).jpg
Old Warden Bedfordshire 1974 1976 Remodelled 2017
The Warren House Kimbolton Cambridgeshire 2004 2012

North of England

Name Image Town County Acquired Opened for lets Notes
The Banqueting House, Gibside
The Banqueting House, Gibside, side and front view - - 514906.jpg
Gibside Tyne & Wear 1977 1981 Winner in Sunday Times / Jackson-Stops & Staff "Country House Awards", April 1988[23]
Beamsley Hospital
Beamsley Hospital - - 358788.jpg
near Skipton North Yorkshire 1983 1983
Brinkburn Mill
Brinkburn Mill Water Wheel.jpg
near Rothbury Northumberland 1990 1992
Calverley Old Hall
Calverley Hall.jpg
Calverley West Yorkshire 1981 1984 See also Projects under Development
Causeway House
Causeway House - - 458464.jpg
Bardon Mill Northumberland 1988
Cawood Castle
Cawood Castle.jpg
Cawood, near Selby North Yorkshire 1985
Coop House
The Coop House, Netherby - - 954458.jpg
Netherby, near Carlisle Cumbria 1992
Cowside Langstrothdale.jpg
Langstrothdale North Yorkshire 2011
Culloden Tower
Culloden Tower - - 932298.jpg
Richmond North Yorkshire 1981
The Grammar School Kirby Hill North Yorkshire 1973 1975
Howthwaite, Grasmere - Garden entrance.jpg
Grasmere Cumbria 1986
Morpeth Castle
Morpeth Castle Gatehouse.jpg
Morpeth Northumberland 1988 1991
The Music Room Lancaster Lancashire 1974 1977 Negotiations to purchase started 1970.[24] Refurbished 2013
The Pigsty
Landmark - Pigsty corrected.jpg
Robin Hood's Bay North Yorkshire 1988 1991
The Ruin
The Banqueting House, Hackfall, Grewelthorpe. West Side.jpg
Hackfall, Grewelthorpe North Yorkshire 2001 2005 Hackfall Gardens acquired by the Woodland Trust in 1989 who invited Landmark Trust to restore this building, then known as Mowbray Point. Appeal for purchase (£10,000) and restoration (£250,000) launched 1990.[25]


Name Image Town County Acquired Opened for lets Notes
Abbey Gatehouse
The Gatehouse, Tewkesbury Abbey - - 319431.jpg
Tewkesbury Gloucestershire 1986 Built 1500, standing guard over Tewkesbury Abbey
Alton Station
Alton Station - - 1600747.jpg
Alton Staffordshire 1970 1972 Former railway station for Alton Towers
Astley Castle
Astley Castle Across the Moat.JPG
Nuneaton Warwickshire 1995 2012 First lease surrendered 2001.

Winner of the 2013 Stirling Prize

The Bath House
The Bath House - - 1501287.jpg
Near Stratford-upon-Avon Warwickshire 1987 1991
The Birdhouse
Badger Dingle - Doric Temple 01.jpg
Badger Dingle Shropshire 2015 2016
Bromfield Priory Gatehouse
Priory Gatehouse, Bromfield - - 703337.jpg
Near Ludlow Shropshire 1990 1993 First listed as opening in 1992[26]
Bush Cottage
Bush Cottage, Stottesdon.jpg
Near Bridgnorth Shropshire 2011 2011
The Chateau
Gate Burton Chateau 03.jpg
Gate Burton Lincolnshire 1981
Field House
Field House - - 80839.jpg
Minchinhampton Gloucestershire 1986
The House of Correction
To Let - - 693164.jpg
Folkingham Lincolnshire 1982 1986
Ingestre Pavilion
Ingestre Pavilion - - 549047.jpg
Tixall Staffordshire 1988 1991
Iron Bridge House Ironbridge Shropshire 1972 1977
Knowle Hill
Knowle Hill, Ticknall - - 358794.jpg
Near Ticknall Derbyshire 1989 1994 Building restoration started 1992[27]
Langley Gatehouse Near Acton Burnell Shropshire 1992 1993 Repairs funded by English Heritage[28]
Lengthsman's Cottage
Gormley - Land - Lowsonford 10.jpg
Lowsonford Warwickshire 1992 2006 Located on the towpath of the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal
Lock Cottage
Worcester and Birmingham Canal - - 181037.jpg
Stoke Pound Worcestershire 1991 1993 Built between 1790 and 1815, located on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal
North Street Cromford Derbyshire 1974 1987 Earliest piece of planned industrial housing in the world, at the heart of a designated World Heritage Site.
Old Campden House – East Banqueting House
The East Banqueting House, Chipping Campden - - 376110.jpg
Chipping Campden Gloucestershire 1987 1990
Old Campden House – West Banqueting House
West Banqueting House, Chipping Campden - - 1482845.jpg
Chipping Campden Gloucestershire 1998 2003
32 St Mary's Lane
32 St Marys Lane Tewkesbury.jpg
Tewkesbury Gloucestershire 1982
St Winifred's Well
St Winifreds Well Woolston.JPG
Woolston, near Oswestry Shropshire 1987
Shelwick Court
Shelwick Court - - 82949.jpg
Near Hereford Herefordshire 1981 1984
Swarkestone Pavilion
Swarkestone Hall Pavilion 2.jpg
Near Ticknall Derbyshire 1985
Tixall Gatehouse
Tixall Gatehouse (geograph 359954).jpg
Near Stafford Staffordshire 1968 1977
The Tower
Canons Ashby House - Rear.jpg
Canons Ashby Northamptonshire 1980
The White House
Landmark White House south side.JPG
Aston Munslow Shropshire 1990 1991


Name Image Town County Acquired Opened for lets Notes
Anderton House Goodleigh Devon 2000 2003 Architect: Peter Adlington, 1969
Arra Venton Lower Porthmeor Cornwall 1991[29] First listed as opening in 1989[23]
Beckford's Tower
Beckford's Tower - - 746959.jpg
Bath Somerset 2000 2000
Belmont House.JPG
Lyme Regis Dorset 2006 2015
Bridge Cottage Peppercombe Devon 1988
The Captain's House Lower Porthmeor Cornwall 1995 1995 Previously leased to National Trust; Lease transferred to Landmark Trust 1995[30]
Castle Bungalow Peppercombe Devon 1988 1991
Cawsey House Cawsey House South Street 2.tif Great Torrington Devon 1989 1998 Opened in April 1998 as 28 South Street.[31]
The Chapel Lettaford, North Bovey Devon 1978
The China Tower Bicton Devon 2013 2013
Clavell Tower
Clavell Tower 2.jpg
Kimmeridge, Wareham Dorset 2006 2008 Appeal for restoration, including re-siting away from cliff edge, launched February 2003.
The College Week St Mary Cornwall 1976 1978
Coombe A hamlet of eight properties situated next to a confluence of two streams and 1/4 mile from Duckpool Beach. The ford adjacent to Ford Cottage is the location for occasional rubber duck races.
Coombe – The Carpenter's Shop
Coombe, Bude - The Carpenter's Shop.jpg
Coombe, Bude Cornwall 1966 1969
Coombe – Chapel Cottage
Coombe, Bude - Chapel Cottage.jpg
Coombe, Bude Cornwall 1966 1967
Coombe – Coombe Corner
Coombe, Bude - Coombe Corner.jpg
Coombe, Bude Cornwall 1984
Coombe – Ford Cottage
Coombe, Bude - Ford Cottage.jpg
Coombe, Bude Cornwall 1966 1969
Coombe – 1, Hawkers Cottage Coombe, Bude Cornwall 1969 1985
Coombe – 2, Hawkers Cottage
Coombe, Bude - Hawkers Cottage.jpg
Coombe, Bude Cornwall 1968 1968
Coombe – 1, Mill House
Coombe, Bude - Mill House.jpg
Coombe, Bude Cornwall 1966 1968
Coombe – 2, Mill House
Coombe, Bude - Mill House.jpg
Coombe, Bude Cornwall 1966 1968
Crownhill Fort Plymouth Devon 1987 1995
Danescombe Mine
Cothele Consols Engine House - - 926058.jpg
Calstock Cornwall 1972 1973
Dunshay Manor Worth Matravers Dorset 2006 2019 Bequeathed to the Trust in 2006 by Mary Spencer Watson.[32][33] Initially part of the Trust's Legacy Estate, proposed for a 20-year lease from 2013, much repair work was undertaken in the subsequent four years. In Spring 2018 the Trust announced further renovation would take place during the Summer to enable the Manor to be available for lets from 2019.[34] Bookings for the manor from May 2019 onwards were opened on 9 March 2019.[35]
The Egyptian House
Egyptian house, Chapel Street, Penzance, close up.jpg
Penzance Cornwall 1968 1971
Elton House Bath Somerset 1982 1996 Bequeathed by Philippa Savery, 1982[36]
The Farmhouse Lower Porthmeor Cornwall
Frenchman's Creek Helford Cornwall 1987 1990
Gurney Manor
Gurney Manor.jpg
Cannington Somerset 1984 1992
Kingswear Castle
Kingswear Castle from Dartmouth Castle.jpg
Near Dartmouth Devon 1987 1990
The Library
Stevenstone Devon 1978
Margells Branscombe Devon 1975 1976
Marshal Wade's House
Marshall Wade's House.jpg
Bath Somerset 1975 1976
The Old Hall
Old Hall Croscombe.jpg
Croscombe Somerset 1975 1976
Parish House Baltonsborough Somerset 1990 1995 First listed as "Church House" for opening in 1992[26]
Peters Tower
Lympstone clock tower - - 1208469.jpg
Lympstone Devon 1979
Pond Cottage Endsleigh, near Tavistock Devon 1983 1984
The Priest's House
The Priest House, Holcombe Rogus (geograph 2508361).jpg
Holcombe Rogus Devon 1984
Robin Hood's Hut
Robin Hood's Hut above Halswell House - - 577854.jpg
Halswell, Goathurst Somerset 2000 2004
Sanders, Lettaford - - 134003.jpg
Lettaford, North Bovey Devon 1976 1978
Shute Gatehouse
Shute Gatehouse - - 864320.jpg
Near Axminster Devon 1978
Silverton Park Stables
StableBlock SilvertonPark Devon.JPG
Silverton Devon 1987 2008
Stogursey Castle
Stogursey Castle - - 215767.jpg
Stogursey, Bridgwater Somerset 1982 1983
Swiss Cottage
Swiss Cottage Endsleigh. - - 468001.jpg
Endsleigh, near Tavistock Devon 1977 Designed by Jeffrey Wyatville
The Wardrobe Salisbury Wiltshire 1979
Whiteford Temple
Whiteford Temple.jpg
Callington Cornwall 1984
Winsford Cottage Hospital Halwill Junction Devon 2019 Grade II* former Cottage Hospital designed by CFA Voysey in 1900, also on the Buildings at Risk register.[37] After being declared surplus to needs by the NHS in 1999, the hospital was acquired by the Winsford Trust who gained some support for renovation from English Heritage and the Pilgrim Trust.[38] Proposals for joint community use and a Landmark Trust holiday let were presented to the local community in November 2016.[39] On 8 June 2017 an appeal was launched to save the hospital by raising £355,000 within twelve months, adding to an initial £96,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and money raised through other groups and supporters.[40] By April 2018, the appeal was within sight of its target, needing a final £40,000 to unlock a total Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £486,000.[41] The Trust announced on 19 July 2018 the full required sum of £1.5m had been raised, with restoration work scheduled to start during the summer.
Wolveton Gatehouse Near Dorchester Dorset
Woodsford Castle
Woodsford Castle - - 1288442.jpg
Near Dorchester Dorset 1977 1992
Woodspring Priory
Near Weston-super-Mare Somerset 1969 1992 Priory Church, Infirmary and Farmhouse acquired from National Trust, 1969. Restoration completed in phases:[42]

a) Priory Tower: 1969–1971

b) Priory exterior; removal of Priory interior additions; Infirmary: 1971–1976

c) Farmhouse roof: 1980–1983

d) Farmhouse window plan; South front; Interior: 1983–1992

Wortham Manor
Wortham Manor Near Lifton - - 105330.jpg
Lifton Devon 1969 1974 2 flats let until 1990


Name Image Town County Acquired Opened for lets Notes
Ascog House
Ascog House, Isle of Bute.jpg
Ascog Isle of Bute 1989 1993
Auchinleck House
Auchinleck House.jpg
Auchinleck East Ayrshire 1999 2001 Acquired from Scottish Historic Buildings Trust with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland and an anonymous benefactor.[43] Built by Lord Auchinleck, father of James Boswell.
Berriedale, Shore Cottages
Shore Cottages Berriedale.jpg
near Wick Caithness 2010
Castle of Park
Castle of Park Glenluce exterior.JPG
Glenluce Dumfries and Galloway 1990 1993
Collegehill House
Collegehill House Roslin 05.jpg
Roslin Lothian 2002 2002
Gargunnock House
Gargunnock House - - 81483.jpg
Glenmalloch Lodge
Glenmalloch Lodge - - 1516039.jpg
Newton Stewart Dumfries and Galloway 2004
Mackintosh Building
A shop in the main street with an interesting design. - - 745712.jpg
Comrie Perthshire 1985 1985
Old Place of Monreith
Old Place of Monreith - Dowies House - Ballingrene, Glasserton.jpg
Port William Dumfries and Galloway 1983
The Pineapple
Dunmore pineapple.jpg
Dunmore Central Scotland 1973 1974
Rosslyn Castle
Bridge giving access to Rosslyn Castle - - 1112401.jpg
Roslin Lothian 1977 1985
Saddell Castle
Saddell Castle, 2012.JPG
Kintyre Argyll and Bute 1978
Saddell House
Saddell House7.JPG
Kintyre Argyll and Bute 1998 2004
Saddell Lodge
Saddell Lodge 01.jpg
Kintyre Argyll and Bute 1984 2001
Saddell – Cul na Shee
Cul na Shee, Argyllshire - geograph-2608482.jpg
Kintyre Argyll and Bute 1978
Saddell – Ferryman's Cottage
Ferryman's Cottage 03.jpg
Kintyre Argyll and Bute 1990
Saddell – Shore Cottage
Gormley Land Shore Cottage.jpg
Kintyre Argyll and Bute 1978
Tangy Mill
Tangy Mill 02.jpg
Kintyre Argyll and Bute 1973 1981


Name Image Town County Acquired Opened for lets Notes
Bath Tower
Bath Tower Caernarfon.jpg
Caernarfon Gwynedd 1967 1969
Church Cottage Llandygwydd Cardiganshire 1966 1967 Landmark Trust's first property
Clytha Castle
Clytha castle.jpg
near Abergavenny Monmouthshire 1974
Coed y Bleiddiau
Coed y Bleiddiau.jpg
Tan-y-Bwlch, Maentwrog Gwynedd 2014 2018 Built in 1863 as an intermediate stop on the Ffestiniog Railway for the railway's Superintendent. Later used as a holiday home by Sir Granville Bantock. Renovated following a joint appeal with the railway.[44] Opened for lets April 2018. Retains a private platform to the railway as its main access.
Dolbelydr Trefnant Denbighshire 1999 2003
Llwyn Celyn
Llwyn-celyn Farmhouse, Llanvihangel Crucorney.jpg
Llanvihangel Crucorney Monmouthshire 2014 Medieval Hall House, formerly part of the Llanthony Priory Estate in the Brecon Beacons Black Mountain area. Under scaffolding from 2009, acquired 2011. Opened for lets October 2018 after two years' on site restoration.[45]
Maesyronnen Chapel
Capel Maesyronnen.jpg
near Hay-on-Wye Powys 1985
Monkton Old Hall
The Old Hall, Monkton - - 981245.jpg
Monkton Pembrokeshire 1979 1982
Paxton's Tower Lodge Llanarthney Carmarthenshire 1966 1967
Plas Uchaf
Landmark Plas Uchaf south side.JPG
near Corwen Merionethshire 1971 1973 Leased from Merionethshire County Council, 1971. Updated 2010 including underfloor heating, new kitchen and reconfigured bathroom.
Poultry Cottage Leighton, Welshpool Powys 1988
Stockwell Farm Old Radnor Powys
Tower Hill St David's Pembrokeshire 1965 Dilapidated cottages replaced by new building for first lets
Ty Capel, Rhiwddolion near Betws-y-Coed Gwynedd 1967
Ty Coch, Rhiwddolion
Ty Coch - Rhiwddolion - - 1517369.jpg
near Betws-y-Coed Gwynedd 1968
Ty Uchaf, Rhiwddolion
Ty Uchaf, Rhiwddolion - - 400995.jpg
near Betws-y-Coed Gwynedd 1998 2001
West Blockhouse
Inspecting the West Blockhouse - - 1155054.jpg
Dale Pembrokeshire 1969 Palmerston Fort, protecting Milford Haven


  • Hougoumont, close to the site of the Battle of Waterloo. The Trust contributed to the Chateau Hougoumont farm's £3M restoration, from 2013. An apartment in the former gardener's cottage over the south gates has been let since 2015.


  • La Célibataire, Le Maison des Amis and Le Moulin de la Tuilerie, Gif-sur-Yvette, Essonne. Let since 2010.


The Spanish Steps, seen from Piazza di Spagna, Italy. John Keats lived in the house in the right foreground.
The Spanish Steps, seen from Piazza di Spagna, Italy. John Keats lived in the house in the right foreground.
  • Casa de Mar, San Fruttuoso – from summer 2016
  • Casa Guidi, Florence – from 1995
  • Piazza di Spagna, Rome – from 1982
  • Sant'Antonio, Tivoli – from 1995
  • Villa Saraceno, Agugliaro – restored 1984–1995
  • Villa dei Vescovi, Padua (two apartments) – from 2006

United States

Properties under restoration

As at March 2020, the following properties were being restored by the Trust for future lettings:

  • Chatley Heath Semaphore Tower
    Chatley Heath Semaphore Tower
    Semaphore Tower, Chatley Heath, Cobham, Surrey. Only remaining semaphore tower from the Napoleonic era, listed Grade II*. An appeal for £160,000 representing the remaining 25% of its restoration cost was launched on 19 March 2019.[46] The appeal has reached its target, and restoration work is now underway.[47]

Projects in development

As at March 2019, plans for restoring and renovating the following properties were under active development:

  • Calverley Old Hall, Main Wing – adjacent to existing property let. The pre-qualification stage of an architectural competition for the Hall's restoration closed on 1 August 2017, when likely construction costs were estimated at £2.3m.[48] On 13 February 2018 the Trust announced that the competition had been won by Cowper Griffith. Consultation with local residents on the proposed designs took place in March 2018.[49] Awaiting appeal launch, previously planned for 2019.
  • Fairburn Tower, Inverness. Category A listed Tower House, built in 1545 for Murdo Mackenzie, Gentleman of the Bedchamber for King James V. Restoration proposals developed by Simpson and Brown as Project Architects. £500,000 grant pledged by Historic Environment Scotland. Appeal for £800,000 launched May 2018.[50] By autumn/winter 2019 all but £89,000 had been raised. Restoration work was expected to start soon thereafter for a planned completion in late summer 2021.[51]

New potential projects announced by February 2020 for development were:[52]

  • Ibsley Watch Tower, Ibsley, Hampshire - Derelict watch tower at one of the twelve RAF airfields in the New Forest. Held on a 99-year lease by RAF Ibsley Heritage Trust.
  • Mayor's Parlour Block, Maison Dieu, Dover, Kent - Part of 1835 transformation of Grade I complex of civic buildings dating back to 1204.
  • Mavisbank, nr Edinburgh, Midlothian - Joint project with Historic Environment Scotland for Scotland's first Palladian villa.

Other projects previously considered for restoration

Other properties previously considered by the Trust, but not progressed to completion, include:

  • Almshouses, Denton, Lincolnshire[53] – demolished by then owner Sir Bruno Welby, subsequently convicted in 1980 of unauthorised demolition of historic buildings and fined £1,000 plus costs[54]
  • Falsgrave Signal Box, Scarborough, North Yorkshire - under consideration from 2016 to March 2019[55]
  • The Master's House, Maidstone, Kent – rejected 2002 on grounds of size
  • Mausoleum, Seaton Delavel – rejected for risk of repayment of Department of the Environment grant[53]
  • Warder's Tower, Biddulph, Staffordshire – leased from Staffordshire County Council 2008–2010, returned when no acceptable solution could be found for dealing with four colonies of bats

Former properties

Properties formerly run as holiday lets and owned, leased or run by the Landmark Trust on a management arrangement basis include:

  • All Saint's Vicarage, Maidenhead – First floor flat in Vicarage complex designed by G.E. Street. Advertised as being prepared for opening for lets in 1990[56] and in 1991 but not listed in 1992.
  • Edale Mill, Edale, Derbyshire – The Trust bought the mill in 1969 and converted it into seven flats. Six were sold after conversion with one being retained for holiday lets until c2012.
  • Fish Court, Hampton Court Palace – owned by Historic Royal Palaces. Withdrawn from property portfolio in 2014.
  • The Harp Inn, Old Radnor, Powys
  • Higher Lettaford, North Bovey, Devon – sold in 2013 as no longer appropriate to the Trust's property portfolio
  • Hill House, Helensburgh – top floor flat returned to National Trust for Scotland in 2011.
  • The Master's House, Gladstone Pottery – The Gladstone Pottery Museum was transferred to Stoke-on-Trent Museums in 1994.
  • Meikle Ascog, Ascog, Argyll & Bute – sold in 2013 as no longer appropriate to the Trust's property portfolio
  • Sandford House, 7 Lower High St, Stourbridge, West Midlands[53]
  • 30, St Mary's Lane, Tewkesbury – bought in 1969 and let to local tenants from 2006.
  • Wellbrook Beetling Mill, Cookstown, Co Tyrone – returned to National Trust

Legacy Estate – other properties owned by the Trust

In addition to properties let for holiday rentals, the Trust has been bequeathed other properties which it has refurbished and managed in other ways, through its Legacy Estate. These include:

  • Fountain Hotel, 92 High Street, Cowes, Isle of White – acquired 2010
  • The Tower, Netherne Hospital, Netherne-on-the-Hill, Coulsdon, Surrey – bequeathed 2015[57]


Details of each property available to rent are available online, on the Trust's website, and in a Handbook. Twenty-five editions of the Handbook have been published to December 2016:

Edition number Year Editor Cover
1 1966
2 1968 Green
3 1970 Moss/Lime Green
4 1971 Red
5 1972 Blue
6 1973 Moss Green
7 1977 John Smith New Inn, Peasenhall
8 1988 Charlotte Haslam Laughton Place
9 1989 Charlotte Haslam Cawood Castle
10 (25 years anniversary edition) 1990 Charlotte Haslam Swarkestone Pavilion
11 1991 Charlotte Haslam Kingswear Castle
12 1992 John Smith and Charlotte Haslam The Bath House
13 1993 John Smith and Charlotte Haslam Prospect Tower
14 1994 Charlotte Haslam Woodspring Priory
15 1995 Charlotte Haslam Beamsley Hospital
16 1996 Constance Barrett Tixall Gatehouse
17 1998 Old Light, Lundy
18 1999 Constance Barrett Banqueting House
19 2001 Constance Barrett Swarkestone Pavilion
20 2003 Sophie Horton and Katherine Oates Prospect Tower
21 (40 years anniversary edition) 2005 not credited Freston Tower
22 2006 Gothic Temple
23 2008 The Pineapple
24 2011 Culloden Tower
25 (50 years anniversary edition) 2014 Helen Hartstein The Library
26 (published November 2018) 2018 St Winifred's Well


The Landmark Trust Lundy Island Philatelic Archive was donated to the British Library Philatelic Collections in 1991 and is located at the British Library.[58]

Further reading

  • Landmark, A History of Britain in 50 Buildings. 2015. Keay, Anna and Stanford, Caroline. Francis Lincoln Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7112-3645-5


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