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1240an hour ago
Here is a lovely shot of the East Banqueting House, our Landmark in Chipping Camden. Grade II listed, it looks out over the remains of Old Campden House in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside. Recharge your batteries in this blissful three-storey Landmark.
Thanks to Claire from @theebringtonarms for sharing this shot - they are the 2019 County Dining Pub of the Year and not far from our lovely Landmark.
2233133 days ago
Culloden Tower in Richmond, North Yorkshire. Built around 1746 it was originally called the Cumberland Temple, created by John Yorke as a monument to celebrate the victory of the Duke of Cumberland's army over Bonnie Prince Charlie.
By 1981 sadly the tower had succumbed to dry rot, leakages and vandalism amongst other things. We renewed the roof, repaired and repointed stonework and restored the interior to how it would have looked. The most important part of the restoration however, was in the two upper rooms. Fortunately, there was enough of the original ceiling left which meant we could recreate the entire design from castings.
The Tower sleeps up to 4 guests, follow the 66 steps across 4 floors and enjoy the wonderful mix of Gothic and Classical design throughout the rooms as the natural light floods in through the windows.
1828204 days ago
Calling all Oxford Landmarkers (and beyond) - we're holding free open days for the Old Parsonage in Iffley on 24 and 25 November from 10am to 4pm. Explore the handsome rooms with wood panelling and a Gothic inscription and see what life would have been like for a parson living at the property. No booking required.
1625135 days ago
This grand entrance building is The House of Correction in Folkingham, Lincolnshire.
Houses of Correction were prisons for minor offenders, established in the early sixteenth centry. They were designed to discourage petty offences such as theft and idle behaviour, through hard labour and tough living conditions.
Folkingham had a House of Correction by 1611 which was replaced in 1808. This was then enlarged in 1825 and given the grand new entrance we see today. In 1878 the prison was closed and the inner buildings converted into ten dwellings, all demolished in 1955.
We are grateful to Sir Arthur and Lady Petersen, who rescued the building from demolition in 1965. They then generously passed it on to Landmark, giving the building a secure future and ensuring that it would be appreciated by all those people who now stay in it.
The House of Correction sleeps up to 4 guests, without a hard wooden bed in sight.
89266 days ago
Saddell Castle is a complete early 16th-century Scottish tower house. A true gem of Scottish heritage, it sits with breathtaking views looking out over the Kilbrannan Sound, to the Isle of Arran.
With a spiral staircase and battlemented wall-walk on the roof, Saddell showcases its beauty in every way. Every room inside is different and holds something unexpected and agreeable: panelling or a decorated ceiling, deep window embrasures, or closets in the thickness of the wall.
Saddell Castle sleeps up to 8 people and can be the perfect place to enjoy this Christmas. Search our website for more details.
1199124:01 PM Nov 5, 2018
Thank you to Kevin, @scottishbeardman for sharing this lovely photo of his family embarking on a Landmark adventure in Berriedale, Scotland. Find your next Landmark trip on our website.
911612:32 PM Nov 2, 2018
Bush Cottage near Bridgnorth in Shropshire is a timber building, which dendrochronology, or tree ring dating, tells us was constructed in 1548. Built on a landholding known as 'The Bush' it had occupiers throughout the years such as tenant farmers and yeomen, bearing good parish names like Malphas, Perry and Pugh.
After the final tenants moved in and then subsequently left in 1960 due to a leaking roof, Bush Cottage was left empty for more than thirty years. In 1999, campaigning charity @savebritainsheritage put Bush Cottage on the front cover of their annual Buildings at Risk Register. Meanwhile, someone who enjoyed staying in Landmarks had bought the adjoining woodland (a Site of Special Scientific Interest) and was intrigued by the ruinous cottage. He bought it and proceeded to carry out an exemplary restoration with Treasures of Ludlow.
In November 2011, having lived in it himself for ten years, the owner offered Bush Cottage, listed Grade II, as a gift to the Landmark Trust. We had no hesitation in accepting: we found the cottage had been restored entirely to our own standards and we are enormously grateful to the donor.
3472554:07 PM Nov 1, 2018
"West Blockhouse Fort in Pembrokeshire is a beautiful paradox of a building: it seems both to rise from the rock and to soar above the sea. You approach it on foot down an angled grass track, having bumped in car or van for several miles down narrowing roads and a tapering peninsula. And there, at last, ahead of you are the upper storeys and crenellated roof of the fort, which appears – somehow, impossibly – to be hovering above the waves. Gannets cruise stiff-winged above granite coping-stones, white as magnesium flares. Oil tankers trundle up the deep-water channel towards the refineries at Milford Haven, shepherded on either flank by a snub-nosed boot-black tug boat. How is this building not either flying or floating? you wonder."
Earlier this month, writer Dr Robert Macfarlane ventured to the Pembrokeshire coast to visit West Blockhouse (pictured here in the 1960s, pre-restoration), our mid-19th century fortress built to protect Milford Haven. Click the link in our bio to read Robert's essay.
112792:25 PM Oct 31, 2018
An injection of colour and warmth to brighten up this cold and dull day! Howthwaite in Grasmere, Cumbria sits in deep woodland close to William Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage. It commands wonderful views over Grasmere and has the beauty of the Lake District all around.
Howthwaite was built in 1926 by Miss Jessie Macdougall, from a family of millers. From Howthwaite’s light airy rooms you can appreciate the ever changing light and weather as they sweep across fells. The fine outlook and surroundings are delightful; whether you fancy walking, painting, writing, reading or simply gazing upon the landscape as Wordsworth did.
Howthwaite sleeps up to 8 guests and as one guest remarked - "spectacular views, spectacular house. What more could one (or seven people) ask?"
1774172:40 PM Oct 30, 2018
Purton Green is one of our earliest acquisitions and one of which we have always been especially proud. Inside the late medieval walls of this thatched and timbered building, the hall dates back to 1250.
When we bought it in 1969 it was little more than a ruin. Not only is it the sole survivor from one of Suffolk’s many lost villages, it is an extremely rare survival in itself – the core of a mid 13th-century timber-framed hall-house.
Purton Green is now a beautiful Landmark which sleeps 4, surrounded by Suffolk countryside.
2554352:00 PM Oct 29, 2018
There is something very special about Lundy, a granite outcrop just off the coast of North Devon, where the Atlantic ocean meets the Bristol Channel.
People return time and again to the simple pleasures that Lundy affords; the sea is clear, the landscape spectacular, and at night, without competition from street lights, it is truly dark and the stars shine with unfamiliar brilliance.
There are 23 Landmark properties on Lundy and after MS Oldenburg has safely carried day-visitors to and from the island, guests and Lundy residents have the island to themselves.