THE NATIONAL TRUST has hundreds of places to stay across England, Wales and Northern Ireland this summer.
From former fishermen's houses on the coast and farmhouses with plenty of space for all the family (and the dog) to stone dwellings in the back and beyond, the trust’s property collection has something to cater for all self-catering tastes.
Here are some new for 2016 …
Ferry Cottage, Brixham, Devon: Thanks to a National Trust restoration project, this Grade 2 Listed detached cottage on Agatha Christie's famous Greenway estate opens for the first time this summer. The two double bedrooms have uninterrupted views across the River Dart towards the village of Dittisham. Guests have free access to Greenway House during opening hours and unlimited access to gardens during their stay.
9 Arlington Row, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire: Thousands of tourists flock to the Cotswold village of Bibury to photograph the cottages on Arlington Row. Number 9 is the only holiday cottage in this location. The buildings date back to 1380 when their function was a monastic wool store. Sleeps three.
The Old Rectory, Rhossili, Swansea: This house dates from 1850s and is above a wide expanse of sandy beach, with uninterrupted views of the sea and the tidal island of Worm's Head. Dylan Thomas nearly bought this house, but at 15 minutes from the nearest pub it was a walk too far. Rhossili Bay is good for surfing. Sleeps seven.
Rockside Cottage, Northumberland: The cottage is part of a square of fishermen's houses. Sleeps four.
Woodford Cottage, County Fermanagh: A former piggery on the Crom Estate, the cottage has two bedrooms and a well-equipped kitchen. Guests can spend the holiday fishing, biking, kayaking, and walking without ever needing to leave the estate. Sleeps four + a cot.
Triumphal Arch, Leominster, Herefordshire: Designed by Henry Holland, this unusual cottage is situated in one half of the entrance archway to the Berrington Hall Estate. The cottage has a private garden, and guests have access to Berrington's Capability Brown-designed gardens and parkland when the house is closed to the public. Sleeps five.
Greenlands, Studland, Dorset: Newly-renovated by the trust, Greenlands is a farmhouse on the edge of Poole Harbour. The house has views over the harbour across to Brownsea Island (a haven for wildlife, including the rare red squirrel) and inland over Dorset Heathland. Sleeps five.
Watermill Apartment, North Norfolk: A watermill conversion beside the coast road between Wells and Brancaster, with fine views of the stream and surrounding countryside. Sleeps four + two.
East Cottage, White Cliffs of Dover, Kent: This former lighthouse keeper's cottage is in one of the most dramatic places in England. Sleeps four.
Lighthouse Keeper's cottage 1 and 2, Souter Lighthouse, Tyne and Wear: These historic cottages are on the clifftops on the North-East coast. Both cottages sleep four.
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