Looking to enjoy a dramatic coastline or to be mesmerized by the historic beauty that once inspired Romantic poets, including William Wordsworth? Look no further than the historic cottages sprinkled throughout the British Isles.
The National Trust, a charity focused on protecting and preserving the historic buildings, vast countryside and impressive coastline of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, offers an alternative to hotel vacationing in one of their wonderfully maintained historic cottages. There are over 360 cottages throughout the British Isles to choose from, offering many different experiences.
Visitors enjoy the stunning views of the southwest coast of England, the golden sands of Southern Wales, or the plush natural beauty of Northern Ireland in one of the charity's self-catering vacation cottages. Here are six historic cottages with six different experiences to be had.
1. Doyden Castle: Port Quin, Cornwall, England
Doyden Castle, one of Britain's smallest castles, is situated on the cliff edge with stunning views overlooking Lundy Bay and the Cornish hollow of Port Quin, a nearly abandoned fishing village. The miniature castle on the southwest coast of England was built around 1830 by Samuel Symons as his personal retreat for feasting, drinking and gambling. Now, lucky visitors of the castle can enjoy the privacy of this dramatic bit of coast.
The castle has three floors. The entrance is through a tunnel on the cellar floor. The cellar floor contains a small kitchen, wine store, and small bathroom. The ground level is cozy with a small living room, dining nook and large fireplace. A steep staircase takes you to the top floor where there is a large bedroom with gorgeous views of the sea crashing against the rocks.
The castle, perfect for two, is available for your enjoyment year-round. Prices range from around £300-£1000 (roughly $500-$1,600) a week, depending on the time of year.
For a memorable experience on rugged Cornish coastline, Doyden Castle is a perfect fit.
2. Millbeck Towers: Lake District, Keswick, England