Landmark Trust

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The Landmark Trust
Landmark Trust logo
Formation 1965
Legal status Building conservation and preservation charity
Headquarters Shottesbrooke, 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] In 2015 the Trust had 196 properties available.[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.

In media[edit]

In May 2015 five life-sized sculptures by Sir 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).[6]

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.[7]


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.

Channel Islands[edit]

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[edit]

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.
Fox Hall Fox Hall, Charlton - - 1010189.jpg Charlton West Sussex 1983
Goddards 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 1989
The Grange The Grange, Ramsgate 1.jpg Ramsgate Kent 1997 2006 Architect: Augustus Pugin
Georgian House, Hampton Court Palace East Molesey Surrey
Hole Cottage Hole Cottage, near Cowden, Kent - - 40462.jpg Cowden Kent 1969
Laughton Place Laughton Place1.jpg near Lewes East Sussex 1978
Luttrell's Tower Luttrell's Tower - - 859271.jpg Eaglehurst, near Southampton Hampshire 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
The Steward's House Oxford Oxfordshire 1985 1986
Wilmington Priory Priory Ruins at Wilmington - - 746364.jpg near Eastbourne East Sussex 1999

East of England[edit]

Name Image Town County Acquired Opened for Lets Notes
The Ancient House Clare - Ancient House.jpg Clare Suffolk 1999
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
Keeper's Cottage Shuttleworth Bedfordshire 2004 2007
Lynch Lodge Lynch Lodge - - 265413.jpg Alwalton, near Peterborough Cambridgeshire 1983
Manor Farm ManorFarm.JPG Pulham Market, near Diss Norfolk 1979
Martello Tower Aldeburgh Martello Tower front.jpg Aldeburgh Suffolk 1971
Methwold Old Vicarage Methwold Norfolk 1998
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
The Warren House Kimbolton Cambridgeshire 2004 2012

North of England[edit]

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
Beamsley Hospital Beamsley Hospital - - 358788.jpg near Skipton North Yorkshire 1983 1983
Brinkburn Mill near Rothbury Northumberland 1990 1992
Calverley Old Hall Calverley West Yorkshire 1981 1984
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 North Yorkshire 2011
Culloden Tower Culloden Tower - - 932298.jpg Richmond North Yorkshire 1981
The Grammar School Kirby Hill North Yorkshire 1973 1975
Howthwaite Grasmere Cumbria 1986
Morpeth Castle Morpeth Castle Gatehouse.jpg Morpeth Northumberland 1988 1991
The Music Room Lancaster Lancashire 1977 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


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 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 2013
Bush Cottage Near Bridgnorth Shropshire 2011 2011
The Chateau 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
Iron Bridge House Ironbridge Shropshire 1972 1977
Knowle Hill Knowle Hill, Ticknall - - 358794.jpg Near Ticknall Derbyshire 1989 1994
Langley Gatehouse Near Acton Burnell Shropshire 1992 1993
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 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
32 St Mary's Lane 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 359954 f8467346-by-stephen-betteridge.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
Beckford's Tower Beckford's Tower - - 746959.jpg Bath Somerset 2000 2000
Belmont Belmont House.JPG Lyme Regis Dorset 2006 2015
Bridge Cottage Peppercombe Devon 1988
The Captain's House Lower Porthmeor Cornwall
Castle Bungalow Peppercombe Devon 1988
Cawsey House Great Torrington Devon 1989 1996
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
The College Week St Mary Cornwall
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
The Egyptian House Egyptian house, Chapel Street, Penzance, close up.jpg Penzance Cornwall 1968 1971
Elton House Bath Somerset 1982 1996
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 PalladianLibraryStevenstoneDevon.JPG 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
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 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
Wolveton Gatehouse Near Dorchester Dorset
Woodsford Castle Woodsford Castle - - 1288442.jpg Near Dorchester Dorset 1977 1992
Woodspring Priory WoodspringPrioryFront081006.jpg Near Weston-super-Mare Somerset 1969 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
Berriedale, Shore Cottages near Wick Caithness 2010
Castle of Park Castle of Park Glenluce exterior.JPG Glenluce Dumfries and Galloway 1990 1993
Collegehill House Roslin Lothian 2002 2002
Gargunnock House Gargunnock House - - 81483.jpg Stirling
Glenmalloch Lodge Glenmalloch Lodge - - 1516039.jpg Newton Stewart Dumfries and Galloway 2004
Mackintosh Building 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 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 Kintyre Argyll and Bute 1984
Saddell - Cul na Shee Kintyre Argyll and Bute 1978
Saddell - Ferryman's Cottage Kintyre Argyll and Bute 1990
Saddell - Shore Cottage Kintyre Argyll and Bute 1978
Tangy Mill Kintyre Argyll and Bute 1973 1981


Name Image Town County Acquired Opened for Lets Notes
Bath Tower Caernarfon Gwynedd 1967 1969
Church Cottage Llandygwydd Cardiganshire 1966 1967 Landmark Trust's first property
Clytha Castle Clytha castle.jpg near Abergavenny Monmouthshire 1974
Dolbelydr Trefnant Denbighshire 1999
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 Denbighshire
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
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.

United States[edit]

Properties under restoration[edit]

As at December 2016, the following properties were being restored by the Trust for future lettings:

Projects under consideration[edit]

As at December 2016, the following properties were being considered for restoration and future lettings:

  • Calverley Old Hall, Main Wing - adjacent to existing property let
  • Fairburn Tower, Inverness
  • Falsgrave Signal Box, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Other properties previously considered by the Trust include:

  • The Master's House, Maidstone, Kent - rejected 2002 on grounds of size
  • 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[edit]

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

  • 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 Property 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
  • 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

Other properties owned by the Trust[edit]

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

  • Dunshay Manor, Worth Matravers, Dorset - acquired 2010; let on 20 year lease 2013
  • Fountain Hotel, 92 High Street, Cowes, Isle of White - acquired 2010


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 Picture
1 1967
2 1971
3 1974
4 1977 John Smith
5 1981
6 1984
7 1986
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 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


The Landmark Trust Lundy Island Philatelic Archive was donated to the British Library Philatelic Collections in 1991 and is located at the British Library.[8]


  1. ^ Charity Commission. Landmark Trust, registered charity no. 243312. 
  2. ^ "Landmark Trust, Registered Charity no. SC039205". Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. 
  3. ^ "Irish Landmark". Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Landmark Trust Handbook 2014. Landmark Trust. 2014. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-9533124-8-1. 
  5. ^ "Annual Review 2015" (PDF). The Landmark Trust. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Sir Antony Gormley sculptures placed at five UK beauty spots". BBC News. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Restoring Britain's Landmarks". Channel Four Television. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  8. ^ Philatelic Research at the British Library by David Beech

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