There’s no better way to celebrate summer than by indulging in a break. If you’re bored of the usual accommodation options, take advantage of the huge range of National Trust properties you can stay in.

Customer feedback collector Feefo rates the service provided by National Trust Holidays at an impressive 98%; meaning you won't be disappointed with your stay.

National Trust head of holidays, James Ingham, says: “Our collection of holiday accommodation is hand-picked and cared for by the National Trust, which means whether you're staying in a gatehouse, a lighthouse or a shepherd's cottage, everyone is crammed with character and has a story to tell.”

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And you’ll be helping the charity’s work while relaxing on your break, as Ingham adds: “Wherever you stay with the National Trust, the proceeds go directly back into our work as Europe's largest conservation charity, helping us protect and restore buildings and landscapes for everyone to enjoy.”

Offering more than 400 cottages, lighthouses and even bunkhouses across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, here are our top 5 favourite places to stay in:.

1. Ferry Cottage

Making its debut this summer, Ferry Cottage is located in Brixham, Devon, on Agatha Christie's famous Greenway Estate, which she described as “the loveliest place in the world”.

Grade II-listed and thatched, this quaint cottage overlooks the River Dart.
Included in the price is free access to Greenway house during opening hours, as well as unlimited access to gardens during your stay.

2. The Tower, Blickling Hall

This mini castle allows you to experience life as Disney's Rapunzel. Located near Aylsham, Norfolk, the rooftop terrace and tower provide a bird's-eye view across rolling fields and woodlands, stretching to the coast.

Enjoy breathtaking walks and pop into the local pub, the Buckinghamshire Arms, for good quality food and real ale. To top it all off, Blickling Hall is usually jam-packed with plenty to do. Catch the Blickling Proms, on August 13, with special guest stars BLAKE.

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3. The Old Rectory

This cosy vintage house dates back to the 19th century and is located in Rhossili, Swansea above a wide sweep of sandy beach. With day-and-night views of the sea, it's no wonder Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas almost purchased the house.

This location is also perfect for keen surfers to take to the waves.

4. Watermill Apartment

If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of your busy life, this renovated apartment with gorgeous views of the stream and surrounding countryside is perfect for family getaways.

Set in Burham-Overy-Staithe, Norfolk, with the family attractions of Holkham Beach, Hunstanton Pier and the quaint quayside town of Wells-next-the-Sea nearby, you'll never be short of things to do.

5. 89, Church Lawn

This picturesque 18th century cottage stands at the entrance to the idyllic landscape garden at Stourhead, Wiltshire, providing the perfect scenery for a summer or autumn getaway.

The stone holiday cottage has a living room with an open fire that’s cosy enough to spend quality evenings with family and friends.

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