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Castles, towers and cottages: here’s how to stay in the UK's top heritage spots in 2018

If you want your 2018 holiday to include a glamorous stay in a castle, tower or cottage in the UK, this weekend is your chance to book.

Clavell Tower.
Clavell Tower. Image by Landmark Trust

The Landmark Trust is an organisation that rescues buildings around the UK and turns them into holiday accommodation – and now, bookings for the next round of stays at the ten most popular landmarks will open to the public.

Luttrell's Tower.
Luttrell’s Tower. Image by Landmark Trust

The bookings are for trips between 2 July and 31 December 2018, and generally have a fixed number of days that guests must stay. Online public bookings begin at 2 pm on Saturday, 11 March, and by phone beginning at 9 am on Monday, 13 March by calling +44 1628 825925.

Belmont. Image by J Miller/Landmark Trust

Since these are the most coveted destinations among the trust’s nearly 200 buildings, they are advising people who want to book online to register in advance in order to speed up the booking process.

Belmont House.
Belmont House. Image by Landmark Trust

Among the properties is Belmont in Dorset – an 18th-century seaside villa that once served as a home to writer John Fowles, the author of The French Lieutenant’s Woman, where guests can even work at his former writing table.

Martello Tower.
Martello Tower. Image by Landmark Trust

Or, you can head to Suffolk to stay in a Martello Tower, the largest of a chain of towers built to keep out Napoleon. The tower has room for four people, and a four-night stay costs £592, or about £37.00 per person, per night.

Luttrell's Tower.
Luttrell’s Tower. Image by Jill Tate/Landmark Trust

If you want a bit of history and intrigue in your stay, Luttrell’s Tower in Eaglehurst, Southampton will suffice. According to the Landmark Trust, the tower was built for Temple Luttrell, a Member of Parliament and potential smuggler. There is even a “smugglers tunnel” that runs from the building to the beach.

Kingswear Castle.
Kingswear Castle. Image by Landmark Trust

For a mix of the contemporary and historic, Astley Castle in Warwickshire is also available to rent. The accommodation is actually built into the base of a castle that was near collapse following a fire, so guests can enjoy the best of both worlds.

Fox Hall.
Fox Hall. Image by John Miller/Landmark Turst

However, if you don’t manage to get a coveted booking, Landmark Patrons and Friends receive exclusive early-booking opportunities, so you can start preparing for your 2019 holiday.  

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