Staying in a piece of history

Wednesday 29 May 2013
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Ever fancied staying in a moated castle? Perhaps a tower, or a historic banqueting hall in the heart of the countryside? Thanks to the Landmark Trust you can. Choose from an array of British buildings with long and fascinating histories, not to mention architectural charms, and add something special to your break. Appleton Water Tower, Norfolk, England

Appleton Water Tower - Landmark Trust Appleton Water Tower (C) Landmark Trust

 

  Right on the edge of the Royal Estate at Sandringham, this Victorian water tower looks over the woods and fields of the Norfolk countryside. Built to supply clean water to the Sandringham Estate on Queen Victoria's request, its neo-Byzantine architecture gives it a magical air. Inside it's very cosy, and at night you can climb onto the roof for a fantastic view of the stars. West Banqueting House, Gloucestershire, England

West Banqueting House (C) Landmark Trust West Banqueting House (C) Landmark Trust

 

  Once part of a grand Jacobean House, razed during the English Civil War, the West Banqueting House is a living piece of the 17th century. Its onetime owner - Sir Baptist Hicks - was a mercer in London, and the extent of his wealth is reflected in the lavish ornamentation of this surviving part of his estate. Close to the idyllic market town of Chipping Campden, and surrounded by the rich green countryside of the Cotswolds, it's perfect for a quiet break with plenty of country strolls.  Gothic Temple, Buckinghamshire, England

Gothic Temple (C) Landmark Trust Gothic Temple (C) Landmark Trust

 

  The landscape gardens at Stowe, handiwork of Charles Bridgman and William Kent, are home to many magnificent follies. One of the most striking is the Gothic Temple. Built in 1741, the views from its central tower over the surrounding gardens, follies, lakes and temples are truly magnificent. Its many windows make it feel light and airy, and its living and sleeping areas are extremely cosy. Lie back and gaze up at its gilded interior dome as you relax on the sofa too, to really take in the scale of the building. Stogursey Castle, Somerset, England

Stogursey Castle - (C) Landmark Trust Stogursey Castle - (C) Landmark Trust

 

  Built in the 12th century, Stogursey Castle survived two orders for its destruction, hosted King John of England, and even played a small part in the Wars of the Roses. By the 20th century it had fallen into ruin, but its restored gatehouse is today a charming cottage, still buttressed by what remains of the gastle gates. Enjoy an open fire, rustic interiors and perhaps a stroll to the nearby village of Stogursey for dinner.   The Pineapple, Dunmore, Scotland

The Pineapple, photo by Angus Bremnar (C) The Landmark Trust The Pineapple, photo by Angus Bremnar (C) The Landmark Trust

 

  To call the Pineapple striking would be an understatement. Its enormous fruity centrepiece rises a dramatic 35 feet! Built by an eccentric landowner in the 1760s, the pineapple could be derived from his time as Governor of Virginia, where pinapples were used as a sign of hospitality. Staying here you gain access to a lovely private garden, luxurious rooms, and you're surrounded by attractions. Among these, be sure to visit the fantastic and immersive Stirling Castle. The Landmark Trust is a charity that rescues historic buildings, and makes them available for let as holiday accommodation. To discover more, and see more of their properties, visit their website here

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