The stunning National Trust properties across the Midlands you can stay at for short breaks

Everyone loves a visit to a National Trust site once in a while, strolling around beautiful gardens or exploring historic homes. But did you know there are some properties you can stay in overnight for short holidays in the Midlands?

As well as protecting some of the country’s most precious buildings and stunning natural spaces, the charity also provides the chance for visitors to spend a night, or more, somewhere different. There are more than 470 unique cottages – cabins by the sea, cosy cottages in the hills, manor houses and even a lighthouse.

While there’s bothies and bunkhouses in spectacular locations and within easy reach of national parks, countryside, coastlines and stunning landscapes. Or even camping and glamping. There’s somewhere to stay for everyone.

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And there’s plenty of them within the Midlands – from Shropshire to Worcestershire, and Staffordshire to Herefordshire. We have put together a list of some of the National Trust properties you can book for a holiday in the Midlands.

All of the information has been taken from the National Trust’s website and was correct as of Friday, March 18. For more information on the holiday cottages available, visit the National Trust’s holidays website.

Lichfield Lodge 1 and 2

Nestled on the edge of the Shugborough Estate, there are two newly-converted gate houses – providing a perfect place to stay for countryside-loving couples. Once moved 100 yards to the south because of the Trent Valley rail line in 1845, 1 Lichfield Lodge on the boundary of Shugborough’s 900-acre estate is the perfect spot for getting away from it all.

And with out of hours access to the parkland and wild deer roaming on the doorstep, you will feel like you have woken up in another world. Open the door of this cosy Grade II listed lodge to reveal a contemporary-styled interior with a wood burning stove, perfect for those colder nights. There is a nod to the practical style and comfort of the larger Shugborough mansion.

Outside there’s a small private lawned garden with a table and chairs so you can sit in the sunshine and enjoy alfresco meals. And 2 Lichfield Lodge is pretty much a mirrored image.

Both lodges can accommodate two guests and it is preferred that there is a minimum three night stay. Dogs are welcome at 2 Lichfield Lodge.

Shugborough Estate, Milford, near Stafford, Staffordshire, ST17 0UP



Lichfield Lodge 1

South Wing at Hanbury House

This is a stunning second floor apartment within Hanbury Hall, near Droitwich, with views over the 18th century Parterre. It was built in 1701 in the William and Mary style.

Discover Hanbury Hall before the estate is open to visitors and guests can explore the wider grounds including the formal gardens, designed by George London as well the later more relaxed gardens with orangery, orchards and walled garden. Nearby, spend an afternoon strolling around the historic town of Droitwich, a spa town that has been settled for over 2000 years.

The apartment has a sitting room, kitchen, one double bedroom and a bathroom. The South Wing can accommodate two guests with a minimum three night stay.

Hanbury House, School Road, Hanbury, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, WR9 7EA

Attingham West Lodge

A neo-classical lodge at the grand entrance of Attingham Park in Shrewsbury. Attingham West Lodge, commissioned by Richard, 5th Lord Berwick and built by 1862, is now a comfortable holiday cottage with Georgian style to link with Attingham’s history.

The lodge is a Grade II listed building with river views from the master bedroom, walks from the doorstep and after-hours access to the estate. On the ground floor there’s a sitting room with a woodburning stove, a dining room, kitchen and bathroom with over-bath showers.

Up the steep staircase, you’ll find one king size bedroom and one single bedroom. The lodge also has a small, enclosed garden with a lawn, patio and seating.

There are many walks on the estate, through woods, parkland and along the river, and the national cycle route is close by. You’ll have free entry to Attingham Park’s Regency Mansion, Walled Garden, Deer Park and Field of Play, as well as other National Trust properties in the area including Sunnycroft, Benthall and Dudmaston.

It can also accommodate three guests. with a minimum three night stay.

Attingham Park, Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 4TP

Old Mill Cottage

Old Mill Cottage is a picture-book 15 century cottage set in woodland on the Brockhampton Estate, in Herefordshire. Sitting pretty in a romantic woodland garden, accessed only by a wooden footbridge over a stream, it has rose-clad walls and small peeping windows – feeling like a fairy-tale hideaway.

The cottage dates back to the 15th century and retains many original features inside. Through the red wooden door guests are greeted by a inglenook fireplace, rustic exposed beams and old quarry tiling. There are two bedrooms upstairs that feel cosy with their small peeping windows.

You will be in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside on the Brockhampton estate, surrounded by sweeping parklands and magical woodlands. As a guest you’re invited to explore the main medieval manor house of the estate, Lower Brockhampton, free of charge.

Old Mill Cottage can accommodate three guests and it is also a minimum three night stay. One dog is welcome in the cottage as part of the booking.

Brockhampton Estate, Bringsty, near Bromyard, Herefordshire, WR6 5TB



The Old Mill Cottage
The Old Mill Cottage

Hanbury Lodge

At the entrance of the Hanbury estate, this stunning lodge has miles of walking trails on the doorstep. Hanbury Lodge is the original late 18th century front lodge to Hanbury Hall.

This listed building has original features such as false windows and doors to show its grandeur, but inside has a very homely and cosy feel with low ceilings and quaint rooms, with an open fire in the sitting room. The upstairs has two bedrooms – one double and one single – and a bathroom. Guests benefit from free entry into the elegant William and Mary style Hanbury Hall when it is open and can explore the parkland at anytime.

Hanbury Lodge can accommodate three guests in the two bedroom lodge. It is also a minimum three night stay.

Hanbury House, School Road, Hanbury, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, WR9 7EA

Sternsmill Cottage

Sternsmill Cottage, located on the Dudmaston estate, has countryside views and even a cave in the garden. It was built in the 19th century and retains many original features, including wooden floors and the range in the living room.

The property has a private garden, countryside views and even a cave in the sandstone cliff behind the cottage. On the ground floor you’ll find an entrance hall, sitting and dining room and kitchen leading to the patio area. While on the first door there is a double bedroom with bathroom with a shower over the bath.

On the second floor there’s a twin bedroom. Sternsmill Cottage can accommodate four guests and one dog, with a minimum three night stay.

Dudmaston Estate, Quatt, near Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6QN

The Triumphal Arch

Making up half of the arch, this unique holiday cottage in Herefordshire has views across Capability Brown designed gardens. The Triumphal Arch is situated in one half of the entrance archway to Berrington Hall.

It used to be a coachman’s home, and later a shooting lodge, but now is a spacious holiday home designed by Henry Holland. On the ground floor, there’s a large sitting room with open-plan kitchen/dining area with wood-burning stove, one double bedroom and bathroom with separate shower and roll top bath.

While on the first floor, there’s two bedrooms – one double and one single. The cottage can accommodate five guests and there’s a minimum three night policy on bookings.

Berrington Hall, near Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DW



The Triumphal Arch
The Triumphal Arch

Ismore Coppice Wild Campground

Not feeling the luxury and fancy camping? Ismore Coppice Campground is on the edge of the National Trust’s Attingham Park estate. It is based on the banks of the River Severn and is popular with canoeists as it offers direct access onto the river.

There is a natural grassy landing area where boats can be hauled out before setting up camp. Further up the field is the main camping area with a woodland backdrop.

There are composting toilets, a water standpipe and a fire pit. It’s possible to access the area by car, with parking 30 metres from the camping field. It is open seasonally between July 2 and September 5, with a minimum one night stay. There are 50 pitches and two dogs are welcome per pitch.

Attingham Park, Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 4TP

Ambrey Cottage

Surrounded by woodland, the spacious Ambrey Cottage is the perfect spot for a peaceful break. The cottage is set over two floors and is perfect for up to five people and two dogs for a minimum three night stay.

On the ground floor, you will find a porch, utility room, kitchen/dining room and sitting room with woodburning stove. While upstairs there are three bedrooms – one double, one twin and one single – and a bathroom with a shower attachment over the bath.

Get everyone up bright and early and head out on one of the many walking trails that surround the area. Take in spectacular views and explore the 1500 acre Croft estate. Guests are also invited to visit the castle for free.

Croft Castle and Parkland, Yarpole, near Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 9PW

Old Linceter

The Old Linceter cottage in based in the grounds of the Brockhampton Estate in Herefordshire. Old Linceter is a cosy traditional farmer’s stone cottage built in the 1800s with original quarry tiles and wood burner in the sitting room.

It’s delightfully secluded and peaceful, with only the bleat and baa of the sheep and singing of the birds breaking the silence. On the ground floor you will find a kitchen, dining room and sitting room with a wood-burner.

While upstairs there’s three bedroom – two doubles and a single – a bathroom with a shower over the bathroom, and a separate toilet. Guests can explore the estate’s peaceful woodland, open parkland and working farms before heading to the manor where, as a guest at the cottage, you can enjoy free entry.

Old Linceter sleeps five people and will welcome two dogs with each bookings. It is also a minimum three night stay.

Brockhampton Estate, Bringsty, near Bromyard, Herefordshire, WR6 5TB

Rosedene

Rosedene is a great spot for watching birds and butterflies near the Clent Hills, with miles of walking trails nearby. It offers a truly unique opportunity to step back in time and experience staying in one of the few remaining Chartist cottages in the UK.

This Grade II listed red-brick cottage remains largely unchanged since it was first occupied by early Chartists. An organic garden is maintained at the front of the cottage with seasonal fruit and vegetables, and an orchard flourishes at the back of the house.

It has a traditional work area/living room and two bedrooms – one double and one single, with additional folding bed available on request. In the stable there is a basic kitchen and dining area, and in the out-building there’s a toilet with sink and separate shower.

Rosedene, near Bromsgrove, can accommodate three guests and there is a minimum two night stay. The property is only available to hire as a ‘back to basics’ holiday cottage for 2022, and it is hoped to reopen fully in 2023.

Rosedene, Victoria Road, Dodford, near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 9BU



Rosedene near Bromsgrove
Rosedene near Bromsgrove

Morville Barn 1 and 2

Located on the Morville Hall Estate, both these barns are cosy conversions in Shropshire surrounded by local attractions. Originally believed to be stables, this early 18th-century converted barn offers a cosy and rustic stay for family and friends who want a place to go away together.

The holiday cottages are part of a new National Trust project to carefully bring to life 16 unused barns at five National Trust estates in England. 1 Morville Barn is one of two halves of Morville Barn and both 1 and 2 Morville Barn can be booked together for two families to come together but enjoy having their own spaces at the end of the day.

At 1 Morville Barn on the ground floors there’s a sitting room with wood-burning stove and kitchen with a dining area. While upstairs there’s two king-size bedrooms and one single bedroom. There’s also a main bathroom with a shower over the bath and a shower room with a second toilet.

The layout of 2 Morville Barn is similar, without a wood-burning stove. Both barns sleep five guests and can accommodate two dogs in each. It is also a minimum three night stay.

Morville Hall, Morville, near Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 5NB

Croft Garden Cottage

Croft Garden Cottage is a gothic-style former gardener’s cottage tucked away in the walled garden of Croft Castle in Herefordshire. reen shrubs climb its walls and pruned lawns encompass the property. It’s no surprise that it was once home to the estate’s gardener; he would have been in the perfect spot for gazing upon the gardens and admiring his hard work.

The interior has been restored to provide a homely and inviting stay with enough room for six people on a three day minimum holiday. On the ground floor, you will find a kitchen/dining room and sitting room with wood-burner. There is also a bathroom with a separate shower and single bedroom downstairs.

While upstairs there’s another three bedrooms – one double, one twin and one single, with a separate toilet.

Croft Castle and Parkland, Yarpole, near Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 9PW

Threshing Barn

The Threshing Barn is a converted brick and timber barn on the Attingham Park Estate in Shrewsbury. Built at Smethcote Farm in the 1700s, the Threshing Barn is now a comfortable countryside retreat for six people for a minimum three night stay.

The hallway leads to an open-plan kitchen, dining and sitting room area with a double-height ceiling, exposed brick walls and a woodburning stove. There’s one double bedroom with an en-suite shower on the ground level.

The first of two staircases leads into the first-floor double bedroom with an en-suite shower. The second staircase takes you to the mid-level family bathroom and then up again to a twin bedroom.

Outside, the barn shares a large walled garden with the Smethcote Barn next door. Within the garden, Threshing Barn has a screened private seating area including a fire pit which has a barbecue grill.

Attingham Park, Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 4TP

Smethcote Barn

Smethcote Barn is a converted barn with farmland views on the Attingham Park Estate, in Shrewsbury. Built at Smethcote Farm in the 1700s, Smethcote Barn is now a comfortable countryside retreat for four people for a minimum three night stay.

Special features, such as wooden beams and king-post tresses, are highlighted by fresh, light walls, and the original large doors have been glazed for views across the fields. Downstairs you will find the kitchen, sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove, and a toilet.

While upstairs, there’s two double bedrooms and a family bathroom with a bath and shower. Outside, the barn shares a large walled garden with the Threshing Barn next door.

There is a lawn as well as a wildflower meadow to support local wildlife, and two Dutch barns, built around 1900. Within the garden, Smethcote Barn has a screened private seating area including a fire pit which has a barbecue grill.

Attingham Park, Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 4TP



The Smethcote and Threshing barns near Shrewsbury
The Smethcote and Threshing barns near Shrewsbury

Sandyburn Barn

In a secluded spot in the Shropshire countryside is Sandyburn Barn. Sandybury Barn is a rustic but contemporary holiday cottage that’s nestled in the rolling hills of the Shropshire countryside.

Its double-height windows and open-plan living area create a light and spacious place to relax. There’s also built-in accessibility, so every need is catered for, with a wheelchair-friendly bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor and kitchen with accessible features.

With three more bedrooms upstairs, there’s plenty of room for all the family. Sandyburn Barn can sleep up to seven people for a minimum three night stay.

Dudmaston Estate, Quatt, near Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6QN

The Oast House

The Oast House is a former workers cottage with hop kilns and a working brewery next door on the Brockhampton estate. The large holiday home boasts many beamed ceilings, original features in the kitchen, a small enclosed garden to the rear and a larger garden to the front mainly to lawn.

The house has generously sized rooms so that 10 people and three dogs can stay at the property for a minimum of three nights. On the ground floor you will find a hall, sitting room with wood-burner, dining room, kitchen with electric Rangemaster cooker, utility room and bathroom with a shower over the bath.

On the first floor there are three bedrooms – one large double, one twin and one single – and a bathroom with separate walk-in shower and roll top bath. And on the second floor there is a further three bedrooms – one large double, one double and one adjoining single.

Brockhampton Estate, Bringsty, near Bromyard, Herefordshire, WR6 5TB

Cwmmau Farmhouse

Cwmmau Farmhouse is an impressive early 17 century farmhouse located in a stunning area of Herefordshire. In a remote area of the Welsh Marches, you’ll find the spacious, late medieval house. On a clear day you will have views of the local Black Mountain and Hay Bluff, as well as the Brecon Beacons.

The impressive exterior, and the range of barns and other ancient buildings, give an indication of the farmhouse’s earlier status and grandeur. Personal touches including embroideries and photographs tell some of the building’s stories.

Inside guests are welcomed by huge oak beams, stone tiled floors, wide-board oak and elm floors, leaded windows and elegant period furnishings. On the ground floor there is a sitting room, kitchen, two dining rooms, utility and toilet. While upstairs, there are five bedrooms – and two of them have four posted beds. There are two bathrooms on the first floor.

Cwmmau Farmhouse can accommodate up to 10 guests and it is also a minimum three night stay. The farmhouse is in the village of Brilley, 20 mile north west of Hereford.

Cwmmau Farmhouse, Cwmma Road, Hereford, HR3 6JP



The Cwmmau Farmhouse in Herefordshire
The Cwmmau Farmhouse in Herefordshire

Dudmaston Bunkhouse

Is there a big group of you? Then look no further then the Dudmaston Bunkhouse – which can sleep a whopping 16 people in its nine bedrooms for a minimum three night stay.

Situated in a quiet, remote hamlet in the heart of the Shropshire countryside, Dudmaston bunkhouse is a barn conversion to comfortable accommodation. The bunkhouse offers all the basic facilities you’ll need for your stay including some added extras.

The bunkhouse comes equipped with a multi-functional dining/meeting room with Wi-Fi and projector, so it’s perfect for meetings and arranging activities whether that is for work or play. All the communal rooms are on the ground floor and with a wet room and accessible bedroom, everyone should feel included.

The bunkhouse has nine bedrooms, so although basic facilities, guests only share a maximum of two to a room. There is a private garden located outside the main entrance.

Dudmaston Estate, Quatt, near Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6QN

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