The Landmark Trust
The Landmark Trust restores some of Britain's grandest and most architecturally interesting buildings and lets them out as holiday homes. Whether you fancy a property with a literary past, an amazing view or World Heritage status, you'll find something to suit. Our favourites include a railway station, the Appleton Water Tower in Sandringham (above) and an 18th-century 'correction house'.
Prince Charles's Duchy Estate
The Duchy of Cornwall, Prince Charles's private estate in Liskeard, spans 53,628 hectares and has 21 luxury cottages, with most furniture sourced locally. The welcome pack of freshly ground coffee, biscuits, apple juice, fresh scones and clotted cream, makes a delicious start to any holiday. duchyofcornwallholidaycottages.co.uk
Natural Retreats' luxury self-catering cottages (in the Highlands, Yorkshire and on the Welsh coast) are ideal for anyone with a passion for the great outdoors. And they even come with their own concierge service. Call the team for anything from advice on the best local tourist attractions to booking personal chefs. naturalretreats.co.uk
Best known for preserving some of the UK's most treasured country homes and ancient monuments, the National Trust also rents 370 self-catering cottages. Stand-out properties include The Old Rectory, Rhossili, the only building on a beautiful stretch of the Welsh coast, and Abbey Stores in Yorkshire, a stone-built cottage with a beamed vaulted roof. nationaltrust.org.uk
Bosinver Farm Cottages
Bosinver Farm caters for all kinds of holidaymakers with its 20 cottages (sleeping between three and 12) scattered in mature woodlands in a hidden valley near Trelowth, Cornwall. Cots, highchairs and toy boxes are supplied, and activities such as campfire building and bug safaris will keep families very happy, while smaller, secluded properties make perfect couples' getaways. bosinver.co.uk