The hidden gems of the National Trust

The hidden gems of the National Trust

Posted 21st Aug 2015

As LandLove Camping Week (17th to 21st August 2015) comes to an end we take a look at The National Trust's camping locations that are bursting with character


Big Mose Bunkhouse at Dudmaston Hall, Shropshire

A characterful Tudor building on the Dudmaston Estate has been cleverly converted to provide bunkhouse accommodation for up to 20 people, but with a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, it certainly won’t feel like you’re stuck in the Tudor ages. Spend your evenings relaxing in the large living area and discussing your group’s adventures.

Price: £137 per night (sleeps 20). For more information, please e-mail, call 01746 780838 or 01746 780 866.

National Trust places nearby: Berrington Hall or Attingham Park.


Carmarthenshire Bunkhouse, Dinefwr

The bunkhouse at Dinefwr is one of the best-kept secrets in Carmarthenshire. Set in the magnificent Dinefwr estate in Llandeilo, it’s the ideal base for any large group to explore the county of Carmarthenshire. Fondly known as the Garden of Wales, there are many beaches, mountain ranges, towns and other attractions to explore nearby. The bunkhouse is open-plan and situated in the inner courtyard by Newton House. It sleeps up to 15 and has bathroom facilities, a kitchen and a lounge. From the balcony see spectacular views of the medieval deer park.

Price: £18 per person per night for groups of 5 or above, £22 per person per night for groups of 4 or less (sleeps 15). For more information, please email, call 01558 825 928 or 07825 521 258.

National Trust places nearby: Dolaucothi Gold Mines and Llanerchaeron. 


The Bunkhouse at Cragside, Northumberland

Two woodland workers' cottages have been converted to provide simple self-catering accommodation in a beautiful location overlooking Tumbleton Lake. During your stay, you will have free access to Cragside’s extensive woodland and gardens. Central heating will keep you warm while the kitchen, washer/dryer and lounge area provide some creature comforts. Outside, the old outhouse contains a modern bathroom as well. The Cragside tearooms can cook up a hot meal for your first and last evenings. Sleeps up to 16 people. Please note smoking and dogs are not permitted.

Price: £198 a night (sleeps16). For more information, please call 01669 620 333.

National Trust places nearby: Wallington or Lindisfarne Castle.


Henman Bunkhouse, Leith Hill, Surrey

Close to Dorking town centre, the bunkhouse nestles on the lower northern slopes of Leith Hill, the highest point in south east England. Although London is only thirty miles away, the setting of tranquillity and beauty provides an ideal location for groups to experience rural Surrey at its finest. The bunkhouse is a great base for a holiday in the Surrey Hills. Walkers can directly access the Greensand Way and other local way-marked trails. There are also many bridleways and byways covering Leith Hill and the surrounding area that are ideal for cyclists. Alternatively, a short walk to the Tower will provide sweeping views across the countryside and the nearby pubs are on hand to help you take a well-earned rest.

Price: £200 per night, Fri, Sat, Sun and £140 per night mid-week. (Sleeps up to 16). For more information, please call 01306 712711 or 01306 711 685.

National Trust places nearby: Polesden Lacey or Box Hill.


Houghton Mill Campsite, Cambridgeshire

Set in peaceful rural Cambridgeshire, not far from the historic market town of St Ives is Houghton Mill Campsite. Set in an idyllic village location on an island on the Great Ouse River, Houghton Mill has inspired artists and photographers for generations. Come and experience the sound and atmosphere of a traditional working mill, have a go at making flour or lose yourself in the tranquillity of the riverside setting. Enjoy a family holiday or weekend break at our Waterclose Meadows campsite ideal for walking, canoeing, fishing, close to historic Cambridge, Anglesey Abbey, Wicken Fen and Wimpole Hall.

The campsite is open from 20 March - 2 November

54 caravan / motorhome pitches with electric hook-up, 15 Tent pitches

Price: From £5 per pitch and £5 per adult per night. For more information please call 01480 466 716.

National Trust places nearby: Wimpole Estate or Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill.


Octavia Hill Bunkhouse at Outridge Farm, Kent

Home to one of the National Trust’s most popular bunkhouses, Outridge is an 80 acre farm set on the side of Toy's Hill in the rolling Kent countryside. Just off J5 of the M25 and close to Sevenoaks, it's in easy reach of attractions such as Chartwell and Emmetts Garden. Soak up the rustic charm of this converted redbrick outhouse with a barbeque on the veranda or venture further onto the Octavia Hill walking trail. For any groups wishing to have a cycling holiday, the bunkhouse is close to Toys Hill. It is the highest point in Kent with some fantastic bike trails, both on and off road, which are popular with both mountain bikers and road riders. There are also facilities for you to wash and store your bike securely after your ride.

Price: £250 per night (Sleeps up to 14). For more information, please call 01480 301 494.

National Trust places nearby: Chartwell, Knole or Emmetts Garden.


 By The National Trust




Images courtesy of the National Trust's: Andrew Butler, Alexandra Jenkins, Andrew Montgomery, Robert Morris, David Norton and the National Trust

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