The Landmark Trust Projects

Peter Napier FRICS

The Landmark Trust is a British charity, founded in 1965 by Sir John and Lady Smith, to rescue buildings of historic interest or architectural merit and then make them available for holiday rental. The Trust's headquarters is at Shottesbrooke in Berkshire.

The Trust has holiday rental properties in England, Scotland and Wales. There are also a number of properties on Lundy Island off the coast of north Devon, operated under lease from the National Trust.

There are also several rental properties in Belgium, France and Italy and  five properties are in the United States—all in Vermont—one of which, Naulakha, was the home of Rudyard Kipling in the 1890s.

The rental income provides a source of funds to support restoration costs and building maintenance. The first rentals were in 1967 when six properties were available. Llwyn Celyn, The Trust's 200th property, opened for rental in 2018.  

Landmark sites include forts, farmhouses, manor houses, mills, cottages, castles, gatehouses, follies and towers and represent historic periods from medieval to the 20th century.

When with Napier and Company and before that Pooks Chartered Building Surveyors, I have been involved in several of their properties providing consultancy advice on conservation repairs and in some cases amenity improvements. These properties included:-

Astley Castle

Stockwell Farm, Old Radnor

Tixall Gatehouse, nr Stafford,

Coed Y Bleiddia, Ffestiniog Railway

St Winifred’s Well, nr Oswestry

Ironbridge House, Ironbridge

The Whitehouse, Munslow

North Street, Cromford

The Music Room, Lancaster

Alton Station, Alton, Staffs

Plas Uchaf, Cynywd, N Wales

Fowl House and Poultry Cottage nr Welshpool

Field House, Minchinhampton