Fancy feeling like the lord or lady of the Manor, well you could. By choosing to stay in your very own country holiday retreat you can experience the grandeur and romance of a Castle stay in locations all across the country.

From a stone pile in Wales, to a Georgian hall in Staffordshire, your home for the night could really be as grand or unusual as you like.

The Landmark Trust specialises in restoring historic buildings and turning them into spectacular holiday accommodation for people looking for holidays in historic buildings. Some of the magnificent buildings available include lighthouses, castles, towers, banqueting houses, and a mill to name but a few.

The trust has a number of open days running throughout the year where anyone, not just members, can visit a selection of Landmark properties within the UK. Admission is free, and visitors have the chance to learn about the properties history and restoration. Go to their website to see a full list of historic building open days.

If that sounds like a holiday you would relish, the Historic Houses Association may also be of interest. The association represents 1,500 historic houses, castles and gardens throughout the UK, many of which are open to visitors. Members of the association can visit 300 of the properties completely free of charge.

Finding your Manor

We are very fortunate within the British Isles to have history all around us, and therefore we are spoilt for choice when comes to finding ourselves a castle retreat. To find out more information about holidays in Castles and Heritage Homes visit www.landmarktrust.org. There are some fantastic options out there; here are just a few of our suggestions:

Thornbury Castle - Gloucestershire

This 500 year old Tudor castle has played host to many a King and Queen, and you can now also experience the night in this 16th Century castle. Much of the detailing and originality of the building still remains and you can transcend between the then and now. Guests to Thornbury Castle can stay in authentic designed bedchambers and have a selection of dining rooms to choose from. You can even have a tipple of wine from the castles vineyard. Set in a great location, visitors can discover the local area or venture into Bath and the Cotswolds.

Castell Deudraeth - Portmeirion, Gwynedd

Castell Deudreath is situated in the architecturally beautiful Portmeirion village in North Wales. The 19th Century castle and gardens were renovated in 2001 and the estate now offers visitors a rural retreat. The rooms are designed to incorporate local Welsh furnishing and materials, all thoughtfully put together to create a contemporary feel that complements the setting. With access to Portmeirion village only moments away, the Victorian gothic facade of the hotel can be replaced with that of an Italian village and elegant Piazza, a real fusion of design awaits visitors.