The Landmark Trust
The Landmark Trust, Shottesbrooke, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3SW
Tel: 01628 825920
The Landmark Trust is a building preservation charity, founded in 1965 by the late Sir John Smith and Lady Smith. It was established to rescue historic and architecturally interesting buildings and their surroundings from neglect and, when restored, to give them new life by letting them as places to experience for holidays. Today, we have a portfolio of around 200 historic buildings; a collection spanning Britain’s architectural heritage.
Our aim is to promote enjoyment of historic buildings by enabling as many people as possible to experience living in them for a short time. The letting income generated from holiday bookings then pays for the future maintenance of the buildings.
As a charity, Landmark relies on voluntary sources of income to rescue more buildings.
Staying in our Buildings
All Landmarks are remarkable in some way for their architecture, history or setting. There are 190 historic places throughout Britain and in France and Italy. There are follies, castles, towers, banqueting houses, cottages and many other unusual buildings, all of which can be rented for holidays.
All have been chosen because they were in need of our help and because we believed they would be enjoyable places to stay, whether for a holiday or a weekend break. Some are for just two people, others are for twelve or more. Some are surrounded by open countryside or a landscape garden; others lie in the heart of an historic city.
Many of our visitors want to know more about the place they are in. For each Landmark, our Historian writes a History Album, an account of the building, its history and past inhabitants, and a description of its restoration. There will be a bookcase containing the sort of relevant and interesting books you might expect from a well-read host, as well as those standard reference books you sometimes need to get the most out of a good walk or conversation.
Every year we receive notice of over 100 buildings in need of help. We look for buildings that are significant because of the quality of their architecture, their idiosyncrasies, their historical or cultural associations or simply because they record a vanished way of life. Unfortunately, due to resources we can only take on a few of these buildings and aim to complete three of four ‘new’ Landmarks each year.
Our restorations are carried out to the highest standards and in accordance with good conservation practice and respect the setting as much as the building. Occasionally, rather than make unsuitable alterations, we trust in our visitors’ sense of adventure and ask them to adapt to the building, rather than the reverse.
Successful restoration relies on the skill of the craftsmen and women involved. We employ our own building-conservation surveyors, but usually use local architects and contractors. We believe in the importance of keeping traditional craft skills alive and apply this in our work and in traditional materials honestly used. Believing in the need for such traditional skills to remain vigorous and be passed on, we encourage our contractors to employ apprentices in the key conservation-based building trades.
Landmarks can be booked for holidays and short breaks all year round. In addition, each year we open a selection of our buildings for Open Days and a number of Landmarks also have regular times when they are open for visiting.