The Landmark Trust recommend five weird and wonderful properties along England's coastline, including a historical fort perched on the beach like a giant sandcastle and a grand column-laden pigsty overlooking the Yorkshire coast.
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The Pigsty, North Yorkshire - Sleeps 2
Once a sty, Squire Barry of Fyling Hall is said to have been inspired by the classical architecture he came across in the Mediterranean during his travels in the 1880s when building this home for his pigs. But with striking beach views and classical columns, we feel this sty is fit for a higher breed of inhabitant. Lying amongst fields to the south of Whitby, The Pigsty looks over rolling hills towards the sandy beaches and the bustling village of Robin Hood’s Bay. The Cleveland Way is nearby, as is the North Yorkshire Moors.
Hawkers Cottage, Cornwall - Sleeps 5
Hawkers Cottages are a pair of thatched cottages, named after the famous Vicar of Morwenstow, who lived here in the 1820s. The bedroom in the first cottage, with a window in the form of a cross, is said to have been his study, while the sheltered garden in front is just the place for some peace and quiet. The surrounding land and coastline are geologically some of the most impressive in Britain, with long and glorious walks in all directions just on your doorstep. Summerleaze Sea Pool, Bude Surfing School, Sandymouth Beach, Boscastle and Tintagel Castle are all a short distance away.
Clavell Tower, Dorset - Sleeps 2
The location of Clavell Tower makes this an extraordinary place to stay. Built in 1830, it's captivated many including writers like Hardy and P.D. James. High up on the cliff at Kimmeridge Bay the tower lets you witness the changing light, weather and sea from your cosy eyrie. This four storey, circular tower stands high on the cliff overlooking the Jurassic Coast, England’s first natural World Heritage Site and just the place for a spot of fossil hunting. Fancy a ramble? The South West Coastal Path is just outside the front door.
Morpeth Castle, Northumberland - Sleeps 7
Perched on a hill overlooking the River Wansbeck and Northumberland's capital, Morpeth Castle was built in 1300. It stands on a small plateau in a public park, above Morpeth but completely removed from the bustle of the town. Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle, Lindisfarne, Cragside House, Warkworth Castle and the Stephenson Railway Museum are all nearby.
Martello Tower, Suffolk - Sleeps 4
This dominating tower on the beach at Aldeburgh was originally built as part of a campaign to protect our shores from Napoleon, with nearly a million bricks used in its construction. Today, it retains its military feel and it's the sea that will occupy your time as you watch it either crashing against the bricks or gently lapping the pebbles below. It stands at the root of the Orford Ness peninsula, between the River Alde and the sea, a few hundred yards from Aldeburgh. Sutton Hoo, Havergate Island, the Southwold Theatre and Framlingham Castle are all nearby.
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