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Escape the lockdown: 15 remarkable buildings where you can spend the night in April

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Culloden Tower - Getty

Culloden Tower – Getty

We love the Landmark Trust. The charity offers affordable stays in historic buildings in some of the most picturesque corners of the country. What’s not to like? Its properties add a special ingredient to any UK holiday – making them ideal for a spring break to banish memories of our bleak lockdown winter.

Self-catering holidays will be possible from April 12, and, while many of its most popular options book up months in advance, there is still some availability during those first few weeks of freedom.

1. Nicolle Tower, St Clement, Jersey

Available April 12-16 (£409); 19-23 (£429). Sleeps two.

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Nicolle Tower

Nicolle Tower was built as a folly in 1821 with a pretty sitting room on the first floor. The third floor was added in 1943 during the German occupation of Jersey and served as an observation point due to the impressive views.

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Nicolle Tower

2. The Georgian House, Hampton Court Palace, Surrey

Available April 16-19 (£1,846); 19-23 (£1,861); 23-30 (£1,661). Sleeps eight.

The Georgian House is an imposing and elegant 18th-century building on the alley leading to Henry VIII’s Real Tennis Court at Hampton Court Palace.

The Georgian HouseThe Georgian House

The Georgian House

It is sufficiently impressive to be mistaken for a garrison commander’s house, but was in fact built as a kitchen in 1719 for George, Prince of Wales.

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The Georgian House

3. The Grange, Ramsgate

Available April 16-19 (£1,445); 19-23 (£1,338). Sleeps eight.

Augustus Pugin is regarded as one of Britain’s most influential architects and designers. The Grange was his family home.

The GrangeThe Grange

The Grange

In his library, Pugin produced much of his finest work, including designs for the House of Lords and the Medieval Court at the Great Exhibition, but he reserved some of his finest flourishes for his own home. The house has a private chapel and a tower, from whose roof Pugin trained his telescope on ships in distress.

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The GrangeThe Grange

The Grange

4. Howthwaite, Grasmere

Available April 16-19 (£1,460); 19-23 (£1,372). Sleeps eight.

The Lake District has inspired generations of artists and poets and a stay at Howthwaite is sure to stir the senses.

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Howthwaite

This solid, unaltered house shares the same views across Grasmere as Dove Cottage, William Wordsworth’s home in the Lakes where he was inspired to write some of his finest poetry.

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Howthwaite

5. Woodsford Castle, Dorset

Available April 16-19 (£1,516). Sleeps eight.

This is the surviving part of a 14th-century castle, a rambling wing of great interest and charm, deep in Hardy country just outside Dorchester.

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Woodsford Castle – Paul Grundy

Its roof has one of the largest expanses of thatch in the county. Just one side of the quadrangular castle, built in 1370 and probably added to an existing group of buildings, remains today.

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Woodsford Castle – Paul Grundy

6. Woodspring Priory, Weston-super-Mare

Available May 4-7 (£793). Sleeps eight.

Woodspring Priory, an Augustinian house of the rare Victorine rule, has a serene atmosphere, surrounded by a working farm, and lying by the sea.

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Woodspring Priory – Paul Grundy

The priory was a small one but, as elsewhere in Somerset, flourished in the 15th century when the tower and nave of the church, the infirmary, and a great barn were built in beautiful golden stone.

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Woodspring Priory – Paul Grundy

7. Alton Station, Alton, Staffordshire

Available April 18-23 (£870). Sleeps eight.

Alton Station is nestled in the Churnet Valley on the outskirts of the village of Alton. You cook in the small private waiting room, the main waiting room being reserved for a suitably long table to while away your time in front of a fire. A double bedroom has been made in the ticket office, while the rest of you will sleep in the Stationmaster’s house.

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Alton Station

8. Marshall Wade’s House, Bath

Available April 23-26 (£851); 26-30 (£791). Sleeps four.

This building is fantastic example of 18th-century urban architecture in the Palladian style. It is situated opposite the Abbey, offering a unique view of the attraction.

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Marshall Wade’s House – John Miller

It was built for George Wade, a keen architecture enthusiast, but better known for his military career.

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Marshall Wade’s House – John Miller

9. Plas Uchaf, Corwen, Denbighshire

Available April 23-26 (£679); April 30-May 4 (£905). Sleeps four.

Plas Uchaf is a substantial hall-house, built in about 1400, and situated on the side of a low hill in the Dee valley, an area filled with fine scenery, wildlife and history.

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Plas Uchaf – Jill Tate

Few houses of this age survive in Wales and the quality of work at Plas Uchaf is exceptional.

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Plas Uchaf – Jill Tate

10. Bath Tower, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

Available April 23-26 (£721). Sleeps five.

This is one of eight towers built in the late 13th century by Edward I in Caernarfon’s fortified walls to protect the town and secure its strategic position at the mouth of the Menai Strait.

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Bath Tower – Jill Tate

More recently, the tower was part of a Public Bath House, built in 1823 to attract tourists to the town. Its offers views of the town wall in one direction, and across the Strait in the other.

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Bath Tower – Jill Tate

11. Gurney Manor, Cannington, Somerset

Available April 26-30 (£1,027). Sleeps nine.

Gurney Manor is mainly late medieval and built, unusually, round a courtyard.

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Gurney Manor – John Miller

Apart from the hall roof, which was renewed in about 1900 and Tudor windows and fireplaces in the adjoining solar block, the best medieval work survives unaltered, including a tiny oratory and a pentice, or covered passage, across the yard.

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Gurney Manor – John Miller

12. The Steward’s House, Oxford

Available April 16-19 (£606); 23-26 (£606); April 30-May 4 (£808). Sleeps two.

The Steward’s House provides a unique opportunity to stay within the precincts of the Oxford Union, the University’s debating society and one of its most iconic institutions.

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The Steward’s House

It is a thoroughly Edwardian affair, and the generously proportioned rooms will give you a true impression of the Oxford of that day.

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The Steward’s House

13. The Egyptian House, Penzance, Cornwall

Available April 30-May 4 (£516). Sleeps four.

One of three apartments set behind the most extraordinary façade. The Egyptian House is in the centre of Penzance, offering a perfect base from which to explore West Cornwall.

The Egyptian HouseThe Egyptian House

The Egyptian House

This unusual house is a rare and noble survivor of a style that was in fashion after Napoleon’s campaign in Egypt in 1798.

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Egyptian House

14. Beckford’s Tower, Bath

Available April 30-May 4 (£1,107). Sleeps four.

Beckford’s Tower was designed by eccentric connoisseur and collector William Beckford as his museum and treasure house.

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Beckford’s Tower

Perched above Bath, there are fine views of the city from the gilded belvedere tower.

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Beckford’s Tower

15. Culloden Tower, Richmond, North Yorkshire

Available April 30-May 4 (£1,353). Sleeps four.

Originally called the Cumberland Temple, Culloden Tower (pictured top) was built by John Yorke in 1746 as a monument to celebrate the victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie. On the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, it is built over four floors and 66 steps take you to a wonderfully grand bedroom.

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Culloden Tower – Jill Tate

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