Ever thought of staying in a NT bunkhouse

Thinking of taking a break with family or a group of friends in the heart of spectacular British countryside? Then why not get back-to-basics and book a stay in a National Trust bunkhouse?

For those who are new to the bunkhouse holiday experience, we have 34 purpose-built and converted buildings which provide simple, self-catering accommodation for organised groups.

They are the perfect base for walking holidays as most are within easy reach of beautiful countryside, unspoilt coastlines, historic houses or landscape parks in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Jennie Owen, Volunteering Programmes Manager, said:

‘Whether you want to walk, cycle, climb, watch birds or find flowers, our quirky and characterful bunkhouses will allow you and your friends to share the beauty of the countryside which surrounds them.

Each bunkhouse has a unique character of its own, and all vary in size and age. Many have a rich history too, ranging from converted gamekeepers’ and gardeners’ cottages to barns, farmhouses, a water-mill and even a post-war MoD radar station.’

All properties come with basic facilities including hot showers, dormitories with bunk-beds and a self-catering kitchen.

For a really serious outdoor experience, the Trust also has several bothies which offer very basic facilities – in other words – have no heating or electricity. They are typically in isolated locations and are for those who really want to escape from modern life.

Here’s our list of our top ten bunkhouses

The path down to Porth Meor / Park Head
View from the North Cornwall Beach Head Bunkhouse

In North Cornwall we are lucky to have the Beach Head bunkhouse which is just a short walk from the coast and a wonderful small beach on a wild and windswept length of coastline just 8 miles north of Newquay or 5.5 miles south of Padstow. It is a converted two-storey barn at Pentire Farm, St Eval, on the coast near the Bedruthan Steps with magnificent views over Park Head. for more details and how to book, visit the National Trust | Basecamp details page.

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