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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, December 28, 2004
    The Landmark Trust

    Fantasizing today, about a holiday in a property of The Landmark Trust. Theirs is a great idea - save from ruin the country's grand old houses, follies, industrial legacies and historical relics, and rather than open them up for the public to browse around as other trusts do, instead let them out as holiday homes.

    So you can stay in castle keeps, lighthouses, halls and towers, old mills, a room in The Wardrobe, Salisbury, or in The House of Correction, Folkingham. Something for everyone. Plenty to excite in the Trust's lovingly-produced Handbook.

    Trouble is, of course, this ingenuity comes at a price. 2005 is way out of the question for me. Start saving now and a week at Stowe's Gothic Temple or Freston Tower, Ipswich, may not be impossible by the turn of the decade. Meanwhile, I think if there's any money available to be spent at the moment Pip's got the right idea about where and on whom.