For a taste of bucolic bliss, you can’t go past the National Trust’s cottages, bunkhouses and bothies (shacks) for rent across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The National Trust has released its 2018 brochure of properties, as well as a list of working holidays.
My picks? Purely based on looks, I'd choose the Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage dramatically perched on a cliff in Devon, Doyden Castle in Cornwall for its jawdropping clifftop location and the Water Tower in Cornwall for the quirk factor.
Working holidays for 2018 include hedge laying, gardening, dry-stone walling, oak-frame building, coppicing (traditional woodland management) and cider making.
There are more than 150 working holidays to choose from, categorised by type (family, short break and more), type (active, archaeology, historic houses, construction and more), and physicality.
(Picture at top: Norbury Manor, by National Trust Images/Chris Lacey.)
You may also like
Travel Story: London built on sacred ground
Discover London's 'new' AD240 Roman temple of Mithras.
Travel Story: Romance in the castle ruins
Even as a pile of rubble, Corfe Castle in Dorset is vast and dominates the countryside.
Travel Story: Rye times: Beauty and tradition in one of England's quaintest towns
Top notch pub grub and colourful local events await in this Sussex town. Just don't forget to pack some sturdy footwear.