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.)
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