Thirty years ago we became involved with the Keats Shelley Memorial Association that owns the house at the foot of the Spanish Steps in Rome where John Keats died. An apartment in this building became our first Italian property in 1982, and we now have six remarkable buildings in Italy, most with a British cultural connection. They include the apartment in Florence occupied by Robert and Elizabeth Browning, a villa by Palladio, a magnificent former monastery overlooking the waterfalls of Tivoli and a fisherman's cottage accessible only by boat.
In Belgium we look after an apartment at Hougoumont, Waterloo. The course of British and European history changed here on 18 June 1815 as the site of the battle of Waterloo. Today it is an atmospheric Landmark furnished to evoke the Napoleonic era.
In France we look after the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s former country retreat south-west of Paris, Le Moulin de la Tuilerie and have been exploring a partnership with the Conservatoire du littoral, the French coastal conservancy agency, to help save their buildings at risk.
The Landmark Trust USA, an independent organisation working to our model, was established in 1991. Its first property was Rudyard Kipling’s family home in Vermont and it now manages four important historic buildings.