Is the Landmark Trust a charity or a holiday company?
The Landmark Trust is a charity that rescues and restores historic buildings and lets them out for holidays. Any income we receive from holiday lettings goes back into the charity to maintain the buildings.
Where does my money go?
The income from holiday lettings goes towards the ongoing maintenance of the buildings as well as the running of the charity. Funds raised from appeals go to the restoration of new Landmarks. Some fundraising appeals raise unrestricted funds which will go where the need is greatest.
What are the criteria for taking on a building?
The buildings we take on must be of architectural or cultural significance, be at some kind of risk, and be in a place and a setting where people will enjoy staying.
How does Landmark acquire its buildings?
In its early days, Landmark was often able to acquire its buildings by purchase. Today this is very rare, and acquisition by purchase happens only in cases of exceptional merit coinciding with available funds through a statutory grant or a monetary bequest. Today, we are more likely to take a building on through gift, bequest or a long lease. Under these scenarios, we will raise the money required for restoration through charitable appeal and then take full responsibility for onward maintenance, funded through the letting income. Just occasionally, we will let an exceptional building on behalf of its owners (who then retain responsibility for all restoration and maintenance costs). We are always happy to assess whether a building is suitable to become a Landmark. If you would like more information, please contact our Historian, Caroline Stanford firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does Landmark buy buildings?
In Landmark’s early days, we were backed by our Founder’s private trust fund, so we do own the freehold of many of the buildings in our care. However, we no longer have such funding, nor an endowment or dedicated funds to be able to buy buildings. We do not buy buildings that will sell on the open market and therefore survive without our help. Very occasionally, usually tied to a specific building of the highest merit in great peril, grant aid may be forthcoming and we would then be able to buy the building in question. But this is the exception. We are always happy to assess whether a building is suitable to become a Landmark. If you would like more information, please contact our Historian, Caroline Stanford email@example.com
Does Landmark let buildings on behalf of others?
Landmark is not a letting agency and we do not generally let buildings already restored and furnished by others without any input from ourselves.
We are always happy to assess whether a building is suitable to become a Landmark. If you would like more information, please contact our Historian, Caroline Stanford firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you ever take on buildings at risk outside Britain?
We have several buildings in Italy and a site in France, but it’s very unlikely Landmark could ever become involved with buildings elsewhere. We wouldn’t have the fundraising capability or the operational infrastructure.
Does Landmark own any other property?
Yes, Landmark owns a portfolio of property that is not featured in the Handbook, including land, ancillary buildings and commercial property including shops.
Does the trust offer consultancy services about its work?
No, sorry, our team is too small to be able to advise on the projects of others.
Do you have a membership scheme?
We do not have a membership scheme per se, but do have a Friends scheme. The Landmark Friends are enthusiasts who wish to be close to the work of Landmark and who enjoy visiting a number of Landmarks each year and meeting people who stay in them. For more information, visit our Support section.
Can I volunteer ?
There are a number of ways you can volunteer with Landmark. Some people help out in our offices at Shottesbrooke (Berkshire), others work on specific projects in the field. There are also volunteering opportunities on Lundy through the NT and the BTV. Please see our Working at Landmark section for current volunteering opportunities.