Landmarks on a budget

5 stays that won't break the bank

1) The Pineapple, Dunmore (sleeps 4)

4 nights from £233, equivalent to £14.56 per person, per night 

The Pineapple is one of our most unusual-looking buildings; a two-storey summerhouse with a pineapple-shaped dome, built for the 4th Earl of Dunmore in the 18th-century. Set in glorious grounds, The Pineapple has a private garden at the back and looks out over an immense walled garden at the front. From here, you’re only a short distance from the medieval town Stirling and its castle, one of the largest and most important in Scotland.


2) Causeway House, Bardon Mill (sleeps 4)

4 nights from £215, equivalent to £13.44 per person per night

Causeway House is a few hundred yards away from the fort and settlement of Vindolanda, making it the perfect base to explore Hadrian's Wall. The farmhouse was built in 1770 and hasn’t been altered much since: you can sleep under knotted tent-like thatch in a fully canopied bed. Head west to explore historic Carlisle; travel east to visit Durham, Newcastle and Lindisfarne.


3) Auchinleck House, Ochiltree (sleeps 13)

4 nights from £691, equivalent to £13.29 per person per night

Gather a group of friends and head up to Ochiltree in Ayrshire to banquet in James Boswell's family seat. With its own grounds, river, ice-house and grotto, this 18th-century Landmark offers an authentic country-house experience. Boswell and his mentor Dr. Samuel Johnson frequently argued politics in its grand library, which looks out to the Isle of Arran.

The surrounding Ayrshire is teeming with history – the castles of Dean, Culzean and Dundonald are nearby and you can discover the life and works of Scotland’s national poet at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Check out The Baird Institute and The Maclaurin Art Gallery for something more modern.


4) The Egyptian House, Penzance

First floor: 4 nights from £181, equivalent to £15.08 per person per night
Second floor: 4 nights from £172, equivalent to £10.75 per person per night
Third floor: 4 nights from £190, equivalent to £11.88 per person per night

Egyptian artefacts and ornaments became more widely available to collectors and architects after Napoleon’s campaign in Egypt in 1798, leading to the rise of elaborately decorated buildings such as the Egyptian House. It stands in the heart of vibrant Penzance with plenty of restaurants, museums and coastal walks to explore. Further afield is Tate St Ives (20 minute drive) and St. Michael’s Mount (15 minute drive), “the jewel in Cornwall’s crown”.

There are three apartments in the Egyptian House. The first floor sleeps 3 while the second and third sleep 4 each.


5) East Banqueting House, Chipping Campden

4 nights from £403, equivalent to £16.79 per person, per night


This is an extraordinary Jacobean building whose fine upper room opens onto a terrace overlooking the remains of Old Campden House, one of the most important Jacobean sites in the country. From here, you can experience traditional Cotswolds life in Chipping Camden and visit one of the country’s greatest gardens at Hidcote Manor. Chipping Camden is teeming with history - make sure you pay a visit to one of its historic pubs, such as the 17th-century Eight Bells Inn.