What's new for 2019?

Another ambitious year ahead

2018 was a jam-packed year for Landmark, with the feted openings of Coed y Bleiddiau and Llwyn Celyn and the launch of a fundraising appeal to catch Fairburn Tower before it crumbles. 2019 is set to be equally as ambitious for the Landmark team. 

£4 Million Restoration: Historic House Rescue

Llwyn Celyn filmingThe filming of the More4 series at Llwyn Celyn in Wales.

Last month a new TV series, '£4 Million Restoration: Historic House Rescue' was broadcast on More4. Over two episodes, the entire restoration of Llwyn Celyn unfolded. Episode 2 is still available on catch up until 22 February here. Cameras filmed the project over 3 years; capturing familiar faces such as furnishings manager John Evetts, historian and head of engagement Caroline Stanford, and director Dr Anna Keay, as well as many brilliantly talented craftspeople such as blacksmiths, quarrymen, carpenters and roofers. Read Anna's Llwyn Celyn blog here about the difficulties and triumphs that the team faced during one of our most complex projects.

Customer research results

Belmont bedroomLook out for news about the customer survey results soon

In the first quarter, we shall bring you results of our most extensive customer research to date. Thanks to the thousands of customers and potential customers who took the time to share their views on the experience of staying in our properties. We are heartened to hear how much you value Landmark holidays and we are planning to make a couple of additions to the items we currently provide in a Landmark.

Dunshay Manor

Dunshay Manor exteriorDunshay Manor will become a Landmark property for up to 9 guests.

In March we will release bookings for summer holidays in Dunshay Manor on the Dorset coast. With views of the ruins of Corfe Castle, this manor house, which dates to the early 1600s, will sleep up to 9 people. It was generously left to us by the 20th-century sculptor Mary Spencer Watson and it is the Arts & Crafts period we will evoke in this ancient manor house. Bookings will be released to everyone online at 9am on 16 March. Bookings open online and by phone to Landmark Patrons at 9am on 5 March and online to Friends at 9am on 9 March. 

Semaphore Tower

Semaphore Tower exteriorThe Grade II listed Semaphore Tower in Surrey.

A few years ago we announced our intention to target especially neglected building categories. Transport and communication structures were one such area of focus, and in March we hope to launch a fundraising appeal to save the only surviving Semaphore Tower in what was once a chain of signalling stations between the Admiralty in London and Portsmouth Docks.

Winsford Cottage Hospital

Winsford Cottage Hospital exterior scaffoldingWinsford Cottage Hospital in Devon will eventually be a Landmark for up to six guests.

Work will continue apace at Winsford Cottage Hospital during the spring and summer as we prepare to open this rare C.F.A.Voysey building for holidays in the autumn. We'll be on site sensitively restoring the delicate features and delving into its history to illuminate the role the hospital played in the local community for nearly 100 years.

Lundy 

LundyLundy is a peaceful haven, with spectacular views and wildlife.

2019 marks 50 years of Landmark's care and management of Lundy Island and its 23 properties. During the year we'll be reflecting on our achievements, such as its status as Britain’s first statutory Marine Nature Reserve in 1986 and the UK’s first Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) in 2010.

In September we will bring news of our plans for Lundy's future so we can ensure this unspoilt island haven can remain so.

Cobham Dairy

Cobham Dairy exterior and interior collageCobham Dairy with its damaged interiors.

The miniature but marvellous Cobham Dairy will be enlightening and challenging us throughout the year. The James Wyatt dairy, built in the 1790s in the grounds of Cobham Hall, is currently in a highly fragile state and with graffiti on the walls. We will be restoring the original beautiful vaulted plaster ceilings and patented slate cladding so it is once again a striking eye-catcher. It will sleep 2 and bookings for holidays will open in the autumn.

Keep up-to-date with Cobham Dairy news

2021 bookings release

The ChateauThe Chateau in Lincolnshire sleeps up to 2 guests.

We'll be releasing bookings for holidays in 2021 to Landmark Patrons at 9am on 24 September, Friends at 9am on 28 September and more generally at 9am on 5 October 2019. 

New public Open Days

Astley Castle Astley Castle in Nuneaton will be one of our Landmarks hosting an open day in 2019. 

We've just launched the dates for this year’s free public Open Days. Bring a picnic and visit a Landmark with your friends and family. Astley Castle, Llwyn Celyn and Martello Tower, amongst others, will be opening their doors. Find out more information here.

Gifts that keep on giving

The Landmark Legacy Estate consists of 50 or so buildings, ranging from historic estate cottages to modern flats and shops, many of them given to us through a gift in a Will. These well-loved buildings have passed into our stewardship in the knowledge that we can be relied upon to care for them, and many continue to fulfil their role as part of the local community. We manage them as tenanted property providing a valuable and reliable income for us. We'll be having an extra push on legacies during 2019. Every gift in a Will or to the Landmark Legacy Estate is valuable to Landmark and makes a vital difference to our work. Our Chairman, Neil Mendoza discusses the importance of Will donations to Landmark as a charity below:

 

Interested in supporting us? Contact Development Manager, Linda Millard: [email protected]