Follies you can stay in

There are a considerable number of follies you can stay in for a holiday. The Landmark Trust led the way with some immaculate restoration projects back in the late 70's and made buildings that were never made for human habitation into buildings you could stay in for a week or so, whilst maintaining their postion as landscape objects by avoiding the things necessary for permanent occupation such as TV aerials, gardens and garages. Providing you can put up with the inconveniences of stone spiral staircases, triangular and round rooms and cold rooms with high ceilings, then staying in one can be great fun and often an adventure in itself without ever going out.

Blackcraig Bridgehouse, Perth, Scotland An astonishingly elaborate stone Gothic bridge with a house perched on top. Sleeps two.
Pottergate Tower, Alnwick A three storey historic tower in Alnwick, Northumberland, with a view of the castle.
Coolstays A wide variety of unusual properties including a couple of follies
Quirky Accommodation A site with a vast range of holiday lets all over the world -includes follies, lodges, lighthouses & railway carriages.  
Kinley Tower, Seaham, Durham A square folly tower on the coast with two bedrooms.
Kinley Tower
Hen Wrych Hall Tower lodge A battlemented lodge close to Gwrych Castle North Wales. Features a heavily carved four poster bed.
Hywel Sele Lodge nr Dolgellau A semi-ruinous Tudor-Gothic style lodge sleeping 3 .
White Tower A folly within the grounds of Taymouth Castle, Scotland, now converted to a luxury holiday home with a hot tub on the roof.
Frampton Orangery This beautiful gothic orangery cum summerhouse sleeps up to 8 and has a wonderful staircase
Frampton orangery
Penrice Castle -the Towers A folly built as a ruined castle tower now converted to a home that sleeps 2
Portmeirion Village Several buildings that form part of the fantastic Portmeirion village can be rented for holidays.
Barge Aground A delightful concrete boat on Jersey
Landmark Trust A great selection of follies and other historic buildings. They tend to be more spartan than other holiday cottages (eg no TVs)
Irish landmark Trust Four towers and a good range of decorative gothick lodges

Vivat Trust


Similar to the Landmark Trust, they have a small number of good follies plus a number of castles and gatehouses. Unfortunately they have gone into liquidation (July 2015)
National Trust Cottages A huge range of historic 'cottages' including a couple of good follies, a romantic water tower and a good number of picturesque lodges.
Historic UK A selection of castles, lighthouses, lodges and a couple of follies.
Foel Ortho, Wales You get to stay in a a large farmhouse with some eccentric features such as a hidden bedroom - the actual follies are in the garden where you may well see the owner building new ones as you watch.
Ellerslie House Tower, Devon A small prospect tower in Devon with fabulous views over the river valley.
Bryncir Tower, Wales
Fabulous six storey gothick tower , well restored and with great views from the roof.
House in the Clouds, Suffolk Unique ex-watertower with a romantic exterior and five bedrooms plus an amazing viewing room at the top.
Tawstock Castle, Devon A splendid tower folly with a recently added on 'castle' section at the rear.
Haldon Belvedere, Devon
A top floor apartment on this wonderful triangular tower
Hambledon Tower, Hampshire
Small Tower for 2 with use of owner's swimming pool.
Fort Putnam, Cumbria The dairy behind the castelated frontage of Fort Putnam.
Scottish Country Cottages Several lodges with turrets or battlements.
Dess Lodge
Hunting Tower, Chatsworth, Derbyshire A 16th Century tower that sleeps 4 with an annexe for 2 more.
Pink Tower, Broadchalke, Wiltshire A pretty little pink wooden tower, sleeps two.
Gothic gatehouse, Dover A pretty gothic gathouse with round tower just opposite Dover castle.
Temple Folly, Swinithwaite, Yorkshire Two storey belvedere, recently restored
Middleton Hall Folly, Northumberland A recently refurbished folly now availablt to rent.
Shooting Tower, Shropshire A recently rebuilt folly consisting of a thatched cottage with a brick tower at one end.
Stafford House, Greystoke A battlemented house within the grounds of Greystoke castle
Dutch Tutch, Norfolk A small house made from the remains of a helter skelter from Yarmouth pier