Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Take a Chartist holiday in Worcestershire in 2013

Ever wondered what it was like for those Chartists who won the right to rent a small cottage and farm a smallholding on the estates acquired by the Chartist Land Company?

Here is your chance to find out. The National Trust has restored one of the cottages on the Dodford estate in Worcestershire and is letting it out to holidaymakers. There are two bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen. But other than that, it is pretty much a back-to-basics experience.

There is a shower room and toilet, but these are in an outbuilding. And if it gets chilly, the heating comes from a portable oil heater. There is, of course, no television. The National Trust describes the experience as “camping within walls”.

But there is lots to enjoy in the enclosed garden, vegetable plots and orchard – even a beehive. Not to mention the surrounding countryside.

Stays are from £180 for two nights up to £330 for seven.

You can read more about it here – and even make a booking.

Read more about Chartism and the land plan

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