Thanks to the Landmark Trust, a group of Carers will enjoy a well-deserved break this spring in a remarkable historic building. As part of the Landmark Trust’s annual 50 For Free scheme, which offers 50 short breaks for free to the beneficiaries of charities, the carers will stay in one of Landmark’s most popular buildings this March; Alton Station in Staffordshire.

Alton Station will make a comfortable and relaxing place for the carers’ holiday, and it has a very special history – it was once a working railway station, built in 1849 as part of the Churnet Valley branch line for the North Staffordshire Railway (NSR) to take daytrippers to nearby Alton Towers and its famous gardens. The station closed in the 1960s and Landmark restored the building in the 1970s. The Landmark Trust is a charity that rescues historic buildings at risk, giving them a future by letting them for self-catering stays. The rental income pays for the upkeep of its 198 properties.

Carers will be welcome to cook in the former private waiting room and rest in the sitting room, which was once the main waiting room. A double bedroom has been made in the old ticket office, which would have once bustled with tourists, while others will sleep in the former Stationmaster’s house.

We’re so pleased that Landmark can offer a 50 for Free stay in Alton Station to Northamptonshire Carers. Thanks to the generous private donor who funds the scheme, 50 for Free allows those who need it most to take a short break in our amazing historic buildings. We really hope that the experience helps them with the challenges they face in their lives, and wish them all a wonderful stay.

Caroline Stanford, Head of Engagement and Historian at the Landmark Trust.

We know that getting a break is one of the most important things that can be done to maintain wellbeing for carers. I would like to say a massive thank you to the Landmark Trust for making this happen, I know that the families enjoying this weekend in Alton will have a great time.

Gwyn Roberts, Deputy CEO, Northamptonshire Carers

Places for this property have already been allocated to carers however Northamptonshire Carers may be able to support other carers get a break following a Carers Assessment. Please contact us for further details or to discuss your individual needs.



More detail about Alton Station and the Landmark Trust is available here.