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House of Correction, in, Lincoinshire. <br />
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Fully booked...Holidays less ordinary spark a booking frenzy in Brits.<br />
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A charity which rents out historic buildings around Britain is celebrating a boom in business that has seen some of its properties booked out years in advance.<br />
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The Landmark Trust has transformed almost 200 of the country's quirkiest buildings - from medieval castles to Tudor towers and even a former pig sty - into unique holiday homes.<br />
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And they have become so popular with Brits looking for unusual places to escape to that some buildings are fully booked until 2016.<br />
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Top of the most popular properties are Luttrell's Tower, a Georgian folly near Southampton, Hants, and Astley Castle, a Saxon stronghold dating back to the 12th century in Nuneaton, Warks.<br />
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Other favourites include a Victorian pigsty near Whitby, North Yorks, which was built in the style of a Greek temple, and the London townhouse of 20th century poet John Betjeman.<br />
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The buildings have become such a hit among holidaymakers that they are willing to fork out thousands of pounds to stay in them.<br />
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While prices start at 10 pounds a night for cosy cottages in winter, a seven-night stay at the most popular properties in the height of summer can cost up to 3,000 pounds.<br />
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But the fees are then ploughed back into the upkeep and restoration of the properties.