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Mark's verdict:

We have always loved big house parties with family and friends. There is the flexibility to run things on your own schedule rather than by hotel mealtimes and, usually lots more space to spread out. We have stayed in some incredible properties across Europe – castle, barns, forts and party houses that offer something special compared to home.

Recommended company: The Big Domain

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The Big Domain says

We specialise in properties that cater for large groups, making The Big Domain the perfect source for the ultimate house for your family holiday or celebration. We have tracked down a range of stunning large houses, villas and chalets in desirable locations across Europe, including by the sea, in cities and in the countryside.

  • lovely settings
  • sleep 10 to 140
  • wide location choice

Your children can all be king of the castle if you rent Castle Wing, a magnificent 700-year old family property with six bedrooms set over three floors. Set in 600 acres, it’s surrounded by hills and countryside and yet it’s only a 20 minute drive from vibrant Glasgow.

Another family favourite, Pond Close Farm has the best of both worlds – a glorious countryside location in the Somerset/Wiltshire borders, just a ten mile drive from the beautiful city of Bath. This six-bedroom country house is set in 12 acres and there are plenty of toys and games on offer for all ages – an indoor swimming pool, full size pool table, table tennis, tennis court and even a five-a-side football pitch.

A wonderful property to enjoy with up to 35 of your family and friends, the magnificent 19th century Chateau du Lac is set within beautiful parkland in the heart of Brittany. Accommodation is set in the ten-bedroom chateau itself and six-bedroom lodge. There’s a tennis court, covered swimming pool and private forest

With venues throughout Europe, we offer a host of houses which are ideal wedding venues – surrounded by family and friends, many offer the opportunity for a civic ceremony in the grounds. From baronial Scottish castles to alpine chalet and beachfront villas, our wedding venues have ‘family celebration’ written all over them!

Some property owners offer a full or part-time catering service if required.

Find out more about The Big Domain.

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