Rent a large house

Amanda'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 with family and friends – castle, barns, forts and party houses that offer something special compared to home.

Recommended company: The Big Domain

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 the UK and 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, Frankham Farm has the best of both worlds – a glorious Dorset countryside location on a working farm, close to historic Sherborne. This four-bedroom dog-friendly barn conversion is well equipped for all ages with a games room including table tennis, dart board, pool table and bar as well as a hot tub and use of a shared tennis court on site.

A wonderful property to enjoy with up to 18 of your family and friends, the magnificent Georgian Healey House is set within beautiful gardens and parkland in the heart of the Peak District – perfect for bracing walks.

A short walk from the wide sandy beach, shops and eateries of Mundesley in Norfolk, Sea Glass Barn is a charming barn conversion which sleeps up to ten.  It’s an ideal base for exploring Norfolk’s coast and countryside whilst, back at base, there’s a hot tub, fire pit, cinema room and access to a games room, beauty treatments and gym facilities.

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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