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UK party houses

Annabelle's verdict:

If you're planning a family gathering to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary, or want to get together with friends for the weekend, consider renting a large house. Some of the grander mansions give you the option of a private chef, so you can ensure everyone is fed and watered without having to fret about shopping, cooking or washing up.

Recommended travel company: The Big Domain

Sumptuous interiorsGardens with a pool

The Big Domain says

We have a fantastic collection of party houses, ideal for special celebrations, in England, Scotland and Wales. You will find some of Britain’s most impressive country retreats, characterful country cottages and sleek city townhouses with four up to 40 or more bedrooms.

Locations range from beach- and lake-front to the heart of the countryside, charming villages and city centres with styles from Tudor splendour to contemporary cutting edge architecture.

A delightful walk from pretty Kimmeridge Bay near Weymouth in Dorset, Jurassic Chateau is a stylish Georgian retreat with eight bedrooms, sleeping up to 16. The sea views from many of the bedrooms and the gorgeous sweeping gardens are magnificent. This superb house works well for family celebrations, wedding parties and groups of friends at any time of year. Pets are welcome too.

Estate on the Tay is an historic baronial castle set in over 100 acres close to Perth. It sleeps up to 24 in style and lends itself perfectly to celebratory breaks, with the option of catering and maid service. All sorts of country sports are available and there’s even an adventure playground and maze.

If you like sea views and are looking for something truly unique, nowhere fits the bill quite like Marine View. Converted from a fort in the Solent, on England south coast, it accommodates up to 44 with superb catering tailored to suit your occasion.

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