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5 large holiday cottages in Yorkshire that we love

Sarah 22 July 2020

The rugged countryside, stunning coastline and characterful towns and cities of Yorkshire await. A county of contrasts, it’s a destination that presents so many of the UK’s virtues. How better to uncover its delights than in the company of your favourite people? A group gathering, whether it’s to get all the family together or to celebrate a milestone birthday, anniversary or hen do, is an opportunity to visit new places, capture new photos and make new memories.

So, whether you’re planning for eight or 18 people, we’ve handpicked some of our favourite large holiday cottages in Yorkshire – including those with hot tubs, private bars and games rooms!


Orchard House | Richmond, North Yorkshire

Sleeps 8

The wow factor:

  • Dine alfresco in the walled garden
  • Challenge each other to a game of snooker
  • Find a secret spot in the garden to read a book

Orchard House

A wonderful choice for garden lovers, this beautiful stone house is surrounded by a charming English walled garden with lots of areas to dine, enjoy a coffee or get lost in a book. With views over the tiered garden from inside the house, the fresh air of the great outdoors never feels far away, whether you’re holding a movie night in the elegant lounge or getting competitive in the games room. The beauty of a large house is that multi-generational groups can spread out into different rooms and do what they enjoy. Just a short walk from the heart of Richmond, you will have a fine selection of tearooms, bars and restaurants to enjoy, as well as a plethora of countryside walks.


Healey House | Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

Sleeps 18

The wow factor:

  • Get lost in the 30 acres of woodland and meadows
  • Satisfy your competitive side with a game of snooker
  • Hold movie nights using the cinema projector

Healey House

Oozing elegance and grandeur, from the sweeping staircase in the entrance hall to the formal dining room, this beautiful Georgian house is more than just a cottage. Gracious but generous rooms with stunning views over the grounds and plenty of space, make it an ideal property for big celebrations, whether it’s a 50th birthday in the summer or a big family gathering at Christmas. Early risers can take peaceful morning walks through the grounds, come together for afternoon tea on the patio or dine alfresco at the stone-built summerhouse, while the children play garden games on the croquet lawn. Set in the Holme Valley on the edge of the Peak District, the nearby Pennine Way offers fine walks and mountain bike trails.


The Hay Barn - Slingsby

Sleeps 8

The wow factor: 

  • Bubble beneath the stars in the private hot tub
  • Revitalise in the mini gym, spa, sauna and relaxation area
  • Organise a family table tennis tournament in the games room

The Hay Barn

This large holiday cottage in the North Yorkshire Moors is a wonderful rural retreat where you can gather your girls for a long weekend of relaxation.  This large holiday home shares its gym, spa and games room with another small holiday let, which can be booked as well for slightly bigger groups. Hop in the hot tub to feel all your stresses soak away before firing up the BBQ and dining alfresco with a few leisurely drinks. Set on the edge of the pretty village of Hovingham, you can enjoy a peaceful afternoon stroll into the village for a pub lunch or afternoon tea in the café. If you’re feeling energised, why not tackle the Howardian Hills before returning to the large cottage and sinking into sumptuous beds for a restful night’s sleep?

Brass Castle | Harrogate, Yorkshire Dales

Sleeps 12

The wow factor: 

  • Clear your mind as you gaze at countryside views from the hot tub
  • Toast a celebration with your own private bar
  • Enhance a special occasion and hire the magnificent treehouse too!

Are you looking for a cottage that sleeps 12 with a hot tub? Look no further than this large holiday home set in the grounds of a 100-acre private estate. The opulent property is sure to wow you at every turn, from when you first lay eyes on the luxurious welcome hamper to the moment you slip between the plush bed sheets. Get your fix of culture and couture in the spa town of Harrogate, stretch your legs in wild dales as you walk and talk and, if you have a reason to celebrate, be sure to make use of your own private bar to toast the guest of honour! Spend time together enjoying simple but special moments like spotting nature in the beautiful grounds, relaxing in the hot tub or playing in the games room.


The Ranch | Richmond, North Yorkshire

Sleeps 12

The wow factor:

  • Wake each morning to sweeping rural views
  • Amble along country lanes to the local pub
  • Sip evening drinks from the comfort of the hot tub

The Ranch | Richmond, North Yorkshire

If you’ve allowed your eyes to scan over these photos, then you’ll already have fallen in love with the sweeping views and the traditional grandeur of this exquisite Yorkshire escape. Take a break from city life and retreat into the countryside for some quality time together. With a beautiful garden, complete with children's area, and a few miles from the Yorkshire Dales, you’ll be sure to get a daily dose of the great outdoors. During the cooler months, cosy up in front of the grand fireplace and toast to a special celebration around the dining table. In the summer, enjoy balmy afternoons on the lawn, find shade in the summerhouse and as evening falls, sink into the hot tub to unwind and stargaze. Located on the outskirts of the quiet village of Gilling West, you can stroll into the heart of the village to either of two local pubs or set off on foot along one of the area’s walking trails.


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Have you been inspired by this handpicked selection of large holiday rentals in Yorkshire? If you’d like to see more, peruse the full collection of group accommodation in Yorkshire, from large holiday homes for families to party houses that are perfect for big celebrations.


Talking of big celebrations; are you planning one? Our guide to milestone birthdays offers ideas on how to celebrate a big birthday from 1-100-years-old, including ideas on awesome party houses and group accommodation to host a big celebration.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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