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Luxury big mansions in the country that you can actually stay in

Sarah P 27 July 2020

Do you fancy playing lord or lady of the manor? Decadent and indulgent, some of our most impressive large holiday homes are big mansions, manor houses and country residences that offer an experience like no other. Imagine pulling up outside a fairy-tale castle, gazing out the car window in awe as you arrive along a tree-lined drive on a private estate or wake each morning to views over manicured gardens and formal lawns.

Whether you are looking for a mansion to spend the whole week or a big country house for the weekend, let us inspire a very special holiday.

Gower Lodge | Gower, South Wales

Sleeps 51

From £52 per person, per night for a 7-night stay 

Set among 6 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds in a prime location in the heart of the Gower Peninsula. 

The biggest in our collection, this traditional hunting lodge is a pretty impressive venue for big events like weddings, corporate parties, and even big family holidays! Set in 6 acres of gardens and grounds, and complete with 19 bedrooms and 20 bathrooms, this incredible large house caters for really big groups. You can choose to go self-catering or opt for the ‘fully serviced’ option with breakfasts, lunches, dinners, cream teas and catering to suit your event.

Approached by a mile-long drive that meanders through ancient woodland, this opulent big mansion certainly does have the wow factor. Host special celebrations in the many formal reception and dining areas, explore the beautifully kept gardens and surrounding countryside and enjoy incredible adventures on the Gower coast.

Langman Manor | Bruton, Somerset

Sleeps 49

From £53 per person, per night for a 7-night stay 

A historic 16th century country house set within a 1500-acre estate offering a plethora of on-site activities to suit all kinds of groups and events. 

This elegant stately home resides within the verdant countryside of Somerset, where it is so much more than a holiday house, but it’s a venue too. Geared towards special occasions, and big groups of people, this big mansion is sure to wow your guests. 

Host an unforgettable birthday party in the basement casino and disco, spend time enjoying the great outdoors with a variety of activities like golf, tennis, and fishing on the lake. And when you wish to relax, head to the swimming pool, jacuzzi and gym. Are you organising a formal event like a wedding or corporate party? Host it in the grand ballroom, with huge windows that look out over the manicured lawns.  

Innes House | Lossiemouth, Moray

Sleeps 37

From £22 per person, per night for a 7-night stay

Live like royalty in this grand country house that is currently owned by the fifth generation of the same family who took ownership in the 19th century. 

From the moment you arrive along the tree-lined driveaway, you’ll struggle to tear yourself away from this big holiday house and its extensive grounds. Before you even set foot through the door, the formal gardens and sprawling lawns are sure to impress you and your party. There are even 15 acres of grazing available on request if you wish you take your horses with you.

Fit for a king or queen you’ll be hosting pre-dinner drinks in the library, cocktail parties in the East Ballroom and formal dinners in the grand dining room. Aside from the fabulous entertaining spaces, 20 bedrooms sleep 37 people across three floors and four wings of the house. A mix of intriguing artwork, period features and modern luxuries promise a stay that will give you memories to last a lifetime.

 

Torridge Country House | Bideford, Devon

Sleeps 24

From £27 per person, per night for a 7-night break

Perched on a hill overlooking the Torridge estuary, you’ll wake each morning to an ever-changing view. 

This remarkable big mansion is just a mile from the market town of Bideford on the North Devon coast, a highly sought-after UK holiday destination. Set in acres of its own park and woodland and with plenty of things to do on-site, you hardly have to tear yourself away from your bubble of friends and family if you don’t want to.

Set up tournaments on the private tennis court, spend hours playing in the games room, and add hot tub hire to your booking for extra relaxation. It’s also possible to arrange spa treatments, catering, and drop-off meals with the owner – great for special occasions like hen parties. Complete with a toddler play area, outdoor games and with extra beds and cots available, this big country house is also perfect for large family gatherings. You can also book a separate on-site lodge to accommodate bigger groups.

Lincolnshire Manor | Skegness, Lincolnshire

Sleeps 21

From £38 per person, per night for a 7-night break

If you’re planning a big family holiday that will be sure to impress, this fabulous manor house ticks all the right boxes. 

A Georgian hall and an Elizabethan cottage combine at this big mansion to provide spacious accommodation for a group of up to 21 people, perfect for multi-generational family gatherings. Located on the outskirts of Wainfleet All Saints, the shops, butchers, grocers, and pubs of the medieval town are all within walking distance.

Aside from stocking up on local goods and stretching your legs, you may not find you can tear yourself away from this impressive manor house. You’ll be channelling your inner Andy Murray on the tennis courts, getting competitive in the games room, playing in the swimming pool or simply relaxing in one of the cosy lounges on offer. With so much space and plenty to do, your days will be full of family fun and memory-making – and a touch of luxury living thrown in to treat you all.

 

Rock-rose House | Eggleston, County Durham

Sleeps 20

From £27 per person, per night for a 7-night break 

Start your day with breathtaking views over the River Tees and coffee in the drawing room.

You may recognise this elegant Georgian country house from its role as the girls finishing school in the hit show Ladette to Lady, but if that doesn’t impress you, we’re sure we can find another reason. Dating back to the 16th century it is the perfect mix of historic, stately grandeur with modern comforts and stylish interiors. Complete with a spacious hall perfect for throwing parties, it’s ideal for big celebrations.

Step into the grounds of this big mansion and be wowed all over again as you explore mature gardens, an ancient woodland, and glorious riverside walks. The private tennis courts will keep the competitive busy for hours while children and adults alike can discover garden games like croquet and boules.  

Cotswold Grange | Dursley, Gloucestershire

Sleeps 20

From £60 per person, per night for 7-night stay

On the outskirts of the Cotswolds, this extraordinary manor house is perfect for an elegant break with friends or family. 

Made for entertaining, this beautiful, wisteria-clad manor house has all the ingredients for a special celebration! No doubt you can already picture the girls on a hen weekend relaxing around the pool or the children on your family gathering challenging each other in the games room. Complete also with a home cinema and a hot tub this big mansion offers many luxury extras to deliver the ultimate treat away from home.

Set in a stunning location, this big country house enjoys magnificent countryside views and typically British scenery. Residing within 8 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland, there’s plenty of outdoor space to explore. With direct access to the Cotswold Way, you’ll be well located for adventures beyond this manor.

Wardhill Castle | Meikle Wartle, Aberdeenshire

Sleeps 16

From £49 per person, per night for a 7-night stay 

Live a fairy-tale dream when you stay in this magical castle within a private estate on the outskirts of Inverurie.  

As far as big mansions go, this one is pretty remarkable. Oozing opulence, it’s the ultimate luxury big house to rent for a weekend getaway or a week-long break. Offering the complete package, it is perfect for big celebrations and special occasions too. 

You can tell from the moment you step through the front door into the entrance hall that this incredible big holiday house is well-loved. Having undergone work to modernise it in recent years, the interior of the castle is the epitome of classic luxury. With bright, bold, and sumptuous décor, guests receive a walk and magical welcome upon arrival. Families will be delighted with the games room, sure to provide hours of fun for all ages.

Book a big mansion for a memorable break

Are you impressed by these big mansions? Whatever the occasion, these large country houses to rent provide extraordinary backdrops for a big group of friends or family. With many of them set on private estates and some with fascinating historical connections, these exclusive mansions really will provide an unforgettable stay. We’ve also found some of the best castle stays in Scotland to inspire you. 

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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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