Our top UK large houses of 2023 holiday cottages

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Our top UK large houses of 2023

Sarah P 11 November 2022

Group holidays in the UK are a way to get people together; it’s a way to celebrate something special or to gather friends and family all under one roof. Large properties are the perfect setting for groups celebrating milestone birthdays, anniversaries, engagements and weddings; we can help you find a venue that not only has everything you need for your special occasion but something extra too! 

The large houses we have listed below are those that are our most-loved properties for 2023, chosen for a combination of their popularity, unique appeal, luxurious appearance and outstanding qualities. From party houses to homes perfect for families, in the countryside or on the coast, be inspired by our top houses of 2020.

Meikle Wartle Manor | Meikle Wartle, Aberdeenshire

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If you’ve ever dreamed of being king or queen of your very own castle, this could be your chance. Wardhill Castle is a majestic 12th-century castle surrounded by Aberdeenshire countryside and is packed with all the opulence and luxury you would expect from a building of this character. Imagine four-poster beds, roaring open fires, huge feasting tables and acres of woodland to explore and the scene is set for a wonderful Scottish celebration.

Wardhill Castle

To keep your guests entertained, there’s a games room with table tennis, a BBQ in the enclosed garden and plenty of room to relax amongst the splendour of this castle. There are also five golf courses within 10 miles, plus the castle is situated right in the heart of the Malt Whisky District for a truly Scottish break.

Wardhill Castle

From £49 per person, per night

West Farleigh Farmhouse | Cadeleigh, Devon

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Bring the family together in this elegantly presented former farmhouse in rural Devon. Thoughtfully crafted into the perfect celebration house for a special occasion, it is complete with a games room, cinema room, a hot tub and perhaps our favourite feature, a private bar. Imagine celebrating a 40th birthday or 30th wedding anniversary in a venue like this – surrounded by your friends or family.  

It’s in a great location too! Easily accessible from this delightful farmhouse there are an abundance of country walks, local attractions and rural pubs to enjoy. After exploring the area, you can head home and make the most of playing ‘bar man’ or challenge someone to a game of pool.

From £16.00 per person, per night

Dorset Retreat | Bridport, Dorset

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This exceptional Georgian townhouse has been designed to impress with a tasteful blend of classical and contemporary styles. Chosen often by hen parties, to celebrate birthdays and to gather families, you can see why this a popular choice for a big celebration. Grand in size and appearance, there are several comfortable and inviting rooms including a games room and cinema room! The sumptuous dining room is a marvellous spot to toast to a family reunion or raise a glass to the guest of honour.

If you can prise yourself away from this opulent retreat, you’ll find yourself in a beautiful part of Dorset, close to the coast. Soak up some sea air and visit Eye Beach, West Bay, Hive Beach at Burton Bradstock or explore the South West Coast Path, before retreating to your little slice of heaven.

From £23.00 per person, per night

Kaleidoscope House | Snettisham, Norfolk

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The traditional Georgian exterior of this country house may not lead you to think so, but we think this could be one of the ultimate party houses we have to offer. As you open the front door you will be met by bright, lavish interiors that instantly transport you into another world – and it’s a good one! Each room has been extravagantly decorated with many dimensions, colours and patterns.

Besides the sumptuous bedrooms and extravagant living areas, the party vibe can be found in the soundproofed den, which is complete with a disco dance floor and a dressing up room! For a quieter vibe, relax in the outdoor hot tub or take five in the chill-out room, while you sip cocktails.

From £27.00 per person, per night

Upper Tetchwick House | Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

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Just a short drive from London, this stunning rural home is a convenient choice for families craving the freedom of the English countryside. As soon as you pull up outside and release the kids from the back of the car, your worries will soon be replaced with a feeling of tranquillity. Enjoy the heated swimming pool, dine alfresco in the summer sun and challenge one another to a game of snooker.

With sweeping lawns, mature flower beds, fruit trees and plenty of room to run free, it’s likely that a lot of your time here will be spent in the great outdoors. You’ll be based in a great location here too! Explore the cultural city of Oxford, the picturesque delights of the Cotswolds or take long scenic walks through the Chiltern Hills. Whatever you choose to do, the most special memories will be made simply spending time together at Upper Tetchwick. 

From £22.00 per person, per night

Townson Ground House | Coniston, Lake District

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Swap the noise of social media for the silence of the Lakes at this gorgeous country house. It’s the kind of place where you feel like you have everything you need, right there with you; the people you love the most. Elegant, stylish and with its own private lake access, it’s the perfect place to create beautiful new memories.

The characterful interior is nothing but welcoming, with sash windows and wooden floorboards covered with cosy rugs. With views of the Coniston mountain range, the pretty garden is an idyllic spot for summer lunches or afternoon lawn games. Active groups will be in their element here too, with plenty of activities available in the local area from long lakeside walks to water sports.

From £20 per person, per night

The Weir House | Ludlow, Shropshire

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The Weir House

At the foot of the River Teme and presided over by Ludlow Castle, this exceptional waterside property is a comfortable yet refined base for exploring the English/Welsh border towns. Filled with clean, refined themes and lots of light, this is the perfect setting for a holiday with relaxation at the top of the agenda. Pour a drink at your own bar, unwind in the cinema room and spoil yourself further by hiring a private chef to cook in the kitchen of this former Michelin-starred restaurant.

The Weir House

The garden is a wonderful place to enjoy an evening meal or sundowner with the ones you love – light the firepit as the sun goes down behind the water and enjoy the illuminations in the trees. If you want to explore further, Hereford, the Shropshire Hills and Shrewsbury are all within easy reach.  

The Weir House

From £35 per person, per night

The Temple | Matlock Bath, Peak District

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An extravagant size and a low price combine to make Ty Mawr one of our most desirable large houses for a big party! Sleeping 42 people in an epic 17 bedrooms, the house also has a huge entertainment area with a pool table, shuffleboard, football table and lounge with projector screen. It’s the perfect venue to host that reunion you’ve been meaning to plan for the last few years, or the family gathering you talk about often but never get around to booking.

Located in Dolgellau in Snowdonia National Park, just 10 miles from the coast, there are an abundance of activities to choose from. Adventure seekers can experience the longest zip line in Europe, history lovers can head to Penrhyn Castle & Gardens and those who wish to take it easy, can hop on the Snowdon Mountain Railway and take in the sights in comfort.   

From £25 per person, per night


Want to see more? This is just a small taste of some of our most popular large houses in the UK but we have loads more! What event are you planning in 2023? Check out our guides below to help you find somewhere that’s simply perfect.

A milestone birthday – Our guide to milestone birthdays has everything you need to know for planning a 1st birthday party, right through to 100!


A hen party – Gather the girls and check out some of the fabulous ideas that the bride-to-be will love, from hen party houses with hot tubs to hen party houses with spa facilities


A stag party – Stay in the UK and give some of these classy stag do ideas a go.


Thinking about Christmas and New Year next year? We have that covered too!


Check out our complete collection of large cottages in the UK to find your perfect place for 2023.

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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