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Where to rent big cottages for a weekend with friends

Sarah P 22 July 2020

Sometimes, all you need is a few days away with good friends to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Laughter among friends is the best medicine! So if you need some time away to reset and relax, gather your closest friends and rent a big cottage for a weekend together! Whether it’s a long weekend to celebrate a 30th birthday, a hen party or a gathering with the lads here is some inspiration on fantastic group activities and big cottages to rent for a weekend away with your closest friends.

Snowdonia: Action and adventure

Often referred to as the ‘adventure capital of the UK’, Snowdonia is the place for thrill-seekers. Whether you need a break from the real world to blow off some steam white water rafting or relaxing as you gently kayak on a peaceful lake, Snowdonia has it all. An active weekend away with friends makes some great memories too.

Stay at Bodweni Hall | Bala, North Wales

Set in 75 acres, this big country house has a lake, river and woodland free for you to explore. The sumptuous accommodation is perfect for a big group of friends craving action and adventure. With on-site water sports, you might not even have to venture off site to satisfy your need for a thrill!

Big features: 

  • Games room
  • Hot tub
  • Cinema room
  • On-site water sports

From £43 per person, per night for a 3-night break. Is Bodweni Hall too big? Its smaller sister, Bodweni House sleeps 8 and costs from £33 per person, per night for a 3-night break. 

North Devon: Sea, surf and BBQs

Often frequented by keen surfers, the mesmerising North Devon Coast and its welcoming seaside locations of Croyde and Woolacombe offer some of the best beaches in Devon. Gather the gang for a weekend on the waves and BBQs in the sun but be prepared, when your long weekend comes to an end, you won’t want to leave. If some of your group need to brush up on their surfing skills, check out Croyde Surf Academy.

Stay at Hawthorne House| Woolacombe, North Devon – sleeps 12

This stunning beach retreat overlooks the popular resort of Woolacombe with far-reaching views right out to sea. Offering luxury boutique-style interiors, added home comforts and plenty of space, it is the perfect big holiday home to crack open some beers and sample some wine after a long day at the beach.

Big features: 

  • Hot tub
  • Table tennis
  • Includes self-contained annexe for extra privacy

From £36.00 per person, per night for a 3-night break. 

The Cotswolds: Idyllic villages and famous beauty spots

The perfect destination for a glamourous yet peaceful weekend away, there’s nothing better than brunching with the girls in the prettiest of Cotswold cafes or taking afternoon tea at the finest teahouse. Capture some of your most insta-worthy photos yet, and visit iconic beauty spots such as Broadway Tower, Castle Combe and Bourton-on-the-Water.

Stay at Cherry Hill House | Chipping Campden  

Immerse yourself in the very heart of the Cotswolds in this elegant townhouse. Set in the quiet back lanes of Chipping Campden, you can soak up both the charm of a bustling Cotswold market town and the serenity of the countryside. Its beautiful interiors and immaculate garden makes it the perfect big holiday cottage for a group to call home.

Big features:

  • Stunning landscaped gardens
  • A private hot tub
  • Located in a Cotswold town

From £55 per person, per night for a 3-night break. 

Speyside, Scotland: Explore whisky country  

Home to the world’s largest concentration of malt whisky distilleries, and The Malt Whisky Trail, is there a better destination for groups who are partial to a dram or two? Meet the masters, taste the liquor and learn about the process at sites of some of the most famous whisky brands such as Glenfiddich and Glenlivet. A taste of the good stuff and weekend away from home might be just what you and your friends need to shake off the trials and tribulations of a busy life.  

Stay at Dallas Lodge | Dallas, Moray – sleeps 12


After experiencing the finest Scottish whisky, one must retire to only the very best big holiday house to rent in the area. This stunning 17th-century manor house resides in the heart of whisky country with the nearest distillery, Dallas Dhu less than 7 miles away. You’re sure to feel like a Scottish Earl as you sip your local purchase in the dining room, overlooking the estate.

Big features:

  • Tennis courts and croquet pitch
  • A fishpond with a boat
  • A daily housekeeper
  • Set on the 10,000-acre Dallas estate

From £71 per person, per night for a 3-night stay. 

Northamptonshire: The best of British motor sport  

Are you craving a weekend of motorsport with the guys? No matter how old you are, if you love engines, you will jump at the chance to talk all things cars for a weekend away with the boys, and where better than the home of British motor racing? From world-famous events and competitions to driving experiences you can take part in yourselves; Silverstone promises hours of adrenaline-fuelled fun for thrill-seekers.

Stay at The Coach House – Wicken | Buckingham, sleeps 8

Less than 10 miles from Silverstone, this big holiday cottage is in the perfect location, and ideal for group holidays. After a day on the track, you can swap playful banter and memories of the day over a BBQ in the courtyard. If you don’t fancy showing off your skills as a chef, there is a pub within walking distance – also great for those who may want to celebrate the day’s win over a beer or two.

Big features:

  • Modern and stylish décor
  • Less than 10 miles from Silverstone
  • Walking distance to the nearest pub

From £26 per person, per night for a 3-night stay. 

Kent: Wine tasting in The Garden of England

As well as being recognised as the Garden of England, Kent has developed a reputation for its world-class wine, and we don’t know about you, but it sounds like somewhere we want to be. Get out of the city for a couple of days and tour the most beautiful vineyards and try the finest wines in the UK at Chapel Down, Biddenden or Gusbourne to name but a few. After a weekend of sipping wine and soaking up the countryside air with your friends, you will feel relaxed and ready to take on a new week.

Stay at The Old Army Cinema | Ashford – sleeps 9

Once an army cinema, this elegant big house to rent for a weekend offers a contemporary, industrial feel throughout with lots of stylish touches, quirky features, and home comforts. Conveniently located less than 15 miles from three leading vineyards, Gusbourne being the closest at 6 miles, it’s the perfect base for wine lovers.

Big features:

  • Private hot tub
  • BBQ and pizza oven
  • 6 miles from the nearest vineyard

From £34 per person, per night for a 3-night break

Bath: Thermae spa and retail therapy

Beautiful Bath has a lot for you to get excited about and makes for the perfect long weekend destination. Aside from fantastic shopping, the historic town is also home to Britain’s only natural thermal spa. Spend a day pampering yourselves with spa treatments, natural warm waters, a wellness suite and don’t forget to head to the roof-top bath to take in the beautiful views over the city. There are some great packages for groups!

Stay in The Georgian House | Bath

Located near the charming town of Frome on the edge of the Mendip Hills, this stunning property has been designed with group entertaining in mind. There is plenty of stylish open-plan living space, but bi-fold doors out into a trendy garden certainly steal the show and offer the perfect place to fire up the BBQ and chat about your discoveries in Bath.

Big features

  • Stunning indoor and outdoor entertaining space
  • Spacious and stylish
  • Set just far enough away from the hubbub of the city

From £28 per person, per night for a 3-night break


Where will your next group holiday take you? Our big cottages to rent for a weekend with friends are in locations that each have something special to offer, whether it’s near a beach, close to a well-known landmark or perfectly located for some of the UK’s best water sports. Whatever your perfect weekend away looks like, our luxury big cottages to rent for weekends with friends come in all different shapes and sizes, all over the UK.

Looking for something specifically for a hen weekend or stag party? Look no further!

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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