Lakeside Manor Cotswolds

About us & Our values


Our aim is simple: to offer truly wonderful experiences in truly exceptional houses, for groups of friends and families. We have curated our fabulous collection of large houses to rent with great care. Each and every house has been hand-picked with those truly wonderful experiences in mind. All have oodles of space, luxury as standard, and unique features that add the ‘wow’ factor.

Here’s what matters to us:

We’re a family business. It started with just the two of us; husband and wife duo, Gareth and Claire Allen. We’re developing a team of lovely like-minded people around us as we grow, who will make sure we never lose that family business feel. And that means we’ll never lose that level of personal service that our wonderful guests have come to love.

We are selective. And unapologetically so. We feature only houses we’d be genuinely excited about staying in ourselves. It’s not about numbers for us – we’re happy to keep our collection of properties small and beautiful if that means we can recommend each property with confidence and pride.

We love what we do. You’ll get a sense of that the minute you speak to us. We want your stay to be full of magical moments you’ll remember forever - because that makes us as happy as it makes you. We go above and beyond to ensure your stay is just about perfect in every way and we are proud of our 94% ‘Excellent’ rating on Trustpilot.

We’re all about good times.  Whether you’re getting together for a special occasion, celebrating your wedding, or gathering friends and family for a holiday to remember, you can count on us to help you get every little detail right -  so that the good times are great times.

Please enjoy browsing our collection of large houses. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Big House Experience

Gareth and Claire Allen

Windrush Hyde Estate Impressive Gardens

How we choose our properties

Did we mention we are picky? Every large house we feature has to measure up to our ‘Luxury Six’ checklist. We select and curate our collection with great care, so that you have choice, quality and the guarantee of a truly memorable experience.

See how we choose our properties


We started as a family business and, as we grow, our team feels like family. We are so lucky to be working with these talented and friendly people who feel the way we do about delivering truly memorable experiences in truly exceptional country houses to rent.

They’ve popped along to say hello:

  • Gareth Allen

    Director and Founder
    Gareth Face
    Favourite Property:
    Limestone Grange
    Favourite Location:
    Heart of England
    Top Tip:

    Many of our clients set their maximum drive time at 2-3 hours. We recommend considering a little more travel time; you'll be surprised how much it widens your options.  And our beautiful houses are well worth an extra hour or two to get there. 

  • Claire Allen

    Client Experience Director
    Claire Face2
    Favourite Property:
    Windrush Hyde Estate
    Favourite Location:
    East of England
    Top Tip:

    Spoilt for choice? Make a list of your dream getaway ‘must-haves’ and stick to it. For me it’s a hot tub, quiet spaces for reading a book, and country views.

  • Rebecca Davison

    Product Manager
    Favourite Property:
    Three Hills Farm
    Favourite Location:
    South West
    Top Tip:

    It can be easy to spend your break never leaving the luxury of your immediate surroundings but do spend some time exploring the local area and discovering the many things it has to offer, from cosy pubs and scenic walks to fun activities for everyone.

  • Liz Hobley

    Client Experience Consultant
    Favourite Property:
    Lulworth House
    Favourite Location:
    South West
    Top Tip:

    When you're trying to fix a date with your friends and family, try and pick a few dates that work. It's a shame to miss out on the perfect house because you've settled on a single date.

  • Joanne Hussey

    Finance Guru
    Jo Face
    Favourite Property:
    River Valley House
    Favourite Location:
    Heart of England
    Top Tip:

    Think ahead about getting together for big occasions like Christmas, New Year, bank holidays and Easter.  These dates are popular and often get snapped up very early.

  • Ruth Sneddon

    Portfolio Editor
    Ruth Face
    Favourite Property:
    Tall Trees
    Favourite Location:
    Top Tip:

    If you're planning a special celebration in one of our big houses, why not use our private chef service? It's a wonderful experience meaning everyone can truly relax and enjoy the most delicious dishes, and the chef even clears away everything afterwards too!

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What our guests say

Big House Experience offer a first-class service each and every time. It's so nice to book with a company that really cares about its clients!

Andrea, London

The collection of properties at Big House Experience is truly exceptional. As our family has grown, it's now become an annual occasion. I can't wait until our next Big House Experience!

Tim, Bath

I would highly recommend using Big House Experience to anyone. I thought their customer service was great and communication quick and efficient. The house was also amazing and lived up to our high expectations. We had such a fabulous time. I would definitely use Big House Experience again!

Anna, Leigh-on-Sea

This is by far the best company I have booked a getaway with. The experience from start to finish was exceptional and their team were professional and attentive to my requirements. Through great communication and understanding they helped me plan and prepare a great weekend break away for my wife’s birthday and I thank them on behalf of our family for their efforts and support. 100% recommend this company for any breaks away.

Craig, Motherwell

Have a big house to rent?

Would you like to be part of our success story? We’re always on the look-out for truly exceptional big houses to rent, to add to our curated collection.  If you own a beautiful property that can accommodate 10+ guests, and your house has the ‘wow’ factor we’d love to hear from you.

Add your house to our collection.