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Weekend Breaks Make it a weekend to remember


When you’re getting together as a big group, a long weekend is the ideal solution. It’s easier than matching calendars for a whole week and it still gives you plenty of time for exploring the area, gathering over celebratory dinners and enjoying all the facilities.

We have hand-selected our large houses for weekend breaks to bring you amazing locations, luxury features and space for everyone. And, with our wide choice of properties across the UK, you’ll find the perfect place to stay within a weekend-friendly drive time.

Whether you choose a historic country manor with walks on the doorstep, a coastal property with sea views, or a quirky house with disco lights and a bar, we can help you to plan the perfect weekend away. We can arrange spa treatments, catering and outdoor activities or you can make the whole weekend your own, knowing you have exclusive use of one of the country’s most amazing properties.


The best locations for a weekend break


By the coast

A long weekend by the coast is as good as a week anywhere else. With all the elements of a traditional break, it turns a family or friends’ getaway into a holiday. You can fill your days with fun on the beach, amusements at the pier or long walks in the bracing sea air, gathering together in the evenings in style. We have some of the most amazing large houses for weekend breaks at the coast, like The Beach House in Cornwall, with stunning sea views, and Solent House in Southsea, a  beautiful town house that’s a short walk from the sea front.

In the countryside

When you’re escaping for a weekend, there’s no better place to recharge your batteries than the Great British countryside. And it’s a crowd-pleaser too, in our large houses, where  you can stay somewhere with amazing views, like Mereview Manor, or with country walks that end at village pubs, like Old Mill Barns, or with a hot tub where you can gaze at the stars, free from the lights of the city, like Loch Tay Lodge.

As a town or city break

We all love weekend city breaks, but how do you make it work when there’s a crowd of you? Book one of our large town houses which have room for everyone and allow you to explore the city, soak up the culture and enjoy the nightlife – and chill out together too. Check out Riverside in the historic city of Chester, or Magpie Farm, which enjoys a rural setting just 20 minutes by train from London.


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What our guests say

Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend. We've vowed to make this an annual family tradition now. It's such a lovely experience for everyone to gather, but with nobody feeling the pressure to be the host. We all shared the work, and had a fabulous caterer in to cook for us all. Truly exceptional! 

Linda, Harpenden


The best amenities for a UK weekend break


A swimming pool

A swimming pool is enough to turn a good weekend into a great weekend. From early-morning swims to playtime with the kids to cocktails on the sun loungers, it’s guaranteed to be a hit with everyone. Home Farm in Leicestershire has a luxury indoor pool and Hawkins Folly, near Stratford Upon Avon, has a crazy, pirate themed pool right at the heart of the house!

A games room

When you’ve got a crowd, a games room gives you lots of options. Set up a pool or table tennis tournament, get the board games out, or let the children hang out while the adults linger over dinner. For the grown-ups, the billiards room at Beckland Grange will be a hit, while the children will love the games room at Horseshoe House.

Cinema Room

Find time in your weekend getaway for a movie night, or even a movie afternoon if the weather is not enticing you out. Because our houses are selected for large groups, they have plenty of space to include cinema rooms. From the cosy cellar cinema room at Cartmel Manor to the 120” screen and recliner chairs at Hydeham Hall, all you need to do is grab the popcorn and choose your movie.

Outdoor space

When there’s a dozen or more of you getting together for the weekend, the outside space can be as important as house itself. A big garden with a terrace for al fresco meals and views over the countryside adds an extra dimension to your break. Take a look at Haygrass House, with its full-size football pitch, tennis court, outdoor pool and two-storey tree house, complete with slide and swings! At River Valley House, there’s an adventure island, an outdoor natural swimming pond and 14 acres to explore.


How to make your big house weekend extra special


Make your big weekend memorable with some luxury touches that add a sense of occasion to your gathering.

1. Enjoy a spa afternoon in your accommodation

Don’t waste time on your weekend away travelling to the spa, let them come to you. Book one of our recommended therapists and enjoy luxurious spa and beauty treatments right where you are.

2. Hire a top chef

Make the highlight of your weekend away a gourmet dinner, prepared by a talented chef. Gather in the dining room for a wonderful dinner party without having to lift a finger. Let us know your requirements when you book and we’ll sort everything out for you with a local chef.

4. Book an adventure

From a cocktail-making to clay pigeon shooting, we can help you to arrange indoor and outdoor activities to give your weekend a sense of adventure. Our network of group activity providers has everything  covered, from corporate awaydays to friends and family fun.

Frequently asked Questions

  • Where to go for a UK weekend break?

    That’s really up to you! The good news is that we have properties in England, Scotland and Wales and we have them in cities, in the countryside and by the sea. Some of our most popular weekend breaks are in The Cotswolds and The Lake District, two of the UK’s most beautiful areas.

  • Can I hire a big house just for the weekend?

    Yes, you can! And it’s a such a good idea for a family celebration or a friends’ get together. Most of our big houses can be booked for the weekend, some with a minimum two-night stay and some with a minimum three-night stay.

    It's worth noting that at some properties, key school holiday weeks are available for a week-long stay only, but by no means all.

  • Do you have houses for over 20 people for the weekend?

    Many of our larger houses can sleep 20 or more guests. Some have the accommodation in several buildings which can be booked separately or together and others are lovely, large country houses with bedrooms for everyone. If you need help to find your perfect property for 20 or more guests, call us on 01242 352747 and we’ll help you choose.

  • What activities can we do on a weekend away?

    For some, a weekend away is a chance to chill out, catch up with each other and do very little. For that, check out our houses with a hot tub or a swimming pool. If you have a particular part of the country you want to explore, we’re almost certain to have it covered for you, and if a weekend packed with adventure is more on the cards, we can help you to arrange anything from wine-tasting to white water rafting.