There’s nothing quite like a big group holiday. A few days of quality time to spend with your nearest and dearest, whether they be your pals, your family or a mix of both. Here at Snaptrip we are feeling grateful now more than ever to be able to see our loved ones and are already planning the next big reunion.
First step: You’ve chosen your group. Second step: Pick a destination. Luckily for us Brits, the UK is bursting with fantastic spots for a big group holiday. Whether you fancy a beach break in Cornwall or a countryside escape in the heart of the Peak District, whatever the setting you’re sure to have a fabulous time with the gang.
Finally, the most important bit (in our opinion): Selecting the perfect holiday cottage for your stay. From historic country houses complete with indoor swimming pools and tennis courts to slick apartments with games rooms and all the mod cons you’ll ever need, these are the finest eight-bedroom holiday cottages, guaranteed to make your group getaway that extra bit special.
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Best locations for an 8-bedroom holiday cottage
From the majestic mountains of the Lake District to the beautiful beaches of the Isle of Wight, here are five of the loveliest settings for an unforgettable group getaway.
Famed for its idyllic countryside, historic castles and quaint stone villages, the Peak District is the perfect spot for a group getaway to remember.
Place to stay: Celebrate in style at the grand Arlington House in the lovely historic spa town of Matlock. With eight beautiful bedrooms, this grand townhouse sleeps 16 people.
Best walk nearby: Set off to climb the majestic Mam Tor - Shivering Mountain, situated near the pretty town of Castleton.
The Isle of Wight
Head to the Isle of Wight for a relaxing group escape. Abounding in beautiful beaches, hiking and biking trails and plenty of lovely local towns, you’ll adore this heavenly holiday hideaway.
Place to stay: Enjoy the very finest side of island life at Oak Cliff Place, a magnificent Victorian Manor in the town of Wootton Bridge. Complete with a swimming pool, tennis court and sunken trampoline, this is a regal retreat indeed.
Best walk nearby: Explore the Yarmouth to Brighstone section of the Isle of Wight Coastal Path, passing the island’s iconic attraction The Needles along the way.
One of the most beautiful places on earth (just ask any of the locals), the Lake District is a sublime spot to spend some much-needed quality time with loved ones.
Place to stay: Enveloped in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside, between Keswick and Carlisle, the majestic Blaithwaite Stables sleeps 20 guests across its eight bedrooms. What’s more, it’s pet-friendly too, meaning everyone’s favourite four-legged friend doesn’t have to miss out.
Best walk nearby: Set off for an easy-going stroll along Lake Windermere’s Western Shore. With well-formed paths and minimal climb, this is a hike suited for large groups with a variety of ages and abilities.
What better destination for beach lovers than Cornwall’s dazzling coast? Around 27% of the whole county is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, meaning you’ll be spoiled by breathtaking views everywhere you turn.
Place to stay: Nestled in the middle of the countryside and with stunning sea views, Blanches House & Cottage is a heavenly hideaway for large groups. Featuring a hot tub, access to an indoor swimming pool and being dog-friendly to boot, this is the ideal setting for a birthday celebration or hen party.
Best walk nearby: Situated between the towns of Looe and Fowey, you’ll find Lansallos Cove, ideal for swimming. It’s a 20-minute walk away from the cottage along the spectacular Cornish coastline.
With the perfect balance of beautiful beaches and breathtaking countryside, Norfolk is the ideal destination for large groups who want to have it all.
Place to stay: Situated nearby the quaint village of Cley, Barn Drift is one of the finest large group holiday rentals around. Surrounded by countryside, this bucolic 17th-century barn conversion is sure to charm all the gang.
Best walk nearby: History lovers and kids alike will love getting out on a walk around the incredible Burgh Castle, nearby the bustling market town of Great Yarmouth.