A great way to make a celebration extra special is by rounding up your extended family and friends, and renting a large house for a big gathering. Whether it’s a manor house, a shooting lodge or a castle, a property sleeping lots of adults and children can be a good solution if you are planning a major gathering over the festive season. At first glance, prices may appear high – often running into thousands of pounds – but once you’ve divided the cost by the amount of people accommodated, the per head rate can be good value. Plenty of self-catering companies have big-group holiday homes on their books – we’ve rounded up seven of the best. Which will you and your family pile into this festive season?


1/7  Best for festive feasting

Relax, and let the team at House Party Solutions find you the perfect big-group venue among its portfolio of luxurious properties around the UK. Moors Lodge in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park is a fully catered private venue which is offering a two-night Christmas celebration starting at £700 per couple, based on 22 sharing. The programme kicks off with a cream tea and fizz on 24 December, before a traditional Christmas Day lunch and full Yorkshire breakfast on Boxing Day.