If you are planning to organise a house party for you and your family and/or friends, you could consider going for a rental property. Regardless if you are considering organising for a birthday, a special anniversary, a celebration weekend, for Christmas or bank holiday weekends, you might not have the room for your guests in the house. Going external just gives that little bit of extra magic to the event. Nowadays you have plenty of options to find a rental location.
Renting a house gives you even the option to consider cosy cottages, large manors and even castles with all the amenities ranging from pools (indoor and outdoor), a fireplace, a gaming room with snooker and table tennis, complete tennis courts and hot tubs. You can even find rentals with catering options if you don’t want to self-cater.
So, when planning for your perfect Christmas getaway in a cottage, that celebration with friends that you are making into a murder mystery in a manor. A big birthday bash in a castle for which you are asking people to keep with the Harry Potter theme, your own imagination is the only limitation.
Distance is Key
One of the most important things to keep in mind while selecting your rental property is the location. This decides how long your guests will be travelling getting to and from the location. You don’t want to choose a location that is too far. This will avoid your guests having to take off more time or risk arriving late for the festivities. Also, you don’t want to choose something too close. The idea of getting away from the daily routine might not be sufficiently achieved if your guests recognise their surroundings. You will want to select something that is around a 2-3 hours drive. This way it’s far enough to feel like a mini-holiday but the time travelled is not a herculean feat.
Another reason why the location is so essential Is because of the atmosphere and activities you want to have around. There are rental properties in pretty much every region, each with their own charms. Here are some examples of areas to consider.
If the coastline is what you are after, consider Devon & Cornwall. Bordered on three sides by the sea, the combined coastlines of Devon and Cornwall stretch for more than 530 miles, encompassing every example of coastal scenery along the way: plunging cliffs, huge sandy bays, secluded coves, craggy headlands and fishing villages aplenty. More coastline can be found in Norfolk and Suffolk. Big skies, sweeping beaches, windswept marshes, meandering inland waterways and pretty flint houses combine to great effect in Norfolk and Suffolk.
A Taste of English Heritage
For quintessentially English villages, rolling hills and prehistoric landscapes you might want to choose Dorset, Somerset & Wiltshire. It offers swimming, kayaking and hiking closer to the coast and beaches, inland it offers large Iron Age hill forts, rude chalk figures, fairy-tale castles and must-see stately homes. Not a fan of the coast, then the Midlands offers green valleys, chocolate-box villages of wonky black-and-white timbered houses, woodlands steeped in legend such as Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Forest.
A Victorian Retreat
Moving more down the UK, you have the South East of England, with rolling chalk hills, venerable Victorian resorts, fields of hops and grapes sweetening in the sun. There’s something for everyone here, from the medieval quaintness of Sandwich to the bohemian spirit of hedonistic Brighton and the more genteel grandeur of Eastbourne.
Then there’s Wales. Compact but geologically diverse, Wales offers myriad opportunities for escaping into nature. There are plenty of lonely corners to explore, lurking behind mountains, within river valleys and along surf-battered cliffs.
The Beauty Up North
Alternatively, you can go North. The Northeast of England offers the brooding Northumberland National Park, the harsh remoteness of the North Pennines. Of all Britain’s Roman ruins, Emperor Hadrian’s 2nd-century wall, cutting across northern England from the Irish Sea to the North Sea, is by far the most spectacular. In fact, UNESCO named it a World Heritage Site in 1987. Or you could travel a bit further north to Scotland. It has many treasures crammed into its compact territory. Big skies, ancient architecture, spectacular wildlife, superb seafood and hospitable, down-to-earth people.
Regardless of where you choose to go, remember to arrange as much as you can in advance. Usually, a quick call and few emails with the property owner can point you in the right direction. You might even get extras thrown in or offered a great deal for a BBQ or day out because of pf the owner’s connections. All that is left to do for you is to immerse yourself in a once-in-a-lifetime experience.