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27 Super Things to Do in Splendid Sussex
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27 Super Things to Do in Splendid Sussex

From the rolling countryside and medieval villages in the East to the serene hills, valleys and remarkable Roman ruins in the West, Sussex is a rural county abundant in charm. Plus a gloriously rugged and beautiful coastline, which is as iconic as they come. Characterised by striking chalk cliffs and dramatized by the most incredible […]

Top Ten Tips for a Perfect Celebration Weekend

Download your Free PDF Top Ten Tips for a Perfect Celebration Weekend Whatever your celebration may be, here are our top ten tips and suggestions to ensure your celebration weekend is one to remember. The Guestlist Remember not everyone will be able to make the date set, so make sure you send invites out in plenty […]

17 of the Best Luxury Spas in the UK
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17 of the Best Luxury Spas in the UK

Spa days are one of the best ways to relax here in the UK and no matter where you are in the country, you’re never too far from the nearest luxury spa. Here at House Parties, many of our farm houses, cottages and manors come with swimming pools and hot tubs, so you can create your […]

Everything You Need to Know About Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond is a freshwater Scottish lake, located within Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, crossing the Highland Boundary Fault. It’s the largest inland body of water in Great Britain, and is home to a number of different islands and spectacular wildlife. Together with the rest of the park, the loch is a fantastic destination […]

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A Stress Free Hen Party – Part 3

By now you’ve decided on numbers, dates and budgets, so where to stay? House Parties have a selection of large luxury houses across the UK. Imagine enjoying a glass of champagne in the hot tub enjoying the view over Loch Lomond or Loch Tay or the Perthshire hills towards Gleneagles? Other locations include The City […]

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A stress free hen party – part 2

Where, What, How? Where are you going to go, what accommodation will you chose, how are you going to get there? Hopefully, by now, your bride to be and the other hens have set a date and a budget and you’ve hopefully established whether you’re going to be the outdoor hen party, the city hen […]

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How to organise a stress free hen party

So you’ve been asked to by your best friend to be her Maid of Honor and you are now faced with the task of organizing the hen weekend! What to do to avoid the pitfalls so you don’t end up staring in your own Bridesmaids movie. 1. Take control – we don’t mean being bossy […]

21 Inspiring Ideas for Family Days Out in the UK

Summer’s already here, the weather is glorious and the school year is almost at an end. But who says you have to go abroad to have fun? You won’t have passports, airport queues, currency exchange or jet lag to worry about. And with some fantastic large family-friendly holiday homes available in some of the UK’s […]

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27 of the Best Dog-Friendly Pubs in the UK

Many dog owners think of their beloved pooches as part of the family, and so pet-friendly holiday accommodation is a priority. If you’re planning a break with your dog, you’ll also want to pick a destination with pet-friendly watering holes, so that man’s best friend won’t feel left out when you’re relaxing! Read on for […]

13 Luxury 40th Birthday Party Ideas

If you or a loved one will soon reach the ‘big four-o’, you’ll surely want to mark this incredibly special, significant occasion with a spectacular birthday celebration. That’s why we’ve put together a series of 40th birthday celebration ideas for when only the best will do. What’s more, each activity mentioned below is close to […]

Mark Heirs – Offering Michelin Style Food around Scotland

Mark grew up in the hospitality industry, becoming a chef was the only career path he ever considered. Food has always been his huge passion and one that he has been able to turn into his career. He started his culinary training at catering college in Glasgow, where he also worked in one of the city’s […]

21 Non-Tacky Ideas for Planning a Classy Hen Party

So, you’re getting ready to plan a hen party are you? That’s fantastic! A classy lady like yourself is probably looking for ideas that aren’t completely done over, don’t seem endlessly tacky and have a bit of class themselves. If you want a little help planning a party that goes beyond the penis straws and […]

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35 of the Best Luxury Activities in the UK

If you want to enjoy a little indulgent luxury in fine surroundings, you don’t need to jump on a plane. The UK has some of the most breathtaking landscapes, stunning architecture and fine dining experiences you can find anywhere in the world. If you’re planning a unique luxury break in the UK, here are some […]

5 of the Best Family Holiday Locations in the UK

You don’t have to go jetting off to the Mediterranean or hopping over the Atlantic to the US for a great family holiday. The UK is filled with wonderful locations with all the perfect ingredients for a spectacular family break. Here are some of the most popular destinations for fun-filled family holidays in the UK. 1. […]

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5 of the Best Places in the UK for a Hen Party

When it comes to organising a hen party or a hen weekend, there’s much to consider. From the details of your accommodation to the exciting activities to fill your day, where you’re going to book dinner, or where you’re taking the after party – every thought and idea that goes into planning the perfect hen […]

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Accommodation for Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta is an annual rowing event running over 5 days on the first weekend in July on the River Thames by the town oh Henley-on-Thames. Races are head to head knock out competitions over the course of 1 mile. The Regatta was established in 1839. The Grand Challenge cup is the most prestigious […]

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OUR FAVE UK LIFESTYLE BLOGS TO FOLLOW IN 2017

Bloggers are the ones who keep the world ticking these days. They’ve overtaken traditional media for their candid and human qualities. And you can’t turn a corner without a blogger, vlogger or internet star infiltrating your life in some way. Love them or loathe them, we can’t deny that they keep us entertained, well-informed, and […]

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10 Great things to do in York

York is steeped in history and offers a traveller a host of options whatever the weather. 1. York Minster You really can’t visit York without a trip to the minster.  Free tours are offered hourly and for those with a head for heights you can climb the central tower and enjoy the views over the […]

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Top Ten Activities to try in the Scottish Borders

1. 7Stanes These are mountain biking trial centres around the south of Scotland, including sites at Glentress, Innerleithen, Glentrool, Kirroughtree, Ae, Dalbeattie, Mabie and Newcastleton.  East centre offers a variety of trails for the beginner to the experienced rider. www.7stanesmountainbiking.com 2. Melrose Abbey Melrose Abbey  is the burial place of Robert the Bruce.  It was the […]

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10 Best things to do in Dartmouth

1. Greenway Greenway is the holiday home of Agatha Christie and now owned by The National Trust.  Agatha Christie was born in Torquay and there is an annual Agatha Christie week held every September.  Greenway was actually used as a location for an episode of Poirot. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/Greenway 2. Dartmouth Castle For over 600 years, Dartmouth […]

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Top 10 Activities in Henley

1. Henley Regatta The event of the year that puts Henley on the map is Henley Regatta.   Held very year and probably the best known regatta in the world, the dates for 2014 are 2-6 July.  The first regatta was held in 1839 and has been held every year since, except during World War 1 […]

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10 Great Things to do in Oban

1. The Scottish Sealife Sanctuary The Scottish Sealife Sanctuary is located on the shores of Loch Crenan.  The aquarium has over 50 marine displays; visitors can watch interactive talks and deeding demonstrations and can even feed the sharks.  You can also explore Loch Crenans nature trail an there is a woodland play area for children.  The […]

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10 Best Things to Do in Perthshire

1. Golf Perthshire is home to 40 golf courses including the very famous Gleneagles course which host  The Johnny Walker cup every year and will be hosting The Ryder Cup in September 2014. You can purchase a greencard which offers discounts on 17 courses. www.perthshire.co.uk 2. Go Racing Perth racecourse has on more than one […]

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Top 10 Things to Do Bridlington

Bridlington offers some of the best beaches around with entertainment on the seafront to keep the children happy all day. 1. Sewerby Hall Located just 2 miles outside Bridlington, it is a Grade 1 listed country house set in 50 acres of landscaped gardens.  You can take a land train from the beach at Bridlington […]

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A Very Henley Christmas

Wow, we are truly into autumn: looking out of my window I can see a mist of russet reds, golds and browns swirling in the air, with leaves like snowflakes blowing in the wind. Half term is nearly here, Halloween preparations are under way, and I have already been asked to man the mulled wine […]

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UK – Best Food Festivals

Download your free PDF UK Top Food Festival We are rather keen on good food and wine here at House Parties so we thought a guide to food festivals around the UK for the next 12 months might be a good idea. The York Chocolate Festival has yet to confirm dates for 2018 but last year […]

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Things to do in Loch Lomond

Travel writer Stephen Bleach recently highlighted some excellent locations for a dip in the water away from the coast. Hard to believe you would want to go for a dip in Loch Lomond, but with the weather we are currently having now is the time to “dip your toe in the water”. Manse Bay near […]

Choosing A Holiday Cottage In Scotland (part 2)

Searching for a Scottish self-catering holiday cottage can also be refined to include only properties with your required number of bedrooms.  This again save time and will ensure you only select the perfect accommodation.  Some high-end self-catering holiday cottages in Scotland will also come with all the latest technology including WiFi – this maybe important […]

Places of Interest in Scotland

Scotland with its breath-taking scenery, rolling mists and a never ending list of places of interest, must be on your list of places to visit.  Holidaying in Scotland is perfect for people from all walks of life, as the array of places to visit and places to stay means there is something for everyone.  As […]

The Best Beaches in Scotland

Scotland as a holiday choice flashes up a myriad of ideas about interesting things to do and see, historical sites, golf, walking to name but a few – but it should be mentioned that Scotland can actually offer a fantastic beach holiday too.  Visiting Scotland requires a freedom and it is therefore great to explore […]

Best Places for Holidays in Scotland

There really is nowhere in the world that compares to Scotland. It has something for every visitor to enjoy and makes for a wonderful holiday experience.  Accommodation in Scotland is of a high standard and is particularly luxurious in terms of the holiday cottages that are available.  Holiday cottages in areas such as Edinburgh, Perthshire, […]

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Fascinating Adventures in Scotland

Planning a visit to Scotland is not complete without a basic understanding of Scottish history however, because regardless of where you decide to visit there is always strong links with its brave, yet at times very sad past.  From you holiday cottage base you can plan to visit areas of historical interest for example follow […]

Best Places to Visit in Perthshire, Scotland

Staying in a Scottish holiday cottage in Perthshire is a perfect base from which to explore a whole host of places of interest.  Areas such as Crieff, Aberfeldy and Kenmore have some amazing Scottish holiday cottages and are located ideally to explore such places as the Edradour Whisky Distillery – the smallest whisky distillery in […]

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