Here at House Parties, we love a good family reunion and many of our guests return to us year after year to book their next big family getaway. With large houses and group accommodation to cater for just about every type of group, we’ll have something just right for any family celebration you have coming up.
Here are 17 great ideas for a family reunion right here in the UK…
1. Loch Lomond Getaway
Is there anything more beautiful than a Scottish loch? We think that Scotland’s lochs make the ideal location for a self-catering getaway and if you’re planning a big family celebration, our featured Stuckgowan House set in a fairytale forest overlooking Loch Lomond is simply perfect. Loch Lomond, which crosses the Highland Boundary Fault, is the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain by surface area, and it’s a fantastic lake for swimming, canoeing, water skiing, paddle boarding, fishing, sailing or windsurfing. Our featured property sleeps up to 21 people too so you can invite the whole family for your big annual bash, whether it’s for the Easter Break, the Summer Holidays when the kids are off school, at Christmas and New Year or for a birthday celebration.
2. Weekend in Bath
Bath and Stonehenge create the perfect holiday combo if you’re looking for a family get together filled with fun activities. The stunning city of Bath makes for a beautiful day out with must-see sights such as the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, Royal Crescent, Jane Austen Centre, the Fashion Museum, Royal Victoria Park, Bath Assembly Rooms, and Victoria Art Gallery. Stay in one of our beautiful self-catering properties nearby and you will be in the ideal spot to explore the wider area too including the incredible site of Stonehenge, Avebury Stone Circle and the beautiful town of Marlborough.
3. Beach Retreat in Devon
Nothing beats a beach retreat when the sun is out and if you’re planning a family reunion in the summer months, you just have to check out our amazing Beach End luxury property in Dittisham, Devon. Set in this tiny seaside village with the most peaceful surroundings and the most idyllic views, this stunning 5 bedroom property can sleep up to 10 adults and 2 children, and even pets are welcome if you want to bring the dogs along. The coastal views from the house will create the perfect setting for a catch-up and the outdoor BBQ and large table with chairs will provide you with the perfect place to rustle up an al fresco family feast!
4. City Break in Edinburgh
Cosmopolitan cities are a great idea for family reunions because there’s something for everyone and with so many sights and attractions to choose from in the Scottish capital, you can ensure that you create the perfect family break to suit all age groups. For kids, attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, the Camera Obscura optical illusions museum and Edinburgh Zoo will keep them entertained for days; for adults, there’s amazing shopping on Princes Street, the Scotch Whisky Experience and a great choice of bars and restaurants to tantalise your taste buds. If you’re planning a trip to Edinburgh with the family, we have some fantastic self-catering homes, with everything from townhouses and central apartments to large group accommodation to choose from.
5. The Beverley Races
Looking for an excuse to get dressed up with the whole family? The Beverley Races which take place every single year are the just the reason to enjoy a classic knees-up – with some champagne and gambling thrown in! Stay at Foldyard House which is situated just 10 minutes outside of Beverly town centre, where you will also find some great places to eat and drink. And don’t worry if you’ve missed racing season because the area is well known for its festivals too including The Folk Festival and the Early Music Festival.
6. Waterfall Walks with the Family
If you and your family love to spend your time outdoors, why not plan a walking weekend where you can all get to know each other a bit better whilst exploring some of the most beautiful trails in the country? If you’re all seasoned walkers, perhaps the waterfall walks in the Lake District could be something different to create an unforgettable experience. There are numerous waterfall walks around Lake Windermere and surrounding regions, including the Aira Force trail, the Colwith Force walk close to Ambleside, High Force, the Howk trail, the Lodore Falls trail, the Moss Force trail and Ritsons Force just to name a few. Keep checking in to see the latest family-friendly houses available to hire in the Lake District area.
7. Cottage in Canterbury
Canterbury is one of the most exciting destinations in the UK and home to the famous Rupert Bear, it’s also popular with the little ones. So if you need a family friendly destination that ticks all the boxes for young and old alike, book a visit to Canterbury and stay in one of our top self-catering lodges. Some of our favourite sights and attractions are St Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury Heritage Museum, Canterbury Roman Museum, Beaney House of Art and Knowledge plus Canterbury Castle. It truly is the culture vulture’s dream city so if you have a family full of art or history buffs, Canterbury is ideal.
8. Pembrokeshire Coast Holiday
Spend a few nights in Waterwynch House and explore the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline in Wales. Our featured house sleeps up to 28 people so if you’re planning an epic family reunion with all your extended cousins, this self-catering property is ideal. For big birthdays or annual gatherings, we can’t think of anywhere more apt than this Tenby based palatial house with 11 bedrooms and numerous reception rooms. There’s a spacious dining room with an extra large table so you can put on a huge family feast.
9. Gastronomic Getaway in Scotland
If you have a taste for the finer things, why not invite the clan to join you on a gastronomic tour of Scotland with its many fine dining establishments and Michelin star restaurants? Some of our favourites are Tom Kitchin’s The Kitchin in Edinburgh, Boath House Hotel & Restaurant, Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles and Braidwood’s in Ayrshire. Or why not set up base in one of our huge family homes in Oban and spend a few nights exploring the seaside as well as the two Michelin / award winning restaurants nearby, The Hawthorn Restaurant and Isle of Eriska.
10. Henley Regatta Events
Summer in Henley is wonderful and if you’re looking for a glamorous event to get the whole family together for, the Henley regatta races are just ideal. There are a number of different events which take place throughout the summer season including the Henley Royal Regatta, the Henley Women’s Regatta, Henley Masters Regatta and Henley Town and Visitors’ Regatta. You can either purchase enclosure tickets for a formal affair with champagne tents and exclusive river views or you can join the crowds at no cost and gather by the river banks to cheer on the rowers. If you’re looking for a large house that sleeps over 10 people, we recommend booking our newly built Chimney Corner property with beautiful enclosed garden and private hot tub – the perfect place to wind down after watching the regatta races.
11. Heritage Tour of Winchester
If you want a destination that can impress in sights and attractions, invite your family to a heritage tour and a weekend in Winchester, one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Book a big group house with House Parties and explore the incredible landmarks of Winchester Castle and Wolvesey Castle, Winchester City Mill, Winchester Cathedral, Lainston House, Old Minster, Twyford Down and Farley Mount. If you’re travelling with kids, take them to Marwell Zoo, Adventuredome or the many museums in and around the city.
12. Dog Friendly Fife
If you can’t have a family reunion without your furry friends, do not worry! We have plenty of large houses and family houses which feature dog friendly facilities, like this beautiful seaside house in Elie, Fife. West House is located close to the coast so you, your dogs and the rest of the family can enjoy the beautiful beach and have fun days out at the seaside. There are also some fantastic dog walks in the wider Fife area including Beveridge Park, Silver Sands Beach in Aberdour, Lochore Meadows, Heatherhall Woods at Ladybank, Tentsmuir Forest Park and the beautiful Cambo House.
13. Night Out in Bournemouth
Catching up with the family is always cause for celebration! If you and your family love a good tipple then plan a big night out in Bournemouth and hit the tiles in the city’s many pubs and wine bars. During the day, you’ll also find plenty to do including shopping and sights such as Oceanarium Bournemouth, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum or Hengistbury Head. At night, you’ll be spoiled for choice with fine restaurants and when you’ve filled your boots with all the food and drink you can consume, you can hit the hay in this stylish Bournemouth townhouse which can sleep up to 15 friends and family members!
14. Sailing in Dorset
Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned yacht expert, Dorset is such a wonderful location in the summertime. Blessed with the most incredible coastline, the prettiest Blue Flag beaches and some of the most secluded coves dotted along the seafront, it’s just as wonderful on land as it is off land. Whether you’re here to set sail across the English Channel or you just want to laze on the famous Durdle Door beach, our pretty holiday properties make the perfect home away from home for you and your family.
15. Sightseeing in Norwich
Set along the River Wensum, Norwich is a great city for sightseeing breaks and sightseeing tours. If your family take an interest in art, history, architecture or just love to explore new cities and soak up the local culture, book a big family house in the Norfolk area and spend a day or two discovering the sights of Norwich. Don’t miss Norwich Cathedral, Felbrigg Hall, Norwich Castle, St Peter Mancroft, St John the Baptist Cathedral, Felbrigg Hall, Cow Tower, Houghton Hall and Norwich Arts Centre. You’ll be close to the Norfolk Broads too and less than an hour away from Great Yarmouth Beach.
16. Gastro Pub Crawl in the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is a fine destination for many things: it boasts an incredible waterpark and lake network for anyone who enjoys sailing, swimming, kayaking or fishing; it is home to endless walking and cycling trails all on flat, easy terrain suitable for holiday makers of all ages; it’s got more chocolate box villages and quaint market towns than any other region in the UK; and it’s also a thriving habitat for some of Britain’s rarest wildlife. But that’s not it. The Cotswold region is also famed for its many traditional pubs, many of which remain true to tradition on the outside and look wonderfully quaint on the inside. So if you’re looking for the ideal place for a family reunion and pub crawl, make tracks for the beautiful Cotswolds and book your group accommodation with House Parties.
17. Day Out in York
York is a fantastic day out for the family. Famed for its stunning castle and the huge York Minster which is the largest of its kind in Europe, the beautiful cobbled streets of The Shambles, and the amazing shopping, York can appeal to all ages – which is why it’s the ideal city for a family reunion. For kids, there’s also Jorvik Viking Centre or York Dungeon and for the elderly, there are some really lovely places to walk such as the York Museum Gardens, Knavesmire or Rowntree Park. If you’re planning a big family bash, our featured Clifton Cottage located close to the centre could be the ideal self-catering property with enough space for the entire group.