Original Cottages have just sent me details of big reductions on seven of their most luxurious large group holiday homes and I thought I’d pass it on. It’s not a personal recommendation as I haven’t stayed in any of these cottages or booked with the company, but I thought it might give you some ideas if you were thinking of celebrating a big birthday (I don’t have those any more, just hardly noticeable wee little birthdays that are hardly worth counting), or planning a family reunion or a getaway with friends.
As you’ve probably guessed, the big savings come during school time, but check the dates as my own local educational authority have switched to a two week half-term break this autumn to allow families to get away.
This list of cottages are at the luxury end of the holiday cottage market, but you can save almost half by booking at the ‘right’ time and, of course, you don’t have to go for a whole week.
Peacehay Barn near Padstow in North Cornwall. It’s brand new and has lots of space inside and out. A plus for me would be the fact that you are neighbouring a vineyard where you can eat while doing a spot of wine tasting. Sleeps 12 From £2,500-£4,300/week (£208-£358 per person)
The Great House in Orford, Suffolk, is definitely not brand new. It’s 200 years old with a 2017 update and it didn’t get its name by accident. It even has its own snooker room. Actually they call it a games room but snooker room sounds so Downton Abbey, doesn’t it…? In addition there are two other comfortable living areas so you can spread out. Orford is a historic coastal town with its own castle. You can find out more on the visitor’s website.
Sleeps 12. Pets welcome. From £3,036-£4,620/week (£253-385pp)
Llanfendigaid near Tywyn on Cardigan Bay in South Wales. Tywyn means sandy beach in Welsh and today they can add blue flag to the description. Watch a live webcam to get a feel for the area. The house itself is spawling and it’s set within sprawling acres with access to an indoor heated pool. Comfortable, historic, big. Sleeps 17 From £2,069-£4,243/week (£122-£250pp)
Hutchinghayes Farmhouse, Combe Raleigh, Devon This fully-restored farmhouse has exposed beams, oak floorboards and thick stone walls but it also come with modern furnishings. Plus Taunton, Exeter and the Jurassic Coast are all nearby. Sleeps 10 From £1,460-£2,712/week (£146-£271pp)
Wolborough House, Brixham, Devon Child-friendly and luxury don’t usually come together in the same sentence, but it sounds as though this Edwardian mansion has both. Perched above the Torbay shore, it commands unparalleled views of Brixham Harbour and the telescope can show you more. You get a chandelier-lit staircase and grand oak-panelled dining room AND a gym, indoor heated swimming pool and chalk-board walled playroom. Sleeps 16 From £3,990-£6,936/week (£249-£433pp)
Hales Hall in Norfolk is a Grade I listed Tudor Hall built in 1478 by Henry VII’s Attorney General. For larger parties there are an additional two rooms in the grounds that can be hired only when booking the hall. And you can even celebrate a special event in the Tudor Great Barn.
This is Wolf Hall without the beheadings – supply your own intrigue.
Sleeps 10 From £,322-£5,536/week (£237-£395pp) additional garden rooms are £60/room per night
Lloyd Hall in Mold, North Wales is grandeur for grown-ups: 100 acres of grounds, sumptuous bedrooms, bold fabrics, mullion windows and original fireplaces.
Sleeps 15 From £5,639/week (£375pp)