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There are a million reasons why someone might want to rent a large country house, from simply wanting plenty of space to reconnect with your loved ones.

A large country house with enough space to invite the whole family

Most commonly, people with large families want the freedom and flexibility to invite everyone along, including partners, kids, grandparents and friends, to a safe space, amid rural or coastal beauty.

Plenty of space to explore

Most large country houses come with plenty of land – perfect for kids to explore – and usually therefore provide much needed privacy and tranquillity.

Well equipped kitchens and huge living areas

As large country houses are used to catering for lots of people, you can be sure they will be well equipped, with spacious kitchens, dining rooms, games rooms, and plenty of other common areas to make sure everyone can be together some of the time, while providing plenty of breakout space too.

Perhaps the best thing about renting a large country house is the economy of scale they provide, and none more so than YHA Exclusive Hire holiday cottages in England and Wales, which can be rented out exclusively from just £99 per night and sleep dozens of people.

The joys of planning large family breaks

The saying “you can’t please everyone” must have been invented by the poor person lumped with planning the first large family holiday.

Making sure that everyone gets what they want out of their precious time off is a tricky balancing act.

But YHA properties such as YHA Langdale in Cumbria make things easy.

Set in the stunning Lake District National Park, between Windermere and Grasmere, YHA Langdale is a grand mansion with a distinctive wraparound wooden porch, perfect for enjoying the views of Langdale Pikes and Loughrigg Fell.

What’s more, the property welcomes up to four dogs.

The Victorian-era large country house has grand communal areas that are sure to wow guests, with wood panelling, antler plaques and a huge fireplace.

But YHA Langdale is also immensely practical, with three cookers and a large caterers’ fridge in the kitchen, plenty of supplies for those with young children, including highchairs, cribs and a washing machine and dryer.

YHA Langdale (and similar YHA properties) allow the little ones to run free in the vast outdoor spaces and play hours of hide and seek amongst its many rooms.

Multi-generational breaks

One of the toughest fulfilments for large country homes is accessibility, especially for older guests, those with disabilities, or for parents juggling buggies.

YHA properties are well maintained and regularly updated, striving to cater for everyone.

Access statements for every YHA property

Whatever the needs of your guests, each of our properties has a full Access Statement available on its individual webpage, making it easy for you to plan.

Large country houses with downstairs bedrooms and downstairs bathrooms

For example, YHA Kington in Herefordshire boasts step-free access to the ground floor, an accessible reception desk, a portable induction loop and ground floor rooms, including one fully accessible en-suite room.

Renting a large country house for a special occasion

There are those moments in life when you are planning a get together and only a large country house will do.

Perhaps it is a big wedding anniversary and you want your kids and grandkids around. Maybe you are planning a huge hen do for your best friend’s wedding. It could be that you are the bride looking for accommodation options near to your wedding venue. Or maybe you are plotting to surprise your other half with a weekend away with all their friends for a big birthday.

Whatever life throws at you, sometimes nothing is better than having a large space with few distractions; to be able to just hang out and spend quality time together.

For a special occasion, you probably want something with the wow factor, such as YHA Hawkshead in Cumbria, whose elegant facade, Georgianesque decor and view over a lake will make you feel like you — and your guests — are living in a Jane Austen novel.

For something completely different but equally stunning, try YHA Tintagel on Cornwall’s north coast.

Its sea views are simply breath-taking, and it offers easy access to a family-friendly beach, complete with rock pools and a life guarded beach, perfect for paddling and body boarding.

Large country house perks

Large country houses offer so much to groups wanting to get together and have a hostel to themselves.

And in case you have already forgotten any of the reasons you deserve to holiday in a large country house, here is a handy list to remind you:

  • huge grounds to explore
  • perfect for multi-generational breaks with plenty of space for everyone, including teenagers, couples, families and older family members
  • great for stag/hen dos or corporate/team building breaks
  • explore a new area while imagining you are lord or lady of the manor
  • peace and privacy: set back from roads and in their own grounds
  • views: the more windows, the more likely you are to glimpse the countryside or the sea
  • fun for kids: exploring, running down corridors, having a games room, make dens, safe environment
  • cheap and affordable when you consider the price per head

Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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