Great venues for gath­er­ings of the clan

The Daily Telegraph - Travel - - HOTELEGRAPH - An­to­nia Wind­sor

Be it a spe­cial birth­day or an­niver­sary, a hen or stag party, ev­ery large gath­er­ing is made more spe­cial when spent in beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings with your clos­est friends and fam­ily. Hap­pily, Eng­land hand­somely pro­vides for just such oc­ca­sions with a plethora of lav­ish stately homes, beau­ti­ful coun­try piles and stylish bolt-holes through­out the coun­try all avail­able for hire to groups who re­quire a hol­i­day home with a dis­tinct wow fac­tor.

Be­low are 10 of the coun­try’s most spec­tac­u­lar es­tab­lish­ments, each one cer­tain to pro­vide the sense of oc­ca­sion de­served by your spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion. Hills, this is a par­tic­u­larly pretty patch of English coun­try­side. At­trac­tions nearby in­clude the town of Tiver­ton, the Na­tional Trust prop­er­ties Knight­shayes Court and Killer­ton, and the Devon Rail­way Cen­tre. What to ex­pect An un­usual quirk of this pro­tected prop­erty is that a “first re­spon­der” (who would help to evac­u­ate the build­ing in the event of a fire) is on site at all times. The at­tendee is dis­creet, how­ever, and guests in­clud­ing fam­i­lies with young chil­dren should feel at ease through­out their stay de­spite the house’s her­itage. Though there are plenty of orig­i­nal an­tiques on dis­play, noth­ing in the house is too pre­cious to touch. Stand­out fea­ture The in­te­rior de­sign is spec­tac­u­lar, and with more than 55 so­fas spread through­out the prop­erty, a com­fort­able perch from which to en­joy the view is never far from hand. The rooms There isn’t a short straw to be pulled from Huntsham Court’s 34 el­e­gant, characterful bed­rooms – all are en suite and each has charm. Guests might find rooms with four­posters, orig­i­nal Vic­to­rian wall­pa­per or their own pri­vate harp­si­chord. Who it’s good for Those cel­e­brat­ing a very spe­cial oc­ca­sion. Wed­dings are fre­quently held here – there’s even a church in the grounds – and all guests are pro­vided with five hours’ as­sis­tance from an events plan­ner be­fore their stay to en­sure the house caters to their re­quire­ments. How to book: From £8,500 for two nights’ week­day hire or from £11,100 for week­end hire with 19 of 34 bed­rooms, sleep­ing 44 and six in­fants (huntsham­court.co.uk; 01398 361277).

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