Top 5 UK Party Houses from One Off Places
When you’re tired of the daily grind and looking for a change of scenery and a weekend of fun-filled relaxation (or debauchery!) then you need to choose the perfect setting. But it can be surprisingly hard to find exactly the right place. Are the guests family, friends or colleagues? How well do they all know each other? How many bedrooms do you need? Do you want the ambiance to be traditional elegance or contemporary luxury? In terms of catering, are you thinking cocktail parties and sit-down suppers or more of a relaxed do-it-yourself vibe? And what about setting and surroundings - do you want nothing more than seclusion, tranquillity and a beautiful view or would you prefer somewhere you can get stuck into adrenalin-fuelled outdoor pursuits?
As you can see, truly great UK party houses can be hard to find, so here are some of our favourites from the One Off Places collection…
On the shores of Lake Windermere in Cumbria you will find Silverholme, a stunning manor house with eight stylish bedrooms, floor length windows with views over the water, sweeping gardens, a grand dining room with a marble fireplace and a library full of games. On your doorstep is a beautiful 5,000 acre estate which you can explore at your leisure, and catering can be arranged so you don’t have to lift a finger if you don’t want to. If you’re looking for somewhere you can hold a good old-fashioned house party then this is exactly the place.
Originally built in 1560, Forter Castle simply oozes history and character. Four poster beds, open fireplaces and elaborate mahogany furnishings give it a wonderfully traditional and sumptuous feel, but the renovations have equipped the property with under floor heating and all the mod cons you could want from the ultimate party house. With a private chapel for weddings, a ‘great hall’ for dinners and miles of magnificent countryside on your doorstep, you’d be hard pressed to find a more memorable party destination.
Once a 19th century granary, The Great East Barn is one of five farm buildings to have been sumptuously restored and architect-designed, transforming it into an exceptional destination for large groups. The huge open plan interiors make it the ideal space for gatherings and celebrations, the views over green fields make it feel secluded and exclusive, catering and additional accommodation are available, and the surrounding Norfolk countryside is full of walks, cycle trails, beaches and top notch pubs. This is a unique party house in a gorgeous setting.
When you say the phrase ‘party house’ many people will immediately think of a lavish country mansion, and if you’re in this camp then Plas Glansevin will not disappoint. Set in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons in Wales, this Grade II listed property can accommodate anywhere between 15 and 56 people (including the Annexe) and it is utterly beautiful in terms of both its interiors and its setting. With five reception rooms, a grand entrance hall for dancing, a games room and a sauna, this country retreat really has everything you could possibly want from an events space!
If your idea of the perfect party house involves opulent bedrooms, landscaped gardens and sea views then Pennsylvania Castle will tick every box. The accommodation is utterly stunning, with Chesterfield furniture, a piano, open fires, a fully furnished bar, a swimming pool and a superb turret Master bedroom with a huge freestanding bath. And the manicured gardens offer spectacular views over the Portland coast. Do some wine tasting and hire a private chef or just settle in and enjoy the company of good friends. Now that’s hard to beat!