7 amazing houses to split with friends

Friends make life richer. They help enrich your bank account when you share the cost of an over-the-top home with a handful of your choicest homies. What’s more, all the best getaway activities — BBQing, pool-lounging, dancing under a setting sun — are way better with friends around to snap a photo or hold your beer. Got your group gathered together? Good. Now’s your chance to truly ball out on a long weekend at a country manor or a week away at a millennial-pink cave house for less than the nightly rate of a mid-range hotel room.

Sudbury, UK > Property 8303918

1. A countryside retreat in Sudbury, UK

Play Lords and Ladies of the manor at this magical setting just over an hour from London. This perfect weekend retreat for you and your posse provides an elegant dining hall for the ultimate dinner party and roomy entertaining space for after-dinner schmoozing. Sunday lunch at the local country pub will be followed by a lazy afternoon in the beautiful garden with flower-filled borders, classic topiary and a pretty pergola. Warning: This getaway will make Monday’s return to work almost impossible!

Naxos, Greece > Property 3883426

2. A pink cave house in Naxos, Greece

We know what you’re thinking … just imagine the Insta shots! Do it for the ‘gram and book this unique island retreat for your squad to get away in style. The 19th-century "Georgilas Cave House" complex boasts two private verandas with panoramic views of the valley, a gorgeous pebbled garden and a 2-hectare citrus grove. That’s a lot of lemons, but you’ll be anything but sour at this stay.

Siena, Italy > Property 1061581vb

3. A 15th-century villa in Chianti, Italy

Your own wine cellar, on-site wine tasting and up to 12 of your favourite people enjoying the good life — this villa ticks all the boxes! Set within a 50-hectare estate in the heart of Italy’s magical Chianti Classico region, this stay is undoubtedly luxe. The vast terrace garden is #holidaygoals with a beautiful swimming pool overlooking olive groves. And when you’re not unwinding poolside, visit nearby fresh food markets to find just the right ingredients to accompany a carefully selected local vintage (or two!).

Paris, France > Property 3762388

4. An industrial loft in Paris, France

Invite 10 of your gang to this charming converted loft for an unforgettable escape. The canal-side pad sits in the centre of the action at France’s capital. Boasting rustic yet stylish interiors, this loft will make your squad feel like they’ve walked into the pages of Vogue. Fetch breakfast at the local patisserie, practice your French at nearby watering holes and don’t forget to pack your chicest outfits!

Schmallenberg, Germany > Property 2249653

5. A luxury yoga retreat in Schmallenberg, Germany

Calling all yogis! With a sauna, private pool and tranquil ambience, this slick yoga retreat nestled in the German village of Bödefeld in Sauerland is the perfect haven for your crew to practice their downward dog. And with room for 26, everyone’s included! It’s time to get Zen and put all those mindfulness books you’ve been reading to the test.

Fira, Greece > Property 8127273

6. A windmill in Santorini, Greece

Get your squad in a spin over the ultimate sunset spot at this quirky windmill stay in Santorini. Watch the pink skies lap the Aegean sea from this panoramic viewpoint, for a truly memorable getaway. The Villa White Windmill is equipped with a private pool, a terrace and candy-coloured bedrooms, each with little luminous windows to make sure you catch every sunrise, sunset and shooting star. What are you waiting for?

Capri, Italy > Property 4840352

7. A yacht in Capri, Italy

Take to the water on your group getaway. This over-the-top option lets your posse live the luxe life aboard a 58-foot vessel that accommodates up to 12 guests. And it’s equipped with a large sundeck at the stern and the bow, so you’ll be sporting an even tan and even better photo reel after this holiday! Only a few nautical miles from killer spots like Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi, your squad can cruise the Mediterranean sea to your heart’s content. Ahoy!

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