Halve the cost of your reunion & enjoy more privacy in a holiday home
28 May 2008: As the UK population becomes more dispersed and people have family peppered throughout the country and even across the globe, holidays have become a key time for getting the family together. A recent survey conducted by the UK's number 1 holiday home rental website, Holiday-Rentals revealed that nearly 80% of British families have been on holiday with extended family*.
However, finding hotel accommodation for such large groups can be difficult and costly. It can be time-consuming to find a group of rooms in one hotel and the average cost for five 4-star doubles is around £5,000 for a week. In comparison, holiday home rental websites make it quick and easy to find larger properties and the average cost of a five bedroom home is around £2,500 per week**, meaning this can work out up to half the price!
In addition, since the whole idea of travelling with relatives is to spend quality time together, having everyone scattered around in different rooms or hotels defeats the object, as you are restricted to simply going out together. By opting for a holiday home rental instead, extended family groups have the space to simply relax and have fun together in their own private space.
On Holiday-Rentals, which lists over 50,000 properties worldwide, there are over 5,700 properties available which can sleep ten people or more. From grand English country manors, to French chateaus, luxury villas and even monasteries and towers, Holiday-Rentals has venues perfect for all types of family get-togethers.
Below is a selection of properties that sleep 10 or more people, which are available to rent on Holiday-Rentals. Click on the links below or visit the website for more.
Close to home:
English country houses
**Used for the filming of Miss Potter**
Property 68939 (Croft House): Georgian country house with over an acre of gardens, 6 BEDROOMS, SLEEPS UP TO 12
‘Low Millgillhead’ offers three self catering Georgian houses within two acres of gardens in the small village of Lamplugh. Croft House is a beautiful barn conversion, with accommodation for twelve. Upstairs, the large sitting room also has a dining area to seat twelve in style. There are a variety of board games for entertainment, as well as a wide screen TV with DVD. The large garden features a big chestnut tree to provide some shade in the summer and conkers in the Autumn. There is also a secret garden over one of the bridges across the stream. There are many small nooks and crannies and plenty of outdoor furniture to help guests enjoy the beauty of it all. Pets are welcome too!
Price: from £950 to £1,575 per week (£79 to £132pp, based on 12 sharing)
Property 14647: Large waterfront house with private beach, games room & motor boat 8 BEDROOMS, SLEEPS UP TO 20
The Anchorage is probably the finest creek-side country estate for rental in the West Country. This fabulous, luxurious, waterfront home has a 200ft frontage to the Port Navas Creek on the stunning Helford River and its own private shingle beach, slipway, quay and dock. The country house features eight bedrooms, six bathrooms, a comfortable lounge, fully fitted kitchen and a games room with a snooker and pool table, providing something for all the family. There is also a heated indoor pool and spa, and complimentary use of a motor boat.
Price: From £4,000 to £8,000 per week (£200 to £400pp, based on 20 sharing)
Your own French chateau
Property 94173: Château Déhès - a beautiful 13th Century tower with private pool 5 BEDROOMS, SLEEPS 10 + INFANT
Château Déhès is a historic 13th century tower, modernised to create a romantic holiday hideaway. Set in six acres with a private swimming pool, it sleeps a maximum of ten plus baby in five comfortable bedrooms. Updated to a very high standard and furnished with antiques, it is warm and cosy in winter and cool and breezy in summer. All linen provided. Accommodation is spread over three floors and includes a hall, dining room, grand salon and library with TV.
Price: £1,000 to £2,500 per week (£100 to £250pp, based on 10 sharing)
Secluded Spanish villa
JAVEA, COSTA BLANCA
Property 9554: Secluded villa with private pool & bar, walled courtyard & BBQ area 5 BEDROOMS, SLEEPS UP TO 11
In a quiet neighbourhood and close to the centre of Javea, this lovely hillside villa has great views of Cape San Antonio, Montgo mountain and Javea bay. A few minutes away are the sandy beach at Arenal and the picturesque bays of Granadella and Portixol. The main house has three double bedrooms and a spacious naya (covered terrace) and in the garden there is a newly built 'casita' (guest house) for two, overlooking the pool terrace and bar. The expansive mature gardens are laid to lawn and surrounded by palm, pine, mimosa, almond and olive trees. To the rear of the house is a walled Spanish courtyard with built in BBQ, for al fresco dining under a large olive tree.
Price: £1,350 to £1,850 per week (£123 to £168pp, based on 11 sharing)
Luxury living in Portugal
PORTIMAO, THE ALGARVE
Property 79559: Luxury villa in Golf & Country Club owned by footballer Steve Guppy 5 BEDROOMS, SLEEPS 11
Owned by footballer Steve Guppy and his brother Andy, this five bedroom villa is sure to wow any guests! Set in the grounds Of Alto Golf & Country Club, the villa boasts luxury furnishings and fantastic facilities. Designed over 3 levels over looking its private swimming pool this villa boasts 2 large master bedroom suites, private bedroom balcony, en-suites, master bedroom walk in dressing / lounge room, beautiful large kitchen with access to a spacious curved balcony designed and set for alfresco dining overlooking the swimming pool. Also offers Sky TV, DVD player and films, plus a PlayStation library and much more!
Price: £1,152 to £2,450 per week (£105 to £223pp, based on 11 sharing)
Italian rural retreat
CITTA DI CASTELLO, UMBRIA
Property 54884: Converted 12th C. monastery with beautiful original features & pool 6 BEDROOMS, SLEEPS 14
Sant'Ansovino is a beautiful Benedictine monastery nestling in the tranquil hills of central Italy at the crossroads of Tuscany, Umbria and Le Marche. It has been lovingly restored into a luxury holiday home using original materials. Any original feature that could be saved has been, and much of the work has been completed by hand. But Sant'Ansovino isn't a museum, it's a home where children play, and adults relax around the fire with a glass of wine. The owners, whilst keeping true to the spirit of the place, have incorporated their own needs into the renovation so that the monastery also incorporates modern conveniences such as en-suite marble bathrooms, ISDN telephone/internet links, a large American-sized fridge, professional range cooker, and a heated swimming pool.
Price: £2,320 to £3,080 per week (£166 to £220pp, based on 14 sharing)
Outside the Euro-zone:
Property 83979: Newly built villa with fantastic views over black sea 5 BEDROOMS, SLEEPS UP TO 12
Palm Tree villa is a newly built detached villa with five bedrooms, it has on open plan feel with a large lounge, kitchen and dining area. There are floor to ceiling windows throughout the villa offering fantastic views over the black sea. Outside there is a large private pool and impressive covered BBQ- perfect for al fresco dining.
Price: £470 to £845 per week (£39 to £70pp, based on 12 sharing)
Property 89601: Stunning villa with Ottoman style seating and large infinity pool 5 BEDROOMS, SLEEPS UP TO 10
This brand new villa is set amongst hillside olive trees and surrounded by large grounds which make it ideal for large groups and families getting together. The villa is built on three levels and consists of an open plan kitchen and comfortable dining area and five bedrooms. Outside the huge roof terrace is furnished with Ottoman style seating and allows fantastic sea views, there is a second terrace with a large infinity pool and lounging area.
Price: £650 to £1,100 per week (£65 to £110pp, based on 10 sharing)
Fabulous Florida home
Property 98256: Beautiful house minutes from Disney with games room & pool 6 BEDROOMS, SLEEPS 12
This luxury holiday home is in Rolling Hills, the closest residential community to the Disney Theme Parks, which are just 2 miles (5 minutes) away. This gorgeous villa has 4 large master suites, 2 Disney-themed rooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 spacious sitting areas and 2 dining areas. There is a large wide screen TV and DVD system, cable television is also provided in the family room, master suite and all bedrooms. There is a games room with a full-size pool and football table. A cot is available, 2 highchairs and a variety of pushchairs. There is a selection of videos, games, books and toys for all ages, together with a PlayStation. Outside, there is a large heated swimming pool and an extended deck area which is fully screened.
Price:£600 to £750 per week (£50 to £62.50pp, based on 12 sharing)
* According to a survey of over 1,600 Mums conducted throughout January and February 2008
** Based on average costs from Holiday-Rentals and a leading hotel booking website