It can often be difficult to decide on a luxury venue that has an almost innate ability to go above and beyond expectations – to offer that all-important magical touch that makes a fantastic event simply unforgettable. Yet, the UK certainly has plenty to offer, with a whole host of unusual and one-of-a-kind properties available for those that only know where to look. Eager to find out more, we took a look at the large holiday homes available through Big Domain, and highlighted just five that we think would make the perfect venue for any event.
This is one for the golf aficionados. Naturally, St Andrews should already be a very familiar name for those that follow the sport, playing frequent host to The Open Championship. It is fitting then that The Fairways has its own private golf course and driving range, making it a must-visit location for those that want to embrace the spirit of the region. For everyone else, the property has more than its fair share of enticing offerings.
Throughout The Fairways – which can comfortably accommodate ten people – there’s touches of home comforts. In fitting with the location, the interior design is all tartan and plaid, cosy brown and terracotta colour palettes with splashes of green peppered throughout. An outdoor hydro spa, Mediterranean-inspired BBQ area and a gloriously open conservatory/dining area complete the appeal
Yacht on the Thames is, in some ways, exactly what you expect. In others, it goes above and beyond. This classically designed 111ft motor yacht certainly makes an incredibly first impression and manages to impress throughout, with guests sure to find something to love in every room. Again, this property can accommodate ten people, but its size means it can easily cater for up to 40 – meaning it is perfect for entertaining large groups of people in one go. Indeed, with a sound system throughout and indoor party saloon, it would make the ideal location for a central London party, or a formal sit-down dinner. This vessel is nothing if not versatile.
Perhaps the most unusual property on this list is Sea View. This historic sea fort certainly makes a statement, with its generously restored, carefully crafted and tastefully decorated, contemporary interiors. Of particular note is the wine-tasting cellar, which incorporates much of the original brick work for an extravagant and authentic feel. The fort’s three bars make this property a fantastic place to host more formal gatherings, though a fire pit, sun deck and games room inject a casual vibe that would make this an ideal weekend stay with friends.
If you’re looking to make the right first impression The Skyscraper might be the best call. This 80-foot tower stands sentinel in the middle of the Suffolk countryside, offering resplendent views on all sides. The property’s nine bedrooms and six bathrooms are split over seven floors, accompanying a theatre-style cinema room, games room, spacious lounging areas and hot tub. The surrounding area proves a treat for foodies, who are sure to enjoy the many eateries, and well-stocked farm shops that are nearby and easy to access.
Ultimately, The Skyscraper would make the perfect hangout for a corporate event, or large family celebration.
Finally, we come to Waterside.
This sprawling beachside estate sleeps 22 adults over 11 bedrooms comfortably, with plenty of space to cook, dine, gather and relax. With a private beach, 10-acre garden, billiards room, and kids play rooms (plural!), Waterside spares no expense on the amenities. One of the property’s standout features is its Great Hall, which extends the full length of the house, opening out onto a terrace with incredible sea views. There’s really no area that Waterside fails to deliver on: with two fully-equipped kitchens, an arts and crafts room, ‘Sky Room’, and music room rounding out the offerings. For those most special of events, treat yourself with Waterside.
About Big Domain
Big Domain specialises in large holiday homes across the UK and Europe, sleeping 8 guests or more. Their collection of properties covers all kinds of group holidays and retreats, from wedding venues and corporate venues to houses perfect for large families or groups of friends. Big Domain’s properties are popular for large events and are often well-equipped for multi-generational holidays.