Large group holidays are such fun; let’s face it, getting together with a bunch of your favourite people, catching up, relaxing and enjoying a few days or even a whole week away is manna for the soul, so get organised, pack away your worries and head down to Somerset to make some wonderful memories.
Holidays in Somerset are a dream; beautiful countryside, a varied coastline of wide sandy beaches and tiny windswept bays, the glorious heather-clad heaths, steep wooded hillsides and picturesque river valleys of Exmoor National Park, the wild and rugged heaths and softly tumbling coombes of the Quantocks, the enchanting watery expanse of the Somerset Levels, and the scenic craggy heights of the Mendips; it’s all breath taking, and you’ll find things to see and do for all ages. Fun-filled family attractions, magnificent historic houses, magical gardens, and the prettiest villages with centuries old thatched cottages and cosy country inns. Towns to potter around, browsing the independent shops, farmer’s markets and narrow streets; footpaths, bridle ways, and winding country lanes to explore on foot, by bike or on horseback; so many ways to completely unwind. Like we said, it’s a dream.
Finding the perfect place for your large group holiday is a piece of cake with Groups Stays; we’ve got some amazing large holiday homes in the most gorgeous locations, and they sleep 8-30 people; peace and quiet, open air, views that stretch for miles across lush pastures, rolling hills dotted with copses, peaceful bays and panoramic vistas across the Bristol Channel to Wales. The thing is you see, we think of everything at Group Stays and most of our properties are access friendly with ground floor bedrooms with wet rooms, and plenty of space to move about. Babies and toddlers are well provided for with stairgates, highchairs, cots and toddler beds; we cater for dog friendly holidays too, so you can bring your pet pooch along – after all, he’s one of the family.
You won’t need to worry about keeping everyone amused on your large group holiday; aside from all the places there are to visit, our holiday homes in Somerset have everything you could possibly need for a family holiday, a gathering of friends or a corporate stay; in fact, a lot of our guests tell us they don’t really feel the need to go out anywhere. Imagine lazy days spent lounging by the poolside, kids having fun splashing around, barbecue sizzling; everyone’s happy. Most of our large holiday homes have indoor swimming pools so it really doesn’t matter what time of year it is; it’s lovely and warm inside in the winter, and on those baking hot days you can pull back the doors and let the sunshine in. Chill out in a steam room or a sauna, sit back in a hot tub and watch the clouds drift by in the daytime, or the stars come out one by one at night; get out in the garden, play croquet or French cricket on the lawns, hear the happy shrieks and laughter of the little ones having fun on the play equipment or boinging about on the trampoline.
Get the whole lot of you out in the BBQ Lodge where you can snuggle up beneath the twinkling lights, with reindeer hides to keep you warm, and natter away till the small hours; tell jokes, swap stories, play charades. Join the teenagers in the games room and have a full-on tournament; table football, air hockey, ping-pong or pool. Grab yourselves some huge bowls of popcorn and crisps and settle down on the big fat sofas for a night of movies or to cheer on your top team in that all-important match. Book up one of our tried and tested professional catering teams to come in and create a scrumptious feast, especially if you’ve got a reason to celebrate – perhaps a big birthday, a wedding coming up, or maybe you’re having a wonderful reunion of old friends.
Take your pick of our fantastic Somerset holiday homes; we’ve got beautiful country houses and old farmhouses, like Pound Farm, sleeping 18-21 guests, near Bishops Lydeard, Hurstone, for up to 18 people, on the edge of Exmoor, Bossington Hall sleeping 30, high up on the hill above Porlock Bay, or sleeping 14, Ilbeare, close to the county town of Taunton. We’ve got barn conversions that will knock your socks off; Beaverbrook can sleep 20-30 people, Coat Barn sleeps 18 and Walnut Arbour sleeps 12-14, and you really should check out our luxury lodges including Ham Bottom and Flossy Brook in the Blackdown Hills, and Cockercombe at the foot of the Quantocks; all of these sleep up to 14 guests.
We have the most idyllic Somerset cottages to rent, among them and all sleeping 12 guests are Riverside on the Somerset Levels, Halse Water House, tucked away on the edge of a quiet village, and Dancing Hill, high up on the edge of the Quantocks.
But don't go thinking that big means expensive, because in this case, it doesn't. If you divide the price of your group stay between all members of your party it works out at less than the cost of a good hotel, so considering all the top notch facilities you get, it's remarkably good value for money. And another thing about our large holiday houses and cottages in Somerset is that they’re perfect for a holiday or a short break anytime of year. A stay in the country during springtime is such a delight as everything comes to life; flowers in the hedgerows, trees coming into leaf and the start of longer days. Summer is divine; long days in the garden, nights in the hot tub, fresh air drifting in through the open windows, and autumn is hard to beat with those crisp country walks, kicking up leaves in the woodlands and the glorious golden-brown colours. Winter is the ideal time for a happy gathering; snuggling by the fireside, muddy walks through the fields, and a huge Christmas tree glistening with fairy lights; likewise New Year; the chink of glasses, corks popping, smiles all round. Perfect, perfect, perfect.