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Unforgettable Ways to Home School and Holiday Together

We may be living in unprecedented times but there’s never been a better opportunity to embrace the beauty of Britain with an indulgent staycation in a luxurious property. When travel restrictions are lifted, our enchanting addresses across England and Scotland offer the perfect opportunity to escape with your whole family for an unforgettable holiday together all year round.

From historic manor houses to large holiday homes with hot tubs, we have a stunning array of group accommodation to cater for your dream trip. Whether you’re seeking an idyllic rural break, exciting city stay, or fun seaside excursion, our properties are in all manner of exquisite locations. Our essential guide on where and how to holiday together in the UK is bursting with educational but fun activities that will inspire young imaginations and keep the whole family entertained.

ENGLAND

Beverley

Harmonising rural English charm with contemporary elegance, Foldyard House near Beverley, Yorkshire comes fully loaded with fun courtesy of a games room, sauna, and hot tub. Sleeping 16, it’s perfect for a large family break and just one of our many large holiday homes with hot tubs. Foldyard House’s impressive amenities mean you never need to leave the confines of its stunning grounds, but if you do, there’s plenty to get stuck into in and around the picturesque market town of Beverley.

Go in search of its murky medieval past along Beverley’s numerous heritage trails that unearth the darker side of the town’s history. Refuel with coffee and cake at TC Patisserie, call in at the Gothic Beverley Minster then head out for a scenic stroll on the rolling green plains of the Westwood. This scenic park makes a wonderful spot to throw down a blanket for a picnic lunch. If the kids need to let off some steam they can do so at the Mega Fun Adventure Play Centre. Leave the guys to take some time out to practice their swing at Beverley & East Riding Golf Club while you indulge in some retail therapy at stylish stores like Jo Malone London and St Crispin Antiques Arcade.

Bournemouth

Accommodating 19, our stylish, dog-friendly Bournemouth Townhouse is just moments from the beach and offers everything your family will need for an exciting getaway. Crowned by a seven-mile stretch of golden sands, Bournemouth is a beach-lover’s paradise. Kids of all ages will love building sandcastles and splashing in the water. They’ll jump at the chance to learn about the wonders of the deep at the Oceanarium and discover millions of years of history along the nearby Jurassic Coast.

For a great day trip: hop on the ferry to the Isle of Purbeck; a picture-postcard peninsula with a sleepier pace of life. Plot up at Studland Beach’s inviting stretch of sandy dunes, before savoring an ice cream at pretty town Swanage and exploring the ancient Corfe Castle.

Bridlington

For rustic splendor, The Old Granary sleeps 16 and delivers rural Yorkshire charm in spades. Located in the pretty village of Burton Agnes, it’s just a ten-minute drive from the coastal town of Bridlington. Pristine beaches, charming independent boutiques, and delicious locally caught seafood make Bridlington a quintessentially English seaside town. Get your family holiday in England off to a rip-roaring start by strolling along the scenic, pre-Roman harbour and watch as boats bob on the water. Pack a hamper and eat lunch on North Beach then dip your toes in the sea.

After, amble your way to the characterful medieval Old Town to shop for pretty jewellery and ceramics. Young holidaymakers can get their outdoor fix rock-pooling for crabs at nearby Flamborough before brushing up on their avian knowledge by bird-watching at Bempton Cliffs Nature Reserve. After an exhilarating day exploring with the family, relax in The Old Granary’s giant outdoor hot tub with a glass of wine.

Henley-on-Thames

If you’re seeking luxury group accommodation in one of England’s quaintest towns, our spectacular 16th century Reddish Manor delivers sophisticated eclecticism and sleeps 16. Tastefully appointed with beautiful antiques by its interior designer owner, it makes an incredible family bolthole, just an hour from London. Perched on the banks of the Thames and home to the annual Regatta, Henley invites lazy afternoons spent meandering along the river, perusing independent boutiques and discovering hidden pubs tucked away on back streets.

Spend a morning together exploring the interiors and gardens of stately Tudor house, Grey’s Court before getting acquainted with Henley-on-Thames’s rowing culture at the River & Rowing Museum. The museum has an excellent program of fun and educational kids workshops and craft days. Don’t miss the chance to visit award-winning English vineyard, Chiltern Valley Winery & Brewery to sample their excellent tipples. Complete your day with a splashing good time in Reddish Manor’s swimming pool.

York

For a stylish city-stay in the Heart of York, our sophisticated Georgian property, Clifton sits on a leafy street and accommodates 12. Teeming with history and striking architecture, surrounded by idyllic countryside, York creates a mesmerising backdrop for a family staycation. Kick-off your adventure up north by taking the family on a river cruise, where you’ll view York from its magnificent waterways.

Then, take an epic journey together to when Vikings ruled the land at JORVIK Viking Centre and see the city through Roman eyes by exploring its ancient Roman walls. York’s teahouses are the stuff of legends, leave grandparents to nibble freshly baked scones, and sip Earl Grey at the iconic Bettys Tea Rooms while you treat yourself to a gin masterclass at local distiller The Botanist. Locomotive lovers should choo-choo their way to the National Railway Museum to see some epic feats of train engineering, while chocolate fans can get a gooey fix at York’s Chocolate Story.

SCOTLAND

Angus

For palatial group accommodation in striking Scottish countryside, look no further than Castleton House. A games room for kids of all ages(and a Champagne room for you!) makes this glamorous, 20-capacity Edwardian property the perfect destination for a holiday in the UK. Located in the charming village of Glamis, it’s perfectly positioned to explore Angus’s undulating green glens and patchwork quilt of fields. One of Scotland’s most scenic locales, Angus begs to be explored. Kick-start your Scottish family staycation with a visit to the legendary Glamis Castle, found right on your doorstep.

Fans of Peter Pan will adore visiting author J.M. Barrie’s birthplace, while budding pilots can get up close and personal with classic planes at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre. Once you’ve ticked off Angus’s historical highlights, it’s time to immerse the whole family in some pulse-raising fun outdoors. Take to two wheels and pedal off through pretty woods and coastal paths on one of the many cycling trails. Then, meet ponies, pigs, Angus cows, and even alpacas by visiting a working farm and experiencing rural Scottish life.

Venture further afield to Dundee and explore the V&A Museum.  The museum is free to enter, although you will need to pay for some exhibitions.

Ayrshire
Balvonie House is one of our finest large holiday homes with hot tubs and accommodates 26. With grand oak-paneled walls, cinema room with antique seating, and Japanese plunge bath, it’s opulent group accommodation at its best. All the wonders of Ayrshire are at your fingertips. Begin your Ayrshire adventure with a day trip to the Isle of Arran and immerse yourself in its dramatic landscapes and gorgeous villages. Don’t miss its tasty local produce – sip a wee dram at the Arran Distillery and pick up some handmade cheese.

Birthplace of Scottish National Bard, Robert Burns, Ayrshire has poetry running through it. The family can discover the esteemed poet’s genius at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum before spending the afternoon amid the beauty of the 18th century Culzean Castle & Country Park. Golf lovers can pick from over 50 golf courses to tee off at in Ayrshire.

Edinburgh

 

Whether you’re seeking a grand, Grade A listed mansion or a characterful mews house, our elegant Edinburgh group accommodation offers everything you need for the perfect family break in Scotland’s cultural heartland.

 

Home to the legendary annual arts festival, cobbled Georgian streets and the iconic castle, Edinburgh has plenty to set your family’s imaginations alight. From racing a F1 car to digging for fossils, curious kids will love some curriculum-centric fun at the National Museum of Scotland. Even the pickiest of teens will enjoy getting spooked at the Edinburgh Dungeon’s eerie torture chambers, while nanny and granddad can spend time relaxing in the beauty of the Royal Botanic Garden.

Go off the beaten track in Edinburgh to explore its lesser-known sights like the eerie Witches’ Well where thousands of witches were burnt at the stake centuries ago. Or tiptoe around the curious Surgeon’s Hall Museums and peruse its weird and wonderful specimens. For the best view in Edinburgh you’ll need to climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park. This magnificent peak is actually a dormant volcano and from the top you can see for miles around.


Loch Lomond

A magical woodland setting shrouds Stuckgowan House in a fairy-tale ambiance. Close to Loch Lomond, this splendid 19th century Gothic home sleeps 21 and offers everything you need for an extraordinary family escape. On your doorstep are woodlands boasting the tallest Sequoias in Scotland, ripe for exploration.

A holiday in Loch Lomond is all about the Great Outdoors. Kids and teens will delight in spending days out on the placid beauty of the loch whether kayaking, angling for fish, or on an atmospheric loch cruise. Loch Lomond’s surrounding shores and mountains offer plenty of activities too across all seasons, from bouldering on the Nairn Boulders to pedaling around the loch perimeter taking in its magisterial views and the pretty village of Luss. After your outdoor adventure together, cosy-up at Stuckgownan House’s cinema room in front of your favourite films with some popcorn.


Oban

Boasting commanding coastal views towards Mull, the 22-capacity The Drury delivers Scottish seaside splendour for the whole family. Its grand period features are complemented by clean, minimalist décor to create a luxurious base to enjoy the best of what Oban has to offer. The finest way for your family to get acquainted with this characterful town is by heading out on two feet. Start with the quint galleries and boutiques before making your way to the dramatic seafront to the ruined Dunollie Castle and stretches of sandy beaches beyond.

From smokehouses to chocolate shops, Oban is a foodie’s paradise. In fact, it’s nicknamed Scotland’s ‘seafood capital’ thanks to an abundance of fresh fish and award-winning restaurants. Kids will love watching chocolates being made by hand at Oban Chocolate Company – they’ll get a taster after! A must-do is taking an Oban Whisky Distillery tour where you’ll learn the secrets of their single malt.


Perthshire

Built in 1753 for the Earl of Breadalbane as his summer hunting lodge, Stucktaymore in Perthshire is group accommodation fit for royalty. Accommodating 29, this stately property has acres of gardens and forest for kids to play hide and seek in and unrivaled views over the loch. When you can tear yourselves away, head out in search of Perthshire’s atmospheric moors and cascading waterfalls. Scattered with Douglas firs and fed by the roaring River Raan, The Hermitage is where Wordsworth and Queen Victoria would roam. Follow in their footsteps along its 1.5-mile trail before picnicking amid the scenery.

Travel back to the Iron Age and discover the ways of the ancient Crannog community by paddling on a longboat along the shallows of Loch Tay. Treat yourself to some retail therapy at The House of Bruar, a treasure trove of the Highlands’ finest produce like gourmet meats, cheese, tweed – and of course – whisky.


Royal Deeside

The aptly named The Gatsby is as grand and opulent as if designed for Jay Gatsby himself. Sleeping 24, the elegantly appointed 19th century mansion in Royal Deeside comes with inviting outdoor hot tub and even a grand piano. Rushing through the heart of the region is the River Dee, renowned as one of the greatest salmon rivers in the world. Budding fishers will relish the opportunity to cast their rod during the fishing season.

Queen Victoria was so fond of Royal Deeside, she had the Royal Family’s Scottish residence, Balmoral Castle built. Pay a visit to gaze at its gorgeous grounds and interiors. Get out into nature at Cairngorms National Park and wind your way across mountainous trails spotting wildcats and mountain hares as you ramble. No trip to Royal Deeside is complete without a ride on the Royal Deeside Railway on a classic steam engine. You’ll get an unforgettable view over the River Dee as you chug along.

 

 

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