Renting a big holiday cottage or villa means extended family or groups of friends can enjoy quality time together. It can also work out cheaper by splitting the cost, while larger properties often have more facilities.
The prices quoted here are the minimum and maximum you’ll pay for the whole property for a week, based on full occupancy.
We’ve also given a lead-in per person price, but this will be greater at peak times. Flights, car hire or transfers and food are not included unless stated.
Awesome views: Utopia (pictured above) overlooks Lulworth Cove in Dorset
1. LAKESIDE LUXURY
WATERNOOK, LAKE DISTRICT
Ultra-deluxe, six-bedroom Waternook is one of two 17th Century residences on a private lakeside estate in Howtown, Ullswater. Outstanding facilities include a private cinema room, wellness sanctuary and yoga terrace with a hot tub. Concierge services (at extra cost) include classic car hire, flying lessons and sailing.
Sleeps 12. Costs from £6,480 to £8,400. premiercottages.co.uk
2. SPECIAL OCCASIONS
A luxurious ten-bedroom, ten-bathroom hideaway overlooking Lulworth Cove isn’t going to be cheap, but it is special. Apart from awesome views, Utopia has a cinema room, heated pool with paddling area, games room offering table tennis, darts and smart TV, and large terrace with a gas barbecue.
Sleeps 20. From £13,995 to £18,950. mulberrycottages.com
3. CREAM OF DEVON
BEACH END, DITTISHAM, DEVON
Five bedroom Beach End becomes almost an island when the tide comes in. But don’t worry – you can still walk to the pub via a steep path. Facilities include a barbecue area and wet room/boot area. Dogs are welcome.
Sleeps 12. From £1,575 to £3,463. house-parties.com
4. SEPARATE SPACES
GREY’S COURT COTTAGES, COTSWOLDS
Holiday together but have your own space in five renovated cottages in the lovely Gloucestershire village of Southrop. Four cottages have three double bedrooms each; one has two bedrooms. Each comes with Molton Brown toiletries and a breakfast tray of bread, butter, milk, eggs, jam, tea, coffee and cake.
Sleeps 28. From £5,385 to £12,343. luxurycotswoldrentals.co.uk
5. WEDDING PARTIES
Elegant 19th Century Polpier House in Mevagissy overlooks the harbour and has eight bedrooms, including a separate honeymoon suite, large kitchen/breakfast room with sun terrace and stunning views, heated pool, croquet lawn, clay tennis court and two acres of grounds. It is licensed for civil weddings of up to 50 people.
Sleeps 16. From £6,400 to £12,900. thewowhousecompany.co.uk
6. CARIBBEAN CHARM
PITON VIEW VILLA, ST LUCIA
This gorgeous seven-bedroom villa with stunning views and a 36ft infinity pool is a ten-minute drive from Soufriere and the famous Anse Chastanet beach. Four staff attend to your needs, plus guests receive a first-night welcome rum punch and meal.
Sleeps 14. From £6,377 to £8,015. i-escape.com/piton-view-villa
7. SEA LOVERS
THE OLD BAKERY, CORFU
Near Nissaki and with lovely sea views, this four-bedroom property also has a separate guesthouse for two, as well as a pool. The price includes flights and car hire. Guests get a welcome pack, maid service and linen change twice weekly, too.
Sleeps 10. From £8,216 to £9,800. www.gicthevillacollection.com
8. DISNEY MAGIC
Palatial: Villa Garnet (abvove) in Florida has nine bedrooms and a 55ft infinity pool
VILLA GARNET, FLORIDA
Close to Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, lakefront Villa Garnet has nine bedrooms, including one with eight bunk beds. Other rooms have four-poster, king or queen-sized beds, and there’s a movie room, gym, pool table and 55ft infinity pool.
Sleeps 26. From £7,306 to £7,878. villaselect.com
9. EXOTIC BIKE RIDES
SISINDU, T, SRI LANKA
This beautiful six-bedroom villa is on tea plantation Pokkuluwa Kanda, with both sea and jungle views. Wix Squared can arrange activities including art classes and street food tours in nearby Galle and cycling beside paddy fields. Airport transfers are included but not flights.
Sleeps 12. From £8,400 to £11,400. wixsquared.com
10. COUNTRY WALKERS
Charming: Camp d’Avall (above) is a traditional five-bedroom farmhouse in Majorca
CAMP D’AVALL, MAJORCA
This traditional five-bedroom farmhouse is close to sandy beaches and the restaurants of Pollenca. The house has a pool, terraces, barbecue and table tennis table. Flights and car hire can be arranged.
Sleeps 10. From £1,172 to £5,478. vintagetravel.co.uk