With staycations set to be popular again this summer, Oliver’s Travels has a selection of beautiful exclusive-use manor houses and castles in the UK, ideal for groups to gather safely under one roof.
Moreton Manor, Cotswolds
Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds, Moreton Manor is a perfect location for a large group, sleeping up to 15 guests. With eight bedrooms, an impressive cinema room and thirty-five acres of manicured gardens including a sunken croquet lawn and even a private lake, there is little one can’t do at this wonderful manor. Whether visiting as a group of friends or with extended family, there is plenty of space to spread out across the manor, giving guests the space they need while relishing each other’s company in the stunning communal areas and grounds.
Just five minutes from Moreton-in-March and Stow-on-the-Wold, guests can relax on their own countryside retreat while being able to go out for dinner and explore the quintessentially English towns. For family days out, Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park offers a lovely day discovering rare breeds of animal playing in the maze.
C17th Castle, Bristol
This unique historical property looks out over the Bristol Channel, surrounded by luscious private grounds and Clevedon’s golf course. The castle has 8 turrets that surround the central keep, where there are numerous ensuite bedrooms in individual turrets, a function room for weddings and events, and a bar. This fantastic layout allows guests to have their own space while being able to return to the central keep for delicious meals and relax together in the sitting room.
Hidden amongst the ivy-covered stone are an indoor heated swimming pool and a terrace ideal for a BBQ looking out across the Channel in the summer months. There is also a games room packed with entertainment from board games to table football, ready to entertain the whole family. If guests wish to venture out to fish, sail or go to the races at Chepstow, this beautiful property is the perfect base for all of these local pastimes.
Langton Castle, Scottish Borders
With its magnificent exterior and exquisite interiors, Langton Castle is a fantastic place for large groups to relish architecture from 1785 and explore the beautiful grounds. Just an hour from Edinburgh, this 12-bedroom castle has beautiful twin stone staircases, a billiard room, a ballroom and views across the Tweed Valley. All of the rooms are heated using the castle’s eco-friendly ground source heating system which keeps the entire castle at a comfortable temperature throughout the year.
Langton Castle can arrange a wide range of activities for guests, from clay pigeon shooting to a full Highland Games. For those of the group who want to venture out, the castle is within walking distance of the local town and restaurants. This area is rich in historic towns, castles and houses to visit, and the stunning rural setting is packed with opportunities for activities such as cycling, walking, golf, shooting and fishing.