1Location, location, location

Think about the location that works best for you and your guests. Do you want to be away from it all in the middle of nowhere or be close to local amenities and activities? It’s no good arranging somewhere remote if everyone wants to walk to pubs, shops and cafes.

Make sure you do remember to give everyone the address, any special directions (particularly where private country roads are concerned) and parking directions!

2Accessible for all

If you are arranging a gathering with extended family then give some thought to your older guests. They may not be able to manage stairs so try and get somewhere with at least one downstairs bedroom with a walkin en-suite shower.

After all it’s not a family gathering without grandparents (or in some cases great-grandparents)…

3Keep children happy

If there will be children coming along to the property, then make sure there are facilities for them too. Whether it’s a large garden where they can have a game of football or a separate snug where they can play on an Xbox, happy children will generally mean happy adults.

Look out too for things like cots and high chairs for guests with babies and toddlers.

4Bathrooms for everyone

I always think that one of the most crucial things to look at is how many bathrooms there are. Ideally with a mixture of baths and showers and as many en-suites as possible.

A break in a holiday cottage is a real treat and people love a touch of luxury. Monsoon showers, wet rooms and roll top baths will impress even the pickiest of guests!

5Plan your food and drink

Planning in advance is very important to make sure a break goes smoothly – especially when there is a lot of people involved. One of the most crucial things to think about is what everyone will eat (no-one wants to run out of beer, crisps and prosecco).

Can you arrange for a local supermarket to make a delivery for you or will everyone be given some items to bring? You could arrange a meal out one evening at a local pub or restaurant or plan a picnic lunch.

6Treat yourself (well it is a special occasion)

It’s a special occasion so treat yourself! Whether it’s a fabulous country estate (where you can be Lord or Lady of the Manor) or a hot tub with stunning views, the right property will really elevate your holiday.

Organising a private chef to whip up a special meal means you can enjoy a fabulous meal in the comfort of your holiday home…and no one has to cook (or wash up).

7Space for everyone

However close you are to family and friends, no-one wants to feel on top of each other. People tend to like their own space so if there are a selection of spacious reception rooms available, people can spread out and relax.

Having a large kitchen/diner is always nice to have (they often become a gathering hub) and think about outside space too (especially in summer time).

8Enjoy yourself!

Once you have decided on your guests and booked the perfect property, the most important thing is to enjoy yourself! This is your special celebration so relax and make the most of it. After all – the best thing about a break with extended family and friends is getting to see your nearest and dearest.

Take at look at these FABULOUS celebration properties

Brass Castle

An exceptional six-bedroom holiday home that overlooks the Washburn Valley. With hot tub, games room, tennis court and even a bar under the stairs it has everything you need for a celebration with style!

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Gilling Lodge

Sweep up the cantilever staircase or take a turn round the formal garden in this grand Georgian Manor House near Richmond. It sleeps 16 so great for large gatherings.

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A fabulous six-bedroom country retreat that’s right in the middle of the North York Moors. Perfect if you want to feel like Lord or Lady of the Manor.

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