The stag party is a glorious tradition, but one that has been slightly corrupted of late. Trips to Las Vegas are best kept for The Hangover movies. And the dubious delights of Eastern Europe are fickle friends — charming in theory, but before you know it you’re knee deep in an 18% barley wine brewed by the local policeman and someone’s been sick on a farm animal.
With that in mind, we’ve scoured the nation for the very best piles that you and your team can rent out for a bachelor party on home turf. Whether you want to spend your time swinging some nine irons or catching some waves, these are the very best places to book before you enter married life. (Forever. And ever. But I’m sure it’ll be fine).
For a golfing retreat — Castle Trinity
Located perfectly between the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales, this castle-style manor has everything you could wish for in a luxury stay. Twelve acres of sprawling grounds, a hot tub, an indoor swimming pool and a lake.
You’ll be a short drive away from the 112-year-old Bradley Hall golf club to get in a quick 18 holes to help recover from the revelry of the night before. Once you get back you’ll be able to relax in the very lap of luxury, enveloped by plush fittings and fixtures with sweeping staircases and stone fireplaces.
Take on the waves — Saphir Beach house
This is probably the perfect house to escape to if you and your friends spend most of your time in wetsuits catching waves — there are some truly fantastic surfing beaches a mere stone’s throw away.
Once you’re done on the beach, head back to the house and cook up a feast alfresco in the open air kitchen before taking a relaxing soak in the hot tub that overlooks one of the prettiest beaches in the UK — Mawgan Porth. The property is styled with strong beach vibes that really connect it to the surrounding countryside and makes it feel a part of the gorgeous environment in which it sits.
Saphir Beach house
Explore the Cotswolds — Evania house
This house might be built from Gloucestershire stone but it wouldn’t look out of place in an olive grove in the Mediterranean. There’s a luxurious pool fed by cascading waterfalls, which provide constant tinkling background music to a perfectly relaxing stay.
If you fancy leaving the house you can take advantage of all that the royal spa town of Cheltenham has to offer. Or if you fancy something a bit more wild you have the whole of the Cotswolds right on your doorstep to explore — in short, it’s possibly one of the best places in the UK to dabble in outdoor pursuits.
Try your hand at some watersports — Florin house
This stunning property is packed full of features for the perfect bachelor party. There’s room for a full coterie of friends, with a pool table and a pizza oven set among some decadent period features. There’s even a secret bookcase door to add to the character of this stunning house.
Florin’s location on the picturesque Welsh coast means it’s the perfect spot for watersports, with kayaks and paddle board and windsurfing all within easy rich.
Recover and recoup — August house
The Norfolk coast could be one of the most peaceful places on our humble island. And this fantastic residence that has stood here since the 1900s is a haven of calm and luxury, whether you’ve just come off the back of a big night out or a never-ending work week.
With a sauna found in the rafters, a swimming pool outside just next to the lawn that’s perfect for a spot of civilised croquet there is a myriad of ways to unwind here.
Take on country sports — Bohème house
This incredible house on the outskirts of Exmoor national park is built from a captivating combination of old and new styles, all the while maintaining some English countryside charm.
True to that theme, Bohème house can also provide you with a team of instructors who can teach you and your party how to become expert clay pigeon marksmen. Then it’s just a case of retreating to the cinema room or the swimming pool for an unwind before the evening’s festivities — which may or may not involve an 18% barley wine.
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