Take the stress out of hosting big family gatherings with these gorgeous family friendly cottages, homes - and even castles!

In need of big family friendly cottages for the whole brood? No problem!

Planning to spend quality time with your closest family and friends is so important, and getting everyone together is one of life’s simplest pleasures. But looking for a location big enough for your rowdy reunion with best friends, or the perfect getaway for an extended family gathering, can be really tricky – and not to mention – time consuming!

This time, we’ve done the hard work for you, and found the best family friendly cottages that sleep 8 or more people around the UK.

So whether you’re looking for a cosy coastal retreat, a rambling country escape, or a grand castle for your big gathering, then look no further – we’ve found the best (and biggest) retreats all over the country.

Here are our top three picks…

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Culls Cottage, Southrop, Cotswolds 

Why go? 

Set in the stunning Cotswolds countryside, Culls Cottage is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The picture perfect Swan Pub is just a short stroll away for when you fancy a quick pint or glass from their extensive wine list (Kate Moss actually had her wedding reception here. Well, if it’s good enough for Kate…) The cottage itself has some lovely features, including a light and airy dining room for the family to enjoy breakfast and dinner, and a log fire burner in the beautifully decorated living room. If in any doubt, two words which make this cosy cottage one of our favourites… Underfloor. Heating.

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What makes it family friendly? 

The cottage sleeps up to 8 in comfy beds that the kids will love (expect lie ins all round!) Plus there are plenty of DVDs and games on offer to keep little ones occupied. The property features a pretty landscaped garden with tables and chairs and loungers to recline in if the British weather is behaving itself. The Cotswolds Wildlife Park is just nearby, which is absolutely brilliant too.

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Premier Cottages‘ collection features almost 1,000 four and five-star self-catering cottages across the UK. Properties range from small, romantic boltholes to large family-friendly country estates. The collection includes pet-friendly and glamping accommodation. It also offers the widest range of accessible properties in the UK and many properties have onsite facilities like swimming pools, gyms, spas, indoor games rooms and children’s play areas.

A week’s stay in Chestnut and Cull’s property Culls Cottage for six guests starts from £950 and a three night weekend from £775. To book, go to www.premiercottages.co.uk or call the owner on 07860 337763.

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Golden Pond Lodge in Killorglin, Ireland

Why go? 

The spectacular views from this family friendly property make it a truly unforgettable property. Also  nearby is the magnificent Killarney National Park with its 26,000 acres of lakes and parkland.

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What makes it family friendly? 

This delightful period property boasts a huge kitchen for guests to entertain in. There are also three living rooms to choose from at Golden Pond Lodge, as well as a conservatory, a drawing room with an open fire, and a living room attached to farmhouse kitchen, with traditional Irish exposed beams.

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Millbeck Towers, Lake District 

Why go? 

Set in the picturesque and bustling town of Keswick, this regal 18th Century property offers spectacular views of the Northern Lakes. There are a number of walks around the area that can be reached easily from the property, giving guests ample opportunity to soak up the scenery.

What makes it family friendly? 

This regal property in Keswick, in the heart of the Lake District, Cumbria sleeps 12 people and has an open fire to cosy around in the evenings. There is ample room for the whole family (and various generations) to spread out and enjoy some privacy if they wish. Guests can also spill out into the large rambling garden to the rear with its fenced pond, numerous streams and a large flat open area, which is ideal for games!

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The best of the rest…