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Large Group Accommodation for Families and Friends in The Wye Valley & Forest of Dean

Up to 24

Fairlea Grange

Fascinating family friendly Gothic house with views of the Brecon Beacons.

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Up to 22

Holly Tree House

Magical Victorian villa at the end of a private lane in a wooded gorge overlooking Symonds Yat rapids near Ross on Wye.

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Front view of River Wye Lodge near Lydbrook Up to 26

River Wye Lodge

Stylish and spacious converted coaching inn on the banks of the River Wye, five minutes from the heart of the Forest of Dean.

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Front view of main house at Highcloud Farm in the summer Up to 24

Highcloud Farm

At the end of a private lane, total peace on a 30 acre farm with heated pool in a wow-factor setting, families love it.

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Orchard House Farm bathed in sunlight and a bright blue sky Up to 24

Orchard House

Experience peace in a luxurious holiday home on a Cider Farm with its own private woodland, ponds, streams, and walking trails deep in the rolling hills of Wales

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Main view of The Portland from the road Up to 20

Cedars House

Beautiful designer led Georgian villa in the village of Whitchurch adjacent to Symonds Yat and Ross on Wye.

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Up to 22

The Anchor

The old Lydbrook village pub, still with it’s bar, brought back to life in the glorious Forest of Dean.

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Driveway and front view of The Portland Up to 22

The Portland

Super cosy yet elegant 18th Century house in the heart of the village, 5 minutes walk from Symonds Yat and the River Wye.

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I have just returned from the weekend spent in Holly Tree House, what a wonderful time all the family have had, I must say what a lovely place it is, every thing was there for us, every body loved the hot tub and the youngsters spent a lovely time on the river whilst us oldies…

The Axworthy Party

We are the area’s leading provider of large holiday homes and cottages for extended families, 3 generation celebrations, birthday and anniversary get togethers. None of our properties are suitable for stag groups or raucous parties – we love our neighbours and we want them to love us back.

eviivo awards 2018 shortlist Whether on the edge of the woods, at the end of a private lane, on top of a glorious hillside or on the river bank our beautiful large holiday cottages nestle in the heart of the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean. With stunning views over the wonderful River Wye and up to famous Yat Rock, our self-catering, large holiday homes easily accommodate groups of up to 20 people.

Whilst others’ houses may sacrifice comfort to squeeze in extra bedrooms , we pride ourselves on ensuring that the kitchen, dining and living room space mean that you and your family and friends can spread out and not feel cramped.  All of our houses  have extras such as hot tubs, outdoor seating, games rooms, a swimming pool and more so if you don’t want to explore the wonderful area nearby you can relax right where you are!

Please be aware that as we live as well as run a business here, concern for the environment and our neighbours is at the heart of what we do and for that reason we welcome groups and particularly extended families who share our values and who will look after our homes and communities.

Your questions answered

When looking for group accommodation you may have some questions about why renting a large holiday house is the right fit for your group.  There’s some brief information below which may help your decision.  You can also find out more in our FAQ’s section alternatively you can get in touch with us and we will gladly answer your query.

Our large holiday homes combine genuine peace and quiet (apart from the sounds of the river and birdsong) with very little passing traffic. There are many nice places to eat and drink nearby with excellent pubs and restaurants within walking distance (plus, in one house, one that’s accessed by river ferry).

If you’re planning a staycation or you’re visiting the UK from abroad, our big holiday homes are perfect for large family breaks, special occasions, celebrations, reunions and fun, activity-based weekends away. If you haven’t already planned your time in the Wye Valley or Forest of Dean, why not look at our activities section and find somewhere to relax or have an adventure.

Each of our large holiday cottages has a unique character or history, with some dating back to the 15th century that lends a special atmosphere to staying in them.  With the houses having been updated to include many essentials for a comfortable holiday for large groups, including hot tubs, games rooms, plenty of bathrooms and the occasional swimming pool or in-house gym!

When it comes to finding the right place for group accommodation, everybody has their own reasons why staying in a large holiday house appeals to them.  Here are some that we’ve come across from previous groups who have chosen to stay with us in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean.

  • Families – for celebrations or shared holidays
  • Clubs and organisations – shared interests in activities in the Wyedean area
  • Friends – reunions, hen parties or just fun getaways
  • Corporate events – retreats or team away days organised for staff
  • Residential events – some companies use our houses as venues for their services

Whether the cottage is a place of idyllic calm to get away from it all, a chance to have fun and spend time with family and friends, or act as a base camp for your next expedition in this beautiful part of the country, our range of big holiday homes in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, as highlighted below, give you irresistible options to choose from.  If you’re looking for a dog friendly cottage, your pets are welcome to stay too!

At Big House Holiday Lets we know our cottages and the area around them because we live here, so if you want to know anything, before or after booking your cottage with us, we will be happy to chat.

The Wye Valley is widely regarded as the birthplace of British tourism and as you visit the towns and villages that are dotted around the meandering River Wye, you can see why many saw it as a peaceful getaway during our industrialised past.  If you’re looking for classic picture book English towns with higgledy-piggledy streets and chocolate box houses and cottages then the Wye Valley has them in abundance.  We specialise in holiday lettings in this area because we love the natural beauty of the River Wye and we think you will too!

The Forest of Dean also has a long heritage as a working area, first as a Royal Forest with foresters responsible for maintenance and tenant farmers working the fields. The timber in the forest was one of the most valuable resources in the UK throughout much of the island’s history, being used to smelt iron, building mines as well as material for building ships and used for the growing towns and villages.  Eventually, as the forest was in danger of being eradicated due to demand during the industrial age, a more balanced approach was adopted which balanced a need for timber with finding more leisurely uses and thus it became a destination for those who wanted to appreciate the magnificence of this beautiful forest.

These days many attractions have sprung up and offer great days out with opportunities for relaxing, challenging yourself or learning about the rich part the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean have played in the history of the UK.

With so many reasons to visit, it means friends with shared interests or families looking for a group getaway or celebration can avoid the hassle of trying to accommodate the group in separate cottages or hotels and instead all share one holiday home.

To ensure your stay in one of our large holiday homes is perfectly suited to your needs we prefer the personal touch.  You can get in touch with us by sending an email or call us on 01600 772929 and we’ll get back to you to discuss your group accommodation requirements.

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