Self-catering cottages in the Forest of Dean & Wye Valley

Our guide to finding accommodation for large groups

We’re a small company with one goal: for you to enjoy your weekend celebration or extended family holiday in excellent large group accommodation. Whatever the occasion we have an incredible large self catering cottage for you in the Forest of Dean or Wye Valley.  Whether you’re looking for a holiday home that sleeps 12 or 26, we can fit you all in!  Of course, there are other choices on the market so what makes us different?

We’re here to help you find your perfect holiday home

So gather up your family and friends and get in touch. With a selection of large holiday homes from around the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, our self-catering cottages offer many luxuries and a cosy place to relax if you’ve been out and about all day. With high chairs and cots for the little ones, enclosed gardens for your dogs, disability friendly bathrooms and ground floor bedrooms for those less able and hot tubs for when you just want to soak in the scenery, if you have special requirements for your stay we will do our best to fulfill them. We care about making sure that your carefully prepared holiday plans go off without a hitch and our personal touch marks us out from larger operators.

Each of our cottages has it’s own little quirks and charms that make it much more interesting and characterful to stay in than another faceless chain hotel room.  Plus with shared dining rooms and kitchens (even a bar in one or two) and plenty of outdoor space in the gardens it becomes your own private social space for you and your group to create special memories together.

The difference that makes the difference in group accommodation

By the time you contact us it’s likely that you’ve decided on finding a large holiday cottage in the Forest of Dean or Wye Valley . You might have had half a dozen meetings with friends and family, the emails have been flashing back and forth and you’re the one who’s been given the thankless task of organising this thing.

You’ve generally got three choices to find a holiday home for a large group.

The individual large cottage

So you’ve scoured the net, stumbled on the self catering cottage of your dreams in the location you want and its free for the dates you’re after. Our advice? Grab it now; nothing could be better (and let’s be honest, rarer).  You could be searching for weeks. But….just be aware that if something goes wrong with that booking, you’re stuck – and you would be amazed at how many people come to us saying their large group accommodation booking has fallen through asking if we can find them an alternative cottage to keep their holiday plans alive (and we often do).

The Large Holiday House Agency

These are generally national or often international and they have lots of self catering properties to choose from :  lots….and……lots…..and….. lots. So you tell your friends you’ve found a place and they go to the website to take a peek. Lo and behold they spot one nearby,  and they like it just that little bit better than the house you’ve suggested; could you just find out the price and try and get a provisional booking while you all decide. Before you know it you’re juggling four large holiday cottages and trying to keep 20 people happy.  And let’s face it you’re probably dealing with somebody handling huge numbers of large group accommodation bookings and have no intimate knowledge of the area around the cottage you are interested in, so what happens when your sister in law wants to know if the path to that lovely nearby pub they advertise is suitable for a buggy…..?

Big House Holiday Lets

We’re not foolish enough to say we’re unique in finding the right cottage for large group accommodation bookings or that we’re the only providers of this service in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley;  but we are unusual. We have just 10 large holiday cottages with similar facilities in the same area, but all individual and with a distinctive character of their own. We manage them on behalf of private individuals and ensure the holidays are booked and managed in a stress free manner for both guests and owners offering a personal touch and intimate knowledge of the cottages and surrounding areas that the large booking agents can only pretend to know.

Although we’re small we offer a great range in variety and quality with each of our large holiday homes being in a village, in a town, in a wood, on a riverbank, on a mountaintop, or on a farm. You tell us what you need for your group  and we can tell you immediately which one will suit you best, which is available and what it costs. Oh, and we work from 7am till 11.30pm 7 days a week taking care of your needs up to and including over the the course of your holiday.

Choose local experts in large group accommodation bookings

There’s seven of us in the Team. We know every one of our large holiday cottages intimately and we know the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley too. We live here. We drink in the pubs, eat in the restaurants, canoe the rivers, bike the forest trails, walk the paths, drive the roads, shop in the shops. We know the specialist food providers, the micro brewers, the cider makers, the vineyards, the caterers. We’re active members of the Tourism Association and if you want something we generally know who will provide it for you.

We make group accommodation holidays special, and easy for you, but only if you want to spend time in the glorious Wye Valley and Forest of Dean.

So there –  a no brainer. Tell your friends you’ve found a destination, a large self catering holiday house and a company that’s going to take care of you from the minute you book till the minute you leave. They can relax, we can relax, but most importantly of all …..YOU can relax.

Big House Holiday Lets – THE provider of large self catering holiday houses and cottages for group accommodation in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley