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The 10 best Airbnbs for large group getaways in the UK

Planning a group staycation? Check out these great Airbnbs around the UK for parties of eight or more

Written by
Rosie Hewitson
Ella Doyle
Camila Karalyte
Alex Floyd-Douglass

Grab the mini toiletries, fetch your suitcase from the loft (perhaps dust it off) and get texting your pals: it’s time to sort your next big trip away. And we have a good idea. Hey, it’s not exactly rocket science – or one you’ve not thought of before – but it is a good one. You see, getting a group of you together means you can book a massive Airbnb and it won’t cost the earth. And boy are there some massive Airbnbs hanging about.

While you might fancy sunning it in the Caribbean rather than heading to Manchester or the Lake District, we’re pretty sure a getaway with your nearest and dearest could be a pretty good alternative. Plus, with what Airbnb has on offer – including a whole host of super-luxe properties that become totally affordable when there’s a bunch of you – we reckon this could be an awesome way to get away on a getaway. 

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest Airbnbs for groups of eight to 16 across England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, from a converted church in Essex to a hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands.

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Best UK Airbnbs for large groups

The converted church in Shropshire
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1. The converted church in Shropshire

Sleeps eight

Haven’t set foot inside a church since your grandma dragged you along to midnight mass ten Christmasses ago? Make amends with a stay at this beautiful conversion right on the border of Wales.

With its rustic oak beams, vaulted ceilings and original carved stone windows, this idiosyncratic spot is a perfect blend of modern and period features, with a huge open-plan living area from which to sit and enjoy the country views. You’d be truly blessed to stay here.

The Kinnettles Mansion in Fife
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2. The Kinnettles Mansion in Fife

Sleeps 16

Live your princess fantasy in this gorgeous Scottish Airbnb mansion. Sleeping a whopping 16 guests, you can invite the entire family or all ya wee pals. With eight bedrooms, consisting of a double or single bed, you'll have the entire Airbnb to yourselves and live as the royals do. There's a fully-equipped country-style kitchen that is fit for a Queen, and there's even a cinema room (bougie AF). Each room in the mansion is ornately decorated and each piece of furnishing oozes opulence and regalness. Unwind in the stunning gardens or simply explore the Airbnb, there's plenty of it!

The Victorian church conversion in Essex
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3. The Victorian church conversion in Essex

Sleeps eight

This quirky Essex church conversion a short drive from the market village of Billericay is Grade II-listed, with original stained glass, wooden roof beams and carved marble slabs set into the floor.

The spacious open-plan living room is great for socialising (maybe with a glass of communion wine?) and feels bright, airy and modern despite the period features, thanks to its huge ceilings and white-washed walls. Take me to church!

The elegant townhouse in Belfast
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4. The elegant townhouse in Belfast

Sleeps ten

This tastefully decorated townhouse with spacious bedrooms and two large bathrooms is great for exploring the Northern Irish capital as a group.

You’ll find it in the Lisburn Road area, a few minutes from the shops, restaurants and cafés on Belfast’s vibrant Golden Mile. It’s also within walking distance of the city’s Botanic Garden, Queen’s University and the Ulster Museum.

The old rectory in County Durham
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5. The old rectory in County Durham

Sleeps ten

Whichever old rector lived in this place was a lucky guy. With five bedrooms, four bathrooms and extensive gardens including its own private tennis court, this sprawling house is just a short drive from the middle of Durham, making it ideal for exploring the medieval city’s cobbled alleys, historic university and Norman cathedral, as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside.

The Georgian townhouse in Bath
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6. The Georgian townhouse in Bath

Sleeps 11

This dreamy Georgian townhouse is Grade II-listed and beautifully decorated with serene pastels, plush furnishings and contemporary artwork.

Just five minutes from the centre of Bath, with a roomy kitchen for cooking meals together and socialising, it’s an ideal base from which to explore the historic city on a mini-break with friends. Be sure to call dibs on the four-poster in the main bedroom!

The barn conversion in Oxfordshire
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7. The barn conversion in Oxfordshire

Sleeps 12

This uber-rustic converted barn is situated on a five-acre estate a short drive from posh Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. Guests get access to a billiard room, private tennis courts and an indoor pool, as well as spectacular countryside views. 

The huge living room with double-height ceilings is a great social space and features a working log fire for wine-fuelled evening chats. The ideal pad for a countryside jaunt with a big group of friends.

The modern house in Manchester
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8. The modern house in Manchester

Sleeps 13

A short hop from many of Manchester’s biggest draws (including its theatres, the Exhibition Centre, Man City’s Etihad Stadium, Salford Quays and the city centre), this stylish home in Salford has huge skylights, drool-worthy minimal decor and a pergola to sit under in the garden.

With two living rooms, three bathrooms and five big bedrooms, it’s a great base for a large group of friends who fancy a northern city break.

The Georgian home in Edinburgh
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9. The Georgian home in Edinburgh

Sleeps 13

This stately AF Georgian townhouse features decadent decor including a crystal chandelier, a baby grand piano and a huge alcove library in its massive living room.

Bang in the centre of Edinburgh’s New Town, it’s super-close to the shopping hub of Princes Street as well as the National Gallery and National Museum, with excellent views over to Edinburgh Castle.

The converted windmill in Norfolk
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10. The converted windmill in Norfolk

Sleeps 15

This impressive seven-story windmill conversion is like something you’d see on ‘Grand Designs’, except that it has actually been finished – and without anyone going bankrupt or getting divorced in the process (that we know of!).

With a large garden, outdoor pool, games barn and amazing views of the surrounding area from the three circular bedrooms at the top of the tower, this unique spot should make for a truly memorable getaway in the Norfolk countryside.


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