Reunite with your mates in style.
In need of a big blow out after a lengthy lockdown? We feel ya. After months of being couped up inside, separated from our loved ones and binge-watching Friends re-runs, nothing sounds better than catching up with friends over one epic weekend. Check out some of the best views in the UK, relax in your very own private hot tub, or become the Peggy Mitchell of your own pub with our guide to the best party houses near Manchester.
1. Roaches Hall, Peak District
🚗 Where is it? Between Buxton and Leek, approximately 1.5 hours drive.
✨ Need to know: Roaches Hall boasts 13 bedrooms, sleeping 30 people – making it the perfect place for a reunion with your mates this summer. Venture out and enjoy the Peak District while lies right on your doorstep, or stay inside and take advantage of the private garden that comes equipped with a BBQ, outdoor table tennis and indoor table football and pool table.
2. The Poachers Arms, Peak District
🚗 Where is it? Hope, approximately 1 hour drive.
✨ Need to know: The ultimate mates night in, The Poacher’s Arms provides guests with their very own, fully stocked pub with room enough for 30 to stay over – making it a super cheap option when you split the cost between guests. The property has its own beer garden, pub, games room and 9 bedrooms, with a real pub just down the road if you get bored with pulling your own pints (but why would you?).
3. School House, Staffordshire
🚗 Where is it? Bradnop, approximately 1 hour 20 drive.
✨ Need to know: A gorgeous traditional style cottage on the edge of the Peak District, this is the perfect day for a chilled weekend exploring the Peak District. The home is pretty rural, so it’ll just be you and your mates, with traditional touches throughout the house making for an uber cosy weekend – including wood burners, a private hot tub and a lovely picnic bench for alfresco dining.
4. Ravenswood, Cheshire
🚗 Where is it? Prestbury, 45 minutes drive.
✨ Need to know: Situated in lovely Cheshire, Ravenswood screams luxury. From the grand exterior, to the ultra-sleek decor inside – it’s a real treat for anyone who books a stay. Not only does it sleep ten guests, but there’s also a completely private indoor swimming pool to swan about in while you pretend you’re a Real Housewife of Cheshire, along with a private gym, a sauna and a games room. Can we just move in already?
5. Rudyard Lake, Staffordshire
🚗 Where is it? Leek, approximately 1 hour 15 drive.
✨ Need to know: The house at Rudyard Lake is super modern, on the edge of the Peak District and just a fifteen-minute drive from Alton Towers for the thrill-seekers in your friendship group. Providing spectacular views of the lake and the nearby Peak District (with floor-to-ceiling windows), the house is the perfect backdrop for a weekend break – boasting its very own alfresco dining area, private hot tub, kayak to use in the lake and even a huge games room.
6. Merseyside Houseboat, Liverpool
🚗 Where is it? Liverpool, 45 minutes drive.
✨ Need to know: Placed right on the Liverpool Docks, the Houseboat is the perfect weekend getaway for those looking to enjoy what Liverpool has to offer. The city centre and Baltic Triangle are right on the boat’s doorstep, with room enough on the boat for ten. The historic barge is super cosy inside with modern, colourful furniture, and there’s a sun deck on top too so you can enjoy a few beers while getting a bit of a tan.
7. Orrest Head House, Lake District
🚗 Where is it? Windermere, 1 hour 30 drive.
✨ Need to know: Your very own cottage/party house/bar – Orrest Head House is a great social house for groups of friends who haven’t seen each other for months, with the picturesque Lake District right on your doorstep. Inside, you’ll find huge seating areas that are great for lounging, five bedrooms (with space to sleep 12), an outdoor dining area, and your very own bar room.
🚗 Where is it? Ullswater, 2 hours drive.
✨ Need to know: Waternook at Ullswater is a breathtaking holiday home, with stunning views of the lake and the surrounding Lake District. The house sleeps up to 12 people, and is fully equipped with a private cinema, steam room, hot tub and even extra services such as private chefs, yoga instructors and beauty therapists. Dogs get to benefit from the luxury, too, with a room just for two puppers featuring gorgeous mountain views.