Houses to Rent for a Special Occasion

There’s something truly special about coming together around the table over a fantastic meal – and especially so on holiday. With this in mind, we’ve chosen some of our favourite large houses with fabulous kitchens for a celebratory house party or special occasion with friends or family.

With beautiful, fully decked out kitchens and spacious dining spaces, from Cape Town to Cornwall via Calvados and California, these beautiful self-catering properties will encourage your inner Delia Smith to shine as you bring together the clan. And should you need some inspiration, we’ve included some local culinary ideas too!

Launceston Farm House (Dorset, England)

With formal and informal dining spaces this beautiful, large Georgian farmhouse is the perfect place to host a group of friends or family. The huge eat in kitchen – with AGA – makes cooking easy, but catering can also be arranged.

What to eat like a local: Dorset Apple Cake 

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Beach House Cape Town (Cape Town, South Africa)

So, with that view you might be distracted quite easily, but what better backdrop as you prepare supper for up to eight of you? Feast al fresco before heading to the TV room for post-dinner entertainment. Perfect.

What to eat like a local: Tomato Bredie, Cape Town Stew

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Le Mas (Dordogne, France)

New to Further Afield for 2018, this beautiful French retreat for up to 12 has the huge bonus of a fully fitted outdoor kitchen area. Rustle up a BBQ and make the most of the French summers by the pool.

What to eat like a local: Duck Confit

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Chapelgarth Estate (North Yorkshire, England)

Escape to your family estate and host the full clan. Sleeping up to 17, you’ll need a big kitchen – and Chaplegarth Estate does not disappoint. Butcher block island, AGA, butler sink… Downtown Abbey? But you’re definitely staying above stairs here.

What to eat like a local: Yorkshire curd tart

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The Chanric (California, USA)

Head out to one of numerous nearby Napa Valley wineries for supplies before heading home to prepare supper in the super-modern and luxurious open plan kitchen at this beautiful home. Eat inside or head poolside.

What to eat like a local: Classic Cobb Salad

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La Vie de Cocagne (Normandy, France)

Wander down to Bonnebosq and collect your fresh bread before heading home to this beautiful beamed farmhouse to make lunch. Sip a glass or two of local cider by the fire perhaps, ahead of making use of the hot tub. Bliss.

What to eat like a local: Baked apple terrine with Calvados 

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Old Barn Tregonetha (Cornwall, England)

The award-winning Old Barn is a perfect blend of old and new. And nowhere better is that illustrated than in the sleek modern kitchen with a traditional feel, including an AGA. On a sunny day head to the beautiful garden, or there’s a full dining room adjacent. Local seafood makes a perfect Cornish supper.

What to eat like a local: Deep-fried Cornish oysters

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