Clevedon Hall in SomersetWe’ve collected some very gorgeous (and large!) houses for hire in Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset. Whether you’re looking for a weekend break with friends, or a holiday with family, we’ve some beautiful properties in the South West.

We occasionally collect houses that offer only special events, rather than accommodation, and Hatch House in Wiltshire is one of those few. It is an extraordinary private house, owned and cared for by Sir Henry and Lady Rumbold. The main event space, perfect for a country wedding, is their walled Dutch garden, in which a ballet is held, every year.

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If you’re looking for a big venue for a big event, then do check out our Somerset collection (how fine that sounds). You’ll discover some of our largest manor houses, which can sleep up to 50, whilst still retaining their country-house feel. These include Clevedon Hall (not far from Bristol), Knowle Park (which is within Exmoor National Park), and North Cadbury Court, which over-looks Cadbury Castle. One of our very biggest houses is Croydon Hall, which can sleep up to 60 guests (and has a ginormous barn, for dancing).

If you’re heading to the South West for a family holiday, and are looking for a different sort of big house (we appreciate 60 is a bit much for a holiday), then it’s worth looking at Smedmore House, in Dorset, which sleeps 16 and has the most ravishing sea views. Or perhaps Chaffeymoor Grange, with its private lake (and little rowing boat), or Sparkford Hall, with its own walled kitchen garden.

There’s plenty to do in the West Country, from visiting sites such as Glastonbury Tor, Wookey Hole and Cheddar Gorge (did we mention…? The farming owners of North Cadbury Court are famous cheese-makers!), as well as walking (or riding) on Exmoor.

All of our houses have superb teams running them (quite often the owners, themselves), and they can help you arrange whatever distractions you might wish for. Or no distractions at all, if you’re hoping for a long, lazy break, with nothing much to do and nowhere you have to be.

A Word From Edmund

The West Country is a great place to visit, with good transport links from both Birmingham and London. It’s close enough for me to pinch a weekend break in a country house, and I’ve spent many Sundays wandering around the Blackdown Hills, or visiting seaside towns like Lyme Regis.

The Old Rectory

  • Sleeps 29
  • Bdrms11
  • Baths9
Weekends from £2,340
Weeks from £3,300

A gorgeous, sunny-stoned rectory, deep in the Dorset countryside.

Clevedon Hall in Somerset

Clevedon Hall

  • Sleeps 50
  • Bdrms25
  • Baths25
Weekends from £15,000
Weeks from £40,000

A grand country house in its own estate, on the…

Sparkford Hall

  • Sleeps 26
  • Bdrms11
  • Baths10
Weekends from £4,500
Weeks from £6,500

Dozing in the sun at the gate of the West…

Knowle Manor

  • Sleeps 50
  • Bdrms20
  • Baths20
Weekends from £4,950
Weeks from £8,350

A most elegant Elizabethan country house, tucked within the wilds…

The Quad

  • Sleeps 16
  • Bdrms6
  • Baths4
Weekends from £1,250
Weeks from £1,450

The Quad is hidden within a quiet valley, less than…


  • Sleeps 16
  • Bdrms6
  • Baths3
Weekends from £1,350
Weeks from £1,750

Skyfall sleeps up to 16 guests in six bedrooms, and…

Compton Nest

  • Sleeps 20
  • Bdrms8
  • Baths5
Weekends from £1,250
Weeks from £1,950

A large country cottage on the tippy-toe of beautiful Cranborne…

Croydon Hall

  • Sleeps 60
  • Bdrms28
  • Baths26
Weekends from £4,700
Weeks from £12,338

Croydon Hall is a country house offering great value and…