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11 Unusual Places to Rent for New Year’s Eve in the UK

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11 Unusual Places to Rent for New Year’s Eve in the UK

From castles to clock towers, here are 11 unusual places to rent for New Year's Eve this year


It’s not too late to find the perfect NYE getaway! Avoid over-crowded New Year’s Eve parties & events and make an escape to these quirky and bizarre getaways. Find the best New Year UK escapes with our round-up of unusual holiday rentals for New Year’s Eve 2017. 

10 Best Places to Rent for New Year’s Eve 2017 in the UK

Pennsylvania Castle

Pennsylvania Castle

Sleeps 14

Four nights from £7,056

Set on the Isle of Portland, just off the Dorset coast, Pennsylvania Castle is an early 19th century neo-Gothic castle with a history that involves war, Hollywood and royalty. Choose your home for New Year’s Eve from seven grand bedrooms with stunning coastal views, and enjoy the library and indoor pool. Beyond the castle, amble amongst the landscaped gardens up to the castle’s very own waterfall, and wander to nearby Chesil Beach for a blustery winter walk. Why not upgrade your stay with a private chef for a dinner party or host a wine tasting evening?

Gir Lion Lodge London Zoo

Gir Lion Lodge, at ZSL London Zoo’s overnight experience

Nine cabins sleeping one family each

From £438 per couple

How about waking up to a lion’s roar on the first day of the New Year? Bed down in a colourful cabin nestled in the heart of the Land of the Lions exhibit at ZSL London Zoo and you’ll enjoy an unforgettable overnight wildlife experience this New Year’s Eve, including an exclusive after-hours tour of the Zoo at sunset, after-dark and in the morning, two days access to the zoo and a three-course dinner and breakfast.

© Steve Wheelen

© Steve Wheelen

Fort Clonque, Channel Islands

Sleeps 13

Four nights from £715

There’s only one way to ensure you don’t have unwanted visitors gatecrashing your New Year’s Eve party – maroon yourself on an island in the middle of the Channel Islands in a gigantic fort. Designed to mount ten massive guns and house 50 men, it reminds us of Fort Boyard. If we stayed here we would make Game of Thrones fancy dress compulsory. At this time of year it’s particularly atmospheric, with huge waves crashing at your door, best enjoyed from the floor to ceiling glass windows.

Nink's Wagon

Nink’s Wagon, Shropshire

Sleeps two

During the festive period, £258 for two nights.

Roll up, roll up for the chance to stay in a 1920s showman wagon originally used by a circus ringmaster. You’ll have to get on with you’re holiday companion like a house on fire as Nink’s is pretty dinky. Ideal for couples looking to escape the humdrum and cosy down with their partner for a quiet New Year’s in front of the log burner. Take a pile of books, plenty of firewood and sturdy boots to enjoy the surrounding countryside.


Port Lympne

From £199

Why not see in 2018 on your own personal safari? Port Lympne is a must-visit for animal-lovers; this Kent-based conservation charity is not your average UK wildlife experience. Opt for a short stay over New Year and you’ll come face to face with big cats, gorillas, giraffes and many more. If you really want to push the boat out, book in for the new Tiger Lodge, where tigers play right outside your (very sturdy) windows. Book quickly as rooms are filling up quickly for the festive period.


Silverholme Graythwaite, Lake District

Sleeps 18

Five nights from 29th December for £8,964

This spectacular Georgian manor house is located on the Graythwaite Estate right on the edge of Lake Windermere. With juxtaposed contemporary and traditional designs, Silverholme provides everything you need for an elegant alternative New Year’s celebration. With floor to ceiling windows overlooking the lake, it’s superbly equipped for making a celebration dinner to remember; what a view! After dinner, the drawing room offers a sumptuous retreat where you can gather in front of the roaring open fire with a glass of bubbly ready to toast in the New Year. Silverholme also benefits from shared use of the Graythwaite Estate grounds and facilities which includes an indoor heated swimming pool, table tennis room, children’s play area, fitness suite and 2.5-acre trout fishing lake.

Gothic Temple

Gothic Temple, Stowe

Sleeps four

Four nights from £565

Make sure you book in for a massage after the holiday, it’s highly likely you’ll crick your neck from staring at the gilded dome all weekend long. This folly was built in 1741 as part of the gardens of Stowe, with soaring gothic windows looking out onto breathtaking vistas of the Buckinghamshire countryside. Canine friends are welcome too, so you can make the most of strolling across the grounds.

Pentillie Castle

Pentillie Castle, Cornwall

Sleeps 18

Five nights for £5,859

Who wouldn’t want to spend New Year’s Eve in a castle? Go shooting on New Year’s Day and cook your spoils in the large country kitchen. If you’re feeling brave (or need to cut through a hangover) take a dip in the outdoor solar heated swimming pool or you could just enjoy generally wafting around like the Lord of the Manor and book in the caterers to take care of the rest. The staff can also arrange river boat trips, horse-riding on the moors and golf on nearby, internationally renowned courses.

Butley Priory

Butley Priory, Suffolk

Sleeps 15

£700 per night

A 12th-century Augustinian priory might not seem like a likely venue for a rocking party, but the tuned and chicly battered piano begs to differ. This statuesque church has been given a modern makeover and looks like something straight from an interiors shoot, with lots of nooks and crannies for hiding in and big rooms for relaxing in. You can cater for yourself on the Aga, call in help or check out the local seafood restaurants.

Dragon House

Dragon House, Westall

Sleeps two

£295 per night

This house is mounted by a resplendent iron dragon. What more do you need to know? You won’t be here on your own, there’s two rooms plus the hosts, who will treat you to a glass of wine, guided tour and breakfast in the morning. It’s a magical place for explorers, kitted out with the owner’s souvenirs from across the world and an ancient tree trunk in the centre of the staircase. The summerhouse, with midnight blue starred ceiling, is just the place to enjoy a pre-dinner tipple.

Hedsor House

Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire

Sleeps 22


For the festive period, Hedsor House is transforming itself into the ‘Gatsby Mansion’. Transporting groups back to the glitz and glamour of the Roaring Twenties, the fully immersive experience will include themed food and drink and entertainment, from valiant cabaret entertainment to vintage photo booths and theatrical experiences. The Gatsby Mansion Packages will enable guests to step back in time, experiencing the razzle-dazzle of the Great Gatsby in their own exclusive country house. The Fizzy Flapper is a unique package includes live cabaret entertainment, after a sparkling drinks reception followed by a three course seated dinner then DJ and dance floor, plus  exclusive use of Hedsor House and its 11 luxury guest bedrooms: £20,000 + VAT. 

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