So one of your best mates is getting married, and you’ve been given the honour of arranging the party that’s going to celebrate the end of their freedom. There’s a load of stuff to sort out, and while the stag might be looking over your shoulder and panicking as to how exactly he’s going to be humiliated, you can take some of the pressure off by making a smart choice when it comes to your accommodation.
Here at Oliver’s Travel’s we’ve got an amazing choice of UK party houses that are perfect for all kinds of stag dos – whether you’re looking for something sedate and civilized or the kind of blowout extravaganza that’ll provide tons of material for the best man’s speech. Better yet, our properties aren’t just better than a faceless chain hotel or some dingy little dorm in a hostel, they’re somewhere everyone can chill out together and enjoy some brilliant extras like hot tubs, games rooms and even cinemas, and most of them are close to activities that will make any stag do memorable for everyone involved.
We’ve picked five our favourite stag party venues in the UK and abroad below. Don’t worry – the gals are covered too! If you’ve got any questions or want to chat with us about a booking, just contact our concierge team or give us a call on 0800 133 7999. After that, all you need to do is arrange for the beers and exactly how you’re going to embarrass the groom-to-be…
Stag Venues in the UK & Abroad
1. Highton Manor & Spa Estate, England
Let’s kick things off with Highton Manor & Spa Estate, which at full capacity sleeps an impressive 48 guests – if you’ve got a big circle of friends and want all of them to be there it’s the perfect choice. Don’t worry if you’re not looking to go away with quite as many people though, as the west and south wings can both be booked separately, sleeping approximately 25 guests each.
And as far as entertainment and amenities go, Highton Manor & Spa Estate has got everything sorted. There’s a gym with a heated pool and sauna and steam rooms (fair warning – you have to pay a small supplement to use them if you just book the west wing) and a games room with a pool table, dartboard and even a bar. Nottingham and Derby aren’t too far away either if you and the boys fancy hitting the town.
Location: The Midlands, England
Prices from: £29pppn
2. Napoleonic Fortress, England
Now, this is one venue that’s bound to impress. A genuine Napoleonic Fortress sitting in the middle of the Solent, you’ll be ferried out by boat and invited to enjoy everything this amazing fort has to offer, including its own bar, gym, library, steam room and outdoor hot tub. One thing that makes it perfect for stag dos is the poker room, where the guys can get together and do their damnedest to fleece each other out of money.
Naturally, you’ll be getting some amazing sea views and the rooms (which are all en-suite) are snazzy to the point of decadence. You can also get a water taxi across to the bright lights of Portsmouth, where there are some fantastic bars, restaurants and clubs to be explored. And of course, you won’t need much of an excuse to get the man of the hour decked out in a suitably revealing pirate or sailor costume.
Location: The Solent, England (though technically Hampshire)
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3. Linton Lodge, Scotland
Party like a Scotsman at Linton Lodge, which is found just outside Edinburgh and is one of the best party houses in our portfolio, with everything a stag party needs to have the most memorable time possible (or the bits that’s you’ll remember anyway). Want a hot tub to chill out in? Linton Lodge can offer you five (three indoors and two in the open air) and there’s a snooker table, a gym and an impressive sound system to make sure the whole shebang goes with a bang.
There’s even a cinema room, and you can arrange to have a great dinner with the lads thanks to the meal service. Choose from a feast cooked especially by a Spanish chef or a classic BBQ outside, and there’s even a fantastic little pub just a short walk away for a pint or two. Or ten.
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Prices from: £33pppn
4. Domaine Des Glieres, Rhone-Alpes
Put down the golfing club, and pack your bags for a week in the Rhone-Alpes, more specifically, Domaine Des Glieres. Nicknamed “Le Chateau” by the locals, you and the boys will be swapping wet damp, dreary views for the impressive Lake Annecy and a scope of fifteen hectares of private land and trails.
Besides making the pool of the pool, Jacuzzi and sauna, you can get pulses racing with adrenaline-boosting outdoor pursuits. This is the perfect place to do things a little bit different – especially if you’re looking for a memorable stag do, that will be the talk of your mates for years to come.
Location: Rhone-Alpes, France
Prices from: £70pppn
5. Argyll Mill
If you’re looking for something equally impressive but fixed a little closer to shore, Argyll Mill is a top spot to celebrate your stag in style. You’ll have 23 acres of grounds to make use of and with a 9-hole golf course just ten minutes away, along with nearby water sports, so you’re sure to make some memories.
Guests will also have access to a games room which includes a ping-pong table, an on-site Jacuzzi and sauna. Oh, and don’t forget to make the most of your access to the heated swimming pool where you can canon ball your days away.
Location: Argyll, Scotland
Prices from: £23pppn
6. Villas Jolie and Zen, French Riviera
For a wickedly serene celebration, there’s no better choice than Villas Jolie and Zen. Although they are two separate villas, they can be rented together for the ultimate send off. From decadent en-suite bathrooms, a gym, TV den and a wood-fired oven, it’s paradise for the lads.
If you can tear yourself away from this oasis, venture further afield to Cannes (which is no more than 22km away), and marvel at the yachts in your every direction, or of course, you could stay close to home and visit the neighbouring villa which is just a 10-minute walk away. The French might not be known for their pints, but the regional wines are sheer perfection.
Location: Cote d’Azur, France
Sleeps: 8 in Villa Jolie, 8 in Villa Zen
Prices from: £107pppn
7. Gatekeeper Lodge, England
How about some proper countryside living to start off? Gatekeeper Lodge, found not far from Stafford, offers 11 acres of grounds and loads of space inside for a few beers, a bit of banter and even some golf at one of the local courses, if the lads are into that sort of thing. There’s even a cave on the grounds should you fancy building a fire and going for that whole Neolithic lifestyle.
The gardens are huge, so there’s plenty of room for a little five-a-side, and the estate the lodge is situated in has hunting rights so there’s plenty of scope for some stag do activities that are a little out of the ordinary. There are a good few local pubs down the canal paths for a local night out, paintballing in nearby Penkridge, and Birmingham and Manchester are a 40-minute train ride away if you feel like hitting the clubs.
Location: The Midlands, England
Prices from: £30pppn