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Great places to visit in Sussex


It’s great to visit Camber Sands during a stay in Sussex

Sussex offers plenty of great things to do, whether you are having a holiday with your family or a short break with friends  –  something for everyone.  A plus point in our view is how fabulously easy it is to get to from London, train travel just takes the strain – plus maybe, a little something from the buffet for the journey?  Gaze out the window and watch the countryside come into view.  Even by car, you’re really not going to have much of a journey at all.

So, once there.  The beach is always a firm favourite, stunning Camber Sands, stretching mile after mile, well worth walking along to blow the cobwebs away, smell the salty air and maybe dip your toes in the water for a paddle.  If Fido is with you, he will approve of this outing.

One of the few beaches in Sussex to be sandy, it doesn’t even get too crowded in the summer which is a bonus.  There’s windsurfing and kite-surfing here and the sporty among you can book in for lessons – not surprisingly a windbreak might be handy if you’re planning on spending the day at the beach!

Around Rye, it’s definitely 1066 country, you can bring your suit of armour with you, but the locals are pretty friendly now. You get the benefits without the war games!  Rye is especially attractive, and we’d recommend you visit.  It’s a charming mediaeval town with cobbled streets, (is this where the infamous Hovis advert was filmed we ask ourselves), delightful buildings full of character.  This is no bland high street, its full of independent shops contained within historic buildings – quaint tea shops just must be visited!  Regular markets take place and these are especially attractive in the run up to Christmas.

Rye has an enchanting harbour, with an active fishing fleet, which might be an ideal place to stock up on delicious freshly landed fish for a tasty supper for your group. Alternatively, Rye has quite a yachting fraternity, so you might want to get on your sailing shoes or even hire the equipment for some windsurfing lessons at Rye Watersports.  For the nature lovers among you, the area around the harbour is of special interest and is one of the most important conservation areas in Britain.  The walks through the nature reserve are wonderful and you will see some amazing wildlife too.

Great Dixter House & Garden near Rye is a horticultural gem and a wonderful place to visit if you love colour, design and style.  The garden was the life-long creation of the late Christopher Lloyd (famous gardener & writer) and will surely inspire any gardener, even if it’s just the window boxes outside your flat!  The gardens were laid out Lutyens style, but the planting is unique in its style and is rigorously adhered to by the charitable trust that now runs it.  It has a world-wide reputation for excellence and to be in Sussex and not drop by would seem a pity.

If this sounds a place you’d be packing your bags and heading towards, you might want to grab your friends and hire our house in Sussex, spend a few days exploring and enjoy each others company.


Fabulous hen party houses in the South West

Hen party house parties in Somerset

Fabulous hen parties in Somerset

Your hen party is a great, fun event to look forward to.  It’s all about getting your closest female friends together and having a brilliant time…..


The Big Hen Party – A Rite Of Passage!


Hen parties have been an integral element of wedding culture in the UK for some time now after their popularity really took hold during the 1990’s. Many of our parents did not have one but these days a hen gathering is on a level par with the wedding cake and dress in terms of its importance when getting married.

This isn’t any old celebration, it’s a rite of passage and a great opportunity for you to gather all of your favourite girls together in one place to celebrate your last days of single life before tying the knot and making the transition from Miss to Mrs!

Make A Weekend Of ItBig House Hen Weekend

We all know how quickly a night out is over, so planning an extraordinary hen weekend is the ultimate way to maximise a golden opportunity to reconnect with the girls, extending the celebrations and making the most of your hen experience.

Hiring a big house as a base for your hen weekend is an unbeatable way to start planning a hen do with a difference. With your own luxurious home from home, you will enjoy plenty of privacy for your girly shenanigans as well as complete freedom to create your ideal heavenly hen weekend, by hand picking all of the ingredients and activities that best suit you and your girlfriends.

Organising & Planning

Once the bride has put together a guest list of girls for her celebration, the arduous task of planning the event traditionally falls into the lap of the maid of honour. Swotting up on the guests and getting to know a little bit about them is a useful place to start!

Arming yourself with a little info and insight about the guests from the bride to be will prove invaluable when it comes to putting the right personalities together when allocating rooms, (the right pairings will ensure that all of the hens feel comfortable and happy). A little homework will make all other aspects of your planning easier too, from the choice of activities to the catering arrangements.

Break The Ice With Some Activities

Invariably there will be girls who do not know each other within the group, so a great way to break the ice is by planning an activity to bond the group and bring everybody out of their shells early on in the celebration with a shared experience.

This could be anything from a pampering experience to a horse riding session; you may even decide to arrange something a bit more nuts for a good old giggle, like a sumo wrestling or gladiator duelling experience.

Do keep in mind that some activities may not be suitable for the entire group. If one of the girls is pregnant for example or if the bride to be has invited her great aunt Matilda to the party, you may need to adjust your plans accordingly so as not to leave anyone feeling left out of the fun.

We have an extensive list of activities to suit groups of all kinds so if you are stuck for inspiration or ideas, we are happy to help and can make arrangements on your behalf.

And once your final days of freedom are all said and once, you can look foward to getting married in one of our stunning Somerset wedding venues.

Make It A Big House Bash

Whether the fun takes shape with gallons of Prosecco and L-plates, a weekend of relaxing and pampering, action packed activities or a unique combination of all of the above, the Big House Co have all of the tools you need to create an unforgettable and luxurious bespoke package for the lucky bride to be!