Booking a large house in the country is a fabulous way to spend quality time with those closest to you. Be it a birthday, an anniversary or a get together with old friends and family, Big House Activities is your personal concierge service offering exciting activities and tailored packages to suit varying requests and budgets to enhance that special occasion.


Catering is a very popular option at all of our large holiday houses as it takes the stress out of self catering when you most need it.  Every meal is tailored to the group, event and budget accordingly so be it a drop in meal service, a buffet, an afternoon tea, or a full three course sit down meal with waiter service, there is most definitely something for everyone staying in one of our lovely holiday houses.  All you need to do is invite your guests, relax and enjoy excellent food in fantastic surroundings.

Clay Pigeon Shooting

A lovely holiday group activity available on site to Hackford Hall guests. Situated on the meadow to the front of the house, experience shooting clays and hitting them following expert and fun tuition.  Suits groups of families and friends alike.


Available in all of our large houses, the pampering service is ideal for those looking to relax or a lovely way to glam up for an evening of fun. Nails, hair, short massages or make up services are offered.

Hot Tub

A great experience for anyone and a real treat over any special weekend. Perhaps you are thinking about getting one in your own home? Why not hire a Hot Tub for a weekend! The hot tub will be there ready for use and prices include delivery and set up.


Another popular activity in our large holiday homes. Guests spend a fun packed couple of  hours shooting with lots of games, challenges and competitions. There are balloons to pop, prizes to win and this activity will keep everyone happy and talking about it for weeks!

Cocktail Master Class

Being an adaptable mobile bar company they are able to come to you and set-up at just about any location. We let you customise your class, choosing from a vast range of world-wide cocktails, from classics to fruit-filled muddles. If not everybody in your party is a drinker, there is also a wide selection of tasty mocktails for them to indulge in.

Wine Tasting

A Wine Tasting Party is an original way to entertain and a good opportunity to bring friends and family together for social events. Our wine tastings are often held to celebrate birthdays as well as other special occasions such as hen and stag parties. The tastings are informative and fun, pitched at a level that ensures everyone learns something new and has a great time too. An original way to entertain and a great way to taste new wines and to learn a little more about wine in a fun and relaxing way. We can add Cheese and Canapés to compliment the wines to complete your evening. We can cater from a party of 6 to corporate events at a venue of your choice.

Murder Mystery Evening

Enjoy an exclusive murder mystery event for your group (minimum 14 people) and become a detective for the night as you solve the clues. The plot thickens as you play out the characters and start the wheeling and dealing, blackmail and bribery.

Custom Murder Mystery

The style of evening is where you are all given a character to play for the evening. We send along two actors to join you and co-ordinate the evening. You are all sent an invitation letter and guest list 7 days prior to the evening explaining your character, giving tips for costumes and what you have to do on the night. The bride-to-be, birthday girl or boy or group leader is interwoven into the plot as an integral character, as are any other facts you wish to give us about your guests. The plot is based around a group who have been invited on to a cruise by their very rich and, equally famous, friend. It is not long into the cruise when an unfortunate death occurs. Now who could that be I wonder??? You have to solve the case whilst eating and drinking.


What better way to get a party going than by dancing and getting everyone else dancing too!

It is also a good way to shake-off the stress of everyday life. It can be made into a fun and friendly afternoon or a little more competitive!


Craft Workshops

For all of you ladies out there who secretly want to be Kirsty Allsopp for a night! You can be taught how to make gorgeous bunting, jewellery and other decorative items. They can be personalised in a number of ways for your special occasion. Bunting can be made to include memory pockets for trinkets. Hens may like to make Mr & Mrs themed items.

Chocolate Workshops

Design and make chocolate lollies or truffles. They can be your own favourites or made as gifts for others. You can add different variations like fruit, nuts, sweets and transfers to lollies or create traditional hand dipped luxury truffle selections. Once finished they can be packaged ready to impress! There are also children’s classes making chocolate faces and fudge.


Special Requests

We try to cater to everybody’s individual requirements as best we can, so if there is anything you would like to ask us to organise that you can’t see on our website, don’t be afraid, just get in touch.