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Property: 9 homes perfect for socialising

Party central: a mezzanine games room overlooks the open plan entertaining area in Salters Barn in Willingdale, Essex. Photo: Fine & Country
Party central: a mezzanine games room overlooks the open plan entertaining area in Salters Barn in Willingdale, Essex. Photo: Fine & Country (Fine & Country)

The party season is officially underway and if you love to host, how about moving to a home that’s tailor-made for entertaining?

All these properties for sale boast plenty of space to bring people together, and with extras like bars and games rooms, everyone’s going to be clamouring for an invitation

1. Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, offers over £420,000

Photo: Neilsons/ESPC
Bonnyrigg, Midlothian. Photo: Neilsons/ESPC

However long your gatherings go on for, you won’t have to worry about waking the kids – or the neighbours – in this five-bedroom house as the detached double garage has been cleverly converted into a fully sound-proofed bar.

A glamorous décor gives it a swanky nightclub vibe and it comes with custom-built booth seating, marble worktops and its own bathroom. Available through Neilsons via ESPC.

2. Ashbourne, Derbyshire, £1.6m

Ashbourne, DerbyshirePhoto: Fisher German
Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Photo: Fisher German

Grade II-listed Brookdale House sits on over 11 acres of land on the edge of a village surrounded by countryside. It consists of a three-storey, six-bedroom main house with two reception rooms and a fully-refurbished coach house with a panelled bar and lounge that’s wired for sound and cinema systems.

Friends and family can sleep here too: a secret door opens into a self-contained studio flat, and an external stone staircase leads to two first floor ensuite bedrooms. Via Fisher German.

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3. Ipswich, Suffolk, £1.8m

Ipswich, Suffolk Photo: Purplebricks
Ipswich, Suffolk. Photo: Purplebricks

Incorporating a vast 43-foot kitchen/living space, a similar-sized open plan dining area and a huge mezzanine above, Greatwood House can easily cope with large numbers of guests.

The current owners built it on an eight-acre plot and it also includes four ensuite bedrooms, a playroom and an attached, self-contained three-bedroom annex. Rented out as holiday accommodation the annex generates about £50,000 a year – a sum that will pay for a lot of parties. Contact Purplebricks.

4. York, £1.85m

Photo: Carter Jonas
York. Photo: Carter Jonas

Many original features have been retained in Alma House, a former Victorian police station that’s been completely renovated and refurbished.

Ideal for buyers who take their food seriously, it was initially redesigned as a high-end boutique hotel and has a state-of-the-art, commercial grade stainless steel kitchen with shutters to hide it from view from the adjacent dining room.

There’s a bar, a games room, a well-proportioned lounge and sitting room and three large ensuite bedrooms, but it wouldn’t take much effort to reconfigure the layout to create two more bedrooms. Contact Carter Jonas.

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5. Skylarks, Rottingdean, East Sussex, £2.2m

Skylarks, Rottingdean, East Sussex Photo: Brookworth Homes
Skylarks, Rottingdean, East Sussex. Photo: Brookworth Homes

The flagship Montpelier show home at this high-end development not only has four bedrooms, a full-width open plan kitchen, living and family area and a separate drawing room, but also an external garden room that’s accessed through a covered walkway.

Kitted out with a bar, seating, a sink and fridge-freezer, it’s the perfect spot for making and enjoying a cocktail. Find out more from Brookworth Homes.

6. Radnage, Buckinghamshire, £2.35m

Radnage, Buckinghamshire Photo: Duncan MacBrayne
Radnage, Buckinghamshire. Photo: Duncan MacBrayne (DUNCAN MACBRAYNE)

Grade II listed, five-bedroom Radnage Bottom Farm dates from the end of the 16th century and is packed with period features such as exposed timbers, doors and impressive fireplaces throughout.

Two magnificent beamed barns are included: one is used for storage and the other’s a party barn that’s suitable for holding anything from a Tudor banquet to a big birthday bash. On the market throughout Blue Book Agency and Knight Frank.

7. Willingale, Essex, £2.75m

Willingale, Essex Photo: Fine & Country
Willingale, Essex. Photo: Fine & Country

A contemporary take on a traditional barn, Salters Barn is a 5,000 square foot, five-bedroom house with its own three acre garden, set within a private 60 acre parkland estate.

The entrance hall connects to the bedroom wing, a wine/gin room and the main living area – a fabulous double-height family/living/dining room with an adjoining open plan professional standard kitchen and a galleried games room on the first floor. Through Fine & Country.

8. Little Venice, London W9, £6.1m

Little Venice, London Photo: Arlington Residential
Little Venice, London. Photo: Arlington Residential

You won’t find anywhere better to host a sophisticated soiree or recital than in the elegant dual aspect ground floor reception room of this stucco-fronted townhouse.

Canapés and champagne can be served in the lower ground floor kitchen and dining room, and the five bedrooms should be more than sufficient for accommodating overnight guests. On the market from Arlington Residential.

9. Virginia Water, Surrey, £17.5m

Virginia Water, Surrey Photo: Winkworth
Virginia Water, Surrey. Photo: Winkworth

This new-build 13,000 square foot mansion is on the exclusive Wentworth estate, and due to be completed next summer. The ultimate party house, it comprises six bedroom suites, four spacious reception rooms, a games room with a bar and cinema, a wine experience room and a store for rare vintages.

After a heavy night, you can look forward to relaxing in the leisure complex – containing a pool, sauna and steam room – and re-energise in the pickle ball court. Via Winkworth.

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