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Travelling as a large family or group? Here are 12 of the best home swaps that sleep 12 or more people
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Travelling as a large family or group? Here are 12 of the best home swaps that sleep 12 or more people

Ellena Morgan
By Ellena Morgan - 19 minute read

There’s noth­ing more fun than get­ting a big group of your favourite peo­ple togeth­er, and spend­ing the week­end talk­ing, laugh­ing and eat­ing in a beau­ti­ful home. But find­ing a space that’s big enough to cater for more than a fam­i­ly of four or five can be a tricky and expen­sive task. Stress not Love Home Swap­pers, because we’ve done the hard work for you, and hand-picked just a few of our favourite home swaps that are per­fect for big groups.

12 of our favourite homes that sleep 12 or more

Luxury lakefront home, British Columbia, Canada

1) Luxury lakefront home, British Columbia, Canada

Where: Quilchena, British Colum­bia, Cana­da
Sleeps: 20
Bed­rooms: 8
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Enjoy all that the wilder­ness has to offer in Sylvia’s stun­ning lake­side retreat. Sur­round­ed by rugged moun­tains and forests, this home enjoys panoram­ic views over the remote lake, and you’ll even have a pri­vate beach and dock at your dis­pos­al! Based in a peace­ful, rur­al set­ting, this stun­ning home is just 20-min­utes from the ranch town of Mer­ritt and 1‑hour from the wine coun­try, so there’s no short­age of amaz­ing expe­ri­ences to enjoy local­ly. If you’d like to stay in Sylvia’s lake house, then see more of the list­ing here.

2) Fairytale château, Limoges, France

Where: Saint-Mar­tin-Ter­res­sus, France
Sleeps: 12
Bed­rooms: 6
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With over 36 acres of grounds to explore com­ple­ment­ed by bird­song dur­ing the day and the hoots of owls at night, this charm­ing château is tru­ly the ulti­mate coun­try escape. Despite its rur­al set­ting, Colette’s 13th Cen­tu­ry home is just 5‑minutes by car from the near­est small town and 25-min­utes from the region’s fas­ci­nat­ing cap­i­tal, Limo­ges which is famous for its porce­lain, stained glass and enam­el. If you don’t need all six bed­rooms, Colette also offers swaps by the room, and there’s a cot­tage onsite as well. See more in her list­ing here.

Beautiful trullo, Puglia, Italy

3) Beautiful trullo, Puglia, Italy

Where: Ostu­ni, Puglia, Italy
Sleeps: 12
Bed­rooms: 6
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Made up of two adjoin­ing homes with two ter­races, a swim­ming pool, large car park and 15,000sqm of land dust­ed with olive trees, this Ital­ian get­away is ide­al for even the biggest of crowds. Set with­in its own sub­stan­tial grounds in Puglia, Adam’s vil­la is just 1.5km from Ceglie Mes­s­api­ca and 5km from Ostu­ni, per­fect for a day spent mooching around medieval towns and their cob­bled streets. And if you fan­cy a trip to the sea, you’re just 25 min­utes by car from some of the best beach­es in South­ern Italy. If you’d like to swap for Adam’s home, he con­sid­ers swaps out­side of peak sum­mer­time. You can see his list­ing here.

Tropical beach house, Bahia, Brazil

4) Tropical beach house, Bahia, Brazil

Where: Pra­ia do Forte, Brazil
Sleeps: 12
Bed­rooms: 5
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Locat­ed in a mod­ern and secure neigh­bour­hood, Suzette and Richard’s stun­ning home was orig­i­nal­ly an artist’s stu­dio and comes with its own pri­vate trop­i­cal gar­den. Just a two-minute walk from the beach and 10 min­utes from all the attrac­tions of the charm­ing, car-free vil­lage of Pra­ia do Forte, this love­ly home boasts a love­ly pool and shady ham­mock area. And if you’re lucky, you can even watch baby tur­tles be released into the wild from the local tur­tle reserve dur­ing nest­ing sea­son. If you fan­cy a stay in this trop­i­cal par­adise, then take a look at Richard’s full home list­ing here.

Modern beachfront home, north of Auckland, New Zealand

5) Modern beachfront home, north of Auckland, New Zealand

Where: Tawha­ranui Penin­su­la, North Island, New Zealand
Sleeps: 12
Bed­rooms: 4
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Sit­u­at­ed on the lush green Tawha­ranui Penin­su­la, this beach home is nes­tled right in the heart of wine coun­try sur­round­ed by 7 acres of dense for­est with plen­ty of bush walks on your doorstep. Seclud­ed and peace­ful, Jade’s home is only a 10-minute dri­ve from the bustling town of Matakana – a foodie’s par­adise with heaps of restau­rants, bars and even a local farmer’s mar­ket every Sat­ur­day. If drink­ing wine in the New Zealand coun­try­side sounds like your cup of tea (or glass of Chardon­nay) then you can see the full home list­ing here.

Rural mill, Sussex Downs, England

6) Rural mill, Sussex Downs, England

Where: Sus­sex Downs, Eng­land
Sleeps: 17
Bed­rooms: 14
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Hav­ing left the Lon­don life behind, Rob’s stun­ning coun­try retreat Moons Mill’ is the per­fect place to escape the hus­tle and bus­tle of the city. With space for the whole fam­i­ly, there are 12 acres of gar­den to enjoy dur­ing your stay, includ­ing access to ten­nis courts, bikes, fire pits, piz­za oven and sev­er­al BBQs. And if that’s not enough to keep you busy, there’s also a chick­en coop and a lake with a row­ing boat plus wood­land – so that you real­ly can enjoy a slow­er pace of life in a beau­ti­ful coun­try escape. If you fan­cy a stay at Rob’s place, you can see more here.

Modern ocean-view home, Cork, Ireland

7) Modern ocean-view home, Cork, Ireland

Where: Crookhaven, Coun­ty Cork, Ire­land
Sleeps: 12
Bed­rooms: 7
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Boast­ing panoram­ic views over the Irish coast­line, this stun­ning fam­i­ly home enjoys the peace and qui­et of the coun­try­side whilst only being a short walk from the pop­u­lar fish­ing vil­lage of Crookhaven and two gor­geous beach­es. If you’d like to hear more about Margaret’s styl­ish home, then see the full prop­er­ty list­ing here.

Large homes Currumbin Valley

8) Historic homestead, Queensland, Australia

Where: Cur­rumbin Val­ley, Queens­land, Aus­tralia
Sleeps: 14
Bed­rooms: 6
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If you’re look­ing for a prop­er­ty with a luxe feel, then you can’t go wrong with this incred­i­ble home in Cur­rumbin Val­ley, Vic­to­ria. As a his­toric home­stead that is sit­u­at­ed on an orig­i­nal dairy farm, it was once named by the Bris­bane Couri­er Mail as one of the Top 10 lux­u­ry homes in Aus­tralia’ – so any guests stay­ing here are in for a treat! Two ovens, two dish­wash­ers and a butler’s pantry make this the per­fect home for a large fam­i­ly reunion, while the invit­ing swim­ming pool is bound to delight kids of all ages. Bet­ter yet, the home is over­looked by the beau­ti­ful moun­tains, so it real­ly is one of the most exquis­ite loca­tions imag­in­able. If you love the idea of swap­ping for Simone’s impres­sive home, you can see the full list­ing here.

Modern city pad, Los Angeles, USA

9) Modern city pad, Los Angeles, USA

Where: Brent­wood Park, Los Ange­les, Cal­i­for­nia
Sleeps: 12
Rooms: 5
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Just two miles from the hus­tle and bus­tle of San­ta Mon­i­ca Bay, this stun­ning new­ly-built home is the ulti­mate pad for enter­tain­ing large groups of friends and fam­i­ly. Fea­tur­ing a large swim­ming pool, out­door jacuzzi, steam room and BBQ, the home ben­e­fits from an open plan liv­ing space, mak­ing it ide­al for social­is­ing and chill­ing. You’re also just a few min­utes’ dri­ve from the free­way tak­ing you to Hol­ly­wood! If LA sounds like your ide­al trip, you can see more of Julianne’s home in her list­ing here.

10) Beach house, Alabama, USA

Where: Orange Beach, Alaba­ma, USA
Sleeps: 17
Bed­rooms: 7
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If you’re look­ing for the per­fect coastal get­away, you can’t beat Dina and Hisham’s lux­u­ry home on the beach­front in Orange Beach. With stun­ning views across the Gulf of Mex­i­co, make the most of the hosts’ beach mats, boo­gie boards, sun shel­ters, beach and pool games, kayaks and pad­dle­board – there are plen­ty of activ­i­ties for the whole group to enjoy! If you’re more inclined to relax indoors, you’ll also ben­e­fit from a great array of board games, good WiFi and a whole heap of books to enjoy dur­ing your stay. If you’d like to stay in this idyl­lic prop­er­ty, you can see the full list­ing here.

Tropical villa, Chang Mai, Thailand - through the trees

11) Tropical villa, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Where: Chi­ang Mai, Thai­land
Sleeps: 12
Bed­rooms: 6
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If some­where more trop­i­cal feels like your ide­al get­away, then this stun­ning all-teak vil­la in the jun­gle of Chi­ang Mai is the per­fect spot for a big get-togeth­er. It’s the ide­al place to stay if you want to soak up all the cul­ture on offer in this beau­ti­ful area of the coun­try, but with a lux­u­ri­ous feel. Filled to the brim with orig­i­nal antiques, this home even comes ful­ly-staffed – with manned kitchens, pool and pri­vate gym and jacuzzi. If you fan­cy a stay at Jean’s vil­la, you can see more here.

Victorian rectory, Devon, England - from the gardens with fountain in the foreground

12) Victorian rectory, Devon, England

Where: Chulm­leigh, Devon, Eng­land
Sleeps: 20
Bed­rooms: 10
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Set in the heart of the coun­ty, this char­ac­ter-filled home has all the enter­tain­ment you could need for a cosy stay in the Devon­shire coun­try­side. From ten­nis courts to your own pri­vate pool and even a snook­er table, this old Vic­to­ri­an rec­to­ry is built to enter­tain large crowds. Nes­tled in the charm­ing vil­lage of Chulm­leigh which boasts a range of great pubs and din­ing options, there are plen­ty of places to eat out (just in case you need a night off from cook­ing for a large group!) If a stay at Leonie’s rec­to­ry sounds appeal­ing, then you can see the full list­ing here.

Discover more home swaps for large groups

These are just a hand­ful of our favourite picks, but with thou­sands of homes in more than 100 coun­tries, our mem­bers have loads of stun­ning homes to dis­cov­er and swap with. You can find more homes for large groups here. Need some tips on how to find and arrange a great swap for the whole fam­i­ly? Read our blog post on find­ing a swap for a large group.