Although Scotland promises unbelievable sights and lots of adventure, it can’t always promise good weather – that’s why booking a self-catering holiday cottage with a games room is always a great idea.
If you want a quiet day in where you can really enjoy the house, you’ll have plenty of space to spread out with loads of fun activities at your fingertips – whether you’re super competitive or just want to blow off some steam. A self-catering cottage with a games room is especially great for larger groups of friends and family on holiday together; having that one room where the madness can happen means the rest of the house can stay relaxing.
Quite often games rooms will include table tennis, table football, a darts board, a TV corner and a games cupboard but each owner manages to make them totally unique so you will always get some sort of surprise. Some of our really well-equipped houses also have swimming pools, cinema rooms, outdoor tennis courts and hot tubs too, which makes it hard to leave the property at all!
Looking for a little inspiration before booking a Scottish getaway? Here are our favourite properties with games rooms:
“We had an amazing week at the castle. Things started with a friendly greeting and a guided tour. There is a nice balance between the modern bathrooms and classic drawing room. This reminds you you are living in a 17th-century building.” - Mr Herbert, 2018
Meikle Warkle House is a wonderful large castle in Aberdeenshire sleeping 17 people. It has been renovated and decorated to an impeccable standard offering a modern and comfortable environment for your group to fully enjoy. As well as a splendid kitchen, a grand living room, a snug/library and a beautiful dining room, the castle also has a fantastic games room complete with table tennis. Have a game as your friends keep score from the couch!
“A mixed group of 17 hillwalking friends stayed here for four nights in early March. We have been going away for the last 25 years and this was one of the best venues for a part of this size.” - Dr Kerr, 2019
Located in the Highlands, this large home sleeps up to 18 people. Quite often with a party that size, everyone wants to do something different and here, there are lots of activities to keep the whole group happy. The games room boasts table tennis, table football, a library, a shelf full of board games and a TV with DVD player. You can go out during the day and spend long evenings in here with the fire lit, and there is even a sauna hidden upstairs!
“A fabulous property in a stunning location. A great place for those who appreciate tranquility and love to hike in the hills. There are activities locally (boat hire, kayaking, paddle boarding) but otherwise this is a location for those who like to make their own entertainment. Great for families who love the outdoors. The property is well stocked with everything you need and fabulous views from all windows.” - Amanda, 2021.
Sleeping 9, this is an impressive and characterful Victorian house enjoying incredible views over the sea loch of Goil. Set in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National park the holiday home is perfectly situated for adventure breaks and exploring the great Scottish outdoors. The house itself is well equipped for large families and groups of friends, with spacious living areas and a fabulous games room. Here you will find a snug area with TV and DVD’s and a pool table for evening and rainy day entertainment.
On sunny days the decked area with BBQ is the perfect place to sit with good food and company and there is even a hot tub for times where you really need to relax!
“The lodge is located in a fabulous location, accessed by a delightful trip by boat across the loch. The gardens of the lodge are beautifully kept and the lodge itself is full of character. Although it is a large building, it feels like a welcoming home and even the adults enjoyed participating in a few games of hide and seek.” - Mrs Mackenzie, 2019
This magical place on Loch Maree, Achnasheen, can only be reached by boat and is a luxurious peaceful retreat in the Highlands. Set on its own estate, you are fully looked after by the staff who can help you explore and experience the best of this part of the world. Although completely isolated, the house, sleeping 18, is fully equipped to help you relax and stay entertained. The pool table is set beside the living room so everyone can be together, and the cosy fire keeps a warming atmosphere on a chilly night.
“Achnasmeorach House is quite simply stunning and the location breathtaking! The house has been beautifully restored to an exceptional standard and the facilities, hot tub, games room and a well-stocked boathouse ensured that a good time was had by all. A very special place to spend time with family and friends!” - Mrs Leslie, 2019
This amazing house, set on the shores of Loch Awe, is a hidden gem that will have you all coming back for more. There is no end of entertainment at this impressive Victorian villa with private shoreline, boathouse, jetty, beach, garden, hot tub, and games cabin. Comfortably sleeping 10, there is plenty of space for everyone to fully enjoy a relaxing holiday in this all-in-one location. With its vast array of on-site entertainment, it is possible for all ages to be entertained at once – the kids can entertain themselves in the games room whilst the adults enjoy a glass of Champagne in the hot tub.
“Great location and facilities. We were a group of four families, and we all loved it.” - Mr Mccourt, 2019
This is an amazing rural retreat for a large group of friends or a few families to get together in, with plenty of on-site entertainment to keep you busy for days. Located beside the River Carron, it is set in the open countryside with views of woodland, hills, and sea – magic! This house is a purpose-built holiday home which means it has been fully thought out to offer you the highest standard of holiday accommodation possible. It is spacious, modern and bright inside with plenty of sociable areas, but the really impressive feature is the separate games barn which can double up as a ceilidh/party space. Complete with snooker, table tennis, table football, TV, snug area and wood burner, it really is a remarkable space. Pair this with a massive outdoor garden space and you have the dream setting for an amazingly fun break in Scotland.
Feeling inspired? Take a look at our full collection of self-catering holiday cottages in Scotland, or browse our collection of family-friendly cottages, luxury cottages or waterside cottages.
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