LAST UPDATED:   14 May 2015 at 11:47am

Imagine taking over an incredible Victorian mansion as your very own home-from-stately-home. The owners are hands-on and eager to please, with no boring rulebook in sight; feel free to shift the furniture and bring in your own food to stock the larders. Also, pleasingly, you won't find any such thing as corkage fees here.

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The 34 bedrooms are all uniquely decorated, with more than a nod to the Victorian era - there are ancient musical instruments, grand oil paintings and watchful moose heads scattered around.

Package cost per head: £170; outside catering permitted; www.huntshamcourt.co.uk

LAST UPDATED:  22 July 2014 at 5:16pm

The problem with many weekend party pads is they can only sleep a fraction of the guest list - not so at Huntsham Court, which can host 72.

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The whole manor has a refreshing attitude - no corkage charge, no restrictions on which of the reception rooms you use for what (we like the look of the library) and no eyelids batted when you start shifting the furniture. 

Ceremony capacity: 120; Outside catering; www.huntshamcourt.co.uk

LAST UPDATED:  12 June 2013 at 9:16am

At Huntsham you pay one flat fee to rent this baronial Devon mansion house on a self-catering basis for the whole weekend - giving you complete freedom to bring in your own caterer and all your own booze at no charge.

The house itself can sleep up to 72 guests (plenty to keep the party going until the small hours) and the owners will provide as much or as little help as you need, allowing you to shift around furniture and set up whichever of the five grand reception rooms you want to use, as you please.

Ceremony capacity: 120; Corkage: £0

Huntsham Court; 01398 361277; www.huntshamcourt.co.uk