Just choose from our list of talented local chefs and liaise directly with them and they will take care of everything.
They will offer you a variety of menus for your big house party from a simple, hearty, two course, self-service meal, to a more formal, fully served and cleared dinner. All are made from the best available local produce wherever possible.
If, however, you would prefer us to organise your event for you, just let us know and will gladly do so!
If you have a specific caterer that you would like to use, they would just need to visit the house and show us the necessary insurances
Each business event is different and will have different requirements – just speak to us if you would like us to help organise your catering. You are, of course, free to contact our chefs directly if you prefer.
Bespoke dinner parties and events using fantastic local produce are a speciality for The Blackdown Dining Co.
Their dinner party service is perfect for special birthdays, anniversaries and family gatherings – both chefs and waiting staff are highly experienced and will go the extra mile to ensure you fully relax and enjoy your celebration.
Menus are agreed in advance from their sample menu suggestions, or you can request something more bespoke involving your favourite ingredients.
Food 4 You has been based in Somerset for 20 years and they have worked hard to establish themselves as one of the most respected and sought after caterers in the region.
Quality, locality, and sustainability are the key ingredients in the food that they provide. Of course it has to look good and taste great; it also has to be responsibly sourced. Their suppliers are, wherever possible, based in Somerset, Devon, Dorset or Cornwall. Why look beyond your doorstep when it is blessed with so much?
The French Kitchen philosophy comes from its founder Laurent Courtois. Born in the Loire Valley, France, Laurent’s love of food started at an early age with mealtimes and good food being an important part of every day life. Laurent spent the first ten years of his professional career in his home country working in restaurants around the Loire area before moving to the 5* Meridien Hotel in Paris where he stayed for five years. In 1998 Laurent came to England. Passionate about cooking, and with twenty years considerable experience, Laurent established The French Kitchen.
Relax and entertain your guests while the expert team creates a whole nation of flavours
for your delight. Head Chef Khun Prathuan (known to all as Lek) grew up in Thailand and
knows all about the traditional cookery skills of the real Thai kitchen.
The meal will be served to you and all the clearing up will be done too!
Pizzas for you and up to 30 of your friends to share!
These Sourdough pizzas are made using locally produced Organic Shipton Mill flour. This Sourdough process, means that there is no yeast added to the bread, giving the pizzas a great bite. We also use local organic cheddar, organic tomatoes and much more local and or organic produce. We are sure you will find them as addictive and delicious as we have.
A trailer mounted oven with a gazebo that pops up to create a mobile prep kitchen, allows us to come to the house for your party!
The Pizzas are served on our wooden boards, in slices for all to share.
Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free pizzas are available.
CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO ORDER 01823 662673.
From knees-ups to hoe-downs, barefoot picnics to ballroom banquets, the Pieminster team can help you with all your catering needs, doing as much or as little as you’d like.
All their pies are made in their Bristol kitchens and brought to you wherever you are in the UK. So whether you’d like a Kate & Sidney, Moo, Free Ranger or Heidi Pie, they’ve got it covered. They only use 100% free range British meat and their vegetarian pies are Vegetarian Society Approved. All of their ingredients are ethically sourced and local. And if you have any special dietary requirements, they have that sorted too, with a list of alternative options for you including gluten free ones.
We can arrange activities to suit any kind of event or party at one of our large houses to hire. We have spent time researching and finding an excellent range of suppliers to provide the best experiences for you.
Our rangers are second to none providing exemplary tuition and top of the range equipment. For days out and local attractions explore the local links on this page. You will also find local information files in all our five star awarded houses.
We have an extensive list of activities suitable for every occasion
A very private oasis with outdoor pool, hot-tub, games barn for table tennis & table football, 2 lakes and plenty of space for your group to spend time together and have fun. 22 acres of grounds give you room to explore, play and relax.
Widcombe Grange is an impressive stone built country house set in 22 acres of landscaped woodland on the Blackdown hills in an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is truly a magical place to stay for families, groups of friends, weddings or corporate groups. There is so much to do within the grounds you may find you don’t leave throughout your stay!
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Enter through a wide oak floored hallway. The stylish kitchen is fully equipped for whipping up culinary delights with space for the inevitable gathering of kitchen helpers to mingle. The dining room adjoins the kitchen and can seat 24 guests comfortably around a large solid wood table. From there, patio doors lead out to the courtyard and hot tub, which is ideal for after dinner star gazing and day time relaxing.
The main drawing room with log burner and big squishy leather sofas, sitting room with wide screen TV and den (leading out to a patio) are all interconnected, providing a great space for large scale entertaining or they can be separated for cosier gatherings.
Upstairs there are six bedrooms, some with zip and link beds to provide flexible sleeping arrangements, and four shower/bathrooms of which two are en-suite. All the rooms have plenty of light and have lovely views over the estate. They are furnished with extremely comfortable beds and period furniture, many rooms retain their original fireplaces (not in use). One bedroom with en suite shower room is on the ground floor for easy access accommodation.
A delightful cottage with its own walled garden, adjacent to the main house. On the ground floor there is a spacious kitchen and sitting area which leads on to two bedrooms and a shower room. Upstairs there are three bedrooms and two shower/bathrooms (one en suite). The cottage provides excellent extra sleeping capacity. In general all the action happens in the main house, which is large enough and well equipped for all 24 guests.
The coach house provides a spacious area for indoor games with table tennis, table football and a quarter size snooker table. It also makes an ideal party venue, as the games equipment can be easily moved to create plenty of space for dancing. The Pole Barn is a great space near the swimming pool to serve barbecues and buffets on balmy summer days.
Pool, lakes, hot tub & 17 acres
The heated pool (May – Sept) and loungers are set within the walled garden, a delightful spot for your group to enjoy the summer sunshine. There is a large lawn here for games, as well as pool side fun. Outside the house, in the courtyard, the large hot tub is a very social space.
In front of the house is a natural pond with its own island gazebo (licensed for weddings) and to the west of the property is woodland, great for hide and seek. You will also find a two acre spring fed lake (try your hand at some fishing!) which borders onto an orchard, from which is made our very own apple juice. The grounds of this big house are spectacular and lend themselves to a range of country pursuits (archery, fishing, clay shooting to name a few) so your group can stay and play without ever having to leave site!
During your stay
Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Widcombe Grange is a great base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and coast. You can be in picturesque Lyme Regis within half and hour and do your best French Lieutenant’s Wife impersonation on the Cob!
Nearby Taunton has a High Ropes Centre for those with no fear of heights or Taunton Museum for a more grounded option.
Horse riding, shooting, fishing and golf can all be arranged – see our Activities list for information.
The Big House Company concierge service is available at this house and we can arrange a huge number of fun and interesting activities and local chefs for some delicious fine dining. Ring us on 01823 662673, for more details.
A few small points..
Widcombe Grange is set in glorious grounds, but guests with small children should be aware that there is open water and an outside, unfenced swimming pool.
Up to two dogs are welcome (£15 per dog, per night), but owners please be aware that you are responsible for clearing up after your dog in the grounds.
Built in the late 1800’s for a gentleman JP, Widcombe Grange has had various guises, from family home to a bird garden and petting zoo! The House and grounds were restored to their current glory during the early part of this century.
Widcombe Grange is in the Blackdown Hills close to Taunton and Wellington in Somerset, accessible from J25 and J26 of the M5 and in easy reach of Taunton train station.
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Bedrooms and Bathrooms
Number of Bedrooms
En suite bathrooms
Swimming pool (May – Sept inc)
Small Snooker Table
Up to 2 dogs by prior arrangement (£15 per dog per night)