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 using fantastic local produce are a speciality for Milkshed Catering.
The company is made up of individuals who are passionate about fantastic customer service and great food.
Head Chef, Mark, has more than 25 years experience in top level cooking. He has previously worked in the UK, France, Spain, Australia and Switzerland and has cooked in top restaurants such as Gordon Ramsey at Claridges, Michelin recommended Domaine Gayda in France and the Royal Academy of Arts in London. He now writes all their menus and heads up the kitchen side of the business.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Built in the late 1800’s for a gentleman JP, 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. This large house to rent is available for big parties, country house weddings, holidays and more. The main house sleeps 14 people in 7 bedrooms with 5 bathrooms of which 2 are ensuite. Additional accommodation in Keepers Cottage (20 metres from main house) sleeps a further 10 people in 5 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms 1 of which is ensuite.
Enter through a wide oak floored hallway. The stylish kitchen is fully equipped for your stay and the dining room can seat 24 guests with patio doors leading out to the courtyard. The drawing room (with log burner), sitting room and den (leading out to a patio) are all interconnected providing ideal space for easy living. One bedroom with en suite shower room provides easy access accommodation on this level.
There are six bedrooms (and four shower/bathrooms of which two are en-suite) all have views over the estate. They are furnished with extremely comfortable beds and period furniture, many rooms retain their original fireplaces (not in use).
A delightful cottage with its own walled garden where you will find the heated pool. There is a fully fitted 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 Coach House The Pole Barn
The new and sympathetically converted coach house provides an area for indoor games with table tennis, table football and a snooker table. It is also licensed for wedding civil ceremonies and makes an ideal party venue, as the games equipment can be easily moved to create plenty of space. The Pole Barn is a great space near the swimming pool to serve barbeques and buffets.
In front of the house is a natural pond with its own island gazebo and to the west of the property is woodland featuring many rare and specimen trees. You will also find a two acre spring fed fishing lake which borders onto a newly planted cider apple orchard. The grounds of this big house to rent 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 Vivary High Ropes Centre for those with no fear of heights or Taunton Museum for a more sedate option.
Horse riding, shooting, fishing and golf can all be arranged – see our Activities list for information.
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.