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Our new party house in Somerset

Tatham House, from the back garden, exclusive to the Big House Company

A year ago, we had a phone call from a prospective homeowner with an interesting local property. That lead to us to be chosen as exclusive agent for Tatham House in Somerset.

Between then and now the house had a complete renovation and is welcoming its first guests in a few weeks time.

Party House for rent

This will be a great property for anyone looking for a large house for hire in Somerset, with lots of facilities to make your stay very enjoyable. There is a large choice of party houses to rent these days, but we feel this one is outstanding. For starters, it has 10 beautiful bedrooms all with excellent quality en-suite facilities – no bathroom queues here! The entertaining spaces, on the ground floor, flow well for a big group and the kitchen is stylish and kitted out with all the mod cons. The indoor pool, hot tub and tennis court are certainly going to provide your group with a lot of entertainment too.

Downstairs, the cellar is a place for fun! The cinema room provides a cosy, relaxing space; imagine – large screen, comfy seating, popcorn, big match or movie, some beers? Through the rest of the arched cellar is the pool table, bar billiards and table tennis.

Corporate Party Venues

We imagine that corporate away days in Somerset would be a big hit here. Particularly as all 10 bedrooms have exquisite en-suite facilities and flat screen TVs, for enjoying a little down time between meetings. The gardens would also be a superb location for corporate events in Somerset, with large terraces and delightful views towards the Quantocks. We can put you in contact with local chefs, who can provide delicious catering to make your event go with a swing.  This region also has plenty to offer if you are looking for a location for unusual team building days in Somerset.

Hen party in Somerset

Hen party houses are a fabulous way to spend that special last weekend away with your girlfriends. Tatham House would be a brilliant memory to have, one to talk about for years to come. We can add to the pampering by organising all sorts of special treats (massage, manicure, cocktail bar – to name but a few), but with so much at the house to enjoy, maybe you’d better stay for longer!

For the stags too

If you are thinking of a Stag Do in Somerset, this house could provide you with an action-packed weekend. Kick off your stay at the house with 5 a-side football, basketball or tennis and then if you want to explore the nearby Quantock hills, the mountain biking is excellent – stop off at a few of the charming local pubs too. A celebration dinner can be a focal point of your evening and maybe, beforehand you’ll have time for a few lengths of the pool or a relaxing chill out in the hot tub.

A dream party house to rent

We think Tatham House is going to be fantastic for groups, families, friends, or anyone just wanting to have a great time together with lovely accommodation and lots of on site entertainment. It really is a house that has got the lot!

We would thoroughly recommend you book up now and be one of the first to stay at this new Big House in Somerset. Contact us, if you would like to know more.

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Corporate away days

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If that’s the shout that’s going out where you work, you might like to read our ideas…..

Get away from the day to day

When you’re stuck in the everyday, hectic world of your job it’s very hard to get time with your team for anything other than routine meetings and normal workload. Corporate away days are a popular way of breaking out of the daily “noise” to focus on yourselves – be it for corporate parties, as a reward or celebration, or a structured event to manage change.

Creativity thrives

When you’re looking for corporate away day venues, optimising creativity can be very important in your choice. A retreat from the distractions of normal working life gives your team the opportunity to be imaginative in their thinking and problem solving skills, to build good working relationships and to appreciate each others talents.

You might want to consider hiring your own BIG house. These gorgeous properties are not hotels and give you the opportunity to focus inwards on your team and conduct your business in complete privacy for a night or so. They provide a creative atmosphere for working together – whether it’s your whole group working as one, or if you’re looking to break out into smaller teams.

Flexibility is key

While staying at your own corporate house rental you can have the best of both worlds. A relaxed environment that’s exclusively yours, but with the benefit of being able to have whatever you want, whenever you want it. A hotel type schedule can be an interruption to your flow, so bear this in mind when you deciding on your corporate away days.

At a BIG house you can also hire on a self catering basis. Everything about having a group staying together in a BIG house requires co-operation, so it can all be a team building exercise, if you want it to be, even making the tea!

Add some fun

We all know that all work and no play makes for an innovation dead-end. So during your corporate away days it’s a great idea to add in a fun element. This could be a team building game or an enjoyable activity arranged exclusively for your group.

Perhaps, something that no one has ever tried before and which will make the event unique and memorable – axe throwing, anyone?

Corporate events in Somerset

For corporate party venues in Somerset, we’d recommend Widcombe Grange, with its great scope for fun elements with the outdoor pool, hot tub, boating lake, games room and 17 acres.

Or, for totally luxurious corporate weekends away we have Tatham House, currently undergoing a high spec renovation, it will be a spacious and light filled 10 bedroom (all en-suite) property available from 1st June 2018. Facilities will include indoor pool, tennis court, cinema room and games room. Perfect for work and play.

Do get in touch for further information.

Have A Go At… Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay pigeon shooting is a hugely popular activity for corporate events and team building events, big weekender parties and all kinds of other occasions including stag and hen weekends. It’s a fun sport, which can be enjoyed by anyone aged 14 and over and even a complete novice can get to grips with a little guidance through their first few shots…

ThinkstockPhotos-134830328The First Clay Pigeons

During the nineteenth century, the sport of game shooting really took off. Shooting parties hosted at great estates throughout the UK became events to be seen at. The only way to bag an invite to the best parties was to be of excellent social standing and preferably an excellent shot, so consequently the Victorians and Edwardians spent a great deal of time practicing prior to attending an event.

Needless to say one way to do this was to shoot clays. During the 1800’s the first clay targets were developed, leading to the introduction of clay pigeons. These clay targets simulated bird flight, making them ideal for anyone wishing to refine their shooting skills.

ThinkstockPhotos-529557009Big House Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay pigeon shooting is an activity that can be arranged for you during your stay at several of our Big Houses including Tone Dale House, Berry House and Widcombe Grange. In fact, at the latter two properties we can even arrange for you to do this activity on site.

Basic Instruction

When participating in this activity, you will receive guidance from a fully trained instructor who will assist you in grasping the basics so that you can achieve the best possible shots and get the most from your experience. You will soon get the hang of it; ready for some competitive fun with the rest of your group! Watching a clay you’ve just shot explode in a shower of fragments for the first time is a brilliant feeling.

ThinkstockPhotos-483691579Getting Prepared

If you want a bit of a head start on your pals then swot up with a few useful pointers by reading our handy guide. Get a few tricks up your sleeve, then lull your mates into a false sense of security by making out that you do not have the first clue about what you are doing!

Our little guide will get you started on the right foot…

  1. Perfect Your Stance

Talking about feet… getting your footing right will help you to maintain your balance, which is an essential part of becoming a good shot. If you shoot with your right hand, your left foot will be your leading foot (and vice versa) so work out which foot is your leading foot and make sure that this foot is always pointed in the direction you are shooting.

Place the majority of your weight on your leading foot and keep your feet spaced at a shoulders width apart for optimum balance.

  1. Don’t Make The Mistake Of Aiming Directly At The Clay

This is the most common mistake made by beginners, but to have a chance of hitting the clay, you must aim slightly ahead of it. It takes time for your cartridge to reach the area you have shot at, so it is all about perfecting your timing and anticipating where the clay will be.

Focus on the spot where your eye first sees the clay and concentrate on the arch of its movement, this way you will soon suss out the best place to aim.

  1. Learn To Trust Your Dominant Eye

ThinkstockPhotos-147435134Your dominant eye will always give you the correct line of fire, so before you start clay pigeon shooting you should work out whether it is your left eye or your right eye that is the dominant one.

To find out which eye is dominant:

  • Extend your arms and make a triangle using your index fingers and thumbs.
  • Focus on a stationary object, looking through this triangle with both eyes.
  • Close your right eye, if the object remains in view you are left eye dominant
  • If the object remains in view when you close your left eye, you are right eye dominant.
  1. Positioning Your Gun

You need to feel both balanced and comfortable prior to taking your shot and the trick to this is finding the ideal position for your gun. Place the butt of the gun into the groove between your chest and shoulder and then rest your cheek comfortably on the stock.

In this snug position, you prevent the gun from kicking back when you fire it, which is important because this could result in a bruised shoulder or cheek.

  1. Remember To Follow Through

ThinkstockPhotos-535983181Just as in many other sports, when clay pigeon shooting it is important to follow through with your movement so that after the shot, your movement continues smoothly. This smooth movement will help you to maintain the best possible control over the gun, which will ultimately improve your shot.

Big House Activities

This activity is always an absolute blast (excuse the pun!) and armed with our top tips, you are bound to do really well at it and get a brilliant score! But remember; don’t tell your friends that you had a few tips from us. Shhh….

Find out more about the range of activities available by checking out the activities page on our website. There is something for everyone!