Testimonials

Here is a selection of testimonials, kindly given to The Big House Co by guests that have stayed at our large country houses. From all of our team, we would like to say a big thank you to everyone for your lovely comments. To see some of our celebrity testimonials please click here.

November 2017

We had the most amazing time & your house is beautiful. Everyone thought it was lovely & we all settled in & didn’t want to come home. The weather was also on our side & we managed to spend a lot of time in the garden which was great.  Can’t say any of us can think of anything we would change. Think you have it spot on.

Thanks to Tone Dale House, my 50th birthday memories are ones to be treasured. Moran Group, Tone Dale House

October 2017

Beautiful, comfortable house. Great house with amply space for four families. We were very comfortable and loved the beautiful house and garden. The kids loved the hot tub! We would definitely go again. Cotswold Manor

September 2017

We had the BEST time thank you so much! Everything was great, all the rooms were of equal niceness and the grounds and amenities nearby were wonderful too. Many thanks, you made it extremely easy and were wonderfully welcoming – unlike many other properties we had contacted!  I think everyone was keen to return next year!  Jo – Tone Dale House

July 2017

The house and the grounds are so beautiful, and we felt so at home all weekend. The house is so well equipped and clean, and the pool and hot tub were a great added benefit!
We will definitely be back one day, and we are hoping someone we know will go on to have their wedding at a Big House Co property, so that we can enjoy it all over again 🙂 Widcombe Grange

 

If Carlsberg made venues!!!!This is not JUST a venue, it’s a lifestyle run with love by a “family” and it shows. Ladies who create. Nothing is too much trouble, everything is absolutely six star right down to the tea spoons!!Lovingly maintained with exquisite detail and perfect for many, many occasions. Midlands Villa

May 2017

We spent three nights at the house with a select group of friends and family and got married outside one of the days (inside also licensed). The whole event felt relaxed, informal and utterly luxurious. I would wholeheartedly recommend. Tone Dale House

A truly spectacular stay here- we had a ladies get together and the perfect venue for it ! Can’t fault a single thing – from the hospitality to the grounds- the food and the facilitates all amazing !!! Midlands Villa

March 2017

We stayed at Tone Dale House as part of my uncle’s 40th birthday celebrations and it was immense! The house is unbelievably spacious. With every room filled to the hilt, I still couldn’t find half my family at times. We were lucky enough to have great weather so we enjoyed the outdoors too. We had a huge party on the Saturday and kept partying until 5am. The party room is absolutely perfect. I would definitely recommend .

Widcombe Grange – Fabulous house for a large family/group stay. Comfortable beds and rooms, plenty of space. Well located to explore beautiful area. Very well equipped with plenty of essentials to enable full catering for large group. Leisure equipment as described, lived up to expectation.

February 2017

We all enjoyed a fabulous weekend at Widcombe Grange. A party of eighteen family and friends with three dogs. Loads of space, lovely grounds, huge table for everyone to get together, well equipped kitchen and very importantly, extremely clean throughout. Fun hot tub, party / games room and boats on the lake too!
Wet weather did not matter at all with cosy fireplaces and wonderfully warm eco heating system.
Highly recommended.

Tone Dale House is enormous, comfortable, interesting and a perfect venue for a large group of friends. Everyone had an amazing time and I really can’t fault the place or the staff at all. Anthony was very helpful before and after the visit and I would definitely recommend the Big House Co to others! One of the best and most unique self catering accommodations I have been to.

January 2017

I have never seen such a beautiful place, I mean breathtaking!!! The perfect venue for any celebration/party….plenty of space, amazing outdoor area, and every room had its very own theme…every single last detail was perfect!! I highly recommend and will be visiting again very soon!  Midlands Villa

We hired Widcombe for my husbands 50th birthday celebrations in early January.
It is a perfect party house and all our guests felt very comfortable. It is well equipped and once the gates were shut we really felt we’d got away from the outside world!
The hot tub and games room were both well used as a little cold in January to do much exploring.
Many thanks to Anthony and the team, we hope to return one day!

What an amazing house! We hired the house & attached stable conversion, giving us 16 bedrooms, for an incredible memorable family Christmas week. The house looks breathtaking from the outside and is equally breathtaking on the inside. The bedrooms are wonderfully cared for and everyone enjoyed comfortable sleeps. Tone Dale was fantastically set up with kitchen items/equipment to cater for our group of 26. The dining room accommodated us all without any crushed corner seats! The real fire was lit daily, to provide a truly magical, Christmasy feeling. The play room, with the pool table, table tennis & roulette, was used extensively by the whole family over the duration of our stay. The house’s management team have thought of everything, to make your stay the best experience

December 2016

Perfect in every way!

A huge thank you Anthony and all at Berry House for what was an incredible weekend away. What a perfect house and setting for our annual Christmas gathering. The whole set up was by far the best we have experienced in the 10 years we have been doing this.

November 2016

We have come to Tone Dale a number of times over almost 20 years with a large group of friends. It continues to be a perfect venue to relax, chat, cook and party together.

Widcombe Grange – Fantastic house, fantastic grounds, really great helpful people. The hot tub was excellent and all of the rooms spacious, nice and clean. Lots to do and comfortably held 24 people. Highly recommended.

 

October 2016

Well we chose Tone Dale House out of a whole range of properties in the area, and it had many features that appealed to us. The House itself is lovely as are the gardens; plus every member of the team that we came across was more than helpful.We had ample equipment in the kitchen, two dining areas, a comfy lounge, Wi-Fi in most rooms and the games room was an instant hit.It would be hard to find a better venue for a group of friends or family to get together, relax and enjoy themselves. Made easier by the perfect management of the staff and the lovely setting of the house. Russell R.

Widcombe Grange – We rented the house for a corporate event and it was the perfect location. They were very helpful in arranging activities for the group that came to the house eliminating the need to travel anywhere. The house was clean and well organized. The process was very smooth from start to finish. We would be interested in staying in the house again

 

September 2016

We all met on the Friday night for a 2-3 day stay and birthday celebration. First impressions are of a house with plenty of character, there is plenty of room even for 30 people and the stables were very nice as well as the main house with its own kitchen and bathrooms.
I thought it was very clean and plenty of equipment such as cups, cutlery plates etc. The gardens were lovely and we had nice weather so were able to go outside. It was also great having a pool table and table tennis which kept us amused even with our own entertainment laid on.  Jeremy Tone Dale House.

Widcombe Grange was the weekend destination for my stag do. Quite possibly the best weekend of my life!!
An eeeeenormous house with annex (which is probably bigger than most people’s house) is set in the most beautiful Somerset grounds and wider rolling hills.
The venue is kept to a very high standard and easily catered for 23guys. An out door heated pool and massive lawn were plenty of space to keep us amused. Garden cricket anyone??
The best part of the weekend was getting 22 of my family and friends around 1 dining table for dinner! Amazing!
Just trying to work out a reason to hire the place again!
Management team were extremely helpful and polite.

 

August 2016

It was a great week in Berry House, which proved to be a brilliant family base in Devon and the weather was fantastic on the wedding day. We prided ourselves on looking after the property and we’re glad your staff found it in good order.  Sue.

What an awesome place – amazing time had by all!! Monique was on top form. Marsden Group Berry House.

How I envisaged paradise.

Thank you to The Berry House Team. The house is beautiful. A lovely place for pre wedding prep with the family and post wedding celebrations with the family and friends.Memories we will cherish forever.  Andrew.

July 2016

As an extended family we are experts in the art of joyful gatherings. From our point of view Tone Dale House was an ideal venue for creating our own holiday because it still has very much the feel of the family home which it once was, and at the same time offering big spaces, comfort and warm friendliness. Thank you and your team for the work behind the scenes to give us such a good time.  Davis party.

Great venue for large groups. Fantastic week!     Goodwin group, Berry House.

May 2016

Widcombe Grange, What you would expect from a property of this size plus double on everything Pool was lovely and warm and the grounds are beautiful.

Berry House  May 2016. Riz and Pauls BIG BIRTHDAY BASH.

Simply perfect….perfect house, kitchen, bedding, gardens – I want this house. And a damned fine birthday bash.Yes – a great place for a birthday celebration with family and friends.

Having read other entries I feel I should say ‘Epic’ – but epic is not a word I ever use – so it was…. it really was…..well…mm..EPIC

April 2016

Berry House.  April 2016. Charley’s Stag-do.

Our first time  at Berry House, and I have a feeling we’ll be back. Such a fun weekend and the perfect location for a stag. Surfing was amazing, the caterers were a dream and Saturday night will go down as one of the best parties we’ve ever had. EPIC. Thank you

 

March 2016

Berry House. I could not have booked a more perfect place to spend a long weekend with my family, ranging in age from 18 months to 86 years. We played endless ball games in the barn, watched the rugby all snuggled up on the huge sofa in the tv room, ate enormous meals in the magnificent dining room, sang, danced and read the papers in the drawing room, slept blissfully in our cosy beds, walked miles straight out of the house to the coast in every direction, had a fly past every day from the resident barn owl .

I suppose the one thing that really shines about the weekend is that for 2 very blissful days we felt like the house was ours. We settled in quickly and made use of all the facilities. We have all done these sorts of weekends before but everyone agreed that Tonedale house was a cut above anything we have experienced before.

We sadly left Tone Dale House at the end of our hire period, the experience was faultless. A fabulous house, excellent owner/managers and an altogether amazing weekend for a bunch of 40 year olds who still think they’re about 30!
Huge house where even with 27 of us, still felt like we had loads of room. Brilliant place for a party!

January 2016

Thank you so much for looking after arrangements at Widcombe Grange for the Clarks group.  They were very pleased with how it went and said Widcombe Grange is a beautiful place and how you had made them so welcome.

Hi Peter and Team, I just wanted to write a quick note to say thank you so much for allowing us to rent Tone Dale house last weekend we had the most amazing time, All of the guests were super impressed by the property, particularly as there were no compromises with any of the bedrooms and everyone had a comfortable stay.

December 2015

Thank you so much, Berry House.  It has been a wonderful few days.  Such a beautiful location and place to stay.  Hopefully we will be back to celebrate again.

This was a great find for a work trip.  A lovely house, a great space for a large group and everything we needed.  I would really recommend Widcombe Grange to anyone, it was a great time and we hope to return.

I had a fantastic time on my 70th birthday with friends and family at Widcombe Grange.  Great house and the catering was fantastic.

November 2015

Everybody loved this house and we loved the fact that we had a chance to stay in a house with so much history and charm.  Tone Dale House was everything I’d hoped for and more for my 40th birthday, I would thoroughly recommend it for any occasion.

October 2015

I celebrated my 30th at Tone Dale House and had an amazing time. the house is huge and well kept and the grounds are beautiful, just perfect for a gathering with friends. Rebecca L.

September 2015

We held our wedding at Tone Dale House recently, and loved every minute of our weekend there. The house is so well-equipped to handle large groups, Peter is so helpful, and the house is just magical. A number of our guests decided they would like to live there! We couldn’t recommend it enough. Go and visit!! Fran R.

This is the sixth year we have returned to Widcombe Grange for a week’s holiday and the heated swimming pool, the croquet lawn, games room and extended grounds never cease to delight. Lewis.

 August 2015

We knew that Tone Dale was going to be nice from the pictures but the photos just do not do it justice! The grounds and property are steeped in history and is beautiful. Tim G

We booked Berry House for our family get together, 16 of us ranging in age from 3-80 years! Our week was perfect. Samantha S.

July 2015

Amazing grounds and facilities, you won’t want to leave. Paul J.  Widcombe Grange.

Cannot overstate how good this place is. The house is stunningly located – the surrounding coastal walks and isolated bays are among the most beautiful I’ve ever seen in the UK. Berry House. Cyrus S.

June 2015

Tone Dale House with its fantastic disco party room was the perfect venue. Maxine M

We loved everything about this venue. Not only the breathtaking grounds, but also the owner, Peter Insall who made us feel exceptionally welcome. Widcombe Grange will be a great memory. The Arc

We loved Widcombe Grange – the best thing about it was the beautiful gardens with boat lake. It was perfect for a large crowd and it was lovely to have the archery come to us at the house. Jacqueline M

May 2015

Fabulous House, had everything we needed for a large group. Laura C. Tone Dale House.

We swam, went for a boat ride on the lake, walked through the fields, played rounder’s, badminton, board games. It had everything we needed, we didn’t have to leave the grounds for anything. Rosie W. Widcombe Grange

April 2015

Absolutely fab.  We will be back.  Thank you one and all.  The T family from London.  Berry House.

Widcombe Grange was a great venue for our extended family to celebrate our Golden wedding. The booking procedure and welcome at the property was very friendly and helpful. We appreciated the space and amenities and wish we could have stayed longer!  Diane B,  Widcombe Grange.

Great house & fantastic places around.  Really good experience with large party together.  Especially big thanks to Peter & Beverley for great support towards this holiday arrangement.  Looking forward to coming back again. Soni & group, Tone Dale House.

We had a wonderful weekend in this brilliant house, fantastic grounds, great dining hall and party room.  We were here to celebrate a 70th birthday with family & friends.  Highly recommended.  Julie’s group,  Tone Dale House.


March 2015

A marvellous house, perfect for all big celebrations. Thank you to all involved.  The T hen party.

Thank you for your help in organising a fantastic weekend to celebrate my wife’s birthday , it all went to plan and the food Sat night was very good and really well done .

I have already recommended you guys to another friend looking for a venue.  James, Tone Dale House.

The children loved the games hall, the swing in the tree and the boat on the lake. We were a group of 20 adults and 16 children and there was so much to keep us occupied at Widcombe Grange that we didn’t leave the premises all weekend. We highly recommend staying here, it was fabulous!  The Round group, Widcombe Grange.

Purely Good and Happy Memories.  There could not have been a better place for us.  Harris group, Tone Dale House.


 February 2015

Widcombe Grange provided the perfect venue for a 60th Birthday gathering for friends, family and guests numbering 24 in total. Our age range was 20- 60 years.The Big House Company (Peter and his staff) were very attentive and professional in meeting all of our requirements. We were greeted on arrival and carefully briefed on the facilities. The house was spotlessly clean and well maintained.

The Coach House games room was a real hit with all: spacious and ideal for dancing, competitive table tennis, snooker, table football and letting your hair down!  All in all, a very memorable weekend.  The Smith group, Widcombe Grange.

I just wanted to say that we had a fabulous weekend at Berry House.  What a beautiful place.  All our plans came together well, even the weather was very kind to us!  The Peck group, Berry House.


January 2015

What a great time we had.  The combination of the history of the property and the facililties were perfect.  Would definitely come back.  Alison & group, New Year 2014/15.

“The Collins 2015 Weekend” Utterly utterly epic!!  4th visit by Nick & his group to Berry House.


 

December 2014

We had a wonderful family Christmas, all of us together for the first time ever.  Fabulous house and location, walked on the beach on Christmas Day.  Table football tournament on the last night – best laugh for ages!!  Keen group, Berry House.

A really big thank you for your help in organising our weekend.  Beverley has been absolutely fabulous with assisting me.  It was a fantastic time and Dad didn’t have a clue, he was so surprised.  The food was great and the two waitresses were lovely.  The whole group absolutely loved the house and it fitted us perfectly.  Abbie’s group, Tone Dale House.


 

November 2014

A wonderful family celebration at a wonderful house.  Great 50th birthday.  Thank you.    The Booth group, Berry House.

On behalf of Coro, thank you for an incredible weekend.  We had an absolute blast and the house was the ideal setting.  The welcome goody bag was wonderful and your housekeeper delightful.   Coro group, Tone Dale House.


 

October 2014

Tone Dale House proved to be the ideal location for my 50th birthday weekend with 24 friends and family.  Peter and the team were well organised from start to finish, offering ideas and making sure that everything we wanted was arranged perfectly.  The house had a real buzz to it with 24 people but had plenty of rooms such that we didn’t feel on top of each other.

The Saturday night dinner was cooked to perfection and the staff were attentive.  Gavin the chef was happy to tweak plans on the night to accommodate last minute changes of plan!  All told, a terrific weekend in a great house.   Ian and group, Tone Dale House.


 September 2014

My daughter chose Tone Dale House for her wedding at the end of September as it provided a beautiful setting; the right number of rooms; flexibility; and most importantly once we had met Peter, a complete confidence that everything would be just as we wished on the day.

We were warmly welcomed on the Friday and left to our own devices until Saturday afternoon when I spoke to Peter about the wine and champagne.  I then didn’t need to give anything else another thought.

When the ceremony finished the champagne flowed and delicious canapes regularly appeared.  The wedding breakfast was perfect, so many guests have since commented on the excellent food.  It was magical in the early evening to look out to the gardens from the marquee where fairy lights over the walkway were complimented beautifully by flares and lanterns in the grounds.

Peter and his team were exemplary, we partied late knowing we couldn’t have wished for more.  The B group, Tone Dale House.


August 2014

A perfect place to relax and enjoy time with family and friends.  A house for all young and old.  Peter and girls, thank you for making it so special.  Fantastic memories.  Ann Marie & family, Tone Dale House.

“Thank you”

What a wonderful house. Thank you Berry.
4 children and 12 grand children!! A fantastic house for an amazing holiday.  Fairclough group, Berry House.

“Epic weekend”

From the moment we arrived to the moment we left we had fun, were made to feel very welcome and the team were amazing with all the food, games and entertainment.  Very special place.  Thank you all.  Henry, Tone Dale House.

“Amazing wedding weekend”

We have had the most amazing and magical time here with all our special people sharing our wedding day.  Everyone is leaving a little sad with treasured memories.  Thank you for providing us with a special place in which we have created those ‘snapshots’.   Mr & Mrs Hobbs, Tone Dale House.

“Big party perfection”

Wonderful weekend for 40th birthday celebrations.  The house is perfect for a big party.  Lots of fun in the games barn, and rounders in the field, bbqs and lots of wonderful meals in the dining room.  So much fun and happy memories.  The Bea group, Berry House.

“Oh what fun we had!”

What a wonderful house.  Perfect location and superbly equipped.  Thank you, thank you.  We will be back.  Woodcock group, Berry House.


July 2014

A fantastic week at Berry House!  Fantastic weather, great food, wine and cakes.  Children enjoyed all the amenities very much.  Superb surfing, boogie boarding, rugby, frisbee, bat and ball, rock pooling, and picnics on the beach.  Barnes group, Berry House.

“Fantastic wedding”

Absolutely brilliant house for a fantastic wedding.  This venue is fantastic! Our wedding was perfect.  We will definately be back…for a holiday!  Emma & Adam, Widcombe Grange.

“Magical”

We have just had a fantastic weekend with all of our friends.  The house and gardens have worked their magic again.  Thank you very much.  The Newman group, Tone Dale House.

“Fifth year”

Here for our fifth year – another wonderful week.  Even after five years the magic of Widcombe Grange still works.  Hopefully back again next year!  The Lewis group, Widcombe Grange.

“What a place.  Perfect 40th birthday party.”

We stayed at Tone Dale as a party of about 30 people for a long weekend – we were joined by about 100 guests for a 40th birthday party.  Space, house, catering, location all perfect – there is a huge marquee available too in case it rains!  Beautiful garden – perfect… The Raybould Group,  Tone Dale House.

“Amazing wedding”

What an amazing wedding ‘House Party’ weekend.  My wife and I loved every minute.  Bring on 2015 anniversary!Mr & Mrs Daverell, Tone Dale House.

“Adored it”

We had a really wonderful weekend at Widcombe Grange.  It was absolutely perfect for our very mixed ages and everyone agreed that it is a most beautiful house in lovely surroundings.  We used all the facilities except croquet for which there was not enough time!  We were so lucky with the weather.  The children adored the pool, the lake and the swing. The Jackson Group,  Widcombe Grange.

“Outstanding wedding”

Thank you for all your work helping our wedding run so smoothly. We had a great 4 days with family and friends in a beautiful environment and the wedding day was nothing short of amazing. Dawn and her staff were a big part of making our day, they were outstanding- you almost wouldn’t have known they were there (I mean that as a highest compliment) it ran so smoothly, and I appreciate all the work that is needed behind the scenes to make that happen. Emma and Adam, Widcombe Grange


June 2014

We had a wonderful time at Berry House, the family all loved it…80 year olds to 6 months all had fun.  We were blessed with excellent weather so it couldn’t have worked better, the barn and facilities being a particular highlight.  The Waite Group,  Berry House

Amazing House. The best we have ever stayed in!  Never left the house all weekend with so much to do with great facilities!  Hamad,  Widcombe Grange.

Fabulous wedding weekend in a lovely location!  Thank you, Peter and team for making our weekend so very special.  The house is lovely and had everything we could have wanted.  Lorna & Michael, Widcombe Grange.


May 2014

It was a fantastic venue for our group and we had a great time.  I very much appreciated your help in the run up to the weekend.  Please pass my thank on to the Thai catering firm as well.  The Oakshett Group,  Widcombe Grange.

Abolutely stunning on all accounts.  We are a family of 9 people and all of us had a wonderful time.  The house was lovely and well equipped with all kinds of facilities.  A fantastic location.  The garden is very beautiful.  We would love to come here again and will cherish the memories forever.  Thank you.  Sunita,  Berry House.

A superb venue.  The wedding was perfect in evey way.  A big thank you to all the staff who worked so hard on the wedding day.  I’m sure we will be back one day.  Mrs Robertson, Tone Dale House.


April 2014

It was superb. We had a lovely party. It was perfect for us.  Thanks.  Gemma, Somerset Manor.


February 2014

This property was amazing and was exactly the country escape that our large group was after.  Peter was so helpful and made it all very easy.  I would highly recommend the Widcombe Grange property – absolutely beautiful interior and grounds.  I could not rate our experience more highly!  The Duncan Group,  Widcombe Grange.


November 2013

Tone Dale House is a fantastic house run by a fantastic company. Many thanks for arranging the shooting, fishing and 3 course dinner. We will definitely recommend you to all our friends and will look to use the Big House Co again ourselves. Morton Group, Tone Dale House.


October 2013

“What a lovely house!! We all had a brilliant wedding weekend. Everything here to cater for all ages. The time went all too quickly. Thank you very much. A gorgeous house. Every thing we needed and more. It was the perfect place for our wedding weekend. thank you x 2 staircases was great fun. The house was good for hide and seek.”
The Dewar Group, Berry House.


“What a fantastic house. The people are very nice. Berry House is beautiful. We shall be back during the summer. Very relaxing, thank you very much.” The Nesarajah Group, Berry House.


“Lovely comfortable house we loved the games room and the football.  The clay pigeon shooting was brilliant.” Stevens group, Widcombe Grange.


“Absolutely lovely, thank you.”  Kenber Group, Widcombe Grange.


“This is my favourite house for fun.This house is amazing.Thank you for fantastic organisation”. Van Outheudsden group from Holland and France, Tone Dale House.


“Corporate retreat. Fantastic house to go away as a team.  Hopefully this will be the first of many!! Thank you Peter for all your help!”. Tone Dale House


September 2013

“Thank you for playing host to Ali and 30 of her bestest friends celebrating her turning 40!!!” Davis group, Tone Dale House


August 2013

“Berry house was a brilliant venue – everyone loved the experience, and the walks to the pebble beach
Left a lasting impression with every one. Fabulous place to spend time with family and friends”. Berry House


“Thank you all so much for an amazing stay, mum and dads wedding anniversary, Sue’s 60th, Katie and Neils wedding at Hartland Abbey on sat 3rd. Thank you for your kindness at the house. Its been an amazing place to celebrate as a family and with many friends”. Dent Group, Berry House


“A very big thank to all at the Big House Co. Another splendid weekend enjoyed by all at Tonedale House. With an added entertainment/disco room this time no less. Another visit by the Khan group”, Tone Dale House


“A gorgeous home with a fantastic garden and whilst it was grand in many ways, it was also very comfortable and we all felt at home. The Thai food on Friday night was amazing and our chef for the rest of the weekend did a great job, the meal on Saturday was excellent. All in all, a very memorable and happy weekend”. Copson Group, Tone Dale House


July 2013

“This house was amazing. It’s one of the best houses we’ve been to. Its GIANT! It’s a hotel for the queen. Me my mum my dad and my brother loved staying here. Thank you for letting us come. Sincerely, Mia Australia”. Walker-Okeover party, Berry House.


“Amazing, amazing, amazing – beyond perfect! The property is maintained to a very high standard, the rooms are all very large and the garden is also fantastic. The games room is great to keep adults and kids entertained regardless of the weather and the dining room is the perfect one for a dinner with that many people around the table. The owner Peter was also very friendly and flexible. Excellent service! I highly recommend this place to anyone who is organizing a gathering, with or without children. I just can’t wait until I have another excuse to go back to Tone Dale myself!” Tylen Group, Tone Dale House.


June 2013

“I just wanted to reiterate our thanks for the weekend at The Big house Co. We had an absolute blast, the house was utterly perfect and the weather incredibly kind! I will send you some copies of August Glamour when it comes out with Tonedale House featured on my pages. Best wishes” Claudia Mahoney Executive Fashion & Beauty Editor │GLAMOUR


“Yes, everyone agreed the venue was outstanding.  We had a fantastic time, the pool was great and in use every day regardless of weather, we did a couple of boating expeditions, found the woodland swings, ( a couple of tearful mid-air collisions), played croquet, and had a great BBQ and sing song on the lawn on last night.  The catering on the Tuesday was excellent, we are still actually finishing off the cheese. I’d recommend The Big House Co to anyone”.  Jim Flack, Widcombe Grange


“Thank you so much. Weekend was very special. We all had a great time, so please thank all your team for making the weekend a huge success. We loved the house and grounds. The activities were fun too. All my very best”.Julian Watson, Widcombe Grange


“Thanks so much for an amazing weekend- it’s just been brilliant, and Widcombe will always be so special to us. I’m very sad to be leaving”. Zoe and Tom, Wedding at Widcombe Grange


“Fabulous place to celebrate my 70th birthday, setting fantastic, weather beyond expectations, altogether a holiday we will all treasure”. The Ward family, Berry House


May 2013

“Second time all together in the big house. Lovely times with four generations.”
Warmingtons & friends, Berry House


After a week touring the west country in a van a great house to kick back in and relax, full of friends and frolics, 007 murder mystery party. Thanks to the ”Big House Co.” Boissier Party, Berry House


“Thank you for allowing us to get together to celebrate my 80th birthday, it has been wonderful. The weather has been marvellous. The family all enjoyed themselves.
Granny Lindsey
For me it was one of the best weekends I have ever had. Alex
I loved the pool, I went in it at least twice a day.
Caitlin
We had fun in boats, pool, sun, games room, dining room, drawing room, croquet lawn, gazebo, patio, meadow behing the boat lake, kitchen, around the lake, on the bike, kitchen (twice, it’s fun). The greatest pinecone war to end all wars (boat V’s pinecone), in a battle of strength and strategy. Thanks for the fun.
Sophie
The house and grounds were awesome – thanks for a great weekend. The monster in the lake proved a tough battle, but after werewolves that plagued us on the first night it was a piece of cake. Good times and happy hunting 🙂
Hannah”.
The Lindsey Party, Tone Dale House


“Sixteen adults and six children have had a wonderful family reunion helped by two gorgeous days of sunshine and a very lovely house and garden”. Newbigin’s, Beethams and Williamsons , Tone Dale House


“Had an awesome time. Great venue. One of the best nights EVER!” Kev and Gail Sherman, Tone Dale House


“We had a fantastic weekend .. ! The weather was very kind and the location was fantastic… very easy to get to and wonderfully secluded.” Gareth Neal, Tone Dale House


“I just wanted to write and thank you and your team so very much for making the weekend of May 11th so special.We all had the most fabulous time and were bowled over by how wonderful the house was – Widcombe Grange could not be more perfect for a large house party. The grounds were delightful (yes, we did swim and go in the rowing boat!) and the house was so well-equipped and cosy. It really did feel like a home from home. Thank you again, and I shall certainly be back!” The Alexander party, Widcombe Grange


April 2013

“Holly’s 30th. What a wonderful comfortable setting to bring old friends and family together to celebrate never growing up.We only wish we could have stayed longer.” Holly, Widcombe Grange


“Tonedale is really the most beautiful house I have ever been to so I can’t thank you enough for allowing us to stay there. Everyone commented on how delicious the food was and the house itself so again a huge thank you for all your efforts in making sure the party ran as smoothly as it did, I hope we can stay in touch.There definitely won’t be another 30th like it again I am sure… all my friends have said that it was the best party they had ever been to”. The Castano party, Tonedale House


“Thank you for an awesome, awesome time, fantastic house. Great weekend buy all 40 of us.” Lloyd party, Tone Dale House


“Thank you we all had a magic time, such a beautiful house”. Jason Sanders, (Queensland Australia), Tone Dale House


“Thank you for all of your help in organising our offsite at Tone Dale House. Overall, we had a very successful couple of days!  The format of having a large house to take over worked really well for us, and created a good atmosphere. Please could you pass on a special thanks to catering team, I heard nothing by praise for them and the food. And the masseuses also were extremely professional and friendly. Monica ” The Preston Associates, Corporate Party


“Thank you so much for all concerned in creating and presenting this amazing house in such style. We have all (aged 6 months – 70 years) had such a fantastic time”. Downes group


March 2013

“80th Birthday Party. We arrived stressed and tired and the house gave us a ‘hug’ and we felt so much better.
We succumbed to the charm of the place and quickly felt very much at home. The house made the occasion more enjoyable and very special and we couldn’t have asked for more”. The Groves Party, Widcombe Grange


“Just wanted to say a very big thank you to all your team from all of us, we all had a fantastic week at Widcombe Grange.  Everything was better than we could have imagined everyone enjoyed the week so much.  We have such happy memories of our stay especially Mum’s 80th birthday celebrations.  The house had everything we needed, so much space and the beds were the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in.” We would recommend the house to anyone it is just superb.”Groves Party, Widcombe Grange


“Thank you so much for providing such an excellent service!  Everybody was blown away by Tone Dale House and the grounds.  All our guests have been talking about the whole experience over the past week and we are missing the lovely house greatly! Thank you all once again”. James and Justine


“Thanks to everyone at Tone Dale for providing the perfect venue for our wedding last Saturday. The food was great (particularly the beef on Saturday evening and the Thai of Sunday). Tone Dale has an incredibly relaxed feel and was perfect for the low key “stealth” wedding that we wanted. A wonderful place to spend such fun times with our nearest and dearest. Thanks once again”. Adam and Janet


“Thank you so much for all you have done for us in making our wedding day very special. It was very relaxed and everyone really enjoyed themselves. The food was very yummy too! Everyone has said what a gorgeous place Tone dale is. We are already talking about another visit, the family were so sad to be leaving there on Monday”. Jo and Scott


“We had a brilliant time at Tone Dale House, thank you! We couldn’t have wished for anything more and everyone has been saying how much fun they had.

The house received lots of lovely comments and people have been saying that a one day wedding just won’t be anywhere near as good after this! Ill get the girls to put the photos up on your Facebook page (however that works!!).

Thanks again for such an amazing wedding, we are still getting people saying how well organised everything was which is all down to you. Thank you for making our stay so perfect and for so many happy memories – we will definitely be back!”

Lindsay & David


“Great weekend. Beautifully warm, welcoming house even when the snow is falling.
Celebrated mum’s 90th we will return in 6 years when dad’s 100.
Everything was perfect”. The Roberts and Whittle Families, Widcombe Grange


“To celebrate the 90th Birthday of our wonderful ‘Granny’.
We all gathered from all over in March at this charming house. There were 12 of us who settled in very comfortably.
The cooking team kept us all fed and cheerful, which including washing up and tidying the house
Our warmest thanks to the owners”. The Hardings, Widcombe Grange


“The group had an excellent weekend. They particularly wanted to commend the organising and running of the shooting on the Saturday morning. They all thought he was brilliant!!!”  The Toye party, Berry House


February 2013

“My wife booked Tone Dale House for my 50th birthday In Feb. We had 31 guests, all of whom had a fantastic weekend. The house is a brilliant place to have a party with plenty to do.
The facilities were spot on as was the very warm welcome from the team.
In a nut shell it was a superb weekend, one that we will always remember and would like to go back again one day”. Gadd Party


“29+7= a family in 3 generations coming together. With many thanks for a weekend in this ‘extraordinary house…..”The J A Clark family


“31 family and friends to celebrate my 50th. What a fantastic house to have your party. Just an awesome weekend. Shame it had to end.” The Gadd party


“We had an extraordinary and wonderful weekend. It was a reunion and some of us had not met for a generation! And we were in unanimous agreement that Tonedale House was perfection! It could not have been better. Please pass on our thanks and appreciation to P & C.” John


“We had a fabulous weekend, despite the weather. Lovely house with excellent facilities. It will be wonderful to come back again in the Summer.” The Coopers


“Thank you.I like the woods and the games barn best my favourite bit was the fields because the grass was wet. This is the best place in the world. I love the big house.” Love Willow


January 2013

“A truly fantastic weekend booked by the remarkable “Collins” – Thankyou so much. Tweed, black tie, party barn, the list is endless. Some excellant sport with snipe, woodcock, pheasant and duck. and all rounded off by the stunning house and location. Truly memorable”. Collins Group, Berry House


“This was an amazing 4 day stay over New Year. Really don’t want to go! Games room and party rooms are epic! Hope to come back soon. Thank you” The Heel party


“2nd time at Tone Dale House – both times incredible. Fab house, warm and welcoming. Brilliant filled with our old and new mates. Look forward to another visit to the terrific Tone Dale House!” The Williams party


Decemeber 2012

“We managed to use every single facility except the croquet lawn (monsoon) Best Christmas ever.
Sports barn makes this the best house I’ve ever stayed in.
This has been an  amazing Christmas. Even managed to squeeze in 2 surfing trips, in the “Baltic” sea. Great place to play real life Cluedo!” The Richer Party, Berry House


“Von – Another memorable weekend at Berry. Thankyou so much.
Connor – Fantastic house and gardens, thankyou, its been great.
Jenny – Fantastic weekend spent with friends and family. Stunning wild scenery and a wonderful house. Thankyou.
Jason – Second visit, just as great as the first. Can I live here please!”
Clarke party, Berry House


“We’re back again after 4 years – the house is still lovely!
Great Christmas gathering, lots of food, drink and games!
Hope to be back again soon.” The Eadies’, Sharkeys’ and Cottons’ pre – Christmas weekend


“A wonderful house – our 3rd family visit and 2nd Christmas – it fits our family perfectly.
Thank you Peter, Claire and Beverley for all your help and understanding. We have been trying to find our reason for the next visit, Birthdays, wedding anniversaries etc. I’m sure we will come up with something soon!

  • Well worth coming all the way from Australia for – well done!
  • What a great family setting for proposing to my fiancé!
  • What an amazing week shared with my family and extended relatives. Our third visit and hopefully not the last!
  • A great time had with all the family – just what we needed this year. Thanks for everything, we will be back!
  • Another great Christmas here, this time we could share it with our baby boy and we had a wonderful time! We look forward to our next visit!
  • 2 thumbs up! By far the most impressive place we have ever stayed!”

The Bussey, Whitehead, Alford, Smith, Vozzo, Weatherby and Filmer families


“Dear Tone Dale House – We’ve been enjoying a friends pre-Christmas celebration for over 20 years now and stay at houses around the Country each year. Our ‘Clan’ grows larger each year and we need bigger and bigger houses. This is our first trip here and the size and space has been perfect – all ages seated together in the red dining room: all ages dancing together in the party room: chill out spaces for those who’d had too much of it all.
The house becomes part of our memory and this year it’s been a fantastic element.
Thanks from all of us – from Georgia the youngest to Dean the oldest and all of us in-between.” Puch party


“The most fabulous place for Christmas. For the first time ever we were glad of the lousy weather as there was so much in the house to keep us occupied. All from ages 18 to 88 declared it the best Christmas ever with the sports barn a definite highlight! The house itself could not have been better designed or more fully equipped.
The surroundings were beautiful ad the 10 minute walk to the cliffs was beautiful even in monsoonal rain.
We now want to come again in summer!” Lucy Duncan


“Our extended family had a fantastic time at Widcombe Grange over Christmas. Lots of space to house us all, beautiful grounds and a great mornings laser clay shooting on Christmas Eve. A memorable stay!” Shelley Hugh-jones


“I just wanted to drop you an email to say a HUGE thank you for all your superb organisation that made our stay at Tone Dale House so perfect!!  All our guests very much enjoyed their stay and I will not be surprised if you get some return visits as a result.

Our wedding day was great and arrangements run seamlessly.  Please send our thanks also to the chef and staff, the dinner and drinks service was great and the food was amazing!  The staff serving the drinks and food were very attentive and made everyone feel comfortable.” Thanks again Laura & Wayne (Mr & Mrs Townsend!)


November 2012

“Thanks so much for a fantastic weekend, a beautiful location. We would recommend it – hopefully will return one day. Perfect location to celebrate 40th birthday party. Some beautiful walks too. It was a lovely place and I really enjoyed it. Thanks for a great time”. Maddison family and friends , Berry House


“A superb house for a large family reunion with four generations of us. We had a fantastic weekend and enjoyed everything about Berry. Congratulations to the Housekeeping staff for presenting the house so well. We hope to return some day”. Bucknell and Willmott Families, Berry House


“I hope you’re well. I’m just writing to say thank you for making Pleasance very welcome at Tone Dale, to be greeted with a lovely lit log fire was great. The Sunday papers were a lovely touch. The rooms were delightful and the grounds surrounding the house beautiful. We had lots of fun playing croquet on the lawn. We would certainly recommend your house to our friends”. The Goddard party from ‘Pleasance’


“The Big House Company are fantastic. From the moment you enquire about the property, the owners are friendly and helpful with endless patience and understanding. The house itself is spacious, clean and tidy, feels very “homely” and is excellent for large parties. I thoroughly recommend this venue and the Big House Company to anyone considering organising an event that both you and your guests will remember for years to come. Brilliant”.Simon Margetts


“Wonderful house + wonderful family = wonderful weekend!
Thank you for your great organisation and flexibility – and for arranging perfect weather too!
We loved the shooting – will all be challenging Pistol Pete at Rio in 2016!
And the croquet provided much merriment!” The Morrison family


October 2012

“A beautiful place, everything you could need for a relaxing and fun week away”. Stacey Noton


“…where to begin with a stay and an experience which just seamlessly worked so well. Yes, the weather God’s also smiled on us such that the latter part of Sunday afternoon was spent by most of us sitting out in the deck chairs facing the setting sun..it was an incredible week-end weather wise and we really could not speak highly enough of the whole experience. The house works on so many levels and we were formerly resident in the Far East and have already mentioned it (Berry House) to that many people that hopefully some bookings from over there might materialize in the future!

We were very appreciative of your patience with our booking and how accommodating you were.
I honestly looked at the Croquet Lawn when we visited the property and thought, ‘well that will be too wet or damp and will not get any use’…oh how wrong I was! The ladies who cooked were great, the food very good indeed and really this is, as I am aware you already know, a very special venue..we all had the best week-end possible, with the laser clays also being a lot of fun.

Whilst we were blessed with one of the best week-end’s weather for summer, let alone that is was autumn, our three days at Berry House were quite simply brilliant.

Every aspect of our stay from the venue itself to the in house caterers and including the arranged activity of laser clay’s worked perfectly.

Berry House is simply an outstanding venue for all ages to enjoy each other’s company for a few days and to celebrate any special event.” Edwards Group


September 2012

“To Claire, Peter and everyone at The Big House Co.Thank you very much for helping organise our wedding. We appreciate all the help and advise and the relaxed approach you take to things. Tone Dale House has a very special place in both our families hearts now.” Gayle & Mario


“Wonderful weekend in a lovely house we enjoyed all the facilities – lake swimming pool and an exciting table tennis match. Everything in the house and gardens is in very good order. Walks beautiful helped by constant sunshine and warm weather. Saturday night food very good. Thank you”, The Hodges


“Have had a superb weekend here at Widcombe Grange celebrating a 50th Birthday and 25th wedding Anniversary.No-one wants to go home! The house is so comfortable and well equipped. Thank you for all your great suggestions for entertainment. The karaoke was used ever night, casino after dinner on Saturday was perfect and the celebration dinner was divine. It has been fantastic!” The Towels


“Wow – what a fun house! Really lives up to the name. BIG it is! Great times had here. Love The Big House Company!”
Charlie Baillie


“Many thanks – we will tell all our friends about this beautiful place!”  Sam


August 2012

“We had a wonderful time despite the weather. The house was gorgeous and yet a superbly comfortable home, The games barn/games room kept all ages from 5 – 74 greatly entertained. Many thanks to the Team at The Big House Co.”
Tareen Family, Berry House


“We had a wonderful time despite the weather. The house is gorgeous, a superbly comfortable home. The games room/barn kept all ages – from 5 to 74 – greatly entertained.” Haider Family


“The best home coming ever, beautiful grounds and great pool. Will be back for my 40th!” Capt Doug Douglas


“We Couldn’t have asked for a better setting for our wedding reception. Wonderful house in beautiful grounds; great food; excellent party room and even sunny weather prevailed throughout most of the weekend! Thank you Claire and Peter for your time and efforts to make our wedding the fabulous experience that it proved to be.” Tim & Anoushka


“I’m gathering feedback from the weekend from all my guests and will pass this on.  I know they all had a fantastic time; we loved the house, grounds and excellent organisation/provisioning for the house. We had one man who couldn’t stop commenting on the lovely linen to the amusement of my other guests. We have a couple of excellent pianists who were very excited about the pianos and music and a lot of small guests who were very excited by the opportunities for wondering around at night with the torches. Thank you for your high qualiy service – the food and catering services were excellent.  I was asked in particular to comment on the patience and good humour of the Ranger – the archery was a major highlight for
those participating and those watching “. Anne


“Thank you so much for organising such a wonderful wedding and party for Tom and Claire.  What a cool head you have! Best wishes.” Mary (grooms mother)


“We had a fantastic weekend, wish I could remember more of it. We had such a great time in the house – the meal on Friday was absolutely amazing, the weather held out for a great day by the pool on Sunday and everyone loved the house, a fantastic party all in all! The good news is that as a group we now want to do the whole huge party thing somewhere every year, so maybe we will be back again, or maybe to one of your other places. Thanks once again for having us!”. Jeremy


“We wanted to say thank you again for helping to make our wedding day so special. Did you receive our flowers? Tone Dale House was the perfect setting for what was the perfect day…Even the weather was wonderful! You and all your team on the day were so helpful and kept everything running smoothly, even when I held things up!

I didn’t realise I had delayed things for 45mins – poor Mick said he was so nervous from the wait! Thank you for being so flexible and pushing the food back a bit for us and I’m so sorry if it caused you any stress. Speaking of the food… Wow!!! It was delicious! Everyone who came said how fabulous the food, service and of course the beautiful setting was. I think Tone Dale has a lot of new fans!

We had searched for so long and looked at quite a few places before we found Tone Dale House and The Big House Company. Of all the places we looked at, you were the only ones who allowed us to have the relaxed and personalised wedding that we wanted and in doing so you allowed us to create the wonderful memories of our wedding weekend. We can’t thank you enough! Many, many thanks and all our best wishes, Ps. We can’t wait to come back… Hopefully next year!”
Jo and Mick


July 2012

“Claire you are a star. No details were omitted for our stay, even down to Sunday papers delivered. First class in every way. Thanks for our stay at The Big House Co”. The Murphy Family (Parents of the Bride)


“Such a beautiful, perfect venue for our wedding. We all had an AMAZING weekend and could not have wished for any more” . The Goffs


“We just had a fantastic weekend 27-30 July at Tonedale House and the stables, including some catered events. It was 18th elegance with 21st century comfort. The house has everything you need for a great party for adults and children and the Big House Co. team are well organized and a pleasure to deal with. The beds are incredibly comfortable and all the cutlery/glassware/linen (including tablecloths/napkins) is plentiful and well presented. There were lovely flowers in the day rooms and torches in the bedrooms for ‘after lights out’ wanderers. The huge Georgian windows have window seats looking onto the glorious gardens, lovely for early morning newspaper reading upstairs or downstairs. The house is full of old pictures/furniture/curiosities, and the building has beautiful architecture but nothing feels ‘untouchable’. Great kitchen, practical utilities. Truly stunning, highly recommended. “Anne Verrinder


June 2012

“Had an ace weekend away with friends for Nicole’s 45th Birthday. Thai Food, Booze and Tunes. Lovely House and settings. Good weather too!!! Many thanks”. The Pardy Crew


May 2012

“Love it!! Amazing venue for living a dream” Mortimer Group


2010 – 2011

“Wow! X Factor House” Gracie Dossett, October 2011


“A fantastic venue for a long weekend of fun, laughter and giggles to celebrate my 40th Birthday. Perfect in so many ways. Some very special moments with some very special people. Good memories.” Pepperell Family and Friends, June 2011


Fabulous Fortieth party venue
“We were a lucky group of friends and family to be invited to celebrate Barney’s 40th in such style. Tone Dale with its understated luxury where everything had been thought of created the perfect scene to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Cocktails on the lawn, candle-lit dinners, breakfast in light-filled rooms and croquet (rules somewhat flexible). If this is what being 40 means, bring it on!” Tara and Barney, May 2011


High Praise in Rhyme!
Berry is a sight to behold,
Lovingly renovated much history does it hold.
Families visit and admire the coast a beautiful scene,
A place to relax a great joy it has been,
The games barn is a plus, loose energy, have fun,
Back to the house for food, the dining is second to none.
Visit the local spa if you can, it truly is a treat,
I opted for reflexology, an indulgence focused on the feet.
We celebrated a family silver wedding and were spoilt in every way.
A return visit would be highly recommended one would say.
Trimmer family, April 2011


“What an amazing house, fantastic location for some breathtaking scnery! Never known such a warm rambling house. Excellent facilities and every utensil you can imagine you might need for up to 24 hungry adults.
Definitely recommend to friends and family.” A Hodge, January 2011


“We had a very special weekend at Berry House and it was the most wonderful place to celebrate the big 80th birthday.So much so that we hope to be coming back in 4 years time for Mums 80th!! So thankyou so much for all your help and Savannah was wonderful and made it all so welcoming for our arrival. We really appreciated that and im glad the flowers we left, she has now taken home. Thankyou again. Berry House was fabulous and loved by all.”
Best wishes, Mandy Shepherd 2011


“I have enjoyed the best 30th birthday girl could ever have imagined!
This is a glorious grand setting to spend a long weekend with all my beautiful, wonderful, generous friends. Would highly recommend to one and all – Thank you so very much. I hope we have the opportunity to come back again and again to this fairy tale house….” Nicola Cook, January 2010


“After three years and two quick stops at Gerbestone along the way – we have found ourselves back at the wonderful Tonedale – truly a home from home!” Liz Dawson


“Another fantastic weekend here, one year and 364 days after our amazing wedding. Thank you to all at the Big House Co for making all this possible – see you in 2008 for our 5th wedding anniversary. (and in 2013 for our 10th, and in 2014 for my 40th…” Tess and Will Ingham


Celebrity Testimonials

“Fabulous house – I’ve had a great birthday!” Darcey Bussel


“Thank you for a wonderful return stay at Berry, we love it here”. Tim and Lucy Henman 2012


“Thanks for letting me stay in your wonderful house, I had a brilliant time”. Mark Owen, Tone Dale 2012


“Peter, thank you so much for your incredible hospitality and all your hard work before and during our stay, it was appreciated. Your place is glorious! Love Zoe Ball and Norman Cook”, Widcombe Grange 2012-09-14


“Fantastic fun, classic weekend away.” Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller


“Fabulous weekend and Birthday celebrations. Hope to come back again!” Lucy Henman and friends, February 2012