Halse Water House

Period thatched house on the edge of a Somerset village, sleeps 12 with hot tub

Catering

Sarah Sellick

I have always loved to cook and as a child could often be found surrounded by eggs, flour and butter attempting to create something delicious. I trained as a cordon bleu cook as soon as I could and have cooked happily ever since – the last 5 years for Sleeps12.

I work directly with all my clients to discuss menus and specific wishes and am very happy to cater for all dietary requirements. I use the best local ingredients I can find and am happy to cater for small and large groups.

My aim is to take the stress and hassle away from you so that you can sit back and enjoy your special meal knowing that all you have to do is sit down while my friendly waitresses and I do all the hard work including the washing up and tidying away! 

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Menus

Menu

Delivered Menu

Childrens Menu

Contact Details

Email: sarahsellick@btinternet.com

Phone: 07502377329

Gayla Stewart

Gayla at Select Catering offers mouthwateringly delicious food for all occasions using only the freshest and finest ingredients. Enjoy private intimate dining with your closest friends and family to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or reunion while being served restaurant-quality food in the comfort of your stunning holiday home. Your event will be totally stress-free, the table is laid for you and the dining room and kitchen is cleared afterwards so that you can enjoy socialising with your guests. Please take a look at the catered menu.

Gayla also offers a delivered menu if you don't fancy spending your entire holiday planning, shopping, cooking and washing up! Order from the delivered menu and food that tickles your tastebuds will be delivered direct to the fridge/freezer at your holiday home in disposable containers so all you have to do is pop them in the oven and relax!

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Catered Menu

Delivered Menu

Childrens Menu

Contact Details

Email: gayla.selectcatering@gmail.com

Phone: 01823 401146 - 07801375604

Flora Bartlett

I live locally and am a trained Leith's cook. I have been catering on and off for the last 15 years, the last 5 for sleeps12.com. We love preparing creative dinners, lunches, brunch, breakfast, buffets and all day packages to your individual needs as well as catering for Weddings.

We use friendly and attentive waitresses from the surrounding villages and come and make your event really special.

We believe passionately in the best ingredients and well cooked food. We try to keep food miles to a minimum and use the super local meat, vegetables and small suppliers; including organic beef and vegetables from my parent's farm.

We look forward to cooking and serving delicious food in wonderful surroundings.

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Catered Menu

 Delivered Menu

Ready to Eat Menu

Contact Details

Email: florabartlett@googlemail.com

COOK - Remarkable Frozen Meals

We have partnered with COOK in Taunton to make their fabulous frozen meals available to all of our guests.
For those of you that haven't come across COOK before, they make dishes using the same ingredients and techniques that you would use at home so everything looks and tastes homemade.
Once you have placed an order, they will deliver your meals to your holiday cottage in advance or on the evening of your arrival.

You can shop online, e-mail or call the COOK shop in Taunton, details below.

Please note that there is a minimum order value of £30 to qualify for delivery.

Contact Details

Email: taunton@cookfood.net

Phone: 01823323001

Website: www.cookfood.net

Thai Gourmet

Provides a top Thai cuisine service delivered in your own home in the UK, cooked in your own kitchen. Genuine ingredients are cooked for you by superb Thai Chef Khun Pratuan to recipes drawn from her long experience and instinctive knowledge based on the traditional methods and dishes of her Mother and Grandmother.

Phone: 01935 579019 or 07977860002

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Menus

The Chef’s Super Special Menu

The Irresistible Thai Menu

The Royal Thai Gourmet Menu

The Memorable Thai Menu

The Popular Buffet Menu

The Walk & Talk Menu

The Walk & Talk Special Menu

Contact Details

Phone: 01935579019 or 07977860002

Email: tours@engagingthailand.com

Website: www.thaifoodcookedinyourownhome.wordpress.com

Stefano's

Stefano makes traditional Italian dishes for local farmers’ markets, food festivals and family events. Our menu changes weekly, by Wednesday evenings, or alternatively Stefano can provide a tailor-made Italian feast to eat fresh or ready in your freezer.

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Menu

Buffet Menu

Contact Details

Email: food@stefanoshomemadefood.co.uk

Website:  www.stefanoshomemadefood.co.uk

Dennis Guillemin

With over 20 years experience working in luxury catering establishments in both France and England, I will bring the restaurant experience to you!
Professional and easy going would describe me best…
I will ensure everyone in your party is catered for with flair making sure that anyone with special dietary requirement gets the same treatment and tasty alternatives.
My cuisine is a mix of flavours from my Home country France and adoptive country England, with subtle notes from Mediterranean herbs and spices.
Bon Appetit!

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£26 Catered Menu
 

£35 Catered Menu
 

£44 Catered Menu

Healthy cooking experience work shop

Waitress service comes at an extra £50 per waitress which includes table setting, food service, clearing away and washing up while you sit back and relax.
 

Contact Details

Email: denisguillemin@yahoo.co.uk

Phone 07813930480

Scarletts

Catered by Aurora Aykroyd 

I have had over 17 years of catering experience, introduced to exceptional cooking by my French grandmother and time spent living across the Mediterranean, largely self-taught, I later trained in France and now have a Kitchen and Tea Garden Catering business with my husband, in Langford Budville, in between the Blackdown Hills and Exmoor. 

Our catering ethos springs from seasonally inspired dishes created using only the best, 

carefully and locally sourced natural ingredients, using herbs and heritage vegetable varieties from the area local to our kitchen cafe. We aim to provide the delicious food, well made with passion and care. We have our own wood-fired oven on site where our artisan bread is baked. 

We have menu plans available, though we can work directly with you to create a bespoke catering plan. Provided in many ways, from reducing the pressure of organising and hosting an event, such as a dinner party for small or large groups of friends and family, to weddings, parties and events. Something simple like stocking your freezer with meals for the length of your stay, so all you have to do is pop them in the oven, relax and enjoy. 

We are very happy to cater for all dietary requirements with the same care and attention. 

Georgios PIzzas, the mobile wood fired oven that can cater for larger events. more information at www.georgiospizzas.co.uk

Website: Scarletts 

Menus

Delivered Menu 

Contact Details

Email: eat@scarlettsgarden.co.uk 

Phone 01823 401517 

Food

Forest Beef

Meat Boxes by Award Winning Forest Beef

We are the Batchelor Family and our farm is located on the Blackdown Hills.

We have recently won Beef Farm of the Year and would love to be able to provide all the meat you need for your stay in a Sleeps12 property.

Our lovely Longhorn Beef cattle produce an amazing range of beed products, the steaks are beautifully tender! Our farm pigs produce stunning sausages, chops and bacon. Our free range hens lay about 18000 eggs a day and we take our farming really seriously. 

We love what we do and our animals and we think that is reflected in the taste. 

Why not order a bespoke produce box that will feed all those hungry mouths for the entire stay?

If you are staying in the summer we can do a fantastic BBQ box!

Our range varies throughout the year and we have great links to other suppliers so can usually souce free range chicken and turkey. 

We can deliver for a small delivery charge so the box is there for your arrival or you can visit us on the farm and collect!

Please do visit www.forestbeef.co.uk to find out more and to order online. 

Give us a call on 01823 602711 or email us at info@forestbeef.co.uk with orders or more information about our products and our price lists. 

 

Ridgeway Cider

Ridgeway Cider from Holcombe Rogus  

 Delicious and refreshing farmhouse crafted ciders: dry, medium and sweet sold in bag in boxes – 3L-£8, 5L-£12, 10L-£22 or 20L for £40. Why not try our local Somerset cider to enhance your holiday experience. Tours and tastings are available at our Cider Barn. More info at: www.ridgewaycider.co.uk

Pampering

My Personal Sanctuary

My Personal Sanctuary is a luxury, organic and truly indulgent visiting spa service, offering branded in-house treatments to guests staying at stylish and award winning holiday homes and retreats across the UK. 

From the moment we arrive at your door our aim is to envelop you and your guests in calm, serenity and absolute relaxation. Our lovely treatments have been carefully designed to maximise relaxation and personal fulfilment, and our packages offer a combination of massage, traditional body scrubs, facials and hand and feet treatments. Our fantastic Pukka Herbs and Green People products are suitable for all ages or skin type and are sure to leave you feeling thoroughly pampered.

All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy, feeling aches and pains dissolve under the skilled fingers of our therapists. 

 Let Us Create Your Personal Sanctuary

We would love to look after you and your guests, whatever your party size and occasion.  So if you would like to speak to one of our team about the treatments we offer, please get in touch. 

Phone: 01625 540 557

Email: enquiries@mypersonalsanctuary.co.uk  Web: www.mypersonalsanctuary.co.uk

Like us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/MyPersonalSanctuary

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MyPersonalSanc

Lucy Berner

Relax,renew,revitalise Whilst on holiday with sleeps 12 in the comfort of your holiday home.

CONTACT -Lucy Berner- 07875945210

email-bernerlucy@yahoo.com

 

Massage Treatments

Full Body Aromatherapy Massage 
Full body massage with a choice of 3 different blended oils - Muscle Ease, Relaxation or Energising
£40.00 for 1 Hour*

Back, Neck, Shoulder, Face and Head Aromatherapy Massage
£30.00 for 30 Minutes*

Full Body Swedish Massage
£40.00 for 1 Hour*

Back, Neck, Shoulder, Face and Head Swedish Massage
£30.00 for 30 Minutes*

Indian Head Massage
£30.00 for 35 Minutes*

 

Facial Treatments

Dermalogica Facial
Calming and relaxing , Includes Cleanse, Tone , Exfoliation, Neck, face and scalp massage, Mask, arm and hand massage , and moisturise
£35.00 for 45 Minutes*

Dermalogica Facial with Full Body massage
£65.00 for 1 Hour and 15 Minutes*

Dermalogica Facial With Back, Neck Shoulder Massage
£50.00 for 1 Hour*

Full Body Exfoliation and Head Massage
A relaxing Pomegrante sugar scrub gently removes dry, flakey skin followed by an application of Pink Grapefruit Shea butter cream gently massaged onto the body leaving the skin smooth, soft and glowing. The treatment is completed with a soothing head massage.
£30.00 for 30 Minutes*

The above treatment with a Dermalogica Facial
£50.00 for 1 Hour*

 

Spa Deal Package

3 x 15 Minute treatments for £30.00 per person for 45 mins*

choose 3 treatments from the following

  • Back massage
  • Head, Neck, shoulder massage
  • Lower leg and foot massage
  • Mini Dermalogica Facial
  • File and paint toes
  • File and Paint fingers

 

Mother to Be Package

£50.00 for 1 Hour and 15 Minutes*

Pedicure includes foot soak, cuticle work, leg and foot massage, exfoliation and polish (45 Minutes)
Mini Dermalogica Facial (15 Minutes)
Head, neck shoulder massage (15 Minutes)

 

Bride to Be Package

£50.00 for 1 Hour and 15 Minutes*

Back Massage (15 Minutes)
Dermalogica Facial (35 Minutes)
File and Paint toes (20 Minutes)

 

Party Package 

(Available for MINIMUM of 6)

  • File and Paint toes  - £15.00
  • File and Paint hands - £15.00
  • 15 Minute* Back massage - £15.00
  • 15 Minute* Mini Dermalogica facial - £15.00
  • 15 Minute* Head, Neck, Shoulder massage - £15.00

 

Manicure
Hand scrub, cuticle work, hand massage, file and polish of your choice.
£25.00 for 45 Minutes*


Pedicure
Foot Soak, exfoliation. cuticle work. foot massage, file and polish of your choice.
£25.00 for 45 Minutes*


Manicure and Pedicure
booked as one treatment only £45.00

 

Any service marked with a * (asterisk) are approximate times only.

All timings are approximate and can be tailor made to suit your requirements.
Fully qualified and insured therapists
Evening pampering not available.

Activities

Golf

Golf

While on your holiday, what better way to unwind and take it all in than a relaxing round of golf? There are three golf courses in the vicinity. Set against the glorious backdrop of Taunton's surrounding countryside, you can take in the scenery and enjoy an exhilirating game at the same time. So remember to bring your clubs.

Oake Manor Golf Club - 01823 461993
Vivary Golf Course - 01823 333875
Lyme Regis - 01297 442963
Cricket St.Thomas - 01464 302 31

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay Pigeon ShootingShaldon Shooting School is set in a deep valley on the edge of Exmoor. We offer coaching for individuals or groups of up to 30 people. No experience is necessary, all ages and abilities are welcome. We supply all the equipment you will need, and plenty of instructors so you are not waiting too long for your turn. We even send someone to meet you so you don’t get lost in the lanes on the way! Lunch can be arranged in a great local pub.

Website: Shalden Shooting School

Phone: 01398 331021

Ashcombe Adventure Centre

Set in Devon's glorious rolling countryside and using their unrivalled range of outdoor activities, Ashcombe Adventure Centre design action packed events that are memorable, rewarding and fun.  Activities include:  Shooting, archery, fishing, paintballing, quad biking, stallion karting, skid steer karts. Ashcombe's cater for all manner of events ranging from team building to stag and hen weekends, to rewards or celebrations of any kind. Events must be pre-booked as they are designed specifically to meet your requirements. 

 Website: www.ashcombeadventure.co.uk

Langford Lakes

Langford Lakes offer four lakes (Carp/Mixed/Roach and Perch) set in 30 acres of Nordman Fir Plantation. An ideal spot for beginners and the more experienced angler.

Website: www.langfordlakes.co.uk

Essential Adventure

Leading provider of outdoor pursuits, adventure sports and team building throughout Devon and the South West. Activities include kayaking & canoeing, climbing & abseiling, coasteering, mountain biking, bush craft, caving and more...

Website: www.essential-adventure.co.uk

Cycle Hire

Turner Cycles - Bike Hire

Phone: 01823 461155    

Email:  ben@turners-cycles.co.uk

Website: Turners Cycles - Bike Hire

 

Abbotshood Cycle Hire

Phone: 01884820728 - 07958 916165 - 07904068555

Email: abbotshood@halberton.org

Abbey Burton - Clay Pigeon Shooting

Welcome to Abbey Burton Clay Shooting. I offer professional coaching in Clay Shooting, Game Shooting and Archery to individuals and groups of all abilities, whether you're an experienced shot looking to have their technique fine-tuned or a newcomer to the sport looking to develop skills for safe and accurate shooting, all our welcome.

I am a fully qualified CPSA Coach, CPSA Safety Officer, Level 1 Archery Instructor and also a Great Britain competitive shot with many awards to my name at the age of 24.

Website: www.abbeyburtonclayshooting.co.uk

Phone: 07789 480298

Email: abbeyburton@hotmail.com

Hens with Pens

Don your beret and get creative at a hen party life drawing class in any part of the UK with Hens with Pens.

Class duration: 2 hours 

What hens get:

•   Tutor and model comes to you

•   Drawing materials provided

•   Retro swing music included

•   Berets and moustaches to wear for fun

•   No experience necessary – you don’t need to be able to draw already!

1st hour: group drawing games/exercises 2nd hour: life drawing from a male model

All of our tutors are experienced and qualified artists. You don’t need any experience and there’s no need to worry about your drawing ability – the idea is just to have fun!

 

Email: bookings@henswithpens.com

Telephone: 0203 291 3651

Exeter Quad Centre

Quad Biking Exeter, Devon, is based 15 minutes from Exeter City Centre on the Escot Estate.  We have approx 10 miles of road, woodland and gravel quad bike tracks, our fully trained instructors will take you out on your safari for the ultimate experience.

Other activities available like Lasertag, Paintball, Clays and Segways

Website: Exeter Quad Centre

Life drawings

Life drawing and modelling - for Hen Parties and other all-female parties 

Both the female artist/tutor and the nude male model are experienced professionals, creating a fun relaxed environment. There is a healthy mix of life drawing tuition and guidance, enjoyable and challenging drawing games, and cheeky banter and naughtiness, including the opportunity for the girls to life model too!

The sessions usually last around an hour and a half, but a couple of hours is allowed. Most properties for large groups will be suitable as a venue, and the sessions can also be held outside when privacy and weather permits.

All drawing materials are provided, as well as the appropriate artist's beret, and the girls get to keep their sketchpads at the end. We also take photos and send to the hen.

We charge £24.00 per head all inclusive, based on a minimum number of 12. 

Email: nbx1969@gmail.com

Tel/text: 07973 834876

 

Hen Parties at River Cottage

On the hunt for a unique hen party experience for your best friend’s big send off?


Look no further, let Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage HQ take away the stress of choosing an entertaining and interactive hen party day.


We all know that all great weddings are kicked off by an even greater hen weekend. At River Cottage HQ the seventeenth century farmhouse is the perfect location for a unique hen party. You’ll be relaxing with a glass of local fizz whilst your personal chef is on hand to deliver a VIP dining experience, explaining where your wonderful food comes from. They’ll do all the hard work but the open kitchen policy means you can observe or even participate in parts of the cookery if you wish.


Think bake off sessions, bread and butter making or even a sausage making masterclass! This hen weekend option would suit a real foodie hen who wants an up-market and unique experience where fantastic South West food and wine is centre stage.
Prices start at £65 per person for private dining.

Contact parkfarm@rivercottage.net for further information or call on 01297 630 319

Stag do ideas at River Cottage

Stag Do Ideas at River Cottage HQ


In need of some different stag party ideas for your best mate’s big send off?


How about a food-filled stag do extravaganza at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage HQ, where you’ll take part in a pig master class or perhaps some wild food foraging, followed by a VIP dining experience.


Your personal chef will be in and out of the kitchen to explain where your wonderful food comes from and a little more about the recipes. You’ll even have the opportunity to have a go yourself due to our open kitchen policy.
This option would suit a real foodie stag, keen to get stuck into meat butchery or perhaps some hot smoking, a stag who wants to spend their weekend in the South West where food and wine is centre stage.


Prices start at £65 per person for private dining. Contact parkfarm@rivercottage.net for further information or call on 01297 630 319

Private Dining at River Cottage

Private Dining and Birthday Parties at River Cottage HQ


Stuck for that special birthday idea? How about “Happy birthday to you at River Cottage HQ!”?


Host your food-filled celebration in 'Britain’s most filmed farmhouse' where your personal River Cottage chef will prepare your feast. Prices start at £65 per person.


For a bigger celebration, why not hire our threshing barn and put on a post-meal band to boogie the night away. You’ll have the run of the lovingly restored barn with wooden floors and oak beams, which can seat up to 64 guests on long banquet tables inside with a further 30 alfresco seats available on our decking in the summer with stunning views of the Axe Valley. Prices start at £70 per person.


Contact parkfarm@rivercottage.net for further information or call on 01297 630 319

Learn to Cook at River Cottage

Have you ever wanted to learn more about seasonal produce and how to cook it?

Would you like to learn new Skills in the kitchen to wow your friends and family?

Why not take a day trip to the River Cottage Cookery School and try one of their amazing courses.

Find more details and a course calendar using this link.

River Cottage Cookery School

Horse Riding

Quantock Trekking

Exploring the Quantocks on horseback is an exhilarating experience for both novice and experienced riders. We vary our routes daily but on all the rides the scenery in stunning. With 22 horses to choose from we can cater for most abilities and we have a couple of horses than can cater for heavier riders, depending on ability.

The stables are in the heart of the Quantocks and we have direct access to thousands of acres of probably the finest riding country in Britain.

We have novice, intermediate and experienced rides daily at 10am. The cost is £40 per person for two hour treks. Children need to be 12 years and above.

We can also cater for hen parties and large groups of mixed ability. Another popular choice, which we can provide is afternoon tea with prosecco and homemade cakes.  Please go to our website www.quantocktrekking.co.uk and our Facebook page www.facebook.com/QuantockTrekking/ to see photos and reviews.

 

Quantock Electric Bike Tours

Explore the Quantocks, discover their beauty and admire the far reaching views on one of our electric bikes. Try a half day tour with an experienced guide who knows the area very well and will chose an appropriate route for your and your group. Our routes take in some spectacular scenery nad pit stops such as the Blue Ball, Crowcombe Court and the West Somerset Steam Railway. 

Our bikes have comfortable gel saddles and efficient suspension. The electric pedal assist enables you to exercie without over exerting yourslef so you can choose how much effort you want to make!

We run two tours every day. Morning tours start at 9.30 - 12.30 and afternoon tours 2pm - 5pm. Refreshment breaks are built into the tour schedules. £35/head, cycle helments are provided. 

To book contact Piers Harwood

quantockebt@gmail.com

01823430108 / 07711926217

Entertainment

Private Cocktail Bartender

Hire your own private cocktail bartender for your celebration. 

Three options available:

  • Personal Cocktail Bartender - A personal bartender to come to your home and make cocktails for you 
  • and your guests
  • Personal Cocktail Bartender and a Butler in the Buff
  • Cocktail Clinic - A personal fun training session to teach you about cocktails and how 
  • to make them.

Contact Details

Email: info@thebartender.co.uk

Website: The Bar Tender

Phone: 0117 941 5825

Bouncy Castles

Activity Bouncers for Hire, ideal for all ages!

  • Bouncy Castles
  • Pole Joust
  • Sumo Wrestling
  • Ball Pools
     

Contact Details

Email: enquiries@activitybouncerstaunton.co.uk

Phone: 01823451157

Website: www.activitybouncerstaunton.co.uk

Portrait Photographer

FUN PHOTO-SHOOTS for SLEEPS 12 FAMILIES !

Why not celebrate your family gathering with a photo-shoot with professional photographer Emily Fairweather? Then you’ll have stunning images to remind you of your happy holiday forever.

Cobbleside, Sleeps12.

Ham Bottom, Sleeps12.

The Old Mill, Sleeps12.

Ham Bottom, Sleeps12.

 

Emily’s photo-shoots are informal and fun, with a typical shoot lasting around 1.5 hours. We’ll do large family group portraits and then a variety of smaller family shots in any combination you like! Emily will ask the kids to splash in puddles or run down a hill to create natural and fun photos.

She will produce contemporary black and white images and vibrant colourful photos using natural light and gorgeous back-drops.

 

We can either do the photos at your Sleeps 12’s property (like the images above at Ham Bottom and The Old Mill) or you can use Emily’s bridges/field eg the railway bridge below (about 10 minutes drive away, please see her backdrops at http://www.emilyfairweatherphotography.co.uk/about-me/):
Normally it’s best to wear simple clothes that are very ‘you’. Please have a look at the FAQ section for more information on clothes and looks http://www.emilyfairweatherphotography.co.uk/family-portrait- photographer/faqs/
Within four weeks of the photo-shoot I will select and edit around 100 of your images using Light Room and Photoshop. These 100 images will be securely stored on your own private gallery on my website to share with your friends and family. You can then choose the images you’d like to have as digital files, framed prints & canvases or in a stunning album.
I have a range of British bespoke products & will bring some display samples with me. For my full product range please see my website. http://www.emilyfairweatherphotography.co.uk

Prices start at £195. For more information please call Emily on 01984 667 281/07958 763029 or email : emilyfairweather@btinternet.com

OPTION 1 - PHOTO-SHOOT, 10x8” MOUNTED PRINT & 5 JPEGS
£195 and includes :
Travel to Sleeps 12 properties or to a location where you would like the photo-shoot to take place.
1.5 hour Photo-Shoot with Emily Fairweather
All post-production of around 100 images from the photo-shoot and hosting of them on a private gallery on Emily’s website. Your choice of 5 high resolution jpegs and 1 x 10x8” art quality, mounted print.

If you would like to purchase any of the other images you can either upgrade to Option 2 or follow the product link above and choose from Emily’s products.

OPTION 2 – includes all of Option 1 plus all the images as high resolution digital files and two art quality prints at 10x8” £350

OPTION 3 - Includes Option 2 plus 1 x 30 page hard-backed album £485

The bridge at Ham Bottom/Fuzzy Orchard, Sleeps12.

Cupcakes and Cookies

Have fun making decorations for cupcakes and cookies. Suitable for the complete novice or the more experienced.

Make decorations for cupcakes from butter cream  icing to sugar paste  butterflies, snow flakes, shoes, roses and many other flowers and shapes.
Ice and decorate cookies from dresses and cakes to farm animal shapes.
All equipment supplied and 6 cakes, lots of flavors to choose from and 2 cookies ready to go.
Just bring an apron and some imagination!

The party will last approximately 2 hrs (may be longer) and cost £20 per person. Min of 4  people please.
Please call Jackie on  for more details or facebook "cakes Jackies cakes"

 

Contact Details

Email: topside@tiscali.co.uk

Phone:  01823 672817

Website: Jackie's Cakes On Facebook

Crafty Hen Parties

The Crafty Hen offers fun craft workshops delivered by professional crafts people for hen parties. Our flock of friendly tutors will help you make many things to use and wear, perhaps even for the wedding or hen weekend.? We tailor your workshops and parties exactly to your needs and the group requests. We come to your accommodation and provide all materials and equipment as well as expert tuition.

 

We can offer sessions in making garters, nipple tassels or customising knickers. There is also a range of jewellery making workshops to choose from; including tiaras and hairpins, cocktail rings, textile corsages and accessories. You can even make your own bunting, why not work together and use this to decorate your wedding.? With some of our workshops we can offer vintage options, you can incorporate vintage fabrics and antique lace into your creations.?

Contact Details

Email: info@thecraftyhen.co.uk

Phone: 0117 939 5203

Website: www.thecraftyhen.co.uk

Butlers in the Buff

Charming, innocent and just a little cheeky!

Experts in etiquette, “Butlers in the Buff” will transform any party or event – whether it’s a corporate event, a birthday celebration, hen night or just a girl’s night in - into a truly memorable evening.

Operating nationally, they have a range of Butlers on offer. So wherever the event, you will be provided with the perfect butler! And if you would prefer them to wear something other than their pinny, the Butlers can tailor their outfit to match the party’s theme. How about a topless Butler in trousers, or even a kilt?!

So, let our lovely butlers take the stress out of entertaining, sit back and enjoy the view while your butler tops up your drinks and waits your guests hand and foot.

Butlers in the Buff provide a premium, highly professional, bespoke service that is at once truly decadent and truly sophisticated.

Special Offers for Sleeps12 

Fantastic rates for Sleeps12 customers only!

Prices start from £139.00 for 1 butler for 2 hours. Please conatct Emily in the office for more details on this offer. 

Travel

Taxis - Max's Minibus Hire

14, 16 & 21 Seater busses available 

Contact Details

Website: www.tauntonminibuses.co.uk

Phone: 01823257180

Taxis - Knight Brothers Travel Ltd

15,16,18 & 24 Seater busses available

Contact Details

Website: www.knightbrotherstravel.co.uk

Phone: 01823442205

Taxis - Monument Mini Cabs

Contact Details

Phone: 01823 66 44 44

Taxis - County Taxis

Contact Details

Phone: 01823 666333

Taxis - A1 Taxis

Contact Details

Phone: 01823 332211

General

Tourist Links

For links to Tourist Information and details of areas of natural beauty within Somerset go to the following:

Tilda Rose Floristry

Sarah is inspired by a love of floral forms and playing with colour, texture and shape but most of all by the guaranteed lift that an arrangement of flowers can give. Her relaxed approach to her floral designs mean that she creates colourful, loose and lively natural arrangements that have that country but vintage feel.

Whether you are looking for an arrangement to decorate the home (or home from home), for a special occasion or event, wedding day flowers or personal sympathy or flowers ...... 

Take a look at her facebook page.

Website: Tilda Rose Floristry

Phone: 07585110972

Bloomin Lovely

Based in Wellington, we can arrange for Flowers and Balloons to be at the property for you on your arrival. We offer a range of beautiful hand tied bouquets, stunning fragrant traditional style bouquets, pretty basket arrangements, but to name a few. Please phone 01823 661000 to order.

Website: www.bloomin-lovely.co.uk

Somerset Studio Flowers

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The Rising Sun (Quantocks)

Whether you want a table for Sunday lunch, a romantic maeal for two or maybe a large group booking for a family celebration the Rising Sun is the ideal venue. Come and relax in a friendly environment and enjoy some of the best food and wine that the area has to offer.

Location: West Bagborough

Website: The Rising Sun

Phone: 01823432575

The Windmill Inn

The Windmill Inn lies between Bridgwater and Minehead in West Somerset, overlooking the picturesque St. Audries Church and Bay. Situated in the charming village of West Quantoxhead, our venue is an ideal resting post at the foot of the Quantock Hills. With a large accessible car park, beer garden and play area, spacious dining rooms and en-suite accommodation, The Windmill Inn is a perfect location for friends, family or colleagues to meet for a relaxing visit.

Location: St Audries, Quantocks

Website: The Windmill Inn

Phone: 01984 633004

The Hood Arms

The Hood Arms is an historic coaching inn situated in the village of Kilve on the edge of the Quantock Hills. The inn is steeped in history, being on the route of the Coleridge Way and close to the Jurassic coastline and beaches of Somerset, halfway between Bridgwater and Minehead and very accessible for Taunton, or as a base to explore Exmoor. Our four star rated accommodation is superbly appointed and features a number of four poster king rooms, doubles and twins. Our menu features fresh, locally sourced seasonal produce and we have a different Specials board every day.
 

Location: Kilve

Website: The Hood Arms

Phone: 01278741210

Reeves - Dunster

Justin and Claire Reeves moved to Dunster and opened Reeves Restaurant in June 2005. Justin has over 20 years cooking experience, starting in the early eighties at La Sorbonne in Oxford under master chef Andre Chavagnon. Subsequent positions include Head chef at Painswick House Hotel, winner of country house hotel of the year, and executive chef at Smiths Industries aerospace.

Location: Dunster

Website: Reeves

Phone: 01643821414

The Luttrell Arms Hotel

Situated in the heart of Dunster, this famous landmark Exmoor hotel, dates from the 15th century and has spectacular medieval features and picturesque gardens. Today’s atmosphere is relaxed, informal and unique and the comfortable bars are open all day serving local ales, carefully chosen wines and a selection of tempting menu items for breakfast, lunches and dinners.

Location: Dunster

Website: The Luttrell Arms

Phone: 01643821555

The Bicknoller Inn

The Bicknoller Inn is located in the Village of Bicknoller nestling at the foot of the Quantock Hills an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty & situated alongside and just off the A358.

A Pub or Hostelry has stood on this site, we believe, since the 16th Century. Although the oldest part of the Pub was knocked down in the early 1900's to build the Stables and Coach House these areas now serve as the Beer Cellar & Skittle Alley

Location: Bicknoller

Website: The Bicknoller Inn

Phone: 01984656234

The Blue Ball - Triscombe

The Farmers Arms on Tour!

The owners of the Farmers Arms have taken over the running of the Blue Ball for 12 months - what a treat! Please do go and visit, you'll be very well receieved and welcomed we can promise you that!

There are few pubs these days that don't serve food, but how many go the extra yard? The Blue Ball has earned an enviable repuation as one of Somerset's finest pub restaurants through a combination of traditional dishes with a modern twist, an emphasis on freshness and seasonality, and an insistance on using locally sourced ingredients from farmers, growers and merchants who care as much about the quality and welfare of their produce as we do.

Location: Triscombe

Website: The Blue Ball

Phone: 01984618242

The Castle Taunton

Why not hold a celebration at the amazing Castle at Taunton?

The Castle at Taunton is a historic hotel located in the heart of the busy market town, and yet step inside and you are transported into a world of calm and tranquillity.


Its four private dining rooms offer a variety of sizes and styles to suit every occasion from intimate family gatherings to larger celebrations for up to 80.


Food has always remained a number one priority at the Castle, and fresh produce is always sourced locally and prepared by the most skilful of chefs. You’ll find a good selection of wines, and knowledgeable, courteous staff.


The Castle’s two restaurants work on the same ethos. The relaxed brasserie, BRAZZ offers homemade fishcakes and pies, salads and steaks, and is perfect if you’re looking for a buzz. Castle Bow, the flagship restaurant offers the very best of cooking in a more intimate restaurant and caters for a maximum table size of eight. Both restaurants are available for exclusive use.

What options are avaliable?

Function Menus
Both Canape and Function menus avaliable please contact us for more details. 


The Penthouse
With panoramic views across Taunton and the surrounding hills, the Penthouse, with its own rooftop garden, is the perfect place for up to 12 people to dine or 30 people to enjoy pre-dinner drinks.

The Wisteria Room
Located on the ground floor, the Wisteria room can accommodate up to a maximum of 24 people on one oval table or 30 on three round tables.

The Garden Room
Located on the ground floor, the Garden room is perfect for 30-50 people depending on layout.
30 can be seated on one large oval table, or up to 50 on round tables.

The partition between the Wisteria and Garden rooms can be removed to form a large ‘L’ shaped room catering for a maximum of 80 guests, alternatively The Music Room can accommodate 70 banquet style in a rectangular room.

 

Recent Testimonials

We really enjoyed our stay at The Castle and hope to return next season. The private dining room was wonderful, food was terrific, and a good time was had by all. Your morning crew does a great job of getting breakfast ready quickly. Thanks so much, Hal

It was a wonderful evening, really enjoyed and appreciated by all of us. Something that we will all remember for time to come.
Service was discreet and efficient, food nicely presented and wines well-chilled! Weather perfect!!!
Thank you and your colleagues for all you have done to make it such a special occasion. We will be back as soon as we can find a suitable excuse!!! Matthew & Claudia

We are writing to thank the entire staff of the Castle Hotel for the great success of our birthday function in the Penthouse. Everything was so good that it not only came up to our expectations, but exceeded them. All arrangements ran like clockwork and the Penthouse was laid out beautifully. Your hospitable waiter (Rui) gave us every care and attention. Mr & Mrs Astin
 

With plenty of options The Castle at Taunton is perfect for both large or intimate celebrations. Contact the events team for more details: 01823 328303 or email events@the-castle-hotel.com


 

The New Inn Halse

Nestling between the Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park, The New Inn is an 18th century former coaching inn that offers the complete country village pub experience.

Situated in the quaint village of Halse, we are just five miles from the Somerset county town of Taunton and only 10 minutes walk from the famous West Somerset Railway!

The North Somerset coast is just 30 minutes away. The New Inn provides a great spot for lunch or dinner, accompanied by a glass of wine from the extensive wine cellar or a pint of West Country real ale.

Website: The New Inn Halse

Telephone: 01823432352

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