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 firstname.lastname@example.org with orders or more information about our products and our price lists.
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
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.
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Shaldon 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
Birds Hill Days - Activities in the Country
A unique opportunity to experience country activities on 170 acres in one of the most beautiful settings within Exmoor National Park. Activities include clay shooting and pistol shooting or archery and laser clay shooting which can be done on-site if there is room.
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.
Clay Pidgeon Shooting - Heywood Estate
The Heywood Estate is set in the Somerset countryside and offers a range of clay pigeon shooting opportunities as well as other field sports activities and corporate events. Their shooting tuition covers the full spectrum from novice through to international standard. Regardless of age gender or ability we provide a broad range of packages to ensure that your visit to the Heywood Estate shooting ground is both enjoyable and memorable.
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...
Turner Cycles - Bike Hire
Phone: 01823 461155
Website: Turners Cycles - Bike Hire
Abbotshood Cycle Hire
Links to other local activities you may enjoy
Quick List of other activites available
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.
Phone: 07789 480298
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: 1.5 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!
30mins: group drawing games/exercises 1 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!
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 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.
Tel/text: 07973 834876
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
01823430108 / 07711926217
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.
- All Inclusive Package - professional cocktail bartender for 2.5 hours, all ingredients based on 4 cocktails each, plastic glasses and menus. The perfect pre going out drinks party, hen party or just as a warm up before the party really starts!
FUN FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS
Why not celebrate your family gathering with a photo-shoot with award-winning portrait photographer Emily Fairweather? Emily knows the Sleeps 12 properties well, choosing stunning natural backdrops for your family portraits & providing beautiful natural photographs to remind you of your happy holiday.
Emily will produce contemporary black and white images and vibrant colourful photos using natural light and gorgeous rural backgrounds at your Sleeps 12 property, garden and surrounding countryside. A typical shoot will last around an hour and will take place in two or three different parts of the garden/house – wherever the best light is. She’ll do large family group portraits and then a variety of smaller family shots in any combination you like!
Within two weeks of the photo-shoot I will select and edit around 75-100 of your images. 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 her at email@example.com
PACKAGES & PRICES
PHOTO-SHOOT, 10x8” PRINT & 5 digital images : £195
and includes : Travel to Sleeps 12 property. One 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 print. If you would like to purchase any of the other images you can upgrade to Option 2 or click on the product tab above for a full product range list.
PHOTO-SHOOT, 2 10X8” PRINTS & 75-100 digital images : £350
Includes all of Option 1 plus all 75-100 images as high resolution digital files and two art quality prints at 10x8”
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"
Phone: 01823 672817
Looking for something different to add a little excitement to your stay?
Karina offers excellent fun workshops featuring several dance forms
- Flamenco - the passionate and fiery dance from Southern Spain, stamp your feet!
- Bollywood - the colourful, vibrant and bouncy dance from the Indian film business. Learn routines to pumping Bollywood tracks.
- Samba Dance– an exciting carnival dance from Brazil, getting the hips moving.
- Greek Dance- a fun group dance which gets faster and faster! (no plate smashing!)
- Street Dance- get into the moves and a choreography to a choice of current chart tracks (a popular workshop for children too)
One or more dance styles can be taught in a session and various unique sessions can be offered featuring costumes, henna and face paintings, as appropriate, including:
- ‘Strictly Evening’ - for a taste of lots of dance, along with some light-hearted ‘competition’ for parties. In addition to the above styles waltz, salsa and African dance can be added.
- Parties – hen, birthday, children’s parties or special occasions can all be catered for. Each personally bespoke and planned to suit that special event.
- Corporate– team building events can be designed to meet your business needs. Karina works with training and development specialists that can develop and design personal and team development activities to support organizational development needs.
- Personal tuition – individual lessons can be given. Wedding first dances can also be designed and couples coached through.
All the dance styles are fun to learn and Karina tailors each class according the groups requirements. You will be given a copy of the music you have been dancing to on a CD. Live musicians are available for flamenco performances. A flamenco performance will mesmerize with the passionate and graceful dance accompanied by the haunting song played on the deep gypsy guitar. Bollywood performances with extra dancers are also available.
All Sleeps 12 properties are covered.
Karina is a full time freelance dance teacher with 15 years’ experience. She teaches weekly adult classes in Devon and Somerset and daily in local schools. Karina performs regularly throughout the South West and is commissioned to run both classes and workshops. A highlight for Karina’s dance career was touring with the ‘New Devon Opera’ as the dancer for Carmen.
Her skills were further developed and honed through teaching dance in India in 2013. Karina has also performed at events in both Spain and India.
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. Why not select one of the most popular activities from flower crowns, knicker customisation, facinator making, cocktail rings, ceramic painting and gater making! 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.?
The Crafty Hen is now also offering baby shower and Christmas workshops too. The range is so diverse you are sure to find an activitiy to suit your group.
Belly Dance Workshops & Performance
Belly Dance Workshops & Performances
Professional Artist Shema has 14 year's experience of teaching & performing
acrossthe UK, Europe, US, Canada and the Middle East.
Book Shema to perform or run a class at your "Sleeps 12" property for an elegant
professional & glamoropus addition to your hen party, private party, wedding or anniversary.
Also available Henna & Live Music
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. Or call Butlers in the Buff direct on 01275395336
Imaginate Events Fun Casino & Poker Hire
Casino nights are the latest and fastest growing entertainment suitable for all ages and can be provided in various combinations to accommodate your event or venue.
All tables are full size with all relevant equipment, chips, croupiers and fun money with a prize for the highest roller.
A choice of tables are available and can be booked from just one to as many as you require. We can advise on how many tables and the types of games subject to the number of guests, timings and budget.
Our croupiers will teach and advise anyone who has never played the games before and even show you some inside secrets the casinos don’t want you to know!
Roulette, Blackjack & Texas ‘no limit’ hold’em Poker
Other services available include Race nights, Giant games, Arcade hire, Music, Giant Slot Car tracks and lots more.
Phone: 01823 667923 or 07549893033
The Gin & Sin co.
SOMERSET MOBILE GIN BAR
The Gin & Sin Co are an independent, family run Mobile Gin bar based in Somerset.
We are available for hire for weddings, parties and business events for which we offer a range of drinks packages tailor made to meet your individual requirements.
We have our signature menu of carefully selected Gins & Tonics, Gin cocktails and Prosecco. You will also find us at various local festivals, Country fairs and shows, village fetes and street parties.
Website The Gin & Sin co.
Taxis - Max's Minibus Hire
14, 16 & 21 Seater busses available
Taxis - Knight Brothers Travel Ltd
15,16,18 & 24 Seater busses available
Taxis - Monument Mini Cabs
Phone: 01823 66 44 44
Taxis - County Taxis
Phone: 01823 666333
Taxis - A1 Taxis
Phone: 01823 332211
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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.
Somerset Studio Flowers
Flowers delivered to your holiday home for that special occasion. Contact Micky on 01823 400816 to discuss your requirements.
Blue Ball Inn - Sampford Moor
We offer a good selection of beers, wines and spirits and always have real ale available. We have an exceptional menu including fine dining and some typical pub meals, all served in the pleasant surroundings of the dining area. Give us 48 hours notice and you can have a grass fed steak!
Location: Sampford Moor
Website: Blue Ball
Phone: 01823 660857
The New Inn
Location: Viney Hill
Phone: 01594 516781
The Rock Inn
Scrubbed tables, an open fire and a chalk board menu offer a more modern approach to dining here at The Rock Inn. Our philosophy is to dispense with the set restaurant format and have a more relaxed service and content meal experience, choose from our dishes, starters also make light meals for Lunch or add a homemade pudding for a light Supper. Our Restaurant offers a dog free room with a country feel.
The Martlet Inn
This cosy, 17th century, village pub has always been popular with locals and visitors alike. A classic pub/restaurant where you will always be assured a warm welcome from landlords Bruno and Terena. This quintessential village inn oozes character from every pore, with its flagstone floors, oak beamed ceilings and inglenook fireplaces. all complemented by a stylish new dining room and conservatory. Outside, the charming courtyard garden offers plenty of space to sit, relax and enjoy a drink and a meal
Website: The Martlet Inn
Phone: 01823 400262
The Globe (Milverton)
The Globe is a family-run pub in the friendly village of Milverton, Somerset. We offer excellent food, delicious drinks, comfortable guest rooms and a warm welcome.
Website: The Globe Inn
Phone: 01823 400534
White Horse Inn
Location: Bradford On Tone
Phone: 01823 461239
The Orchard Inn
The Orchard Inn is one of Somerset's finest Pubs and Eating Houses. Sensational food, stylish surroundings - a warm and friendly atmosphere welcomes you. The Orchard Inn offers the highest standards of freshly cooked food, drink and welcoming service. Soft modern furnishings compliment the traditional building features, creating a warm, inviting feel. Our Menu is a mix of great pub classics and modern English dishes with a twist. We take pride in sourcing our produce locally where possible, and are proud of our sensational food, sensibly priced, served in stylish surroundings. A delightful feature of the Inn is its secluded, sunny walled garden, with plenty of comfortable outside seating. There is also a children's play area and families are always welcome.
Phone: 01823 401552
The Holywell Inn
The Holywell Inn, dine in style and comfort in our new dining lounge, also available by reservation for groups of up to 30.
Location: Holywell Lake
Website: The Holywell Inn
Phone: 01823 672770
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.
Website: The Hood Arms
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.
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.
Website: The Luttrell Arms
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
Website: The Bicknoller Inn
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.
Website: The Blue Ball
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?
Both Canape and Function menus avaliable please contact us for more details.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tamarind Bay Wellington
Tamrind Bay sorcialises in contemporary modern Indian cusine and brings it s culinary principles to the hear of Wellington
Sheppy's Apple Bay Bar and Restaurant
APPLE BAY BAR & RESTAURANT
Apple Bay Bar is a modern space designed to maximise your experience at Sheppy’s. All the team here in Apple Bay will be delighted to serve you a drink from our bespoke bar; we have a specially selected menu of drinks from local producers where possible, which we will be serving alongside our Sheppy’s Cider.
Producing Somerset cider for over 200 years, the Sheppy family specialises in premium craft ciders. We are proud to bring you a bar that specialises in serving you the ciders we make here at Three Bridges Farm. The bar features our award-winning Somerset Draught and Cider with Raspberry. We have an experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic team who will be able to recommend the best cider for your palate or to accompany your meal.
If you are unsure about any of our products we would be happy to provide you with a sample. We always encourage our customers to try our range before they buy; after all we have nothing to hide! We hope that once you try our ciders you see why Sheppy’s has a reputation for some of the finest English cider.
You will be able to see from our restaurant menu we recommend some cider pairing for our dishes. For example, our Oak Matured Vintage and our artisan cheese board complement one another beautifully, and make a perfect end to your meal. We have something to suit everyone.
We hope you are able to visit Apple Bay to enjoy our range of products and expertise, and we look forward to welcoming you.
CALL 01823 461 233 TO BOOK A TABLE.