Halse Water House

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

Catering

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!

Email: gayla.selectcatering@gmail.com          Mobile: 07801375604 Landline: 01823433514

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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! 

Email: sarahsellick@btinternet.com.            Phone: 07502377329

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Flora Bartlett

Flora lives on the Devon/ Somerset border and is a trained Prue Leith's chef who has always loved making people happy through her cooking; she has been catering locally for the last 15 years, the last 10 for sleeps12. 

I truly enjoy preparing creative dinners and lunches for celebrations. You can find my catered menu below, together with a special delivered menu that can be left in the fridge or oven ready for you to eat.

We use friendly and attentive waitresses from the surrounding villages and when we arrive we take all the stress away by laying up, cooking, serving and washing up and clearing away: allowing you to relax and enjoy your guests, while eating delicious food in wonderful surroundings.

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

Email: florabartlett@gmail.com   Mobile: 07771722879

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Katy's Catering

I offer high quality, friendly, and professional catering for all occasions, with the aim of taking the pressure away from you so that you can enjoy more time with friends and family in your beautiful Sleeps12 holiday home without having to worry about anything. I use fresh local ingredients, and I can cater for special dietary needs; menus can be tailored to suit your requirements, with food served at a time that works for you.

My service includes everything from laying the table to clearing away at the end of the meal; you won’t have to do a thing, so you really can sit back and relax.

Feel free to give me a call if you would like to see menus or if you have any questions.

Phone: 07835 772194      Email: katyberry@hotmail.co.uk

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Meek Catering

Our ethos is simple, we aim to provide all of our customers with great food and excellent service at affordable prices.

Whether you require catering services for you’re wedding day, a birthday or anniversary celebration, a private dinner party, or a buffet for your home or business, you can be sure we will provide the catering solutions to help make it a memorable occasion.

We cater for events across Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset including Shaftesbury, Gillingham, Mere, Salisbury, Bath, Blandford, Wincanton, Yeovil, Westbury, Warminster and the surrounding areas.

We hope you find our website offers a wide selection of delicious dishes to help inspire your imagination. All of our menus are individually priced to help you plan and budget your upcoming event.

Email: info@meekscatering.co.uk          Phone: 01747 835363

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Stefanos Food

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.

Email: hello@stefanosfood.co.uk

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Thai Gourmet

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.

Email: tours@engagingthailand.com  Phone: 01935 579019 or 07977860002

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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.

Email: taunton@cookfood.net.            Phone: 01823323001

Jackie's Cakes

For that special occasion or just to spoil yourself, order a fresh cake to be delivered to your holiday home.  Contact Jackie on 01823 672817 or mobile 07866 125061 to discuss your requirements. 

Cakes and Prices

Pampering

Lucy Berner

I’m a fully qualified Holistic & Beauty Therapist, with over 6 years of pampering experience, and I work with a team of 8 other professional therapists who are well-versed in pampering both large and small groups. 

We will come to your Sleeps12 large group holiday property to spoil and indulge you; therapies can be tailored to suit your requirements, and our aim is to give you a wonderfully relaxing pampering experience. We want you to feel completely de-stressed and revitalised - it’s so good for the soul!

Please feel free to contact me for a list of all the treatments we offer and for any questions you might have.

Phone: 07875945210           Email: bernerlucy@yahoo.com

Pampering Prices

Personal Sanctuary

Introducing My Personal Sanctuary - a luxurious, relaxing and truly indulgent visiting spa service. That’s right, you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your holiday property.

Their highly experienced hand-picked therapists will ensure you receive a luxury spa experience from the moment they arrive at your door. With a comprehensive range of treatments and pamper packages to treat you from head-to-toe using high end professional brands, you can tailor the treatments to suit your needs and your schedule.

T: 01625 540 557       Email: enquiries@mypersonalsanctuary.co.uk

Activities

Sheldon 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.

Phone: 01398 328 035   Email: info@shootingschooldevon.co.uk

Ling Shooting - Clay Pigeon Shooting

Welcome to Ling Shooting. We are located in Somerset in the South West, offering the best in Shooting Tuition & Entertainment to all Individuals and Groups. We specialise in Clay Shooting Lessons, Game Shooting Tuition, Have a go Packages, Group Bookings, Hen, Stag Parties, Team Building Activities and Corporate Entertainment in Archery, Air rifle, Clay Shooting Laser Clay. 

Phone: 07789 480298.  Email: info@lingshooting.co.uk

Hens with Pens

Don your beret and get creative at a hen party life drawing class at one of our Sleeps 12 properties 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!

Email: bookings@henswithpens.com.     Phone: 0203 291 3651

Life drawing

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.      Phone: 07973 834876

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.
  • 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!

Email: info@thebartender.co.uk     Phone: 01179 415825

Portrait Photographer

Fun Family Photography

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! 


Prices start at £195.

Call Emily on 01984 667281 / 07958 763029

Email: emilyfairweather@btinternet.com

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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"

Email: topside@tiscali.co.uk     Phone: 01823 672817 

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. 

Email: info@thecraftyhen.co.uk    Phone: 01179 548002 

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 contact 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.

Email: enquiries@imaginateevents.com      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.

Phone: 07969 363 884

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

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

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