Tatham House

Tatham House, Bishops Lydeard, Somerset, TA4 3LP

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£3,950 - £6,650

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Tatham House is a large light-filled house, with an indoor pool, hot tub, tennis court and cinema room.


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Tatham House is a beautiful big party house, tucked in the valleys between the Exmoor National Park, and the Blackdown Hills. 

The house sleeps up to 22 guests in 10 bedrooms, all of which have a bathroom or shower room attached. One of the upstairs bedrooms is ideal as a family room – it sleeps 4, and has its own shower room. Two of the bedrooms are downstairs, each with their own en-suite, and one of them would be ideal for any guests who might have accessibility needs. 

Downstairs, there are two large, light-filled sitting rooms, each with French windows leading to the garden, vast sofas and working fireplaces. There is also a small library, reached through a secret door off the hall. 

The kitchen and dining area are connected by sliding doors, so the party cooks don’t feel left out, and an enormous oak table to seat the whole house for a feast.  

Below, in the cellar, there’s a games room, with a pool table, table-tennis and bar billiards, and a cinema room (with a big squashy sofa, instead of fiddly seats). The house provides Sky Movies. 

Outside, there’s terracing to two sides of the house, so you can follow the sun, and a brick-built barbecue. The gardens and orchard are well-sheltered and blissful for lazing away a few hours, or playing games. The indoor pool has bi-fold doors leading onto the walled garden, and there are tables and loungers beside the hot tub. For the energetic guest, there is a large all-weather tennis court, which can be adapted for raucous games of hand-ball. 

Edmund’s Choice of Extraordinary Feature

“There’s so much about this house that’s great – it really has been designed with a guest’s perfect stay in mind. I’m a sucker for a secret door, though, so I’d have to say the library would be a draw for me. Ideal place to sneak off for a quiet, late-night brandy…”

About The Location

Tatham House is about 12 minutes’ drive from Taunton, which itself is just off the M5. Taunton has a mainline train station and is easy to reach from London, Paddington.

Things To Do

The house is so well-appointed that it might be a wrench to leave and head off to explore Somerset. It’s worth it if you can, though, there’s so much to enjoy. 

Taunton is known as the Gateway to the West, and has lots going on within the town itself. If you like walking and cycling, there are great routes near the house, or you can drive 20 minutes or so to Exmoor National Park, where there’s year-round pony trekking. 

There are plenty of nature parks in the area (The Willows and Wetlands park is lovely), and National Trust estates to visit.

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2 weeks ago

This house is the perfect setting for a large group celebration break. We were a party of 15 celebrating a milestone birthday. I always feel the pressure of organising something like this to ensure that everyone is happy. From the website this appeared to tick all of our boxes but in reality it was a dream. From the outset peter at the big house company went out of his way to help. The website was very helpful also in getting a good feel for all of the rooms. We were all couples and all of the rooms were amazing, it was impossible to chose a best one for the birthday boy, they were all nice. Lovely big beds, lots of mirrors and wardrobes. All were en suite, some with baths and some with great walk in showers. Some of the bathroom fixtures were also very grand which just added to the touch of luxury. The weather was hideous when we were there but this did not matter as the entertaining areas were great. The basement kept the boys busy with pool tables, table tennis and billiards. The great cinema room should have hosted the best rugby World Cup final ever but sadly the result was the only thing to let us down :(. The three drawing rooms allowed us ladies to be very much to the manor born, playing games and reading. Some of us swam in the beautiful indoor pool and some of us just chilled. The large dining room easily seated us for dinner on both nights. The Saturday we had outside caterers in to cook us the banquet that a house like this deserves. Some did manage to use the hot tub despite the weather and that was a great bonus. My only regret was that the grounds were so stunning that the weather stopped us from fully enjoying them. Many sportsman amongst us would have made use of the football and tennis I am sure. I guess we will just have to return another time :) The village is sweet with a nice pub and a co-op for top ups, but top tip we did have a Waitrose delivery on Friday night for all our essentials. I would highly recommend this house as the best I have ever booked and and I have booked a fair few over the years. We didn’t want to leave. Thank you all at the big house company.

1 month ago

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Tatham House. The decor, rooms, space grounds, pools and so much more made our family get together amazing. The orchard and grounds brilliant .

4 months ago

Lovely stay had here for a family reunion. We made use of the pool, the tennis court and the large kitchen for dining. There are lots of outdoor game items here to keep you and your party entertained. Beds are super comfy.

5 months ago

We enjoyed a brilliant week at Tatham House. The bedrooms were all fantastic with great bathrooms. The kitchen was well equipped with loads of china/cutlery/glassware but we would have liked a second sink and some more food/ vegetable storage. We would also have appreciated information on how to use some of the equipment generally. The pool, tennis court, cinema were all big hits with the family.

6 months ago

Wow! A fantastic few days away to celebrate the 40th birthdays of a few members of our group. What better way to do this than in this wonderful house?! Cleanliness, decor, space all 10/10 with the icing on the cake being the pool and hot tub. Pool and cinema room definitely a big hit with the kids in our group. Will definitely recommend. Thank you!

7 months ago

We had a perfect stay…..it was a wonderful house which caters for both the kids and adults with 20 of us staying - with a pool, hot tub, games room, cinema room and tennis court, what more could you ask for!!!! The facilities were excellent and so well maintained and all of high quality, all rooms have an en suite and the accommodation was like staying in a 5* hotel, but having it all to yourselves - bliss. The Big House co have been great to deal with and so helpful - i coudnt fault them. Our stay was perfect in every way and we would definitely look to come back – so many wonderful memories created.

7 months ago

The house is situated in three acre grounds in open countryside with very easy access from the motorway, main roads and the coast. From the moment I walked in and was welcomed by Peter Insall, I knew that the venue was perfect to celebrate my milestone birthday with my nearest and dearest. The complimentary Champagne helped too! The house is fabulously equipped with everything you could possibly need to create a luxurious, relaxing break. The facilities are second to none! We played Board Games, puzzles, tennis, football, netball, basket ball, croquet, hide and seek, had a a Treasure Hunt, swam in the pool, relaxed in the Hot Tub, had a BBQ, watched films in the Cinema room, played table tennis, billiards, snooker, etc... The list was endless with activities for the very young to the not so young! Everyone was happy and relaxed, so definitely no complaints whatsoever! It certainly did not disappoint! If anything, it exceeded our expectations. A brilliant time was had by all. So much so, that they were very reluctant to leave! Very highly recommended!

7 months ago

Wonderful house in the Quantocks, Somerset. Our 18 guests here to celebrate our Golden Anniversary were "blown away" by the exceptionally high quality of all bedrooms and "wowed" by the dining room and kitchen. The kitchen is particularly well equipped for a large group.They took full advantage of the splendid pool and games room. All staff very friendly and efficient right from booking to greeting on arrival. We used one of their recommended caterers-excellent. A memorable occasion complemented by the excellent Big House Company We rated the whole experience a "double wow!"

8 months ago

We had a wonderful weekend celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary with all our family. Tatham House was perfect. Beautifully prepared for us and very well appointed. Plenty of things to keep everyone happy. Lovely dining area where we could all be seated around the dining table to enjoy meals together. Our Thanks to Peter and Anna, also Caroline who came to our rescue when we left a mobile phone at the house. Would highly recommend this property.

8 months ago

We stayed at Tatham House with our family. The kitchen and dining area are amazing, not only the high standard of design and equipment but also the best gorgeous entertaining table which was beautifully dressed for our arrival. The bedrooms are all finished differently and with many beautiful details and the beds are VERY comfortable. The linen used is of very high standard indeed. All around the house you could look out on a gorgeous well-kept garden. The pool was a great success with the children and again there were some really lovely design touches. My only reluctance is that is is quite close to a fairly busy road, but then, I am very sensitive to that

1 year ago

Yet again the Big House Company provided us with a superb house for our family to gather and enjoy fun, food and good times together. The house is amazing with 10 good sized bedrooms, all with en suites, large living rooms and a kitchen better equipped than home. The games rooms and cinema room were used by all at different times and the indoor pool and hot tub an extra exciting activity during our holiday. We ran out of time for a game of tennis and next time we are coming for longer to fit everything in. The grounds are beautifully kept and quality and plentiful patio furniture, make this a fabulous destination for the summer also. The dining room had an amazing table and plenty of space and where we spent most of our time catching up with family news and keeping the people cooking our meals company. Self catering is so much fun when the kitchen is so well equipped and crockery, cutlery and glasses were so plentiful. Bedrooms, bathrooms and the whole house are beautifully refurbished and the beds provide amazing sleep. We’ve booked again for a week next time. Thank you Big House co.

1 year ago

I highly recommend Tatham House and The Big House Company who we booked through. Peter was really great to deal with from the first contact, always responding quickly, and answering all our questions. As it was our first time organising a retreat, we visited the house a couple of times before the event and he was also very accommodating about that. The house itself is stunning, spacious, and luxurious. It is exactly as shown in the pictures and as described, and all our guests absolutely loved it. We did have one issue during our stay but this was resolved within a few hours by Peter and his team - we were so impressed. We will be going back next year. I would say, don't hesitate to make your booking, you won't regret it.

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