Widcombe Grange

Widcombe Grange, Culmhead, Somerset, TA3 7DX

14 reviews

Weekends

£2,950 - £5,750

Full Weeks

£6,700 - £9,000

Sleeps

24

Bedrooms

12

Bathrooms

8

Tucked in woodland in the Blackdown Hills, beside an enchanting lake or two...

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From 30/12/2019 until 02/01/2020 for £7,495

Widcombe Grange is an elegant stone-built manor house in Somerset, within 22 acres of private farmland and orchards. It’s perfect for parties of family or friends, or for weddings with up to 150 guests. 

The house sleeps 14 in 7 bedrooms, two of which are en-suite. There are a further two shared bathrooms. One of the bedrooms is on the ground floor with an en-suite shower room, for guests who’d rather avoid stairs. 

Keeper’s Cottage is adjacent to the main house and sleeps 10 guests in 5 bedrooms, two of which are on the ground floor with a shower room. Of the bedrooms upstairs, one is en-suite and there is a main bathroom.  The cottage has its own kitchen and sitting area, and a walled garden that is separate from the main garden – great for guests with young children, or guests who’d prefer a bit of space from the main group. 7 of the bedrooms can be used as either doubles or twins. 

The entertaining space of the main house has been designed for all of the guests who might be staying. There’s a gloriously big dining table that seats 24 with plenty of elbow room, a large drawing room, a sitting room and a den (which opens out onto the courtyard).   The kitchen leads off the dining room, and there’s both a utility room and boot room. 

Outside, there’s the old coach house, which is the sort of space you can make into anything you might want it to be. It’s set up as a games room with pool table, table tennis and table football, but the games can be moved to make space for dancing. There is a covered area that’s great for a fire pit or two, or maybe some torch flares (either can be hired in) and you can spend the evening toasting marshmallows.

The Pole Barn near the swimming pool is a great place to serve barbecues and buffets on balmy summer days.

In the courtyard just off the dining room, you will find the large hot tub. It will be ready for you when you arrive, so grab a towel and start your weekend!

At the back of the house, there’s a walled garden with a sun-trap swimming pool and a lovely big lawn for croquet or lying on blankets, watching butterflies. At the front of the house, there’s a big natural pond with a wooden gazebo and boardwalk. There is also woodland to explore (or escape to), an apple orchard, and two large lakes, stuffed full of fish. Beside the lakes is kept a little boat, for pirate adventure or sedate bobbing.  

Edmund’s Choice of Extraordinary Feature

“This is a very welcoming house, the sort of place you can relax and catch up and have fun, in lovely surroundings. The grounds are particularly well done – people can do either a lot, or very little, whatever they fancy.”

About the Location

Widcombe Grange is just past Taunton, if you’re coming South on the M5, and is between Taunton and Wellington, on the Devon border to Somerset. There’s a main-line train station in Taunton – the house is about fifteen minutes’ away in a taxi. 

Things To Do 

The house has a concierge service to help organise activities, such as archery, golf, shooting or horse riding. There’s lots of great walking in the Blackdown Hills, and some challenging road and off-road cycling. The concierge can help organise some less physical things, such as gin-tasting or baking.

Lyme Regis and the sea-side is within easy reach (about 30 minutes’ drive), and Taunton itself is an interesting town to visit and explore. 

The nearest pub to the house is the Holman Clavel Inn, which has a micro-brewery and houses the community cider press.  

Weddings

The coach house is licensed for weddings, as is the waterside pergola. The concierge can help organise your perfect day.

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REVIEWS

2 months ago

I took my team to Widcombe Grange for two nights for a team building and thank you event. We arranged some games and a treasure hunt, gin cocktail making, BBQ and lots of fun; even set up a karaoke in the lounge. What can I say, a fantastic venue, so much room to use, plenty of space for all 15 of us. The event was a huge success and everyone wants to repeat agin next year. What really impressed me was the cleanliness, the comfortable beds, quality linen and towels; felt like a 5 star hotel without the staff! A big thank you to Peter had his hard working team. See you next year.

2 months ago

Widcombe Grange created the most beautiful setting for our country wedding weekend. The house and surrounding gardens are simple beautiful (including the boating lake, orchard). We are a family of 24 and stayed at the house for the full bank holiday weekend. There is plenty of room to dine together and also enjoy quiet time separately. Peter was amazingly helpful with wedding arrangements and took the stress out of the planning. Thank you so much.. if you are looking for a large venue to celebrate a special occasion or to bring friends and family together please consider this property... it’s simply stunning and you won’t be disappointed!

3 months ago

After looking at several places across the country, I booked this for my stag do for three nights. The booking process was easy and I was kept up to date, the check in was made very simple for us, and the property was fabulous. The main house accommodated 14 people easily, and having the second cottage for a further 10 people gave us so much space and variety. Having the barn/games room, hot tub and huge gardens on top of this meant that we were never short of space or things to do. We were able to organise clay pigeon shooting in the vast grounds, have a barbecue, all sit down to dinner in the enormous dining room, sit in the hot tub, row on the lake, and walk 5 minutes to the local pub. Everyone has said what a great weekend they had, and I would highly recommend the house to any large group of people for any occasion.

5 months ago

Beautiful venue - with added bonus of snow! The house and grounds were just perfect for our friends and family to get plenty of R&R. The house is warm and welcoming with plenty of space for everyone. The team at the big house company were exceptional with their support and time making sure my event went smoothly. This was certainly a wow weekend for us all including my husband who didn't realise he was renewing his wedding vows. I would highly recommend this venue and will def be planning a return visit.

6 months ago

Absolute WOW from start to finish was our guests response! I booked the venue a year in advance for a joint 50th birthday celebration and I'm so pleased I did. Despite it being the wettest weekend in Dec we had plenty to occupy us and the house was perfect for hosting the number it says. Hot tub got used lots from first thing to last thing, games room was also heated so this was fine to use as well. The company was brilliant regarding any help we required. Booked external things myself, had a games race night on Sat, Casino evening on Sunday night then clay shooting in the grounds on Sunday as well. Nothing bad to report at all "amazing" just sums it up and the Christmas tree was the icing on the cake!

7 months ago

The house was amazing. We had nothing but goodwill and friendliness from the minute we arrived. This included the Sainsburys delivery man! The boating lake was a joy , even in December with two boats one of which was very solid with proper oars and rowlocks that meant the oars couldn’t be lost! The grounds are huge with owls hooting at night and deer bounding through the orchard in the afternoon. The house was well kept but just comfortable and lived in enough not to worry about small children and the fully laid up enormous dining table was a lovely touch. The hot tub was lovely and our only regret was not being able to use the swimming pool. We will have to come back in the summer when we have saved up!

7 months ago

You don’t really need to leave the house unless you want to! Our group was aged between 69 and 1 - there were 21 in our family. The grounds are immense, there’s a lake where we did ‘time trials’ rowing round the island, a games room (one or two minor issues which have been reported) , hot tub, and plenty of space in the house for people to read quietly in different rooms if they wanted to. The kitchen worked well for a large Christmas lunch and the recommendations of local butcher were spot on. We did go out for walks across muddy fields, and took a trip to Kilve beach to see the numerous fossils just lying around! Others of us cycled to Seaton on the south coast which was dubbed the ‘best ride in the winter time’ that he’d done. Otherwise we spent a very happy week which has made memories which will last for years to come.

7 months ago

Location perfect for those travelling from Kent , London and Devon and all the facilities and rooms were just right for all ages from 2 to 52!!!! The Thai banquet on the Saturday night was especially fab and hastle free with a mother and daughter combo taking over the Kitchen and cooking fresh food for 2-3 hours , as was the walk through the grounds during the day to the local pub who were very friendly and merrily plied us with local brewed cider , our body weight in baked camembert and "dirty fries" which were totally divine. I would definitely return to this or another Big House venue.

8 months ago

I've just come back from the most amazing weekend. The houses are fantastic and the grounds are even better!! Peter was incredibly prompt & helpful when organizing the trip. Cant thank you enough & looking forward to coming back :)

50 years ago

Absolute WOW from start to finish was our guests response! I booked the venue a year in advance for a joint 50th birthday celebration and I'm so pleased I did. Despite it being the wettest weekend in Dec we had plenty to occupy us and the house was perfect for hosting the number it says. Hot tub got used lots from first thing to last thing, games room was also heated so this was fine to use as well. The company was brilliant regarding any help we required. Booked external things myself, had a games race night on Sat, Casino evening on Sunday night then clay shooting in the grounds on Sunday as well. Nothing bad to report at all "amazing" just sums it up and the Christmas tree was the icing on the cake!

50 years ago

The house was amazing. We had nothing but goodwill and friendliness from the minute we arrived. This included the Sainsburys delivery man! The boating lake was a joy , even in December with two boats one of which was very solid with proper oars and rowlocks that meant the oars couldn’t be lost! The grounds are huge with owls hooting at night and deer bounding through the orchard in the afternoon. The house was well kept but just comfortable and lived in enough not to worry about small children and the fully laid up enormous dining table was a lovely touch. The hot tub was lovely and our only regret was not being able to use the swimming pool. We will have to come back in the summer when we have saved up!

50 years ago

You don’t really need to leave the house unless you want to! Our group was aged between 69 and 1 - there were 21 in our family. The grounds are immense, there’s a lake where we did ‘time trials’ rowing round the island, a games room (one or two minor issues which have been reported) , hot tub, and plenty of space in the house for people to read quietly in different rooms if they wanted to. The kitchen worked well for a large Christmas lunch and the recommendations of local butcher were spot on. We did go out for walks across muddy fields, and took a trip to Kilve beach to see the numerous fossils just lying around! Others of us cycled to Seaton on the south coast which was dubbed the ‘best ride in the winter time’ that he’d done. Otherwise we spent a very happy week which has made memories which will last for years to come.

50 years ago

Location perfect for those travelling from Kent , London and Devon and all the facilities and rooms were just right for all ages from 2 to 52!!!! The Thai banquet on the Saturday night was especially fab and hastle free with a mother and daughter combo taking over the Kitchen and cooking fresh food for 2-3 hours , as was the walk through the grounds during the day to the local pub who were very friendly and merrily plied us with local brewed cider , our body weight in baked camembert and "dirty fries" which were totally divine. I would definitely return to this or another Big House venue.

50 years ago

I've just come back from the most amazing weekend. The houses are fantastic and the grounds are even better!! Peter was incredibly prompt & helpful when organizing the trip. Cant thank you enough & looking forward to coming back :)

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