Catering

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

Caroline Wholey

Caroline has done numerous ski seasons in the Alps catering for private chalets, combined with summer season cooking in a variety of places such as villas in the South of France, Directors Lunches in London, private households in Rock, as well as shooting and stalking lodges in the autumn for a succession of clients ranging from international high net worth individuals through to lovely families and their friends. She previously lived in America for a year cooking and housekeeping for a Connecticut based family who also occasionally entertained in their Manhattan apartment. She enjoys baking amazing cupcakes for a monthly charity cake sale, along with the occasional commissioned birthday and wedding cake. Presently she is happily married, living in Somerset with far too many dogs, and thoroughly relishes the occasional foray back into catering. She specialises in smaller private events and dinner parties, and takes pleasure in communicating clearly with her clients to deliver a fantastic meal of their choice. The attached menu is a guideline only as she prefers to work with seasonal products.

Catered Menu

 

Email: carolinewholey@yahoo.co.uk

Meek Catering

Welcome to Meeks Catering Company


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.

View Testimonials

Menus

Spring/Summer Catered Menu

Autumn/Winter Catered Menu

Contact Details

Website: Meek Catering

Phone:  01747 835363

Email: info@meekscatering.co.uk

Jonathan Butler - Private Chef and Caterer

A multi-award winning professional chef with over 25 years experience as both a chef and restaurateur. Make your sleeps 12 experience more memorable and relaxing by engaging Jonathan to provide your party with the highest quality restaurant experience whilst you enjoy your holiday. I am able to provide everything from simply breakfast to lunch, dinner, canapés or Barbecue. Using only the finest local ingredients and creating bespoke menu’s for your stay. I draw on my experience in some of the UK’s best restaurants and time in the Caribbean.

Interactive cookery classes and workshops can also be catered for – contact for details

Below are some examples of what is on offer:

One off Lunch or Dinner for 12 people – from £25 per person
A private chef would create and agree with the client a menu. They would prepare, cook and clean down the kitchen, the chef purchases all required ingredients and is included in the price. Staff could be provided to serve the meal (at extra cost).

Half Board for 12 people – from £30 per person per day
A private chef would create and agree menus for 2 meals per day, either Breakfast & lunch, Breakfast & Dinner or Lunch & Dinner. They would prepare, cook and clean down the kitchen, the chef purchases all required ingredients and is included in the price. Staff could be provided to serve the meal (at extra cost).

Full Board for 12 People – from £40 per person per day
A private chef would create and agree menus for 3 meals a day, could also include afternoon tea’s, cakes etc.
They would prepare, cook and clean down the kitchen, the chef purchases all required ingredients and is included in the price. Staff could be provided to serve the meal (at extra cost).

www.outsaucedconsultancy.co.uk
jon@outsaucedconsultancy.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

Alison Underhill at Coat Barn

Alison Underhill is a specialist in deep tissue massage and sugar waxing with 25 years of experience.

Having done 3 world tours with Tina Turner, 2 with Shirley Bassey, Joe Cocker and Level 42 she has perfected her own unique style of deep tissue massage. As in all professions there are the good bad and indifferent.  

She returned to Someret 2 years ago.

Treatments

  • Massage 30 mins - £40.00
  • Massage 1 hour - £60.00
  • Massage 1.5 hours - £75.00
  • Mini facial - £40.00
  • Manicure - £25.00
  • Pediucre - £35.00

10% discount on treatments over £100 and 15% on treatments over £200 in one day.

Please contact Alison Underhill on

Phone: 07849227637

Email: alisonunderhill@live.co.uk

Activities

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

Bath Narrow Boats

Bath's Premier Boat Hire Centre

Based at Sydney Wharf or Brassknocker Basin - Bath.

Overnight hire, B&B breaks and day hire in range of boats. 

Hire a self drive narrow boat, electric day boat, Canadian canoe or even a bicycle from either of the two bases allowing you to enjoy a great day out along the historic Kennet and Avon Canal. 

Always email or call in advance to check availability 

01225447276

enquiries@bath-narrowboats.co.uk

www.bath-narrowboats.co.uk

Recent guests hired a narrow boat for the day and Bobby 6 had this to say:

'It was really fun, we saw lots of wildlife and I got to drive!'

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

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.

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

Ice and a Slice Belles

Ice and a Slice Belles supply a unique one stop service when planning beverages for your event.

We are a local, independent, small business who love mixing and shaking original and tasty cocktails and mocktails.

You can hire us to attend your event where we will make tasty drinks for you and your quests. We use our own homemade syrups, which we think makes our drinks distinctive.
You can hire us for Cocktail making sessions! This is where you learn to make a selection of our cocktails and we give you tips on how to make your own homemade syrups.
Prices start from only £20 per head.
Contact us for information and how to book!
Jess : 07373738282 Gem : 07793781569
iceandaslicebelles@hotmail.com
Have a look at our reviews and more pictures on our
Facebook and Twitter pages.
 

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. 

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

Country Cottages Online

See our large country house featured on Country Cottages Online

Eating Out

The Rose & Crown (Bower Hinton)

Here at the Rose and Crown we offer a selection of hot and cold food including baguettes, jacket potatos and basket meals. Or, if you're feeling less hungry we offer a selection of 'light bites'. Food is served Tuesday to Sunday 12.00 - 14.30 and 17.00 to 19.00. If you are looking for food outside these hours please ask. If you're thirsty, you'll find a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits on offer. And we always have at least one 'guest ale' available so why not give that a try.

Location: Bower Hinton

Website: The Rose & Crown

Phone: 01935 822393

Devonshire Arms

Welcome to
The Devonshire Arms

The Devonshire Arms, a Grade II former hunting lodge, is set on the picturesque village green of Long Sutton in the heart of the Somerset Levels just off the A303, close to Somerton, and under two hours from London by car or train.

Step inside the impressive inn and you'll find an unexpectedly contemporary style, with an emphasis on quality. Friendly staff are always on hand to ensure your visit is enjoyable, whether it's just for a pint in the bar or a relaxed meal in the restaurant prepared from locally sourced ingredients. You can also drink and dine 'al fresco' in the sheltered courtyard, large terraced walled garden or overlooking the green at the front.

Location: Langport

Website: The Devonshire Arms

Phone: 01458 241271

Wyndham Arms - Kingsbury Episcopi

The Wyndham Arms has been a pub for almost four hundred years, and in this beautiful and historic setting we bring you everything you could wish for in a traditional country pub.
The pub lies at the heart of the picturesque village of Kingsbury Episcopi set in the heart of South Somerset. We offer a warm welcome to all, including walkers, children and dogs.
Inside you will find a relaxed atmosphere, with real fires, real ales and home cooked food prepared freshly every day.
Outside there is an extensive pub garden for you to enjoy on warmer days and evenings. We also have a fantastic area for smokers, with a heated covered area and an outdoor pool table.

Location: Kingsbury Episcopi

Website: The Wyndham Arms

Phone: 01935 823239

Rose and Crown

When you visit The Rose and Crown you're in for a treat. The Rose and Crown is a traditional 17th century country pub tucked away in the beautiful village of East Lambrook, a few miles from South Petherton and within easy reach of Martock, Ilminster and Yeovil. We are perfectly placed for those wishing to explore the breath taking beauty of the Somerset Levels. Inside the pretty 17th Century Inn is a wooden floored traditional pub bar with a wood burning stove, where a thriving local community drop by for a beer and banter. The pub offers excellent food and service, and a retreat from the pace of daily life.

Within this beautiful building the pub has undergone a major renovation. We now offer you a cheerful and welcoming bar, superb restaurant areas and a large garden to enjoy in the summer sunshine.

An extremely warm welcome for our customers is always an absolute priority for our staff. Our business is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting these needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.

Experience our fresh seafood, local beef, pork and lamb cuts, scrumptious stews or any of our other mouth-watering dishes. Our chefs are renowned for their creative combinations of spices and sauces. Our warm and charming atmosphere will instantly relax you while our attentive staff spoil you. Daily special menus offer unique flavours and pairings. The Rose and Crown is the perfect destination for your next night out, whether it is an intimate dinner for two or a large group celebration.

Location: East Lambrook

Website: Rose and Crown

Phone: 01460 240433 

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


 

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