A stay at Ilbeare is an absolute treat; you'll love the peaceful location in the Somerset countryside and the two acre grounds that are nice and private and have a little bit of woodland and a merry steam tinkling through the garden. The house is a big older style property that's seen extensive refurbishment in recent years, resulting in a seamless blend of original character and house-in-the-country charm with modern conveniences. With snooze space for 14 people in 5 bedrooms, a lovely big hot tub and a cosy Scandinavian style BBQ lodge, Ilbeare is perfect for a relaxing large group holiday that takes you far, far away from the hustle and bustle of urban life.
You'll start to feel the pace of life slow down the minute you get here, leaving you to enjoy every second of your large group stay, whether it's a big family affair, a get together with friends, a hen weekend or a corporate break. It's so quiet here, you'd never think that the country town of Taunton is just down the road; it's a good town for a browse around, with a good mix of high street and independent shops, plenty of places to eat, several supermarkets, a cinema, sports clubs, bowling alley, theatres and a traditional municipal garden, Vivary Park where there's even a high ropes Adventure Centre.
Right on your doorstep is a network of footpaths and bridleways that will take you deep into the beautiful Somerset countryside, and within a few miles are the wild and glorious Quantock Hills AONB; pack a picnic and head for one of the vantage points like Wills Neck or Cothelstone Hill where the views will astound you. Take a leisurely autumn walk up through Holford Combe, where the poet William Wordsworth liked to roam, then head back down through the woods to the village and go to the Plough Inn where Virginia Wolf spent part of her honeymoon. Otherwise walk to Triscombe Stone and head to the Blue Ball Inn afterwards, or make a point of stopping at the Farmers Arms at Combe Florey for lunch or dinner. There are lots of literary associations in these hills and it's easy to see why; this gorgeous unpsoilt scenery is just so inspiring. Head over to Nether Stowey and you can visit Coleridge Cottage and have a drink at the Ancient Mariner, for bracing sea air go to East Quantoxhead and walk to Kilve where you can stroll up the lane and have tea at the Chantry Tea Gardens. The beaches on the Somerset coast are very diverse; some, like Minehead and Burnham-on-Sea are more traditional for good old-fashioned seaside fun, there are peaceful quiet harbours like Watchet, and some with a wild, unique beauty - like Kilve, which has a landscape entirely of it's own, marvellous for rockpools. Within about an hours' drive is the famous Jurassic Coast where Charmouth is good for fossil hunting, and at the pretty fishing town of Lyme Regis you can play crazy golf, visit the Dinosaur Fossil Museum or head out to sea on a mackerel fishing trip.
Potter down to Tiverton for a trip along the canal on a horse drawn barge, or hire a rowing boat to take out on the waterway; whilst you're in this neck of the woods, visit Tiverton Castle or Knightshayes Court, go and have a bit of fun at Diggerland, or take the little ones to the Bear Trail at Cullompton. You could all have a day out on Exmoor where you can take in the natural wonder of places like Tarr Steps, Watersmeet and Dunkery Beacon, or you could hit the surf at Ilfracombe or Woolacombe if that's your thing; ride the Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway, or go to Dunster, see the castle and walk along the millstream, do the Tall Trees Trail. But, you know what? If all you want to do is stay at Ilbeare, enjoying the peace and quiet and happy times with your large group - well, we perfectly understand.