5 en suite bedrooms - 1 shower room - 4 bathrooms with hand held showers - large kitchen - open-plan living/entertaining space - games area with pool table - mezzanine with sofa - indoor heated swimming pool - outdoor area with large patio - childrens play area and trampoline - parking for several vehicles - online grocery shopping available from Waitrose, Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys and COOK

One of the best things about Thorncombe is that it has its own private swimming pool, and it's all yours for the duration of your large group stay so you can use it whenever you like; take an early morning or late night dip, get the family out there splashing about and having fun, open the full height doors to bring the sunshine in and have happy hours lounging around by the pool. The icing on the cake to your group holiday in Somerset!

This timber-clad lodge is modern and luxurious throughout, with 5 good sized en suite bedrooms, and what's more, all the beds are are zip-and-link so you can have them set up as twins or superkings; you make your choices, we'll make sure it's done. Four of the en suites have baths with hand held showers and one has a shower.

When these lodges were designed, a lot of  thought went into the sociable side of  large group holidays, you know, everyone being able to spend time together, eat together and that - after all, a lot of people book Sleeps12 group accommodation for special celebrations like milestone birthdays and remarkable anniversaries. So that's why the living space is all open-plan; centre place is a sturdy table where you can all tuck into a great big feast and raise a few toasts. There are sofas that seem to beckon you to put your feet up and unwind, and a big TV means you don't have to miss that all-important match. Movie nights come into their own, everyone nice and comfy, bowls of crisps and popcorn; it's what it's all about. There's a wood-burner too, a real treat to come back to after a walk in the Quantock Hills in autumn or winter; warm up in front of it with mugs of hot chocolate, little marshmallows floating on the top - lush!

To the other end of the commodious living space is a games area where there's a pool table, so there's a bit of fun - have an in-house pool challenge; the loser cooks breakfast (local bacon, butcher's sausages, free range eggs, bread from the bakers...). If you have teenagers this tends to be where they hang out and more often than not the Dads will be loitering there too!

The kitchen is bang up-to-date with everything you need to make catering for your large group easy; kick start the day with the aroma of freshly baked croissants tempting everyone to the table, if it rains stay in and bake a cake, or go blackberry picking in the autumn and knock up a wholesome crumble when you get back. There's a double oven, a fridge-freezer, two dishwashers, and lots of useful gadgets, all there for your convenience. In the utility room there's another fridge, along with a washing machine and dryer. We appreicate that a lot of people don't particularly want to cook whilst in holiday mode, so we keep a list of tried and tested caterers who can come in and do all the work for you. You'll find more about these on our Extras page.

When the sun comes out to play you can dine in the open air; Thorncombe has a large private patio with chunky garden furniture and a barbecue, and you won't need to worry about the children whilst your steaks are sizzling - they'll be having a whale of a time on the climbing frame or the trampoline! Like we mentioned, it's all been carefully considered to make sure there's something for all ages, but coupled with that is the lovely homely feel at Thorncombe which makes it all the more relaxing. Natural light pours in from the floor to ceiling windows and French doors; on warmer days you can throw them wide open and make the most of the sunshine. There's Travertine flooring throughout the ground floor, and the cosiness of carpet upstairs; stylish furnishings with well chosen accessories add to the ambience. It's exactly what you want on holiday - unhurried days, peaceful nights.

Two  of the en suite bedrooms are on the ground floor and the rest are upstairs. Bedroom 3 makes a brilliant family room or  a kind of dormitory for older children as it can sleep 4 people, either in two superking beds, a superking and two singles, or 4 singles. With fresh country air in abundance you should certainly all sleep well!

Whether its for a family holiday, a few days away with friends, a hen weekend or a corporate stay, Thorncombe ticks all the boxes when it comes to finding group accommodation coupled with the best of modern convenience - plus, with that private pool, you've got a generous helping of added luxury. Happy, happy days folks!

Oil fired central heating (oil included) - wood-burning stove (logs provided) - 7 TVs - CD player / DVD player -  Rural Wifi - Sky TV (sports & movies) - washing machine - tumble dryer - double oven  - 2 dishwashers - fridge/freezer and separate fridge - microwave - pool table - duvets/linen/towels provided (please bring your own swimming towels) - 2 x cots - 1 toddler bed - highchair available - stairgates - garden furniture - BBQ (Easter to the end of October) - pub 1 mile - shops 4 miles - non-smokers only - Friday-Friday bookings - short breaks available year round - pets by prior arrangement at an additional charge of £50 per pet - strictly no fireworks, sky lanterns or drones.

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