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Early Victorian country house set in 22 acres of landscaped parkland

Peter Insall

Member since: 1999
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Speaks: english
Sleeps24
Bedrooms 12
Bathrooms7
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Peter Insall

Member since: 1999
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Calendar last updated:
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Early Victorian country house set in 22 acres of landscaped parkland

Sleeps24
Bedrooms 12
Bathrooms7
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

Culmhead Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

Exclusive Hire - Sleeps up to 24 people in 12 bedrooms

Widcombe Grange is a beautiful early Victorian country house, peacefully situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The property is set in 22 acres of landscaped parkland and includes many rare & specimen trees, a 3 acre fishing lake, ornamental pond with floating gazebo & a cider orchard.

A new games room was added in 2011 with table tennis, table football and snooker table.

A full range of excellent catering & activities can be arranged.

EMAIL us and we can direct you to our own WEB SITE by return or see Property numbers 435588 & 2024, for our 2 other big houses on this web site.

Family Stays and Celebrations: The house and grounds are ideal for family stays. There are plenty of outdoor and indoor activities to do at Widcombe Grange. The heated pool is open May - Sept, and there is croquet, badminton and boule available. The lake is ideal for fishing and boating.

The local area is great for walking and cycling. The coast is 45mins away.

We can arrange activities on site - clay shooting, archery, hot air balloons, pistol shooting, massage, beauty treatments etc.

Corporate Groups: The house has held many away days and team building events. The house has many rooms ideal for seminars and break out sessions. We can arrange team building activities in the grounds. Full catering services are available too.

Weddings: Widcombe Grange is licensed for civil weddings. The Gazebo on the pond is a romantic setting for a ceremony but should the weather be inclement the newly converted coach house provides a great indoor area too. The house provides accommodation for up to 25 guests and the 23 acres of grounds provides the setting for your celebration. We arrange the marquees (if required) and the catering for your big day and can provide all the services you may require.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Peter Insall (Owner)
Member since: 1999
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Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2015

About Peter Insall

Friends for 30 years we met at Surrey University studying hotel & tourism management. Career wise we went our separate ways with Peter running The Roof Gardens in Kensington, London. 12 years ago we got together and decided we wanted to provide big groups with really great places to stay and to be able to provide top quality catering and activities if our guests wished.

Peter Insall purchased this chateau / country house in 2006

Why Peter Insall chose Culmhead

We love the West Country for its rolling landscape and the Blackdown Hills where Widcombe Grange is situated is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

There are plenty of opportunities for country activities in close proximity to the house which we can arrange for you, but as well as having the rural enjoyment, it is not too far (20 minute drive) from Wellington or Taunton for convenience (shops/public transport). There are nearby pubs that we can recommend and walks too.

The south coast is a 45 minute drive which is somewhere we love going. We especially like Sidmouth and Lyme Regis where you can hire boats, play on the beach and eat fish and chips with your fingers!

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The house and cottage make a great space for large groups and the dining room in the main house can seat everyone with ease, with two sitting rooms adjacent, there is lots of chilling room too.

The coach house has been converted to a games barn and all age groups have fun in there, it is also licensed for civil ceremonies.

The grounds are great for roaming in (22 acres), building dens, playing rounders/football and the lakes are good for fishing, there is also a boat. The outdoor pool makes for lots of fun in the summer months (May – September), perfect with a bbq.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had an absolutely wonderful weekend and couldn't recommend the house or staff highly enough. In fact we loved it so much that we're thinking of using it as the venue for our wedding!
Mar 2015
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Sleeps24
Bedrooms 12
Bathrooms7
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Travel with confidence
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

5
based on 3 traveler reviews

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Early Victorian country house set in 22 acres of landscaped parkland
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews
5

Wonderful time for all ages!

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful place, everything you could need for a relaxing and fun week away with friends!

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Stacey, Delighted to hear that you had a good time at Widcombe Grange. Hope you enjoyed your quad bikes! Best wishes, The Big House Co team
Gloucestershire
5

50th Birthday Party Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Peter and his team are extremely friendly and they all showed interest in our group and enjoyment at all times. The welcome package was extremely thoughtful. Widcombe Grange is well equiped and everything there that we needed. The whole house is spotlessly clean and it is a joy to have beautifully ironed sheets on the beds. Would definately recommend. Met our expectations and more.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Liz, Many thanks for your comments. After years of experience, we hope that our welcome pack covers all of the FAQ’s we have been asked since the Big House Co was started back in the 90’s. We try to ensure that all of our houses at The Big House Co are equipped with everything you might need during your stay – well, within reason! It’s great to hear our housekeeping team getting praise as the results of their hard work and compulsive attention to cleanliness is often overlooked. We are delighted that Widcombe Grange exceeded your expectations and would we love to see you back again, maybe at one of our other houses, Tone Dale House in Somerset or Berry House in Devon. Kind regards, Peter and all at The Big House Co
Lancashire
5

30's Birthday Bash

  • 5 of 5

"What a fantastic venue Widcombe Grange is.

Prior to the event i was worried about how smoothly my 30th birthday would go with 24 people attending. It couldnt have gone better with the help from The Big House Co and especially Claire making the whole weekend run like clock work.

The clay pigeon shooting was fantastic as everyone enjoyed the experience. It didnt matter if you were a total novice or if you were a descendant of a famous Western shooter - everyone learnt something from the instructors.

The house is perfect for hosting a party (80's party in this case), as the kitchen and living rooms are all in close proximity with plenty of space for everyone to mingle. Even the likes of "you cannot be serious" John, "Funhouse" Pat and Del Boy made it to the party at Widcombe Grange.

The kitchen had all the amenities needed and was the main gathering room in the house, whilst the dining room being large enough to fit 24 people, was also cosy enough to give a real homely feel.

If this wasnt enough all the bedrooms were nice and spacious, and the beds were super cumfy, with plenty of bathrooms.

The Merry Harriers is just down the road and offers some real Somerset ales and great food (also make sure you leave enough for desert - the menu is huge)

Altogether this house was a real treat and this can be confirmed by the fact that all 24 people that came for the weekend had a great time, i can now see why people go there to get married.

Thanks again Widcombe Grange.

Sam P

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2010
  • Stayed: Feb 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Sam, glad you all had a fab time and the house met your needs! We love arranging parties but each is different and yours was fun to do. Claire

Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Exeter
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Oake Manor
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Taunton Somerset
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
M5 Junction 26
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Seaton

Other Activities: Clay Shooting, Archery, Pistol Shooting, Laser Clays, Massage/Beauty Treatments

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Rates & Availability

From £1,179 Per night

Culmhead Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer Season
May 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
£1,375
From
£2,625
Fri,Sat
£7,500
 
 
October 2015
Oct 1 2015 - Oct 22 2015
2 night minimum stay
£1,225
From
£1,975
Fri,Sat
£5,500
 
 
October Half Term 2015
Oct 23 2015 - Oct 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
£1,225
From
£2,125
Fri,Sat
£5,500
 
 
Winter 2015
Nov 1 2015 - Dec 21 2015
2 night minimum stay
£1,225
From
£1,475
Fri,Sat
£5,500
 
 
Christmas 2015
Dec 22 2015 - Dec 28 2015
6 night minimum stay
£8,250
 
 
New Year 2015
Dec 29 2015 - Jan 2 2016
4 night minimum stay
£1,737
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes WEEKENDS
£4250 2 nights Oct-April, £4750 3 nights.
£4950 2 nights, £5500 up to 3 nights pool season May-Sept
MIDWEEK Breaks from £2850 for 2 nights
WEEKLY 7 Nights £6750 Oct-April, £7250 May-Sep
CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR - 2013 £7850 per 6 night stay for either period
One third of rental is payable on booking, the balance 12 weeks prior to arrival.
If booking within 12 weeks of stay the full amount is due.
A refundable cautionary deposit of £1000 is payable 4 weeks prior to stay.
Our prices include Vat at 20%.
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Amenities

Culmhead Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 7500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Luxury
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 24 people
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , bidet , Shared
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , En Suite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Shared
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Shared
    Bathroom 5 - combination tub/shower , Shared
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , Ground Floor en-suite
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower , Ground Floor
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , tub , Shared
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , shower , En-Suite
Bedrooms:
  • 12 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Master(Kingfisher) - 1 king , En-Suite
    Peacock - 1 queen , Can Be Twin
    Woodpecker - 2 twin/ single
    Roost - 1 double
    Dovecote - 1 double
    Otter - 1 queen , Can Be Twin
    Drake - 1 queen , En-Suite.Can Be Twin
    Orchard - 1 queen , En-Suite.Can Be Twin
    Thatchers - 1 queen , Can Be Twin
    Poachers - 1 double
    Woodcutters - 1 queen , Can Be Twin
    Gamekeepers - 1 queen , Can Be Twin
  • 2 Travel Cots available
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 14 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
Notes:
If you would like activities or catering provided do let us know and we can arrange this for you. Our caterers provide excellent food, anything from a celebration meal to a bbq. Some activities can take place at the house such as laser clay or pistol shooting. It is also possible to hire in other equipment such as hot tubs, bouncy castles etc.

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