COOK - Remarkable Frozen Meals
What COOK do is supply, just as they say, remarkable frozen meals. If you order in advance from their website they'll deliver to your door; all you have to do is pop the meals in the oven - a great idea for that first night at your big holiday house, for when you've had a long day out, or for when you're celebrating something significant. They have dinner party menus, canapes, kids meals, and of course, they cater for all diets. Convenient - and very tasty.
Somethings in life are worth celebrating and if you're going to do it properly you need good food. Leaving it to professional caterers is one way of making sure that's what you get. Devon Caterers will come to your big holiday house and serve you canapes with your cocktails, a lipsmackin' 3 course dinner, finger food, a buffet, whatever. All dishes are made using the finest, freshest local ingredients as you'd expect. Top notch food, excellent service, a superb way to raise a glass to that stag or hen weekend, big birthday, anniversary or reunion.
T: 01271 858505
Feast Without Fuss
Feast Without Fuss offer bespoke catering for all occasions, with dishes made from the freshest local ingredients they can find - hence there's a big focus on what's seasonal. Lucie, who runs this show, does drop off suppers, or she'll come to your big holiday house to cook you canapes, a buffet, a hog roast, buffets, or a 3 course dinner - whatever you want. She'll bring a bar and staff if necessary, even flowers and bunting and that if you're marking a significant birthday or something.
T: 01398 332011 or 07586 354278
LAP Food & Bars
This well respected catering company are based out in the Blackdown Hills but they'll happily travel to your big holiday house to create a feast fit for a king when you're celebrating a significant event, be it a hen or stag weekend, a very special birthday, a big anniversary, or just because. Their Executive Chef has several accolades to her name and LAP have covered some of the most prestigious venues in the South West. The best local ingredients are used to produce the tastiest food so whether you want a buffet, canapes, or a sit down dinner you can be assured of top quality fare and professional service.
T: 07974 433186
Stefano's Home Made Food
If you like authentic Italian food you should give Stefano a call when you're looking for a private caterer to come and cook you all a feast in honour of that big birthday or anniversary. This family run business brings a taste of the Amalfi coast to Somerset and Devon, which sounds good; olives and antipasti, stone baked pizzas, all the Italian classics for a dinner party. They'll even deliver a takeaway buffet. Buon cibo!
T: Stefano: 07923 384261 or Jules: 07714 328712
You know how gorgeous proper Thai food is - all those mouth watering aromas, and the flavours; well, you can have that in the comfort of your large group holiday house when you hire Thai Gourmet to cater for you. Whether you're enjoying a hen or stag weekend, celebrating a momentous anniversary or birthday, or just having a big feast because you're all there together, the team at Thai Gourmet will do you proud. The head chef grew up in Thailand and knows all the traditional ways of Thai cooking, waitresses wear beautiful sarong dresses. Buffets, finger food and banquets, all diets catered for.
T: 01935 473089
If catering for a big group gives you the jitters, stop right there! You can hire a private chef to cater for you at your big holiday house with Dine Indulge; what you get is impeccable service and restaurant quality food, and your chef will even do the shopping and cleaing away. It's not as expensive as you might think either, that's the idea, it's affordable and accessible to everyone. A great idea for corporate groups staying at one of our self catering large group holiday homes for hospitality or team building.
T: 0330 111 03 61
https://www.dineindulge.co.uk/ Use Blackdown Luxury Lettings as your reference code.
After Dinner Tango Lessons
Well here's something different that'll bring a lot of fun to your private event or celebration - tango lessons in your big holiday house. Ruth who runs Tango Oblivion has been teaching the tango for 20 years so she knows her stuff and it shows; you should see how she does it! She'll teach you all about this vibrant and playful dance - the steps, the posture, and because tango comes form the heart, about finding that vital point of energy within you; then you'll be away, dancing your little socks off.
T: 07811 520038
Woah, what a great idea! Brilliant for corporate groups, stag dos, hen weekends, or just because there's a group of you staying at one of our big holiday houses. Clayzer will bring mobile laser clay pigeon shooting to you, with 3 systems allowing up to 15 people being able to shoot at the same time; it's safe, it's fun and anyhow, you'll have a qualified instructor on hand. You never know what you're good at till you give it a try.
T: 07983 979696 or 07887 626522
Dance In Devon
Ooh, we like! This is another fantastic thing to do on your hen weekend at one of our luxury big holiday houses. Learn to dance - Flamenco or Bollywood! Karina, who'll be showing you what to do has Spanish origins and her love of Flamenco is contagious, but equally inspiring are the Bollywood moves. She's got heaps of experience as a regular performer and dance teacher, with classes throughout the West Country. Go on, push the tables and chairs back and give it what you've got, you'll have a great time!
T: 07813 990937
Another one for hen parties, and this time a rather cheeky one! Life drawing! That's something the bride-to-be and her buddies won't forget in a hurry! Your model comes along to your big holiday house, wherever you are, gets his (or her) kit off and poses for you; you pick up your pencils and put your artisitc skills to the test. Nude Life sessions can be tailored to whatever you want, within reason of course! Your model can provide a butler service before you pick up your pencils, and he can add a cheeky game or two into the workshop. All materials are provided, and all models vetted.
T: 0208 108 0303
The Bartender Hire Company
Well how about this? Your own private bartender. In your big holiday house, mixing you cocktails; shaking your Cosmopolitans, stirring your Manhattans. All the gear is supplied and it's up to you if you supply the booze or if you want them to bring that too. Another thing they do is Cocktail Workshops and Cocktail Clinics for groups, which is a good idea for corporate groups, hen and stag dos, big birthdays and significant anniversaries. Shake it baby!
T: 01179 415 825
The Crafty Hen
Make memories together with The Crafty Hen, the perfect activity for your hen weekend at one of our luxury big holiday houses in Devon or Somerset. Their award winning craft workshops are relaxed and they're fun; materials used are high quality, service is friendly and helpful. What's more, they really don't mind tailoring things to suit you, so don't be afraid to ask. Choose from their long list of things to do - make bunting, fascinators, flapper headbands, cocktail rings, flower crowns, pompom crowns, garters memeory books, and lots more. Have a week peek at their website, that's what we suggest.
T: 0330 122 9436
Travel & Taxis
Our luxury large group holiday houses tend to be tucked away in peaceful, unspoilt countryside so you won't find a train station within reasonable walking distance. However, there are reliable taxi services in these parts; sometimes taxis are available from train and bus stations but we would always recommend booking ahead.
The nearest train stations to our properties are:
Millgrove House: Taunton approx. 1.8 miles
Wayside House: Tiverton approx. 7.9 miles or Honiton approx. 10.2 miles
Foxhill Lodge: Tiverton approx. 8.2 miles or Honiton approx.10.7 miles
Herons Bank: Tiverton Parkway approx. 5.6 miles
There are bus services in this neck of the woods but be aware that they may not be as frequent as you are used to, so booking a taxi to collect you from the bus station and take you to your large group holiday house is probably a better option. The bus stations nearest to our properties are:
Millgrove House: Taunton approx 1.9 miles
Wayside: Tiverton approx 13.3 miles
Foxhill Lodge: Tiverton approx. 13.5 miles
Herons Bank: Tiverton approx 6.6 miles
Because our luxury large group holiday cottages are in quiet rural areas public transport isn't always the best option. We suggest using the local taxi services and would recommend booking in advance. Here's a few numbers that should be helpful:
Taunton Mini Buses: 01823 257180 www.tauntonminibuses.co.uk
A1 Ace Taxis: (next to railway station) - 01823 332211 https://a1acetaxis.co.uk/
TL Taxis: 01823 444444 https://www.tlctaxis.co.uk/
Knight Brothers Travel Ltd: 01823 442205 (bespoke minibus hire) https://www.knightbrotherstravel.co.uk/
Sparkys Taxis: 01404 47670 http://www.sparkystaxis.co.uk/
K Cars: 01404 47699 https://www.honiton.com/directory/services/taxis/kcars
Frankies Taxis: 01884 255333 http://www.frankiestaxis.co.uk/
Jolly Jaunts Taxis: 01884 840979 0r 07976 827762 https://www.jollyjauntstaxis.co.uk/
Parkway Taxis: 01884 38899 http://www.taxidevon.co.uk/tiverton-parkway-station-taxis/