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    Blackdown Manor

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    • Bedrooms: 12
    • Sleeps: 24
    • Baths: 8
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    Blackdown Manor sleeping up to 24 guests

    Built in the late 1800's for a gentleman JP, Blackdown Manor is an impressive stone built country house set in 22 acres of landscaped woodland on the Blackdown hills in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
    The grounds are spectacular and lend themselves to a range of country pursuits (archery, fishing, clay shooting to name a few). There is also a heated outdoor swimming pool. So your group can stay and play without ever having to leave site!
    ***** For all Bank Holiday weekends, the minimum stay will be 3 nights with an additional charge of just £250 for the entire weekend*****

    The options are virtually endless, but here are some of the more popular activities.
    Massage: Just the thing to soothe away stress! The masseurs come to the house for a minimum of 3 hours, for either hour or half hour treatments.
    Archery, laser clay, pistol and clay shooting can be arranged in the grounds, ideal if you are short of time or don’t fancy driving further afield.
    If you don’t mind a scenic drive down to Exmoor, there is nothing more exhilarating than Horse Riding on the hills. This can be combined with Fly Fishing tuition and Clay Shooting as all three are quite near each other.
    On the entertainment front, casino night is very popular (strictly for fun, the house does not have a gaming licence!). The manor can also arrange a murder mystery or you can choose from a wide range of musicians, from a pianist to a ceilidh or from Blue Grass to dinner jazz and anything in between.
    A newly converted coach house now provides a fabulous indoor space for table tennis, table football and snooker.
    Cooking skills: let chefs work with you and have a fun experience producing a meal for yourselves – the Thai course is very popular.
    Golf: Oliver's VIP Concierge Team can direct you to excellent parkland, championship and links courses all within 5-10 miles of the property.
    Walking: Whether you want a gentle stroll, or a more energetic hike up a hillside, there is something for everyone, (mostly with a pub along the way!) there are maps and guided walks at the houses.
    Quantock Hills, home and inspiration to the writers Wordsworth and Coleridge and home for the oldest breed of wild pony. Glorious for walking, especially down Dead Woman’s Ditch!
    The Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the West Country’s best kept secret.
    Exmoor, including Lorna Doone country, are Tarr Steps are all beautiful areas to explore.
    Surfing: Oliver's VIP Concierge Team can direct you to great spots or arrange excellent private tuition for your group, including all equipment.
    Branscombe Beach, on the south coast near Lyme Regis, is a romantic, wonderful, shingle beach. Early summers evening barbecues on the beach are also highly recommended!
    Saunton Sands; near Barnstaple, north Devon, is a two mile stretch of lovely, soft, sandy beach. Around the corner is the popular surfing beach Croyde Bay and Woolacombe Sand. Roads around this area can get busy in the peak summer months.

    This impressive stone built country house is set in 22 acres of landscaped woodland on the Blackdown hills in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
    The property consists of the main house and cottage which together can accommodate up to 24 guests in comfort. In front of the house is a natural pond with its own island gazebo and to the west of the property is woodland featuring many rare and specimen trees.
    The main house sleeps 14 people in 7 bedrooms. There are 5 bathrooms of which 2 are en-suite.
    - On the Ground Floor there is a zip & link double bedroom.
    - The First Floor offers 3 doubles, 2 twins and 1 zip & link double bedroom.

    Additional accommodation in Keepers Cottage (20 metres from main house). The cottage sleeps a further 10 people in 5 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms 1 of which is en-suite.
    - The Ground floor has 2 zip & link double bedrooms.
    - The First Floor offers 2 zip & link double bedrooms and 1 double bedroom.

    You will also find a two acre spring fed fishing lake which borders onto a newly planted cider apple orchard. The grounds are spectacular and lend themselves to a range of country pursuits (archery, fishing, clay shooting to name a few) so your group can stay and play without ever having to leave site!

    Local amenities

    • The Skylark 5 miles
    • Starbucks 5.5 miles
    • Caffè Nero 5.5 miles
    • Zizzi 5.5 miles
    • The Museum Of Somerset 5.5 miles
    • Mambo 5.5 miles
    • Coffee#1 5.5 miles
    • Ring Of Bells 5.5 miles
    • The Coal Orchard (Wetherspoon) 5.5 miles
    • The County Ground 5.5 miles

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    36 Customer Reviews

    Jennifer – 7 Jun 2018
    "Both the house and the grounds exceeded our expectations. The house was large and comfortable and elegant - every bedroom a little more generous in size than it needed to be, every downstairs room was inviting. The kitchen was lovely and light and well-equipped - room for plenty of us to gather there when we were preparing meals. Lots of freezer space, lots of plates and cutlery, two dishwashers. The whole house was welcoming and homely, not prissy. The children enjoyed the generous supply of board games, the table tennis, and billiards. The pool was great, and the hot tub too. As for the grounds! More like our own private park. The majestic trees - especially the copper beeches - the beautiful, thoughtful planting of the flower beds, the upkeep of the lawns and paths - we appreciated them all. The lake was dreamy. The children, aged fro 8 to 15, made dens, had races, swam, had a treasure hunt (ending on the island). They were so happy and engaged. Even though we had two wet days. The Big House were excellent to deal with - friendly and helpful."
    Jenny C – 30 May 2018
    "We are absolutely loving our stay at Blackdown Manor. It is even lovelier than we expected. The house, the grounds, the lake, the pool, the beautiful trees and glorious lawns and trees. We are in heaven! Somerset is wonderful and your company so efficient and generous in its provision - lots of games, and even wellington boots in the right sizes!"
    The W Group
    "The house, facilities and support provided by Peter’s team were all absolutely excellent. We chose to cater for ourselves, which was made incredibly easy as the equipment supplied was top notch. The games room proved very popular both with young and old particularly as the weather wasn't too kind. The W group, 9th January 2016"
    "A most sincere thank you for our stay at Blackdown Manor over the Christmas period. We had a wonderful time! The house, the organisation and the endless small factors made it the best house we have rented since beginning this family tradition 6 years ago! David, Christmas 2016"
    The B Group
    "Five days of wonderful indulgence for my 50th. Daily swimming, archery, horse riding... In house catering proved very convenient as well, perhaps we should have stayed for 2 weeks instead!?!"
    Richard M
    "I rented the manor for my 60th Birthday and had a fabulous weekend with all my close family. This really felt like a home that you could relax in (the furniture had a really nice "lived in" feel and we were not manic about the younger kids playing in he house. The mix of accommodation between the main house and the cottage really worked well for us - we put the youngsters in the cottage so they could party on while those of gentler age slept! Both the house and the cottage are really well equipped in terms of the kitchen and crockery and we had no trouble cooking a breakfast for 24! The grounds were magnificent even on a rainy weekend on March and most be bene better in the summer when the pool is open. We had a catered evening Thai meal from caterers recommended by the owners and this too was outstanding. I have no hesitation in recommending this property."
    "We all had such a great time that we are thinking of returning for our next family get-together. We absolutely loved it! The highlights for us were the fantastic gardens and the dining room with its huge table (not often we can find a table that all 21 of us can sit round comfortably)."
    "There was so much to do within the grounds that we did not go out at all. The children had a wonderful time with so much energy expended! We will definitely be back."
    The K family
    "Fantastic stay, really enjoyed ourselves. Great facilities, kept us all entertained, very family friendly, will definitely be back."
    The Jackson Group
    "We had a really wonderful weekend at Blackdown Manor. It was absolutely perfect for our very mixed ages and everyone agreed that it is a most beautiful house in lovely surroundings. We used all the facilities except croquet for which there was not enough time. We were so luck with the weather. The children adored the pool, the lake and the swing. We appreciated the fact that all your equipment and furnishings are of such high quality. It was not like being in a rented house at all."
    Duncan Group
    "This property was amazing and was exactly the country escape that our large group was after. Peter was so helpful and made it all very easy. I would highly recommend the Blackdown Manor property - absolutely beautiful interior and grounds."
    Street Group
    "It is a beautiful house, with such lovely settings. Everything about it was great, the girls loved their rooms and were really impressed. It was a fantastic weekend and we were sad to leave."
    Oak Group
    "It was a fantastic venue for our group and we had a great time. I very much appreciated your help in the run up to the weekend. Please pass my thanks on to the Thai catering firm as well for a very enjoyable meal. Thanks again - you really do manage a fabulous property and I will spread the word!"
    "Everything was better than we could have imagined everyone enjoyed the week so much. We have such happy memories of our stay especially Mum's 80th birthday celebrations. The house had everything we needed, so much space and the beds were the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in. We would recommend the house to anyone it is just superb."
    "Everything was better than we could have imagined everyone enjoyed the week so much. We have such happy memories of our stay especially Mum's 80th birthday celebrations. The house had everything we needed, so much space and the beds were the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in. We would recommend the house to anyone it is just superb."
    Macrae Group
    "The house and facilities are brilliant and being able to seat 24 around the lovely dining table made for 2 very special evenings. The (catered) food was absolutely delicious. The facilities were very clean and we had everything we needed."
    claire bendall
    "Thank you for allowing us to get together to celebrate my 80th birthday, it has been wonderful. The weather has been marvellous. The family all enjoyed themselves. Granny Lindsey For me it was one of the best weekends I have ever had. Alex I loved the pool, I went in it at least twice a day. Caitlin We had fun in boats, pool, sun, games room, dining room, drawing room, croquet lawn, gazebo, patio, meadow behing the boat lake, kitchen, around the lake, on the bike, kitchen (twice, it’s fun). The greatest pinecone war to end all wars (boat V’s pinecone), in a battle of strength and strategy. Thanks for the fun. Sophie The house and grounds were awesome – thanks for a great weekend. The monster in the lake proved a tough battle, but after werewolves that plagued us on the first night it was a piece of cake. Good times and happy hunting ? Hannah The Lindsey Party"
    "Our extended family had a fantastic time at Blackdown Manor over Christmas. Lots of space to house us all, beautiful grounds and a great mornings laser clay shooting on Christmas Eve. A memorable stay! Shelley Hugh-jones"
    "Wonderful weekend in a lovely house we enjoyed all the facilities – lake swimming pool and an exciting table tennis match. Everything in the house and gardens is in very good order. Walks beautiful helped by constant sunshine and warm weather. Saturday night food very good. Thank you The Hodges"
    "From the moment you enquire about the property, the owners are friendly and helpful with endless patience and understanding. The house itself is spacious, clean and tidy, feels very "homely" and is excellent for large parties. I thoroughly recommend this venue to anyone considering organising an event that both you and your guests will remember for years to come. Brilliant. Simon Margetts"
    Anon User
    "Have had a superb weekend here celebrating a 50th Birthday and 25th wedding Anniversary. No-one wants to go home! The house is so comfortable and well equipped. Thank you for all your great suggestions for entertainment. The karaoke was used ever night, casino after dinner on Saturday was perfect and the celebration dinner was divine. It has been fantastic! The Towels"
    Anon User
    "The best home coming ever, beautiful grounds and great pool. Will be back for my 40th! Capt Douglas"
    Anon User
    "Had an ace weekend away with friends for Nicole's 45th Birthday. Thai Food, Booze and Tunes. Lovely House and settings. Good weather too!!! Many thanks The Pardy Crew"
    Anon User
    "Such a beautiful, perfect venue for our wedding. We all had an AMAZING weekend and could not have wished for any more The Goffs"
    Lynn and David Rhaegar
    "I should just like to say how impressed we were with every aspect of the event: the pre-planning, the presentation and decor of the house, the catering, the housekeeping and every aspect of the service offered by The Big House Company was perfect, unobtrusive, professional and comprehensive. Sarah and Matt, families and friends could not have had a better venue for their most important event. The house with its welcoming feel ensured that the whole weekend was like a big family gathering and our only regret was that the weekend seemed to pass far too quickly. On behalf of us and our guests, a big "thank you" for organising a such fabulous event which we shall remember for years to come... Lynn and David"
    Lorna Garrett
    "Many thanks again for all your hard work over the weekend making the whole event run so smoothly - the venue really came to life with all our guests and the pool was a huge success with both adults and kids alike - am so pleased the weather was on our side as it really did make the whole weekend! Overall we just want to thank you to you and all your team and suppliers for making it the wedding day we had hoped for (and please apologise to the chef for the overrun on the speeches!!!). Lorna"
    Lorna and Roger W
    "Thank you for making our weekend so special. It was everything we hoped for and more. The house and grounds (especially the pool) were perfect. We really appreciate all your efforts into making our weekend such a roaring success - everyone had a great time. Many thanks again, Lorna and Roger"
    Nick, Lara and Ronnie
    "All our guests were blown away by the house and grounds. We had a perfect day here, so special. Thank you so much Peter. Big Love, Nick, Lara and Ronnie"
    Jeremy Butler
    "The good news is that as a group we now want to do the whole huge party thing somewhere every year, so maybe we will be back again, or maybe to one of your other places. Thanks once again for having us! Jeremy"
    Monika S
    "I just wanted to say to all at the Big House Company, that we have had a most wonderful weekend at Blackdown Manor! The place is really something very special, the lovely house, which is so comfortable, clean and so very well equipped and has still so much of the old charm. The garden and surroundings are so beautiful, I saw people just walking around with a big smile on their faces, while they were admiring the fantastic old trees all around the house. That red beech with the swing in it is just magic! And the warm swimming pool and the croquet lawn where we had so much fun playing the game! On top of it the weather was very kind to us and our family were all so happy and jolly, that I am sure we shall always remember these past three glorious days at this fantastic place! I thank you also for the very efficient administration and the friendliness of the staff throughout."
    Sam P
    ""What a fantastic venue Blackdown Manor is. Prior to the event I was worried about how smoothly my 30th birthday would go with 24 people attending. It couldn't 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 didn't 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 Blackdown Manor. 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 wasn't enough all the bedrooms were nice and spacious, and the beds were super comfy, 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 Blackdown Manor."
    MRDF Team Brown
    "Wow, what an amazing place. We thank you for the excellent service and facilities provided. We had an amazing time. We shall be back, God willing."
    A Newman
    "What a totally awesome place! Perfect setting for an incredible weekend celebrating with very special friends."
    Luke and everyone from Potato
    "Stunning house and gardens - we enjoyed the pool and the orchard in particular. Everyone had a fantastic time - the beer and cider was a particularly good suggestion! We hope to be back soon!"
    Zoe & Norman
    "Thank you so much for your incredible hospitality and all your hard work before, during (and after!) Nick and Lara's wedding.What a truly fabulous do. Your place is glorious!"
    Ally Anon
    "What a fabulous venue! An absolutely amazing weekend with very special people - couldn't have asked for anything better!"

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