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Overview
10 bedrooms
7 bathrooms
22 guests
1 night minimum 
Manor House
For more than 20 years the combination of the Great House and Exmoor has been the perfect house and perfect location for your house party. The Great House is the ideal country house rental getaway, a people friendly house (children and adults), located in the beautiful South West on the Somerset/Devon borders and in the Exmoor National Park. The Great House itself is a large, comfortable, cheerful and atmospheric house with loads of character and in a wonderful location on the edge of the village which makes it the perfect place to party with friends and family. The Great House is only 150 yards from the village centre with its church , post office and PUB!! Ten Bedrooms , Seven Bathrooms, farmhouse kitchen, large lounge with open fireplace and woodburner, second lounge with baby gran...For more than 20 years the combination of the Great House and Exmoor has been the perfect house and perfect location for your house party. The Great House is the ideal country house rental getaway, a people friendly house (children and adults), located in the beautiful South West on the Somerset/Devon borders and in the Exmoor National Park. The Great House itself is a large, comfortable, cheerful and atmospheric house with loads of character and in a wonderful location on the edge of the village which makes it the perfect place to party with friends and family. The Great House is only 150 yards from the village centre with its church , post office and PUB!! Ten Bedrooms , Seven Bathrooms, farmhouse kitchen, large lounge with open fireplace and woodburner, second lounge with baby grand, dinning room seats 22, Games room with table tennis, pool room, bar, outdoor chess; there is also plenty of car parking at the front of the house, walled child safe garden with ample space to relax and soak up (literally) that great British weather. There is also a large patio at the front of the house where you can quietly sit and sip champagne (sorry not supplied) and watch the sun go down over the village. Conversly, if you feeling energetic you can always take a stroll around the seven acres of woods. So whether it's an old fashioned beach holiday coupled with a bit of surfing, or an activity filled holiday with lots of new pursuits or just a relaxing holiday with time to take in the exceptional countryside and a few hostelries, the combination of Exmoor and the Great House will do it for you.
House Rules
Kid friendlySmoking allowed
Check with ownerPets
Bedrooms
6 Doubles3 Sofas12 Singles1 Cot
Bathrooms
2 Full baths5 Attached (ensuite)

Meet the host
Terry C
Hosting since May 2013
Languages spoken: English
Response Time: Within a few hours

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ORLA D
ORLA D
London, United Kingdom15 contributions
Refined, historic, filled with warmth and charm
Staying at The Great House,Timberscombe, was far closer in experience to being a house guest at a fine country pile, than simply being a customer at a B&B. The Great House is a beautiful Grade II listed house, lovingly restored and decorated with historic period features. We booked the recently renovated Luttrell Suite, which was bright, spacious and well-appointed in a luxurious English manner. The hospitality offered by the owners, Sheila & Bruce, was impeccable - friendly, solicitous and genuine, but not intrusive. In the morning a delicious breakfast is cooked to order by Sheila, while Bruce makes sure you are having everything you need. The grounds are as attractive as the house, from hideaway seating allowing you to admire the house and grounds, to the relaxing front terrace, perfect for a sundowner cocktail, mixed up by Bruce (something not to be missed!). There was an air of intimacy and history about The Great House that made our stay a memorable occasion. This is not a commercial B&B you feel you need to rush out from, it’s a home you are welcomed into. We were sad to leave and look forward to returning.
Visited April 2022
Written 16 May 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Jane B
Jane B
2 contributions
We loved this place
This is a brilliant b&b. Sheila and Bruce have created something amazing here. There room was beautifully restored and decorated and extremely comfortable. And the food ... excellent breakfasts andyou can also order extras like afternoon tea (and we did, and it was absolutely worth it). For evening meals the local pub (The Lion) is good. As for what to do, there are many excellent walks right from the door and we need to go back to do the ones we didn't have time to do. We're so glad we stayed at The Great House - it was the ideal antidote to a rather grim year. Thanks so much Sheila and Bruce.
Visited July 2021
Written 10 July 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Caroline A
Caroline A
2 contributions
Wonderful stay!
Thank you Sheila and Bruce for a wonderfully relaxing weekend in your ‘Great House’ Very peaceful and beautiful,luxurious suite! Tasty breakfast with good range of choice. We also had two evening meals at the local pub,’The Lion’which is less than one minutes walk and the food was wonderful and freshly cooked. We will definitely see you again!!
Visited May 2021
Written 23 May 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

MickBcpfc52
MickBcpfc52
London, United Kingdom3 contributions
The Great Guest House
We had a lovely stay here for three days, the food was excellent and our hosts were very friendly and welcoming- the Great House is such a delight to stay in - we shall return to this beautiful corner of Exmoor.
Visited September 2020
Written 22 September 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Grithiths
Grithiths
6 contributions
Holiday
Best B & B I have ever stayed in and very Friendly Pub down the road . Would highly Recommend it close to see and Exmoor National Park .
Visited July 2020
Written 4 August 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Camper44622163272
Camper44622163272
1 contribution
Amazing stag do base for my brother!
19 of us stayed for my brother's stag do and we genuinely couldn't have been happier with The Great House. The house itself has nearly everything you could ask for, right down to the high quality of the table tennis bats and seemingly endless balls! Also the little bar tucked away inside the house is a really nice touch. Timberscombe itself is a lovely picturesque village with a really good pub that provided an excellent Sunday roast for all 19 of us at once (including a really good vegetarian option). The beer was great and the locals were all really welcoming and a good laugh. Terry (the owner) was totally relaxed and made us feel very at ease. There's plenty of beautiful countryside right on the doorstep, a great fish and chip takeaway/restaurant in Minehead (Tom's Fishbar), and a brilliant coasteering/watersports outfit about an hour away (near Ilfracombe). I wouldn't hesitate to recommend The Great House to any large group, and in terms of value for money it was far better than many other similarly sized properties that I've stayed in. Thanks again Terry! Sam
Visited May 2019
Written 21 May 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Terry C
Terry C
Thanks very much Sam for what is an amazing review. I am glad it went so well, and thanks for other recommendations. The tidying up was pretty good as well. Hope to see you again sometime. Cheers Terry Terry
Written 21 May 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Chris494
Chris494
3 contributions
Perfect house for a special family get-together
Beautiful house in a lovely location. There were 22 of us and we ranged in ages from 7-88 and there was plenty of room to be able to be quiet or to be all together. Terry, the owner, could not have been more helpful in answering questions and providing information about the house and things to do in the area. Definitely good value-for-money too!
Visited April 2016 Travelled with family
Written 29 April 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
  • Watersports
  • Cycling areas
Nearby
  • Golf course (within 30 mins drive)
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Tennis court
  • Hiking areas
  • Countryside area
Bathroom and laundry
  • Iron
  • Linens provided
  • Washer
Entertainment
  • DVD player
  • Game Room
  • Ping Pong table
  • Pool table
  • Stereo system
  • Television
Living spaces
  • Highchair
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Cooker
  • Toaster
Outdoor amenities
  • Balcony
  • Private yard
  • Terrace
Indoor amenities
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Internet access
  • Cable television
Parking
  • Parking available

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Map
Access
Car advised
How to get there
We are about 45 minutes off the M5 at Bridgwater and about the same from the M5 at Taunton. If you head along the A39 towards Minehead, about 2 miles before Minehead you come to some traffic lights (a rare occurrence down here). The road is signposted the A396 to Tiverton. Here you turn left through Dunster and onto Timberscombe (about 2 miles). At Timberscombe turn left off the new bypass into the village, and you will see “The Lion” ahead of you, down the left side of the “The Lion” there is a small road, Great House street, and the “Great House” (TA24 7TQ if using a sat nav) is about 150 yards along on the left. If you wish to travel by rail, the nearest main line station is Taunton (direct line from Paddington), where there is bus connection to Minehead, from where a taxi can be picked up from very close to the bus stop. Taxi from Taunton is about £45, taxi from Minehead about £12..
Activities nearby
Fishing spots availableGolf course (within 30 mins drive)Horse riding facilitiesTennis courtWatersports

Things to know
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed
Notes from owner
Weekend Bookings are for a minimum of two nights, so usually Friday Saturday leave Sunday, but often extra night so leave Monday. Changeover day is usually Friday but some flexibility here.

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Frequently Asked Questions about The Great House

The Great House is able to accommodate up to 22 guests. See all property details.

The Great House has 7 bathrooms available. See all property details.

The Great House has 10 bedrooms available. See all property details.

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