The Residential Care Home built by the Community... Celebrating over 40 years!

Accommodation -

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To enquire about vacancies, please contact the Manager on 01460 52077.

We have 30 single rooms, all of which are en-suite. All are complete with a fitted call system together with provision for a personal television. Where appropriate, residents may bring their own furniture and also have an individual telephone installed.

There are two lounges, one with television, and there is full central heating throughout the Home. During the summer months, Residents can enjoy a pleasant south-facing patio and attractive flower garden.


Our experienced staff are on hand and able to assist with bathing, grooming, dressing and all activities of daily life, always providing a warm, caring and very friendly atmosphere. Continuity of care is assured day and night, including the supervision and administration of prescribed medication.

Dining Arrangements

Food is a priority at Vaughan Lee House. Our meals are prepared using locally sourced, fresh ingredients and there is always choice on the menu. Special diets can be catered for and personal preference is observed. Whilst meals can be served in residents' rooms, dining is a very sociable occasion and we encourage our residents to enjoy their meals in the communal dining rooms.

Relatives and friends are welcome to join residents for any meal, with prior arrangement and are always welcome to visit for tea or coffee at any time. Please see the enclosed sample menus.


Local GP's within close proximity offer excellent support as do the District Nurses and our local Pharmacy. A Chiropodist visits at regular intervals and individual arrangements can be made for treatment by Dentists and Opticians. A qualified hairdresser is available at the Home twice weekly.

Social Life

Vaughan Lee House is very much a part of the local Ilminster Community and is generously supported by many groups and organisations who also visit the Home from time to time. A Church of England Communion Service is held regularly and a Methodist Service is arranged quarterly. Ministers of other denominations are always welcomed. 

The Head of Home and Staff endeavour to make Vaughan Lee House as much like home as possible and they are always pleased to chat with residents and to give help on any matters when advice is sought. They encourage residents to live as full a life as they are able and to go out as and when they wish. We welcome friends and relatives when they are able to visit. 

 The Friends of Vaughan Lee House arrange outings and regularly visit the Home to serve coffee and tea and to talk with residents. 




Activities are scheduled every morning at 10:00am.

  • Table skittles
  • Bingo
  • Quoits
  • Cards
  • Quizzes
  • Keep fit
  • Dominoes
  • Memory Lane - quiz based on reminiscence therapy
  • One to one chats

Monthly In-house

  • Sing along
  • Home visits from Entertainment Companies (show tunes, country western sing song)
  • Armchair Travel DVDs from around the world
  • Sing-song with the Piano
  • Visits by Birds of Prey or Donkey Sanctuary (when possible)

Monthly outings

  • Garden centres with a stop for coffee or tea
  • Sea side trips
  • Cream teas at Maunsel Lock
  • Christmas shopping
  • Broadwindsor Craft Centre
  • Animal Sanctuary visits
  • Christmas lights drive-by

Day Care

To leave one's own home is a major step and the Vaughan Lee House provides Day Care, partly to relieve the loneliness of living alone and partly to give people an opportunity to find out about life here. A complimentary day is always offered to a prospective resident.

Day Care visitors are welcome to arrive from 10am. We provide mid-morning coffee, lunch, a cup of tea in the afternoon, followed by high tea at 5:30pm.

Respite Care

Short term residency is nearly always available to provide families and carers with relief for holidays or absences. Every effort is made to accommodate temporary residents, at times which suit their requirements.


Enquiries for all types of care are most welcome at all times and the Head of Home will be pleased to discuss and assist with individual requirements. The very reasonable fees include full board, heating, lighting and laundry. 

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