The Residential Home built by the Community

Fifty years of care


To enquire about vacancies, please contact the Karen on : 01460 52077








There are 30 single rooms, all with en-suite facilities. Each is equipped with call bell and there is provision for a personal TV. Where appropriate, residents may bring furniture and have a private telephone installed. (Telephone costs remain the responsibility of the resident)


Wi-fi is available throughout the home, free of charge.


We have two lounges, one with television and there is full central heating throughout. Residents enjoy a sunny courtyard area and attractive flower gardens.



Many of our wonderful staff have been with us for some years. They are fully trained and are available to assist with all aspects of personal care and the activities of daily life. They provide the warm, caring and friendly atmosphere which our residents so value. Continuity of care is assured day and night and includes the supervision and administration of prescribed medications.


Dining Arrangements

Quality of food is important to us and our meals are prepared with locally sourced, fresh ingredients, with the menu offering choices. We are careful to observe personal preferences and cater for special diets. Meals may be served in residents' rooms but we do encourage the valuable social interaction afforded by eating in the dining areas.

With prior arrangement, relatives and friends are most welcome to join residents for a meal and tea and coffee are always available to visitors.



Local doctors offer excellent support, as do district nurses and the pharmacy. A chiropodist visits, as does an optician and arrangements may be made to attend appointments for other services. Our hairdresser is available in the home each week, in our own salon.


Social Life

Vaughan Lee House is very much a part of the local Ilminster community and is generously supported by groups and organisations who visit from time to time. A Church of England Communion Service is held regularly and a Methodist Service arranged quarterly.


Karen Roberts and her staff endeavour to make Vaughan Lee House as much a home as possible and they are always pleased to chat with residents and to offer help when advice is sought. Residents are encouraged to live as full a life as they are able and to go out as often as they wish. We welcome visits from friend and relatives.


The Friends of Vaughan Lee regularly visit the home to help serve coffee and tea and to talk with residents.  They also offer much appreciated help with fund-raising and other endeavours.



Activities are organised in the mornings and include:

Arts and crafts
Card games
Reminiscence therapy
Visiting entertainers
Visits by Birds of Prey or Donkey Sanctuary
Residents' meetings
Minibus trips to Garden Centres with stop for coffee
Seaside outings
Cream teas at Maunsel Lock
Christmas shopping and Christmas lights
Broadwindsor craft centre
Animal sanctuary visits


Day Care

We do appreciate that leaving home for life in residential care is not an easy decision. Vaughan Lee House provides day care, partly to relieve the loneliness of isolated living but also to give an opportunity to find out about life here. A complimentary day is offered to prospective daily visitors. Those attending for Day Care arrive from 10am and we provide mid-morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea, followed by high tea at 5:30pm.


Respite Care

Short term residency is often available to provide families and carers with respite for holidays or absences and we make every effort to accommodate temporary stays which fit around the needs of individuals.



Enquires for all types of care are most welcome and our Manager Karen, or Deputy Manager Alison, will be pleased to discuss your requirements. Fees include care, all meals, heating, lighting and laundry.