So good even the dog wants one!
Hosts Martin and Melanie are known for their generous breakfasts. Martin is a coffee-maker worthy of barrister status and an excellent scrambled egg aficianada. Melanie makes our popular granola and muesli which guests often ask the recipe for. She also creates her own marmalade and jams, as well as a variety of seasonal compotes using ingredients sourced locally or from the garden. Breakfast is around the kitchen table or, if the weather is good, outside on the terrace at the back of the house under umbrellas. All dietary requirements are catered for, even canine, so thinks Willow!
with plenty of food on offer
Fiona from Hertfordshire
In the heart of the Somerset countryside
Castle Cary, no more than a 90 minute train ride from London, is a tantalising gateway to the West Country. Ellesmere itself is within walking distance of Cary's centre, its market square, historic buildings, station, eateries and shops, which makes it perfectly located to enjoy both the joys of town and the surrounding countryside. Lodge Hill (left) is at the back of our house and stretches along the south side of town. It is the site of the original Medieval castle (now no more than a few low mounds) and is a natural playground for children, dogs and adults. The local primary school is at its base as is the main town pub. We can access the hill directly from the house via the garden. For walkers it marks the start of the Macmillan Way, founded by one of Cary's forefathers.
A Warm And Friendly Welcome From The Hosts
Ellesmere is very much a family house and has a lovely friendly feel the moment you walk through the door. The house was built in the mid 19th century by an industrialist who also created the property next door (Ellesmere's twin) entirely for his family to be together yet apart. You can still see the traces of his legacy in the house - a small, carved wooden larder door is still in the kitchen where the butcher would leave his deliveries. Much of the door furniture is original as is the stained glass above the front door. Melanie and Martin have kept maintained the house's original family-friendly ethos and offer a warm welcome all year round to guests. Their aim is for everyone to have as happy and comfortable stay as possible and to make them feel at home.
What a delightful welcome. A homely feeling and great room. Melanie and Martin are wonderful hosts
Denise from Lincoln
Fabulous places to eat, drink and be merry
We are huge foodies and a font of knowledge on all the places to eat and drink in the area. We have some amazing places to head to from Michelin star fayre to good local pub food from The Bay Tree just 100 yards on from our front door. Hauser & Wirth's Roth Bar & Grill (left) is one of our favourites in Bruton. For top inspired dining we recommend The Clockspire, Milborne Port, our top treaty choice with wonderful staff and service. Osip in Bruton has been written about in superlative tones by the food critics and Cary itself has some good places to eat. There are some excellent pubs and brasseries short car drives away as well. Just ask us and we'll help you choose and book a table for you. In addition, we do tasty three course suppers at Ellesmere for £20 per head on request.
Extraordinary places to visit
The Newt (right) opened to great glory in May 2019. The hype beforehand was huge and it lived up to every expectation, rapidly becoming one of the most significant gardens to have been created in 200 years. It's hotel, which opened three months later, was described as newcomer of the year.