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 house was built in the19th century by an industrialist who also created Ellesmere's twin property next door for his family to be together yet apart. You can still see the traces of his legacy - a small, carved wooden door is 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 and there is a still-working servants bell - excellent for persuading children to come downstairs! Melanie, a journalist by training, and Martin, a long-time exhibitor at the Chelsea Flower Show with his pots and follies, have maintained the house's original ethos and offer a warm welcome all year round. Their aim is for everyone to have as happy and comfortable stay as possible and to make people 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 nearby
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 is one of our favourites in Bruton. For 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 delicious three-course suppers at Ellesmere for £20 per head. Phone for info.
Extraordinary places to visit and explore in our area
The Newt (right) opened to great fanfare in May 2019. It lived up to expectations, rapidly becoming one of the most significant gardens and grounds to have been created in 200 years. Its hotel, which opened three months later, is one of the top in the UK. The whole complex, converted from an old English estate, is a mere mile away from us. Other amazing attractions nearby include the world-renowned Hauser & Wirth gallery in in Bruton with its garden created by the Dutch designer Piet Oudolf (a destination in its own right) Stourhead with its amazing gardens is nearby too. Other sights include Glastonbury Tor which we can see from the house, Haynes Motor Museum, Yeovilton Air Museum and plenty more.
Seek out excellent local cheese and cider producers nearby
Somerset is a haven for amazing cheese and cider makers. The most well known cider baron is Julian Temperley, whose daughter Alice is the designer. In 1989, his farm was granted the UK's first ever full cider-distillery licence. It has won several awards ever since. For cheese lovers, the Westcombe Dairy farm shop is a real taste-bud treat. The dairy has branched into ice creams, delicious ricotta and more recently salami. Other cheese favourites are Montgomery, with its great shop in North Cadbury, and Godminster which has a store in Bruton. For a one pitstop shop, Charlie at The Deli Castle Cary stocks a good range of local produce and knows how to keep cheese. Charles Dowding is another well known figure for his salad leaves and his no dig approach to growing vegetables. He runs popular courses on the subject. Cary's fab local Bailey Hill Bookshop stocks his books.
Attending a wedding or celebration? Stay here
There are a number of fabulous wedding and party venues near us, tnot least Cadbury Court (left) at North Cadbury, a few minutes away. We are specialists in looking after our party guests and our 'morning after' breakfast which includes bacon butties for non-vegetarians and vegans are hugely popular. Many guests and prospective brides researching the area pass through our doors.
We had a wonderful time at this B&B. We were in town for a wedding. The hosts were wonderful, highly accommodating to our every need. We recommend staying here.
Kathy B from South Carolina