Ellesmere House, South Street, Castle Cary, Somerset BA7 7EX

+44 (0) 7950 377571

As seen in the telegraph

Home From Home B&B Castle Cary

Ellesmere is a large home from home B&B. It is somewhere to feel totally relaxed as if you are in your own house. We do sumptuous breakfasts including home-made granola and muesli. We also serve a full array of other cereals, delicious yoghurt, home-made jams and local bread. We serve kitchen suppers on request. Good, home-cooked food is our priority and we can cater for most dietary requirements from gluten free through to vegan. The house is a beautifully elegant, three-floored, double-fronted Victorian property five minutes walk from the centre of the Castle Cary.

"With an eye for design and yet so comfortable, Ellesmere House is in an exquisite part of the country. Melanie made us feel special, like family members. The room was perfect with a large comfortable bed, fresh milk, tea-making facilities and two bathrooms to die for!!"

"We had a fantastic time and we will definitely be back."

"Wonderful stay - super hosts. Very welcoming. Superb breakfast, doggy heaven too. We have to return"

"Both Melanie and Martin are wonderful people. Thank you both. We had such a lovely stay, the house was warm and welcoming. Easy to find with plenty of off street parking. Martin and Melanie were very accommodating and ensured we had everything we needed, showed us where everything was around the house and made sure we had everything we needed before we settled in for the evening."

"Great weekend with extended family in the beautifully decorated Ellesmere House with the perfect hosts Martin and Mel who could not do enough for us. Lovely relaxed atmosphere, lay in free standing bath and watched deer in the field behind before being offered fresh duck eggs and a lift to our party. Felt like we were leaving family friends by the end. We will definitely be back . If in Castle Cary you will not be disappointed if you stay at a Ellesmere House. Thank you from all the Gardner’s"

Friendly family home

We are a husband and wife team. Our aim is to make sure we keep everyone feeling as if they are very much at home. All our rooms are named after our children.

Martin used to exhibit at Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court every year and is known for his Gothic follies. He now helps run the house. Melanie is a journalist who has won awards for her work, and been featured in interior magazines for her design eye supporting British makers. They are both foodies.


Martin is obsessed with food programmes. Melanie makes the dishes in the house's Aga. Food is her hobby. We have four children between us and love having a sense of family around. We are also passionate about the countryside. Martin grew up in the area and knows all there is to know about the region. Melanie came to the area from London 13 years ago. 

Reasons to be here

Our guests come here for a variety of reasons including holidays, events, work, to see local galleries, explore the area, visit family and more.​ We have people staying from all over the world. Most people enjoy feeling at home here.

We offer advice on taxi services. Alternatively Martin can drive you to a location given notice. We often pick people up from Castle Cary station. There is another mainline station at Templecombe running from Waterloo.

Martin is a font of advice on local food specialities, shops and restaurants. We also have good connections with some of the top local restaurants and pubs and can book tables. We can suggest walks, places to visit and things to do and see. 

We are five minutes from Castle Cary station by car; 20 minutes on foot. Major road networks are nearby and Bristol airport is easy to get to. 

Our breakfasts

Since we are foodies, we pride ourselves on providing good local produce and a great fare for breakfast. We bake our croissants fresh. We make our own granola and muesli as well as jams and marmalades. Our eggs are sensational - they come from a smallholding up the road. Martin is noted for his coffee, all made fresh on the morning

Continental breakfast is free. It includes, yoghurts, juices, smoothies, fruit salad, cereals and cooked eggs - scrambled is our speciality. We can cater for most dietary requirements. Just give us notice in advance of any intolerances.

We cook a full English breakfast on request for £7.50. We also make Eggs Benedict and pancakes on request. Please let us know your requirement on arrival. 


Breakfast is in the kitchen by the Aga. A fire is lit in winter. In Summer, guests eat outside on our terrace.

Our supper menus are seasonal and cost £20 per head on a BYOB basis.



We have an array of wonderful places to explore and see in and around around the Castle Cary area. 


Local attractions include:

  • Haynes Motor Museum - one of the top classic car centres in the world

  • Hauser & Wirth - a contemporary art gallery of world renown. Piet Oufolf 

  • Stourhead House & Garden - probably one of the top National Trust gardens in the UK and famous for its Palladian bridge plus its wonderful walks. 

  • The Newt