Fab rooms and breakfasts
so good even the dog wants one!
Hosts Martin and Melanie are noted for being supremely welcoming and for their generous breakfasts. Martin is a coffee-maker worthy of barrister status and his scrambled eggs are legendary. 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. Bread is from one of our excellent local artisan bakers.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 our Italian greyhound, whippet cross.
On the edge of town and in the heart of beautiful Somerset countryside
Castle Cary is wonderful historic market regarded as the gateway to the West Country. The house is on the edge of town and 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. We back onto farmland owned by the spectacular country estate The Newt In Somerset, the entrance for which is a mere mile away. The land is also the site of Cary's original castle and is crossed by the Macmillan Way, founded by and named after a Cary former resident.
Great rooms and 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 the 19th-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.
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Fabulous places to eat, drink and be merry nearby
We are foodies and a font of knowledge on all the places to eat and drink and 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, together with its fab wine bar and bistro junior sibling The Old Pharmacy, and there are some excellent pubs and brasseries around too, including The Queen's Arms in Corton Denham, The Red Lion at Babcary and The Montague Inn. Just ask us and we'll help you choose and book a table for you. Contact us for info.
Extraordinary places to visit and explore
The Newt in Somerset 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 new Roman Villa, a replica of an original which once stood on the site, opened in Summer 2022 and has rapidly become a must-see site. Other amazing attractions nearby include the internationally acclaimed contemporary art gallery, Hauser & Wirth Somerset in Bruton, with its garden created by the Dutch designer Piet Oudolf. The legendary Stourhead House & Gardens is a Capability Brown masterpiece and there are plenty of other sights including Glastonbury Tor, Haynes Motor Museum, Fleet Air Arm Museum and many guests love using us as a base to head to Bath or Stonehenge as well. Contact us for further ideas.
Shop and seek out excellent local cheese and cider producers
Somerset is a haven for amazing cheese and cider producers, including legendary cider baron Julian Temperley. In 1989, Julian's farm was granted the UK's first ever full cider-distillery licence, and in 2020 Julian's fashion designer daughter Alice moved her emporium to nearby Ilminster. For cheese lovers, the Westcombe Dairy farm shop is a taste-bud treat. Other cheese favourites are Montgomery, and Godminster. For a one-stop pitstop, head to Pinsents, Castle Cary, which stocks a good range of local produce. 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.