21 The Borough

Montacute, Somerset
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)7952 790652 / +44 (0)1935 826374
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Very relaxed and friendly B&B in a lovely old Hamstone village house with a garden, just opposite Elizabethan Renaissance Montacute House


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome

The Experience

Take a book to the garden room which has a log-burner, comfy sofa, chairs and TV; the more formal sitting room with open fire looks over the garden. You eat breakfast in a glass dining room with colourful mosaic tiles or in the garden in summer and there’s another space next to the kitchen for relaxing. You’re welcome to light fires and make yourselves at home.

Start the day with croissants and fruit, then bacon or smoked salmon with eggs. In summer doors will be flung open to a pretty walled garden with flagstone paths round a box-hedged lawn and a rose arch. It’s peaceful and private and the views are of the church tower and Ham Hill behind. Bedrooms (there’s an extra one with a shared bathroom for members of the same party) are all upstairs and a good size overlooking garden or square.

There are two pubs in the village and some top notch restaurants a short drive away. Somerton is the county town and has a market on the last Friday of the month.

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We think you'll love

  • Staying in the heart of such a beautiful village and being able to visit Montacute House and Gardens
  • Having so much to explore from the doorstep and some wonderful walks
  • Cosying up in front of one of the fires at the house in the evening
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You should know

  • Only one bedroom has an en suite bathroom
  • There are no TVs in the bedrooms
  • Four cats share the house but they tend to scarper when guests appear


  • Swimming pool
  • EV charger
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Min stay: 2 nights on weekends and in high season mid-week. 3rd room (double) is available £100-£110 - shares bathroom with twin/double so suitable for the same group.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £100
1 Twin/double
From £100
1 Double
From £120



Fabulous b@b, in perfect location. Fiona is an amazing hostess, offering wonderful breakfast selection after a great nights sleep in a comfortable bed with quality linen and towels. We will return.

Katy, London

Lovely home in beautiful hamstone village directly opposite pub and another one in the village. We preferred the Kings Arms . Blessed with good weather enabled us to take full advantage of Fiona’s garden . Spotlessly clean accommodation, fabulous interiors : we loved the bear in the hall. Wonderful breakfast and a great host in Fiona who was extremely helpful.

Gill, Bamburgh

Lovely village house in beautiful quiet location. A very warm welcome from Fiona, the perfect hostess. Comfortable rooms and bed. Despite being on the front, no noise from the street. Very attractive private garden. A great breakfast and nothing was too much trouble. (Oh, and the cats do scarper on sight!). Only regret: we only stayed one night. We will be back.

Simon & Catherine, Jesmond

This is a lovely house with a very welcoming host. Breakfast was amazing and nothing was too much trouble. The location is perfect for exploring the area - Ham Hill had the most amazing views! Fiona was very helpful with her local knowledge and suggestions of where to go. Definitely somewhere we would visit again!

Clare, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

A beautiful home whose Hamstone glows in the sun, slap bang in the middle of a charming Somerset village. You'll be warmly welcomed by Fiona before heading out on foot to explore a National Trust treasure on your doorstep. Stride off towards miles of footpaths, choose one of the nearby pubs for a well earned drink, return home to cosy up by the fire.

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The neighbourhood

From the front door you can wander around the village for a post office, two churches and the pubs. For dining out, the excellent Holm in South Petherton is a 10-minute drive, 28 Market Place in Somerton, 15, and The Old Pharmacy in Bruton, 30 minutes. Castle Cary, another market town also has more good restaurants, delis and galleries. The Jurassic coast is 45 minutes for superb beaches.

Local points of interest from Fiona McCrae

  • Somerton, the ancient capital of Wessex and the origins of the county name, is a 20-minute drive. It has a wealth of historic buildings, plus the fantastic restaurant 28 Market Place. The market is on the last Friday of every month (except. Jan/Feb).
  • Lytes Cary Manor is a medieval manor with a beautiful Arts and Crafts garden, owned by the National Trust, a 10-min drive from here. Some more wonderful days out include Barrington Court, a Tudor manor house near Ilminster (10 miles) and Montacute House.
  • More National Trust gems include Tintinhull Garden (2.5 miles) and Stourhead house and its magnificent park, a 45-minute drive. Or, head to Sherborne, a very attractive town with antique shops, abbey, castle and gardens (10 miles).
  • Visit Wells (40-mins) for the famous cathedral, abbey and gardens, or the market every Weds and Sat. Frome is just a little further down the road, fantastic for independent shops and cafes, and has a Wednesday and Saturday market too.
  • Burrow Hill Cider Farm is a 20-minute drive – tour the orchards, farm, distillery, shop and walk to the top of the hill for views of the Somerset Levels and on a clear day, Glastonbury Tor. For the Tor and medieval abbey it’s a 30-min drive from the B&B.
  • Bruton is a 30-min drive, famous for its art centre Hauser & Wirth on the farm (it has a train station too – a 20-minute journey from Yeovil). Or if driving, The Newt, a country estate with beautiful gardens open to the public is worth a visit on the way.


Fiona McCrae

Fiona and her husband moved here from Newcastle in 2018, both having retired from the Bar. Her approach to B&B is very informal and easy-going - no 'private' signs here! She knows the area well and can give good tips about walks and places to visit - she very much enjoys meeting people, is interesting and interested.