Old Reading Room

Frome, Somerset
Bed & Breakfast


An eclectic home with comfy bedrooms in the eaves. Relaxing B&B with views of woodland and fields, a cottage garden and a friendly poodle

Bedroom

2 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The
Experience

Mells is a treasure with its medieval centre and liberal sprinkling of charming cottages; you’ll find Vicky and John’s attractive house down a track in the quiet wooded valley. It’s a home with a friendly feel: books, art, pots of flowers, intriguing finds from family travels, comfy sofas around the wood-burner. Beds are wrapped in fine cotton and colourful quilts; sweet bathrooms have scented candles. Come down for breakfast in the kitchen – homemade bread, eggs from happy hens – delivered by a friend on a pony! Sunny cottage garden, walks from the door, a five-minute drive to Babington House… and entertaining hosts.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Flexible. Telephone: +44 (0)1373 813487
Check out
By 11am
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Meals
Pubs/restaurants 5-minute walk.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £95
Surcharges
Singles £95.
2 Doubles
From £95

Reviews

A glorious stay! Comfy bed, superb surroundings and a generous, kind and caring host who made us feel incredibly welcome. The Talbot pub is just moments away and Babington a short drive - highly recommend!

Jules, London

We stayed over Easter and had a lovely time. The village of Mells is very pretty and has a great pub (The Talbot). The B&B was a good base in which to explore the area. John and Vicky were wonderful hosts, really welcoming and relaxed. We took our 4 year old with us and they were great with him, even giving him an Easter egg. The breakfast was delicious and Vicky made a huge effort to ensure we had everything we needed. The house is lovely and our room in the attic was homely, comfortable and clean. It felt pretty private because you have the top floor to yourself. We'd recommend a stay :)

Carrie

My step-brother had taken over Babbington House for his very smart wedding and we were recommended the Old Reading Room In Mells to stay in - It was Amazing! - from the moment we arrived we were made to feel so welcome, the property is very special with a wonderful first floor drawing room and lovely bedrooms, extremely comfortable beds linen etc - there was even a lovely diptych scented candle in the bathroom - I look forward to returning for a longer visit - John and Vicky rock!

Nicholas

I cannot recommend Vicky and John's beautiful Old Reading Rooms enough. The most wonderful hosts, with an equally wonderful house with a great room in the perfect location and a delicious breakfast. We were attending a wedding at Babington House and it was the perfect location. The village of Mells is lovely and provided a delightful afternoon tea and stroll before the evening's activities. Ten out of ten.

Hannah

Excellent bedroom and delicious breakfast. Our hosts were charming and friendly, driving us to a local restaurant and even offering us an aperitif. I wouldn't hesitate recommending them.

Dominic

Lovely rooms, warm and inviting hosts and a delicious breakfast to round it all off. Highly recommended.

Will

Vicky and John's house is a fantastic place to stay. Shame we did not have more time to enjoy as we were visiting for a wedding. Vicky and John were perfect hosts and the breakfast was divine. The bed was also extremely comfortable and the surroundings beautiful. Lamb the dog is a star too. Thank you. Would definitely recommend and stay again.

Paul

Vicky and John couldnt have been more charming or more welcoming during our 2 night visit - it was like staying with close friends. Our bedroom was very comfortable and the en suite bathroom with its wonderful roll top bath was very well appointed. Breakfast each morning was delicious preceded as it was by a warm greeting from their effervescent poodle puppy. Mells is a charming village and The Reading Room is within a short walk of the wonderful local gastropub, The Talbot, the village store and the beautiful parish church. And dont forget the Mulberry outlet and Babington House. Bliss!

Amanda

It was just perfect, beautiful setting, a really warm welcome, lovely room with all you could need, very comfortable bed and fantastic cooked breakfast. Thank you very much. Just hope we can come back soon!

Hanna

Oh my goodness - what a find! My husband & I were lucky enough to stumble upon Vicky & John's magical home. We had the most wonderful stay, not only in divine surroundings but made all the better by our fabulous host & hostess. We'd like to adopt Vicky & John and as 'second parents' - if they'll oblige?! We feel we've made good friends & cannot wait to return to the Macdonalds’. Our room was incredibly clean with en-suite roll-top bath & shower. Tea, coffee & hot chocolate in the room with yummy cookies. Vicky & John, the perfect team: breakfast fit for a king / queen. Bring on our next visit

Sarah

This was our second visit to stay at 'The Old Reading Room' and it was such a pleasure; a wonderful welcome, friendly and very kind people. A home rom home. We stayed four nights and ate delicious breakfasts and slept in a comfortable bed in a cosy room with en suite bathroom. We had a most enjoyable break and plan to return soon.

Elizabeth, Winchester

It is probably hard to find a B&B with the perfect balance of amazing food, comfortable rooms, idyllic surroundings and very welcoming hosts. They were very accommodating throughout the trip (with our 15 month old going through a particularly challenging tantrum phase) and also when we fell ill and may have needed to reschedule. John and Vicky were perfectly understanding and very gracious. We had long, lazy breakfasts with them full of spirited conversations and amazing food. Vicky’s breakfast is truly the stuff of legends! We are definitely going back!

Amrutha, London

Vicky & John are truly wonderful hosts. This was our 2nd time at The Old Reading Room & it was like being with family! Their home is simply magical, in a divine spot, secluded & yet mins away from the picturesque Mells. The bedrooms are spotlessly clean. The duvet and beds were like sleeping on clouds! The breakfast - only fit for a king & queen. Honestly can't wait to visit again soon. Thank you both for a magical stay.

Sarah, London

A warm warm welcome, (with help and assistance in advance on restaurants). A beautiful home, shared in a perfect balance of guest and host. Immaculately clean, lovingly decorated and furnished and a pleasure to stay in. We stayed for two nights and without a doubt I'd rate it as amongst the finest we've chosen. And breakfast was sumptuous, with good ingredients and well cooked. With our mental batteries recharged from this superb break, we returned home smiling and happy to have stayed. Thank you.

Matt, Aylesbury

Delightful BNB. Fabulous architecture. Two spacious rooms. Comfortable beds, lovely bedlinen, very good en suite facilities. Really kind and helpful hosts and great breakfast in large country kitchen.

Louise, Chipping campden

Beautiful surroundings and a relaxing enviroment, near Bath. Friendly inviting owners and a peaceful night's sleep. I really enjoyed the breakfast. I recommend at least two nights in this lovely house.

Federica

I recently stayed at the Old Reading Room and I can happily say that it was the best B&B I have stayed in. Vicky and John took such great care of me, above and beyond all expectations. I'm really hoping to get the opportunity to go there again and spend a little longer. I can't recommend this place highly enough, simply lovely.

Rebecca

Wonderful stay - gorgeous place, amazing breakfast, lovely surroundings. Plus the hosts were great fun - would have happily spent hours longer chatting at the kitchen table had we not had a birthday to get to... Definitely recommended.

Claire

John and Vicky were amazing hosts. From the minute we arrived we were made to feel so welcome. The rooms are lovely and cosy and breakfast was delicious. Definitely highly recommended.

Sam

The guest house was very comfortable and spacious,with a gracious,historical and comfortable atmosphere.The owners were delightful and very helpful. Breakfast was lovely and it was in a beautiful location,a short walk to the pub.

Rosalind, Salisbury

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Vicky & John Macdonald

  • Stunning medieval Mells. Selwood Street, The famous Talbot Inn, St Andrew's Church, and our lovely friendly community-owned shop, PO and Café.
  • Babington House 5 minutes drive (we'll drop you there for weddings). Walks from 1 to 4 hours - detailed written guides.
  • 20-30 minutes drive to Wells (amazing Cathedral and interesting medieval town),Roman and Georgian UNESCO-site Bath (all amazing!), Glastonbury (The famous Tor and the home of the music Festival, Bradford and Longleat, Bruton (Hauser and Wirth),
  • Close to the Sustrans bike route (and tunnel) to Bath. Great Houses and Gardens to visit - Stourhead (where Chippendale learnt his craft), Montacute House (used for Wolf Hall), Longleat (wonderful house, events and Safari Park)
  • 10 minute drive to Frome - the home of vintage clothing, a monthly super-market (town filled with artisan stalls)
  • And we don't insist on a minimum stay