Historic southern mansion transformed to unique bed and breakfast

A little bit of this … a little bit of that … fresh paint and an eclectic array of furniture and furnishings …

These things and lots of imagination brought revitalization and transformation to the 1854 historic Melrose House in Montgomery just over a year ago when John and Nicola discovered the beautiful historic home on Nicola’s birthday.


Southern pecan trees and majestic oaks welcome visitors to Hodge Podge Lodge in historic Montgomery.

And, though Nicola says John first asked “what would we do with it if we had it?” she fell in love with the place and told him she knew exactly what she wanted to do. He couldn’t say no to her dream, and within a mere three months, it emerged into Hodge Podge Lodge – an elegant bed and breakfast and event facility.

Texas Historic Landmark

Historical MarkerThis great mansion was built in 1854 by J.E. Shelton, featuring hand-planed siding, and pegged and morticed framework. It received its historical marker in 1966. Nicola and John are dedicated to the restoration of this extraordinary home, along with its beautiful grounds and original buildings on the property.

Exquisite Decor

Vintage furnishings throughout the house create an old-fashioned, yet elegant, feel Whether furnished with magnificently ornate or charmingly simple pieces, the rooms are comfortable and inviting to guests of all ages.

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“Giddy’s Cottage” …

… named for a ‘Nanna-ism’ that Nicola’s Nanna Beryl used to say: “Oh, my giddy grandma!” which is much like the saying “Heavens to Betsy,” — stands separate from the main house. With a queen size bed, a comfortable futon, and two twin-size beds in the loft, the Cottage sleeps 5 to 6 people.