The Kate Shepard House Bed and Breakfast

1552 Monterey Place , Mobile, AL 36604 USA (Show map)


Experience the best Mobile has to offer in this one of a kind 1897 architectural icon located in a beautiful historic district. Elegant, comfortable and memorable accommodations serving Pecan Praline French Toast, voted one of Alabama's "100 Dishes You Must Eat Before You Die". Walk the magnolia lined sidewalks, dine in one of the quaint neighborhood restaurants or shop in Mobile's unique downtown. Located minutes from the heart of Mobile and the I-10 and I-65 corridors. Beautiful gulf coast beaches are only 1 hour away. Free parking, free WiFi and a full southern breakfast each morning.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

The perfect B&B

5 on November 20, 2017

We stayed here a few months ago as part of a much larger trip, and it has remained a highlight. What a find! Wendy & Bill, and their wonderful dog, are all fantastic hosts, and full of advice and information both on the immediate area for walks and restaurants, but also further afield each way along the coast and inland: We were really impressed. The bedroom and the breakfast were both faultless, with beautiful historic touches and great attention to detail. Our only negative was that we stayed just one night and it wasn't enough. Hopefully we'll get to return one day.

Quaint B&B with attention to Comfort

5 on June 20, 2017

Outstanding stay in a truly Magnificent historic home. We stayed in a very Clean, and comfortable room. Our Accommodations were fantastic. This home is located in the historic district of Mobile on a Historic street, surrounded by other older homes. Our hosts Wendy and Bill were very friendly and welcoming. Their home is filled with so much history. Some of which was found in the attic of this delightful old home and has been preserved and put on display. I wish we could of enjoyed their hospitality for longer. We were pampered as well as entertained with a delishous breakfast which was served in such grandeur. Wow, what a great way to be treated. This place is An Exceptional B&B I'm totally Saving this info for our next visit to Mobile.

Luxury at its Finest

5 on June 13, 2017

Property and accommodations are spectacular. Exceptionally clean. Fantastic rooms and an outstanding breakfast. Our hosts Wendy and Bill were so welcoming. What a wonderful B&B. We felt Very spoiled. They were full of suggestions for local attractions, activities, dining, and were informative regarding the historical aspect of the area and their lovely home. I wish we were able to stay at this location for more than just today. So many things to see in the area, and all so close by.

Southern Comfort... Really!

4.6 on March 11, 2014

I made my way to Mobile for an industry conference, and due to the timing of the event (Right on the heels of Mardi Gras) and my tardiness in booking a room, my options were few and far between. When I finally stumbled on Wendy and the Kate Shepard House B&B, I was equal parts relieved and enthusiastic: She had 2 rooms (for me and my travel companions) and it looked like it was well received, the photos were cute, it had been in some magazines, breakfast was included. But upon my arrival, I changed my mind. Wendy is the most gracious hostess, and the detail, comfort and history of the home is incredible! She thinks of every detail (notes at the door for late check in, cookies and port in the butlers pantry for evening nightcaps, lovely smelling soaps in my room, Mardi Gras decorations and treats in each room) I stayed in the Barber's Room, and it was fabulous. The bed was exceedingly comfortable, the bathroom housed an incredible slipper tub (admittedly, no shower, though taking a bath each night before bed was awfully luxurious!) Waking up each morning to the smell of Wendy cooking breakfast was better than any alarm clock, and coming back to a tidied room with the radio softly playing each evening was truly a thoughtful touch. Speaking of breakfast, it was fabulous. Wendy was kind enough to cook us breakfast early each morning, which really made our stay that much better. She accommodated allergies with ease and her menu was absolutely delicious. Drop biscuits, souffles, praline french toast, fresh orange juice and hot coffee. This place has guest satisfaction dialed. I wasn't particularly excited for my first trip to Mobile, but I can't wait for my second!

Wonderful experience

5 on December 19, 2013

Wendy was a pleasure to deal with and a great hostess. Delicious food together with historical information about the home and the treasure of letters and documents found when they purchased the home. Everything was very clean and nicely decorated. You will not be disappointed.

Romantic Getaway

4.8 on June 26, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed the night in the Mobile Room. I would definitely suggest this room for a couple because it is so big and nice. We planned to spend the evening out seeing the sights of Mobile, but instead we spent most of the night sitting on the portch talking. The stay was very romantic, and the house is filled with evidence of its rich history. Breakfast was amazing, and you better bring your appetite! The orange juice was one of my favorite parts!

Weekend getaway

4.0 on March 15, 2011

My husband and I stayed here this past weekend for an overnight get-away. It was easy to get to, on a fairly quiet street and check in was very fast. They allowed us early check-in and late checkout by request because the room was not booked after us. Wendy and Bill are both very friendly and accomadating. We stayed in the downstairs room, Mobile Bay Room, and were pleased with its size, and loved the clawfoot tub in the bathroom. The whole house in beautifully decorated yet homey and comfortable. There is a large dog there, but he was very friendly and we didn't see dog hair anywhere (a fear I had when we booked). Bill served us a delicous breakfast and sat at the table and visited with the other two guests and us for a while. The complimentary port and sherry, as well as the sweets was a very nice touch. I highly recommend this B&B.

A day to relax

5 on January 02, 2011

My husband a native of Mobile decided that during our wonderful holiday vacation with famiy and friends we needed some downtime just us before we both started work again on MOnday. He found this WONDERFUL B and B online and totally surprised me. I can't say enough about Wendy and Bill and Koa. We watched movies, got to watch TV, had a wonderful atmosphere, walked around the neighborhood, had great cherry and brownies. Wendy gave us the historical background of the neighborhood and the area. My husband is from MObile, but as an adult is when you really start to appreciate the history and the beauty of your hometown. The room was wonderful the entire visit just made a perfect end to our holiday vacation and celebration of 2011. IF, no WHEN you are in MOBILE this is a MUST VISIT. Hands down and no questions asked! We will definitely be back for another getaway from "home"! Jason and Benita Lewis

Don't Bother Looking Anywhere Else!

5 on February 21, 2010

where to start?...everything about this place deserves a superlative! a fabulous house in a great location, Southern hospitality off the positive scale, comfort and good taste in every nook & cranny....and Praline French Toast for breakfast! thank you Wendy! thank you, Bill!

Best B&B experience I've had

5 on February 02, 2010

During an extended work assignment in Mobile, I was fortunate enough to stay with Wendy and Bill at the Kate Shepard House. It was an excellent experience, and they provided a very comfortable, relaxing, and energizing home away from home. Food, beds, and common areas (such as the porch and yard) are top quality. The surrounding neighborhood is very pleasant for walking and jogging, and convenient to neighborhood restaurants and downtown Mobile. Can't recommend highly enough!-Brian B., NJ

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Rooms & Rates

The Mobile Bay

Features a queen bed, seating area for two, private bath with claw foot tub and hand held shower

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Isabel's Room

Includes an antique iron & brass queen bed, fireplace mantle, & private bath

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Barber Room

Decorated with a crystal chandelier and Victorian paintings this room features a carved oak queen bed, seating area for two, a private bath with a double slipper tub and hand held shower, & an antique armoire

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type



Mobile, AL (MOB) 10 miles

Directions to property:

I-10 East, take Water Street exit. Take your first left on Goverment Street. Traveling west for approximately 2 1/4 miles, take a right Catherine Street. Three streets on left is Monterey Place. We are the first house on the right. I-65 South, take Dauphin Street exit. Approximately 3 miles, take a right on Catherine. Two blocks take a right on Monterey Place. We are the first house on the right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Carnival Cruise Lines Terminal, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Library, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wedding Facilities, Wired internet , Wireless Internet

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Video Arcade, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only outside on porches
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Please call to discuss
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Reservation must be guaranteed with a major credit card or personal check.
  • Cancellations: 72 HOURS



Wendy and Bill James

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About the innkeepers

After 14 years in Hawaii, we searched the south for the perfect house to fulfill our dream of owning a Bed and Breakfast. We found just that in this historic beauty. And it even came with boxes in the attic filled with treasures! On display in the library are letters and documents dating back to the early 1800's. If you like history, you will love The Kate Shepard House.

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  • Time Served: 8:30am Mon-Fri, 9am Sat-Sun
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Pecan Praline French Toast
Voted one of Alabama's dishes to eat before you die!The south’s famous sweet and creamy praline sauce baked with French bread creates a rich new breakfast tradition.