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“Really lovely family home”
Review of Montacute House

Montacute House
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Montacute
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Owner description: Built at the end of the 16th century, this is considered one of the most beautiful Elizabethan houses in England, which was a symbol of Sir Edward Phelips' wealth and high social standing.
Reviewed October 2, 2012

A well furnished "family" house with lovely gardens in a beautiful village.
Visited with a group of 25 older friends who all really enjoyed the visit. We ate at the on site restaurant - home-made soup with a wonderful cob roll and home-made cake - excellent, good value. It is a National Trust property so free to members. Well worth the visit!

Thank LubylouSurrey
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

We have just joined the national trust and this property and the portraits held within are well worth a visit. The staff are very helpful and pleasant, you must visit.
Lovely afternoon visit.

Thank Michelle D
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

Montacute House is a late Elizabethan country house situated in the South Somerset village of Montacute. This house is a textbook example of English architecture during a period that was moving from the medieval Gothic to the Renaissance Classical; this has resulted in Montacute being regarded as one of the finest houses to survive from the Elizabethan era. It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade I listed building, and Scheduled Ancient Monument. It was visited by 110,529 people in 2009.

Designed by an unknown architect, the three floored mansion, constructed of the local Ham Hill stone, was built circa 1598 by Sir Edward Phelips, Master of the Rolls. His descendants occupied the house until the early 20th century. Following a brief period, when the house was let to tenants, it was acquired by the National Trust in 1927. Today, it is fully open to the public. Since 1975, the mansion's Long Gallery, the longest in England, has served as a regional outpost of the National Portrait Gallery and displays an important collection of oils and watercolours contemporary to the house.

Excellent restaurant and gardens make this place ideal for families, the house is not as grand as some stately homes, but very easy to get around, the top floor features portraits from The National Portrait Gallery.

Thank Trevor O
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

very good beautifull house and grounds the village was lovelly and all the surrounding country side near to yevil and ilminster .

Thank kay m
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Reviewed September 27, 2012 via mobile

As a NT member we always try to visit local to where we are staying which allow dogs. This is a delight if you love our history and Art. The house currently displays artwork from the National Portrait Gallery which fit wonderfully into the history of the house

The tea room garden allows dogs which is great for us to take turns in going around the house. There are beautiful walks around the estate too.

Thank TracyHSwansea_Wales
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