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“A golden house”
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 March 30, 2013

This late Elizabethen country hose is made of golden coloured local stone which glws even under a grey, cold sky. It was substantially remodelled a century or so later and recieved further "improvements" in the early 20th Century, when occupied by Lord Curzon who had returned to Enland after being Viceroy of India (it was the house in which his notorious pride took a dent when he failed to become Prime Minister. The house was almst empty when acquired by the National Trust so most of the furnishings, though in character, come from elsewhere, however the panalling, plasterwork and fireplaces are largely original. The Long Gallery on the upper floor, a wonderful space, houses a collection of Jacobean portraits from the National Portrait Gallery. Talks are given explaining the background of the pictures - we caught one on the family portail of George Villers Duke f Buckingham - a less than reputable but significant figure during the reigns of James I and Charles I after whom a group of streets around Charing Cross in London are named. It was interesting.
On this visit the weather was not apropriate for looking round the gardens, which appeared to be very oood, but the cafe, serving standard National Trust fare was very welcome. There are also catering options in the attractive village outside the gates.

Thank railtraveller65
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

We visited Montacute house for a day trip, and the first thing we noticed was just how friendly everyone was, and this was a freezing good friday morning! So nice to be greeted with smiles! They offer a talk on the history of the house, which was very interesting, then we went to explore. The gardens are just beautiful, very well maintained, I should imagine in the summer they would be a riot of colour. They had lovely areas that children could run, and a couple of tree swings, it is a very "child friendly" place, both in the gardens and inside the property, where there are puzzles and interactive displays. As a grown up, its also great, there are so many rooms you can visit, and whats nice is that you can linger a while in each, and really explore the history. Upstairs there is the long gallery with some amazing paintings from the national gallery . A very recommended day out!

Thank storyman
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Large interesting manor house, with a number of rooms to view over 3 floors. There are also extensive grounds to view (look out for the unmanned robot lawn mowers!). Mini cream tea in the cafe was good value and very tasty!

Thank colinBasingstoke
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

We went to look at the gardens as we thought the house was closed.We very happy to find there were guided tours of the house explaining how it is put to sleep etc. A very interesting time indeed.And the food in the cafe was really good.We shall be going back once the house is open for the season.

Thank Theresa C
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

This is a beautiful stately home, I have even joined the National Trust because of my visit. Fabulous House, Beautiful Gardens, well worth a visit.

Thank Denise H
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