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“Great way to spend a day”
Review of Montacute House

Montacute House
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Montacute
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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 July 23, 2013

I was staying in Montacute for a wedding and had the day after free before catching a flight back from Bristol, so spent the day at Montacute House. It proved a very good choice - the house is a lovely old building that is well worth a wander (for anyone who has seen the Emma Thompson/Kate Winslet/Hugh Grant/Alan Rickman version of Sense and Sensibility, this is the house is which Marianne is so ill at the end), the gardens are also nice with lots of areas for children to run around and play in, and there's two big displays in the house (besides the usual rooms), one of a large collection of samplers and the other of a host of portraits on loan from the National Gallery in London. Also a very nice cafe.

I'd recommend about 2-3 hours but you could easily spend longer if you have it - I spent about 5 hours there.

1  Thank Katherine G
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Yet again the National Trust has a gem for all to see in a beautiful Somerset location that is easily accessible for all. Greeted by the normal friendly volunteers and the grounds and house are just a delight to spend time in. This is our second visit this year, when we come earlier in the year work was being done so entry to the house was via a guided tour only but that was very informative but we wanted to roam and spend more time in the gallery on this visit and the staff answered some tricky questions for me as well.

Many Thanks to all the staff at Montacute

1  Thank DorsetPortlanders
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We didn't do the house, just the gardens. So nice, famous for the vista away from the house in Sense and Sensibility. Not enough benches and seats in the gardens. Plenty at the cafe of course, no reason to wonder why. Oddly we had just sat down on the only seat we could find, when we were asked to move by the man with the mower, I won't be long said he, come back in 10 mins. I wonder if he would move his disabled wife in such a fashion. never mind the gardens are wonderful.

Thank kevjenks
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

We visited Montacute House in July, it was very hot. The House is magnificent and the garden surrounding have to be seen to be appreciated in their full glory. The house itself is very old and full of Jacobean, Elizabethan and other paintings from The National Portrait Gallery. A fitting place to display art from that period. My wife got bored with so many portraits but being an artist I was very interested to see how they painted back then.
After four hours walking the gardens and house we retired to a lovely pub in Monticute for a well earned pint of cool beer.

Thank Mackenziefiddler
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

This house is truly stunning in every way. The gardens are peaceful and relaxing cared for to perfection. The house is beautiful and all the staff are very knowledgable and welcoming. The cafe serves a wide variety of food for a reasonable cost. The upper floor of the house is home to the art gallery which is very interesting and in itself is worth the visit. To top it off the whole place is great for kids. One gentleman in the art gallery even sat and completed a puzzle with my niece and gave her a sticker, sounds silly to be commenting on this but it made her day.

Thank Richieb123456
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