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“Grand Elizabethan house”
Review of Montacute House

Montacute House
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Montacute
Certificate of Excellence
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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 5, 2013

Another great NT house to visit.
Some of the reviews have said that the rooms seem a bit bare - this is true but when you consider that the house was entirely empty and almost derelict when it was given to NT I think they have done a great job.
The rooms have plentiful information about the history of the house as well as the paintings, tapestries and contents of the rooms.
The gardens are not that big but very well maintained.
My only criticism would be the prices in the cafe. We didn't eat there bit £3.30 for two soft drinks was a bit expensive.

2  Thank wazz1000
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

We enjoyed the introductory talk, which took us through a 1,000 years of history of the area and where the house fitted in. For me, the key that it is largely unchanged from the original build is that the family never had the money to update it! This fact means that we have an original Tudor house - a rare bird!
By the time it was sold early in the 20th century (for about £6,000, which was scrap price as it was expected that the house would be pulled down), it had lost all the interior furniture and collections. The NT has done a good job refurnishing it with appropriate period pieces and, in particular, exhibits a series of Tudor paintings lent by the National Portrait Gallery.
Interesting building to walk around with enthusiastic and helpful volunteers. The garden features large wibbly wobbly yew hedges that were never the same after the winter of 1947. Coffee and a light lunch in the café up to normal NT standards with friendly staff.

2  Thank John L
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

We stayed nearby and came here with family including 4 children from 4 to 15 years.

There is loads for kids to do here - lots of garden and park to explore and they can undertake kids activities. We stayed about 3 hours but could have done with more.

The gardens are a mix of formal and informal planting on quite a grand scale. The house is extremely interesting and there is much to see on the inside by way of furniture and architecture as well as there being a special exhibition of pictures on the top floor and the top floor gallery is spectacular. There is also a collection of needlework which has rare and fascinating pieces.

The cafe was good as is usual with NT places. The shop sold excess fruit and veg for a donation which was nice.

The only thing I was not keen on was the welcome coming into the house by a lady who may well have been a drill instructor in a previous life and left you in no doubt that you must not use flash if you take photos!

Thank sheepygold
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

Wonderful building with huge grounds and gardens
Many family portraits , a well lived in family home. woth a trip

Thank Richard C
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

If you like architecture you will love this house. It is beautiful and well sorth a visit. It is down the road from us so we go quite often just for a walk in the grounds. The shop is good and the cafe always has tasty food. The top floor is very interesting. All worth a visit.

Thank UkHarley
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