Montacute House & Gardens are a true gem in the National Trust Crown. On arrival car parking was plentiful & well ordered. The Reception team were friendly and efficient. We are NT members but this was our first visit to Montacute so we were informed about the layout, given a map & told about the guided walks. We joined the 11 am 'Elizabethan' guided walk around the gardens & grounds. Our guide was brilliant and kept our group of about 20 totally enthralled with stories of Elizabethan life at Montacute. She explained the architecture, culture & lifestyle with humour, really bringing history to life. Normally we slide off early from guided tours, but on this occasion chose to stay & hear some of the more modern history of the house.
We then visited the interior of the house, which is beautifully furnished & full of history as well as a wonderful art collection on loan from The National Portrait Gallery. Written information sheets were available in each room & knowledgeable stewards were on hand to answer all my questions. We only spent an hour in the house, as the weather was gorgeous and we preferred to be outside in the wonderful gardens, which are a real joy to explore. We ate in the restaurant, which has an attractive outdoor seating
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