Montacute House

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Montacute House
4.5
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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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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mkpSomerset
Burnham-On-Sea, UK63 contributions
Poor
Dec. 2020 • Family
Poor attraction, large stately home but most isn’t open to the public, no signage to tell you of the history of the staff, and whilst the website says no Xmas decorations in the house, i don’t understand why they didn’t add some festive trees and decs. I know it was only £25 for the family but even that was a rip off. Finished in under and hour and that’s with the treasure hunt - which is more £
Written December 24, 2020
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machinmad
Norwich, UK1,657 contributions
Great sense of history ...
Oct. 2020
Before reaching the house you drive through a golden-stone-coloured historic
village which is totally preserved with no modern housing; it really sets the scene for your visit to the NT property. The property itself is a solid structure with superb Elizabethan architecture. Inside it's dressed with period thick wooden furniture to give a real sense of what it would have been like when the first Queen Elizabeth was on the thrown. The Long Hall is a real throw-back to Elizabethan politics.

The gardens are not huge to wonder around, but the south garden still had lots of colour in the well established boarders.
Written November 22, 2020
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Ambassador764028
1 contribution
Good to see inside the house
Oct. 2020 • Couples
Good to see Montacute House open again. Given the necessary Covid restrictions staff and volunteers have done a great job in opening up as much of the house as possible. We had access to all 3 floors including the Long Gallery and an impressive selection of portraits on loan from The National Portrait Gallery. Allow up to an hour for your visit to the house. Lovely wander in the grounds that are being kept as tidy as possible.
Written October 31, 2020
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PeteLucy434
Uxbridge, UK1,546 contributions
Pleasant
Oct. 2020
Despite the Covid restrictions and poor weather, we still had an pleasant walk around the gardens and house surrounds.
Written October 31, 2020
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111TWIGAMINHAAFRIKA
Bristol, UK5,739 contributions
Fabulous visit, house, gardens and all..
Oct. 2020
Pre-booked ticket, easy to find and enough parking, friendly and knowledgable staff/volunteers.
Beautiful gardens and estate to explore with many different features.
Grand topiary, fountain, fine architecture to admire, a grand estate and the house was open from 11am.
Excellent visit, shop, cafe/restaurant and general facilities open.
A must visit to the galleries upstairs...
Written October 12, 2020
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Global traveler
Tiverton, UK35 contributions
Tranquil
Oct. 2020 • Family
Very lovely afternoon spent here, amazing inside and out! Staff throughout the premises who are very knowledgeable and helpful. Not an all day thing but a good place to spend a few hours! Don’t forget to check out the water fountain for all the Koi! Lovely day finished off with an amazing cream tea!
Written October 9, 2020
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dawn
17 contributions
Not worth the time, effort or money for the time being.
Oct. 2020
The weather was terrible at the weekend so unfortunately we couldn't enjoy the gardens, but we knew that was going to be the case. We could also see from the website that the cafe had a limited service so we were also prepared for that. What we weren't told was that there would only be 3 or 4 rooms open in the whole house, as things currently stand, it would take longer to boil an egg than see the house. Even if the NT don't know in advance exactly how many rooms will be open it would be helpful to manage expectations on the website like they did with the cafe. We both travelled quite far to see the house so we were really disappointed. The directional signage around the grounds was wrong and misleading, it was frustrating not least in the rain. Prior to the visit I had also been leaving messages for the main office asking them to call me back as requested by their answer phone message. There was never a response and I was later told that most are still on furlough with only one member of staff popping in from time to time. Would be really helpful to change the phone message to reflect this position next time there is someone in the office. But to end on a more positive note, the volunteers were lovely.
Written October 7, 2020
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Smandos
Birmingham, UK21 contributions
Montacute
Oct. 2020
Despite the rain we made the most of our visit and explored the house and the gardens. The staff are doing very well with all the COVID restrictions. The National Portrait gallery paintings were there during our visit and it was interesting to see these. The Long Gallery is huge and a sight to behold.
Written October 5, 2020
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Molly
Oxfordshire, UK785 contributions
Ok
Sep. 2020 • Couples
We thought our visit to the house was a bit disappointing - i know the NT have had to take all the leaflets / information sheets etc out of the rooms, so that’s means the paintings / artefacts are interesting to look at but have no meaning.
A skeletal number of volunteers - who spent all their time ensuring visitors were safe and there were no bottlenecks but sadly didn’t have the time to talk about the rooms.
May be something could be done so visitors could download on their phones information pertaining to the house?
Gardens were interesting.
Written September 28, 2020
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diane m
16 contributions
Excellent
Sep. 2020
Beautiful house, we'll organised during the pandemic. The portraits were so impressive , a really good exhibition.
Written September 27, 2020
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