Montacute House
Montacute House
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • glassmen007
    Soundwell, United Kingdom588 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    House is great, Gardens need a bit of work
    Hot Summers day for out visit, the house is brilliant-its over three floors and is quite expansive-the upper floor built as an indoor exercise yard is a great use of space Lots of paintings on show all around the house. Guides as usual excellent and informative The gardens are at this time a bit of a let down-just a bit unloved and needs more colour. Very good national trust shop and the courtyard cafe was very good, service was polite and efficient
    Visited June 2023
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Hardwick
    42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent visit
    Lovely setting and gardens. House interior well presented and interesting selection of portraits on loan from National Portrait Gallery. Don’t miss the stunning tapestry and information as you leave. Very good visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 June 2023
  • kvasir
    London, United Kingdom1,234 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An illustrative view of an ancestral family home
    Elegantly furnished rooms, and 16th Century artwork, with notices explaining provenance. Historic floor coverings. Numerous volunteer guides who are clear and knowledgeable, and cheerfully respond to questions. Delightful gardens. The old Ice House is an intriguing piece of history. Quaint cafe/restaurant serves tasty snacks and more substantial meals. Shop with wide range of souvenirs.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Lambiguity
    Lancing, United Kingdom265 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good day out
    Monacute is another example of what the National Trust di well. A well maintained house and gardens with some delightful walks thrown in. We were lucky to have had good weather so were able to take advantage of all three of these. The walk we chose was the Ladies Walk. Don't be fooled by the name. It is not an afternoon Sunday stroll. Whilst the path is easily passable throughout, it does involve quite a climb through the woods, above the village, with views to match. You reach this lovely walk by going out of the NT property, across the road, up lane re-entering NT property. There is no sign post as such when you get to the road, so don't be put off - cross towards the school and you will see the NT sign on the gate further up the lane. If a climb is not your thing, then try the Parkland Walk. Again a good path throughout and it is flat. Of course whatever your choice (or none at all) there is reward to be had in the cafe.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 17 July 2023
  • lou1232013
    468 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place, but stop shutting rooms
    The house is lovely and full of history with well tended formal gardens. However ... we were a bit put out when, on the top floor of the house, we were told we had 3 minutes to look at the paintings as the room was closing at 3pm. We did, but then the other room was also closed. One volunteer was very brusk, but we felt for the other more ladylike one who said they had to have a break and no one would cover - really? Get a rota national trust! To be told to come back is in appropriate, more so to the third floor!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Gill B
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very lovely afternoon at Montacute House
    Montacute house was very enjoyable. Fabulous gardens and woodland for photographs and walks ............... the house itself is a great hour wandering round. Well maintained. Good friendly staff. Good cafe. Rather packed indoor sit down area but because of torrential rain everyone wanted to get inside. All in all it was a very lovely afternoon at Montacute House x
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 July 2023
  • PaoloB
    Newtownards, United Kingdom145 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our Experience is a Cold welcome but well worth a vist
    Visited whilst holidaying in East Devon with three of our (teen and twenties) children. Aside from the very underwhelming welcome where we where told nothing about the property, nor offered even a map (come on NT you can do better than that and can at least respond to email feedback...we are still waiting on feedback acknowledgement), we really enjoyed the visit and would recommend if staying in the area. Lovely tea room with seating inside and outside (dog friendly outside seating), lovely gardens and walks with a bookshop and garden shop. The property itself is lovely with welcoming guides and knowledgeable volunteers and fascinating history. Enjoyed our afternoon visit, with walks, house tour and scone from the tea room. Would recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 July 2023
  • shirleycarter55
    Cornwall, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Loved so much about this property - the grounds, the cafe, the shop, the guided tour (outside), the house and the amazing art works. Definitely join the outside tour if you can. Caroline who took my tour was so knowledgeable and passionate about the history of the place that I was hooked within minutes. The house, grounds people, cafe and shop staff were very friendly and it was clear that they too loved their work. I would definitely recommend a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Millie
    World27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Montacute house and gardens are located in a beautiful village in Somerset. The gardens are exquisite and the house is full of history and beauty. Staff are very friendly and seem to enjoy their work. The food at the café is good and the service is excellent. The walks outside of the formal and main gardens are incredible and definitely worth doing on your visit. However, the sign posts and maps can be a little confusing at times - but it's not impossible! There is wonderful activities for families with young children on the lawn during the summer holidays - including croquet!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Sandra A
    236 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Montacute
    We visited Montacute today. We had a really good free tour around the outside of the house. So informative and really brought the house alive so thankyou Steve for the humourous talk. The gardens are quite stunning and well kept. Nice coffee and cake in the cafe courtyard too.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 September 2023
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karen
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Lovely national trust property, staff where very knowledgeable and approachable. The cloud hedges are stunning, also lovely to walk the dog around
Written 18 May 2024
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Lisa A
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Lovely place to visit but spoilt by dogs and inconsiderate owners. The parkland walk has signs telling owners to keep dogs under close control; is this meant to mean "allow your large dog to run up to other people and bark at them"? Because that's what some were doing. We cut our walk short because of them.
And dogs being allowed to foul in the garden is quite disgusting. Yes, the owners had bags and cleared up the mess but it's bound to leave some faecal matter there, in just the areas where families with young children are walking. Why are dogs even allowed in the garden?
And why do we have the unsightly mess of dog bins? The one in the park was overflowing and there was a pile of plastic bags on the ground. Quite disgusting.
It's time for the National Trust to rethink its policies on dogs. They should be kept under control if they're to be allowed at all and not allowed to foul anywhere where others are going to walk. We saw posters advertising the Canine Code. Perhaps this code should be more prominent and should be pointed out to all people coming in with dogs as they're the ones who are ignoring it.
Overall an enjoyable visit, but ruined by the presence of dogs.
Written 6 May 2024
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jj1968
London, UK116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Only ground floor open as some renovation taking place on the staircase but still interesting to see, especially the tapestry from 1470!!!
Grounds are lovely with several walks to do.
Written 5 May 2024
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mc100148
Farnborough, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Lovely house and gardens. Loved the wibbly wobbly hedges and the sculpture in the long walk. Will come back again when roses are out
Written 2 May 2024
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Maddie
Bristol, UK3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Came last Sunday, was not happy the whole house wasn't open! I'm not a member so paid full entry! Not only that the scones were undercooked and doughy (also expensive) and the staff in the cafe were exceptionally rude, playing constantly on their phones and gossiping!
Written 1 May 2024
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Chantillylace
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We knew the upstairs was shut, but would reiterate the views expressed that there is little to see on the ground floor of real interest, apart from the tapestry of the knight. Grounds were nice but certainly not as good as many houses we have visited. We are NT members but if the NT are still charging for house entry, in my view that would be very wrong.
Written 1 May 2024
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Wombling_Free_7548
Bristol, UK2,054 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
We enjoyed our trip round this property. Note that only a few rooms in the house are open but this did include an impressive 15 century tapestry. The grounds were lovely to stroll round in, special mention for the wiggly hedges and ice store. Lots of tulips on display too.
Written 27 April 2024
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Nick J
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I can only support previous comments about the wasted time visiting Montacute. As a family we have frequently taken a day out to Montacute as it is a great place to visit and the 'long gallery' is fantastic. As others have stated, only 4 sparsely furnished rooms are open on the ground floor and an attempt was made to entertain children through a game of 'spot the 5 rabbits' in this limited area. No nominal prize at the end for children who partake!
Unless you want a picnic in the grounds I'd save a visit until the stairs have been repaired and the house is accessible, which is the key reason to visit 'Montacute House' We felt sorry for the coach party who had visited.
Written 12 April 2024
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nedkelly18
Somerst, England33 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Disappointing to say the least. Weren’t told on entry or on entering the house that the upstairs was closed. The 4 rooms we did see are dreary and sparsely furnished. One room is dark so you can’t see the decor, this is to preserve the tapestry apparently. It was only when we told the volunteer that we were disappointed that it was explained the stairs are damaged and are undergoing restoration. Maybe an information board telling us more about the house and what is upstairs and what we were missing could be placed in the corridor, that was instead full of dark boring portraits!
The gardens were dull and I’m sure back in the day would have had lovely tended to gardens.
Only good part was the bookstore where I got a Jamie Oliver cookbook for £2! Will not be coming back until more of the house is open!
Written 6 April 2024
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Jess P
16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Very disappointing. We knew the upstairs of the house was closed for restoration but were expecting to see the ground floor. In reality we were able to see 4 rooms and a corridor. They were not worth the detour or entry price.
Written 4 April 2024
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