Montacute House (NT)

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A303, Junction A3088; 5 minutes


Mon-Sun Mar-Dec please check website for opening times
Wed-Sun 11am-4pm (Jan-Mar)

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    Dog friendly

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    Kid friendly

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    Disabled access

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    Vegetarian or vegan options

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    Gluten-free options

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    Parking available onsite


Montacute House is a grand example of Gothic-Renaissance Elizabethan architecture – soaring turrets, ornate obelisks and detailed stone masonry – built from warm limestone in 1601 for Edward Phelps, a wealthy and important lawyer who made the opening statement for the prosecution in Guy Fawkes’ trial. It’s set in acres of beautifully maintained gardens into which parents can safely unleash children to explore. Swings in the garden and thoughtful touches such as extra nappies and wipes in the toilet tell you that kids really are welcome.

Four-legged friends are welcome on leads, provided they stick to paths and don’t scare the livestock. Biscuity rewards for obeying the rules can be collected from the Courtyard Café (accessible without paying entry to the house), which has a well-rounded menu including jacket potatoes and gluten-free flan. The savoury cream tea makes a scrumptious antidote to cake and scones, though there are plenty of those available too.

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Montacute House (NT),
Middle Street,
TA15 6XP
Tel - 01935 823289
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