Montacute house

Middle St, South Somerset, Montacute TA15 6XP, UK

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Description

Montacute House is a late Elizabethan mansion with garden in Montacute, South Somerset. All parts are maintained by the National Trust (NT) which subsidise entry fees. Its Long Gallery, the longest in England serves as a South-West outpost of the National Portrait Gallery displaying a skilful and well-studied range of old oils and watercolours. An example of English architecture during a period that was moving from the medieval Gothic to the Renaissance Classical, and one of few prodigy houses to survive almost unchanged from the Elizabethan era, the house has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building, and Scheduled Ancient Monument. The house and its gardens have been a filming location for several films and a setting for television costume dramas and literary adaptations.

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