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England

Montacute House

  • Built / Designed For: Sir Edward Phelips

    House & Family History: The Phelips family made their fortune in the law; Montacute was built in the late 16th century for Sir Edward Phelips, speaker of the House of Commons and master of the rolls. The fine staterooms are full of 17th and 18th century furniture (not original to the House). The heraldic stained glass in the Great Parlor and the Great Hall are virtually unequaled in any other house. Montacute House is a regional partner with the National Portrait Gallery, London, and displays, on permanent loan, over 50 Tudor and Elizabethan portraits in the Long Gallery, the longest of its type in England. There are also fine textiles, including 17th and 18th century samplers from the Goodhart Collection. William Robert Phelips was high sheriff of Somerset in 1901. In the early 20th century Lord Curzon leased Montacute. During World War II a significant part of the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum was evacuated from London and stored at Montacute. Julian Fellowe's 2016 book, "Belgravia," is partially set at Montacute.

    Collections: Montacute contains a good collection of 17th and 18th century furniture (not original to the House). There are also fine textiles, including 17th and 18th century samplers from the Goodhart Collection.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: There is a fine formal garden surrounded by a landscape park. The Estate also boasts St. Michael's Hill, site of a Norman castle, topped with an accessible 18th century lookout tower.

  • Architect: William Arnold

    Date: 1598
    Designed: House for Sir Edward Phelips
    (Attribution of this work is uncertain)
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  • John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. IV, 1828.

    Country Life: XXXVII, 820 plan, 870, 1915. XCIX, 23 [Bed], 1946. C, 164 [Furniture], 1946. CXVIII, 850, 960, 1020, 1955. CLXX, 1854, 1981.

  • Title: Belton House Guidebook - 1992
    Author: Tinniswood, Adrian
    Year Published: 1992
    Reference: pg. 2
    Publisher: London: The National Trust
    ISBN: 0707801133
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pg. 79
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Kedleston Hall Guidebook - 2001
    Author: Various Authors
    Year Published: 2001
    Reference: pg. 45
    Publisher: London: The National Trust
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Light Softback

    Title: Walford's County Families of the United Kingdom, 1914
    Author: NA
    Year Published: 1914
    Publisher: London: Spottiswoode & Co.
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade I

  • "Sense and Sensibility" (1995 - as the Palmers' estate). "Rebecca" (1997 - TV movie, as Manderley house interiors). "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (2000 - TV movie). "A History of Britain" (2000 - TV documentary series). "The Libertine" (2004 - as Adderbury, the Earl of Rochester's country seat; the Crimson Bedroom was used for a love scene and for Rochester's death; the landscaped park was where Rochester saved a boy from drowning). "Wolf Hall" (2015 - BBC TV mini series, as Greenwich Palace, home of Henry VIII).
  • Past Seat of: Sir Edward Phelips, 16th century; William Robert Phelips, 19th-20th centuries. George Nathaniel Curzon, later Viscount Scarsdale, Earl Curzon, and Marquess Curzon, early 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: The National Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01935-823-289

    Fax: 01935-826-921

    Email: montacute@nationaltrust.org.uk

    Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No