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Brief description of site

Montacute House has formal garden enclosures of 4.8 hectares. There is also a park of around 106 hectares remaining from 121 hectares of parkland. There are several phases of activity: late-16th century, early-18th century, around 1786 and again in the mid-19th century by Mrs Phelips and Mr Pridham.

Brief history of site

A castle was built on the hill in 1087, but by 1192 the site had been granted to a Clunaic priory. The hillside was enclosed as a deer park. In 1598-99 Edward Phelips began to build a new house and formal gardens at Montacute, which were completed around 1601. The priory estate was added in 1608, and a park had been laid out by 1630. Significant changes took place from 1750, including the building of a folly tower and the creation of a new entrance. The site was renovated after 1845, but declined from the late-19th century. The estate was purchased in 1931 and passed to the National Trust.

Location information:

Address: Montacute, Somerset, TA15 6XP

Locality: Yeovil

Local Authorities:

Somerset; South Somerset; Montacute

Historical County: Somerset

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 193 Grid Ref: ST499172
Latitude: 50.952 Longitude: -2.71461


The site is south of the A3088 in Montacute village, 4 miles west of Yeovil.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The gardens are open throughout the year from Wednesdays to Sundays. In addition, they are open on Mondays at high season.

Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: great house

Site Style : formal

Site first created: 1598 to 1601

Main period of development: 16th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 110

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