There’s nothing like a break away, and we recently had a weekend away in Somerset, staying in the pretty village of Montacute. Where better to start the first day of our trip; than the property a mere five minute walk from where we stayed: Montacute House.
After going to Haynes Motor Museum on the way, before reaching our B&B that evening. On our first proper day, we set out to visit a couple of National Trust sites nearby to enjoy a relaxed sunny Saturday…
For part one of our weekend away click here.
Where We Stayed
Waking up at Carents House, our B&B; was delightful. We had our own kitchenette, and a balcony; so we got up and ready for the day and enjoyed an early(ish) morning drink on the balcony; before breakfast was served to us in our living/dining room.
This was such a nice place to stay, everyone was incredibly friendly and we felt so spoilt! We were given helpful local recommendations for where to eat; as well as our hosts being very accommodating. How gorgeous is this view?
After an amazing breakfast, we made some more tea for our travel mugs and headed to the (very) nearby Montacute House.
The gardens open at 10:30, followed by the house at 11am, so we enjoyed a leisurely walk around the pretty gardens, in the morning sunshine! Seriously, how lucky have we been with this weather?!
Montacute house is an Elizabethan Renaissance residence. Full of history and showmanship; the property was designed to truly show the wealth of the family who built it. It is very impressive!
We loved the details both inside and outside of the house and by the time we finished exploring the gardens; the house was open, so it was time to explore!
I have a general preference for furnished National Trust properties, that truly show how people lived in the times the houses were occupied. Of course, occasionally some of the National Trust houses are modernised; though when you find a beautifully preserved house like this one, it’s so much fun to walk around, immersed in history.
So much in Montacute House was beautifully ornate! From bed frames to doorways, adorned with carvings and tapestry; such a feast for the eyes!
Crafts out and About
There was also an exhibition showing some historical embroidery, which was a nice bonus! As I’m sure you know by now, I love a bit of craft finding on days out! It was surprising to see so many unicorns and mermaids, which just goes to show the cycle of trends goes back further than just the last few decades!
Overall we spent around two and a half hours here, and it was great fun! Unlike usual we didn’t stop off in the on site café; there is one, but we had quite a lot planned for the day, and instead we hopped into the car to head to our next destination, which you can read about right here!
This post is not sponsored in any way; and is based on our own experience. You can find out more about Montacute House and other properties on the National Trust website.
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