There’s nothing like a break away, and we recently had a weekend away in Somerset, staying in the pretty village of Montacute, and after going to Haynes Motor Museum on the way, 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.
Waking up at Carents House, our B&B, was delightful, as we had our own kitchenette, and a balcony, 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 and we felt so spoilt! 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,
and by the time we were done the house was open, so it was time to explore!
Montacute house is an Elizabethan Renaissance residence. Full of history and showmanship, as it was built to truly show the wealth of the family who built it. We loved the details inside and outside of the house,
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 sometimes the houses are modernised, though when you find a beautifully preserved house like this one, it’s so much fun to walk around, surrounded by history.
So much in Montacute House was beautifully ornate! From bed frames to doorways!
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! I was surprised 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 cafe, 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 in my next post…
This post was not sponsored in any way, and was based on my experience, though you can find out more about Montacute House and other properties on the National Trust website.
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