Thursday, 28 April 2016

Montacute House

millennial female lifestyle bloggerConsidering we're at the end of April, it's surprising how temperamental the weather is.  Oh wait, no it's not!  April is an unpredictable month when it's impossible to know whether you need your snow-boots or a sun hat.  With this in mind, I've had Montacute House at the ready for when the weather wasn't giving anything away in advance.  It's 'a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design' and utterly impressive in size, meaning you can get lost in the many rooms and top-floor art exhibition for hours and hours while it's grim outside.  Though as it so happens, luck was on my side and it remained dry for the entire day, allowing for an additional stroll through the immaculately-kept gardens...
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montacute house orangery photographyAfter a couple of hours of driving on a particularly busy day, the gardens of Montacute House felt like a breath of fresh air. Though I had to park up in the overflow area, the expansive grounds allowed for visitors to disperse, enabling the location to keep hold of its tranquility.  Before anything else, lunch was on the cards at their small but cosy café; the outdoor eating area is surrounded by plants for sale and views of the 16th century Elizabethan mansion, as well as two rather adorable cats!  I crouched around on the patio with my camera, winding around the legs of various chairs (yes, one was occupied and yes, it was beyond awkward when I realised) and waiting to see what the gorgeous creatures would do.  And... they started playing! It will forever stay in my mind as one of the most adorable scenes I've ever been witness to.
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The orangery (shown directly above) is in my opinion one of the location's greatest aspects.  It was reopened in 2012 after having experienced the unfortunate event of its roof caving in under the pressure of snow three years prior.  The roof restoration funding was raised by raffle, which is such a lovely example of how people can group together to create (or in this case restore) something beautiful - and it really is beautiful.  It looks like something you'd expect to see on Pinterest, or in the pages of an interior design/garden magazine.
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history architecture lifestyle bloggerBefore reaching the steps leading up to Montacute House, there are sprawling bushes entirely unique in appearance, a guided path leading around a striking fountain, and flowers - plenty of flowers! I have such a lot of love for tulips and the many yellow-and-orange bulbous plants that framed the mansion's walled garden certainly didn't fail to impress. Something else which I noticed drew plenty of attention from other visitors, were the two small corner pavilions.  A quick chat with one of the on-site volunteers explained that they were historically used as  'pudding houses', where the ladies would occasionally retreat to enjoy sherbets and puddings.  Anyone else feel as though they were born in the wrong era?!
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I've said it many times before, but there really is something very special about walking through historical sites/homes and contemplating who has walked those very grounds before you.  Speaking of which, I've absolutely loved discovering through blogging how many others feel the same way.  I've no doubt those of you who enjoy 'Quintessentially British' vibes would love this place!  Anyway, I've noticed a recurring theme on my visit to Montacute House, and that is how I seem to have gravitated towards the windows; festooned blinds, stained glass and thin mullion openings.  Though with views of such lovely grounds, can you blame me?
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national trust member montacuteAfter a very interesting - and at times unsteady - line of previous owners, Montacute House was facing destruction until Ernest Cook (grandson of Thomas Cook, successful travel entrepreneur) saved the day in the 1930s.  He suggested the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings purchase and grant the building to the National Trust, and the fact I'm here today writing about my visit to the South Somerset-based location tells you that venture was successful!

One of my favourite features of the house is the burgundy bath that sits within a closet, as well as a grand four-poster bed found in the Crimson Bedroom.  However, the Long Gallery really stole the show, found on the top floor of Montacute House.  The bright and fresh gallery houses over 60 Tudor and Elizabethan portraits on loan from The National Portrait Gallery and are displayed chronologically.  A piece to look out for near the end of the Long Gallery is one of the (expected) Mary Throckmorton, showing her in a state of melancholy that is thought to 'suggest the regeneration and hope which the marriage must have represented within the family'.  There's something about it that pulls you in...  
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a glass of ice british lifestyle blogA final walk through the grounds of Montacute confirmed my initial thought - it's a very special place.  From the stunning architecture to the flowers and from the helpful volunteer room guides to the resident cats, it's entirely perfect. Definitely a place to add to your travel-list ready for this upcoming summer!

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With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. Absolutely stunning!

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  2. Such a beautiful place!

    Adi xx
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  3. I agree the architecture is very impressive! This is such a gorgeous location I could very happily lose myself here for the day.

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  4. I agree, I really do think there's something special about walking through historical sites and thinking about all the people who walked those grounds before you. It looks beautiful here, I love going to places like this and I really wish we had more around where I live.

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  5. Gabrielle, always love how you can capture beautiful scenery through your photos! This place looks amazing!

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  6. beautiful and scenic as always!

    Have a great day!
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  7. Wow , this is literally my favorite thing to read about ! I love History so much and this building seems to be so rich in it ! I wish I lived in England, you guys have such amazing architecture with loads of history behind it. I think I need to just live there for a year to visit everything ! Lovely post Gabrielle ! P.s. I love your dress <3

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  8. Oh my god, my jaw has actually dropped. This looks like such a dreamy place to be. I'd never want to leave. "Anyone else feel as though they were born in the wrong era?!" I am raising and waving both of my hands!

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  9. Oh my goodness, this place is SO stunning! I can't believe somewhere so beautiful is so close to home too!

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  10. Montacute House looks absolutely stunning. We're going to Somerset in May so if it's nearby, I'm tempted to visit!

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  11. Oh wow, Montacute House looks amazing. I adore the garden.

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  12. Beautiful! I so wish we had places like this around where I live!

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  13. Wow Gabrielle what a beautiful place. Montacute House is new to me and I'm so pleased that I discovered it here on your blog! The orangery is simply breathtaking. I love all of your photos you have truly captured the beauty of the location. I also LOVE your dress. Gemma x
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  14. Beautiful place. The design of the exterior of Montacute House and the landscape is ver reminiscent of Ashburnham Place. I am wondering what has happened to the weather too!

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  15. I share your passion for historical sites and enjoy the walks you take me on very, very much.

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  16. What a gorgeous place, Gabrielle. I agree there is something special while walking in hystorical houses/sites. These cats, in the picture, are so cuties, And love your sweater. Have a lovely weekend ahead dear. xx
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  17. Wow, I must go to Check out Montacute House, I absolutely love the Field of Huge Bushes, that looks magical from the way you've captured it Gabrielle <3 I love the architecture too & the cat is adorable :)

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  18. Gabrielle, your photos are FABULOUS! I hope I can go there someday. Love seeing you on IG as well. Stay gorgeous my dear friend! Happy weekend!
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  19. What a gorgeous place! How fun to explore.

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  20. What a stunning location! I'm so glad you shared these photos because I would love to visit one day!

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  21. You look absolutely amazing! The place is so beautiful! Great photos, thanks for sharing!
    Have an amazing weekend!
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  22. Another beautiful location that I really need to check out at some point! I agree with you too, the orangery would be my favourite part as well, there's just something lovely about them. Beautiful photos! - Tasha

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  23. I have heard from my friends that it's 1 degree outside, and I am like it's almost 40 degree here in Asia. However, this place looks very beautiful!

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  24. Lovely pictures, love a good piece of interior history! Xx

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  25. Oh wow that place looks absolutely wonderful, It seems like something out of a book!
    xx

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  26. This place looks amazing!

    Xx,

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  27. What a gorgeous and mystical place! I love your images and you look so elegant and chic!

    Have a nice day... Vanessa, xo!

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  28. The architecture here is amazing! I love the layout of your blog. I was just wondering, have you paid for a template? I'm quite new to blogging but I'm loving it :) xx
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  29. love your outfit! and the places look so awesome and beautiful
    have a great weekend
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  30. Your styling is on point girl! Please check out my latest lookbook challenge.

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  31. Wow, it looks really beautiful! It's great that you're able to explore both the inside, as well as the gardens. I definitely do a lot of thinking about those before me when I'm at a historical place, it's just so interesting.

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  32. I would revel in the view alone of the Elizabethan mansion, as I'm drawn to historical areas as well I can also see how this location was a treat for you after a long drive. Time well spent indeed, and given the typical UK weather, you're dressed smart for the occasion. Thanks for sharing Gabrielle, happy to hear that you enjoyed yourself.
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  33. This place is amazing and your outfit is so cute!
    Your blog is great ♥

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  34. Omg this place is a wonderland, Gabrielle. I love love everything I'm seeing. Surely a great place to visit. Thanks for sharing, beautiful. :)

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  35. What an amazing place to visit and such gorgeous photos! xx

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  36. Absolutely incredible! And I am with you on walking through places like this and wondering about the walls around you and who occupied the space and what they did with their days. So interesting! And these photos are breathtaking!
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  37. The pictures are gorgeous, just breathtaking! Such an amazing place to visit! x

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  38. Great place & beautiful architecture. I like your outfit too..

    Have a great weekend!

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  39. I love your posts like this, you go to the most stunning places and Montacute is no exception! I adore big stately homes with lovely gardens <3
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  40. Such beautiful photos, this place looks incredible!!x

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  41. this place looks amazing! so pretty

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  42. I love places like this! I'm such a history geek. It's so beautiful and you captured it so well in the photos. Also - I need a pudding house! x

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  43. fabulous scenery! this would make a fantastic getaway :)
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  44. I haven't heard of Montacute house before but you certainly got me interested. What an amazing house/mansion! Dating back to 16 th century? How delightful! There is a splenid sense of history that can be felt just by browsing your fantastic photos, I imagine it is even a greater thrill to see it all in person. Nevertheless, I'm very grateful for this virtual tour as well.

    It is such a magical place and I was equally mesmerized by its inner and outer decor. Montacute House's gardens are absolutely lovely...and that roof is such a joy to behold. It seemed even more beautiful after I read about its restoration (must have been because of the warm story of how people came together to fund it).... Those tulips are spectacular! The house itself looks so rich with history. British chic at its best! In and out, such a beautiful place!

    you look phenomenal. I really like that skirt. Great colour combo...Flawless styling!!!

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  45. WOW. This is my dream home, it's official. I'm with you - I definitely feel like I was born in the wrong era! From those tulips, to the orangery and the wide halls, not to mention that massive bedpost, I would love to visit here! I can't believe they call it a house rather than a mansion!

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  46. great post, dear ♥

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  47. Wow these images are beautiful and I just adore your outfit! I hope you enjoyed your time in Edinburgh, loved your last posts :) x


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  48. Amazing photos as usual! The weather here has been pretty weird. It's warm for a few days and then chilly for another few days. I wish it would just make up its mind :/

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  49. What an amazing place! The gardens look stunning and those cats are sooo cute.
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  50. You are always visiting the most amazing places, and shooting so many lovely pictures of the places. I love the pictures and I would more love to visit it by myself :D
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  51. I love visiting places like this, it's really beautiful! Love places with such history, and you are so right it's like something from Pinterest! I would happily walk round places like this all day, stunning! And I love the pictures you took, beautiful

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  52. These photos are all beautiful and those cats are adorable!! Thank you so much for sharing this article with us, this sounds like a wonderful place and you really make me want to visit it!

    xo, Esther

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  53. Stunning pictures girl, love those cats they are supper cute :) x
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  54. Beautiful place and photos! The exterior is so grand and I love the look of the patio where you found the cats. They are cute playing together! Lovely flowers too!

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  56. Beautiful photos! I love all of the places that you visit! I need to go through your blog and see where you've been and start visiting them all soon! :) xx

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  57. Starred this place on my google maps because this place is gorgeous, the pictures are lovely and I'd love to do an outfit shoot here too in the future! The house reminds me of hogwarts hehe

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  58. Montacute House building is breathtaking.
    Must be feel great could visit it there :)
    Also combined the stips motif with black color is nice ♥


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  59. Such a pretty medieval place and I love your striped dress. Hope you've enjoyed this sunny weekend! Let me know when yu're next in London for a catch up and some coffe and cake :)

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  60. Oh Wow love those warm coulours tulips; -). I haven't heard of Montacute house before...it really is a magnificent place to visit and unwind..Thank you for this discovery, Gaby

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