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...
A 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!