A step back into Elizabethan Times
18.09.2015 - 18.09.2015 22 °C
Sir Edward Phelip's descendans occupied the house until the early 20th century. Following a brief period when the house was let to tenants, one of whom was Lord Curzon, who lived in the house with his mistress the novelist Elinor Glyn. It was aquirrd by the National Trust in 1927. It was built in 1598 by Sir Edward Phelip's, whose family resided here till one family member, William Phelip's gambled away the family fortune, and vast tracts of land around Montecute. The family were eventually forced to sell Montecute in 1911. It came into the National Trust in 1932. During the last quarter of the 20th century the gardens and Grounds were restored. The house and village have featured in Sense and Sensibility as were scenes from the 2004 film The Libertine. The house was used as Basketville Hall for The Hound of the Baskervills. It was also used as one of the locations for BBC's adaption of Wolf Hall. In 1975 London s National Portrait Gallery formed its first regional partnership. This has seen Montecute's long Gallery hung with an important collection of 16th and 17th century old master portraits. I really enjoyed seeing these portraits some of very famous people. The house has been beautifully furnished by the National Trust. Children are well catered for with children's activities. Some of the children were enjoying dressing up in the Elizabethan costumes and walking around the castle. We spent time in the beautiful gardens enjoying the summer blooms. There are still lots of the original features in the garden area. The gardens are very well cared for. There was a Cafe here where we had cake and coffee. We have found the standard of these eating places at the trust gardens to be very high. We walked behind the house to find two people dressed in Elizabethan costumes coming down the long drive on horse back. It was like watching a period movie. They were followed by the down cast bucket boy, ready to scope up any horse manure. We enjoyed a demonstration of different games that would have taken place on horse back in Elizabeth Times. I guess visiting in high summer season you get a lot more people around, but you also get to witness demonstrations like these, which is a bonus. Soon we headed back to Burton, we purchased some duck to cook for dinner. Have taken a liking to duck over here ever since Gillian cooked it for us in Romney Green. You can buy it already marinated just need to place it in the oven then add sauce near the end. Yum.