Montacute House is a late Elizabethan country house in the South Somerset village of Montacute.
A textbook example of English architecture during a period that was moving from the medieval Gothic to the Renaissance Classical, and one of the finest houses to survive almost unchanged from the Elizabethan era.
Sir Edward Phelips descendants occupied the house until the early 20th century.
It was acquired by the National Trust in 1927.
Since 1975, the mansion’s Long Gallery;- the longest in England, has served as a regional outpost of the National Portrait Gallery and displays an important collection of oils and watercolours contemporary to the house.
The house and its gardens have been a filming location for several films and a setting for television costume dramas and literary adaptations. Several scenes of the 1995 film version of Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility were filmed at Montacute, as were scenes from the 2004 film The Libertine.