Inside Somerset’s country homes: Photoblog
Somerset is an incredibly historic county. A country retreat for the rich and powerful in society for hundreds of years, it’s no surprise that Somerset has an array of beautiful country houses. As a Somerset-based home improvement company, Majestic Designs thought we’d examine the interior of one particular country home to kick start your home improvement inspiration!
Montacute House, Montacute, Yeovil
Hidden near the beautiful village of Montacute, 4 miles from Yeovil in Somerset, is one of the most elegant country homes the county has to offer.
A Grade 1 listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument, Montacute House is a late Elizabethan country home and one of the finest examples of Elizabethan architecture to survive from the period. Built in 1598 by Sir Edward Phelips, the prosecutor in the Gunpowder Plot trial, Montacute House is regarded as a great example of the move from Medieval Gothic to the Renaissance Classical in English architecture in this period.
The library was originally known as the ‘Great Chamber’ and has gone through a number of different uses in its centuries of life. Originally used as a dining and reception room, the ‘Great Chamber’ is now furnished as an impressive, oak-panelled library, complete with leaded windows. At Majestic Windows we can provide you with period leaded windows with benefits that our modern windows achieve in terms of high insulation properties and durability.
The Hall Chamber
One of the principal bedrooms of the house, the Hall Chamber was designed to be used by a notably high ranking guest such as a monarch. A now-sealed doorway originally connected the room with the Great Chamber, which would be given over to the guest if they’ve visited. The elegant four-poster bed and large fireplace is typical of the late-Elizabethan period.
The Long Gallery
At over 172ft long, the Long Gallery is reputedly one of the longest found in any stately home in the UK. Long galleries are a typical feature of late-Elizabethan country homes, and were used as a place to exercise or walk indoors during wet, or cold weather. The Long Gallery at Montacute House has two gorgeous bay windows at each end. Legend has it that the Phelips children would lead their ponies up the stairs to ride in the gallery! If you like the look of bay windows, but would like to enjoy the benefits of modern high performance windows then talk to us. We offer a range of Georgian and Bay window options to give your property period features.
Majestic Designs: helping Somerset improve its homes
Majestic Designs have been improving Somerset homes for over 10 years now. Offering a wide range of high quality windows, doors and conservatories, Majestic can help you to transform your home. To find out how we can help you, get in touch with us on 01934 741 294 or send us an email. We hope to hear from you soon.