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South Lodge is a delightful and attractive lodge at the entrance to Montacute House. It is a magnificent and glittering late 16th-century building in local stone, bursting with charm and character and retaining many original features. The cottage has its own private garden to the rear with a stone paved terrace. This is the perfect base for exploring this beautiful county with many way-marked walks from your doorstep.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
hallway, sitting room with open fire, dining room, kitchen and utility room.
First floor
three bedrooms (2 5' doubles, 1 with en-suite bathroom with electric shower over bath, 1 x twin) family shower room with shower, lavatory and wash basin.
Visitor notes

Heating: Gas central heating is included at the cottage.

Garden: Small private garden at the rear with stone paved terrace.

Parking: There is parking available for two cars in the Montacute House car park close to the cottage.

Utilities/Electricals: The washing machine and tumble dryer are a combined washer/dryer.

Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
Cottage ref
Acorn rating What's this?
  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Pub nearby
  • Railway nearby
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


Things to see and do nearby

Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire
Exterior view of Portland House © Mike Henton

No two days are the same across these three beautiful counties; from Wiltshire's dreamy downland and the stone circles of Avebury and Stonehenge, Dorset's coastal beauty and bucolic charms, and the wilds of Exmoor and Quantocks in Somerset – their wide open spaces and historical sites draws people back again and again.

Cottage location
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National Trust
place to visit
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  • Cycling
  • walking
  • fishing
  • horse riding.
National Trust places to visit
Montacute House
Montacute House Magnificent Elizabethan Ham-stone house, incorporating National Portrait Gallery exhibition, garden and park
Tintinhull Garden
Tintinhull Garden Delightful formal garden
Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory
Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory 14th/15th-century farm buildings, formerly a priests' residence
Treasurer's House
Treasurer's House, Martock Small medieval house
Lytes Cary Manor
Lytes Cary Manor Intimate manor house with Arts and Crafts-style garden
Barrington Court
Barrington Court Beautiful Gertrude Jekyll-inspired gardens, kitchen gardens and the now empty Tudor manor house

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Neal Taylor
    • August 2015
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    Made enjoyable....

    The out of hours access to the grounds. The unique location and peaceful country side locations. The quality of the accommodation and utensils. Overall, a great holiday and exceeded our expectations. Thanks. Neal Suggest you do not try to change too much although options for convenient supply of food (so avoiding supermarket shopping!) and bicycles would be great.

  • Bailey
    • July 2015
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    Made enjoyable...

    The location was - as we knew - gorgeous and the staff were lovely. The quality of the cottage was good and attractive overall and with sufficiently pleasant and effective crockery and accoutrements that we were happily able to entertain local friends to lunch. The addition of Wi-Fi is becoming more necessary and it would have been nice to have had the garden in better shape. That said, the general décor and location were delightful and the housekeepers had done a terrific job. That tea tray and fresh flowers are a particularly welcome touch.

  • Mrs Rosemarie Nelson
    • July 2015
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    Made enjoyable....

    We stayed at South Lodge at the entrance gates to Montecute House. The village was lovely and Montecute House was just beautiful. We were welcomed "at the big house" especially warmly when we said we were staying at the Lodge and quickly made friends with many of the house attendants and cafe staff - and the house cat, Tricky. We loved wandering around the grounds, especially after the big house closed for the day, when we felt as if we were "Lords of the Manor". The house itself was very well furnished, the kitchen equipment was excellent and the china (RHS fruit pattern) was much better than other holiday lets and made mealtimes quite luxurious. The beds were comfortable and there was plenty of hanging space. The bathrooms were modern and everywhere was spotlessly clean. It is a very old house and the decor was both clean and suited the property, allowing that walls weren't as flat and boring as modern properties!! South Lodge had character and we loved it. The garden could have benefitted from a little TLC (bit untidy) but we had all of Montecute House's grounds so that wasn't an issue. Part of our group loved the piano and used it several times. We met the housekeeper, Lucy, on our final morning and she was very friendly and obviously looks after the house perfectly. It was a pleasure to stay at our first NT holiday home.

  • Anonymous
    • June 2015
    • Unknown
    Made special by its....

    Availability of house and grounds . Very clean and well kept cottage

  • Anonymous
    • May 2015
    • Unknown
    Made special as...

    I was brought up in Montacute 50 years ago. Lovely towels, nice flower left for us; pity about no wi-fi.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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