Return of the King
Sir Edward Phelips, the builder of Montacute House, was active at court and was one of those appointed to examine the conspirators of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
Phelips opened the indictment against Guy Fawkes and it is rumoured that this painting of the King was presented to Edward Phelips in recognition of his services.
We have some fascinating tapestries within the house, each telling their own unique story.
The Hunter tapestry story begins with a journey to exotic lands and brings to life a period of exploration and discovery.
Something you may not expect to find in an Elizabethan house is a bath in a wardrobe.
This may be the first example of an en-suite, thanks to Lord Curzon, who modernised the plumbing in the house. It would have been popular with the servants too. No more trips up the many stairs with heavy buckets of hot water.
The longest of long galleries
One of the most impressive rooms in the house, the Long Gallery is 52 metres long. It's bathed in light shed from the hundreds of individual panes of glass which surround you on both sides.
The gallery is now home to a collection of Tudor portraits from the National Portrait Gallery.
Film star Johnny Depp famously slept in the Gamlen bed in the 2004 film, The Libertine.
Scenes from the 1995 film dramatisation of the Jane Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility, were filmed here and also in the village.
Try and spot the location of a particularly dramatic rain swept scene in the gardens.
House of glass
As a display of his wealth Edward Phelips placed huge windows on the east front.
The glass is hand blown, and was a very expensive and exclusive material. The thousands of diamond panes create either a glittering mirror, when the sun is rising, or a vast open lantern, when illuminated by the setting sun.
Warriors keeping watch
Looking up at the east front of the house you will see nine carved statues, know as the Worthies. These warrior men from history, including King Arthur keep watch over the house.
In Tudor times the figures would have held colourful banners, which would have created an impressive sight for those approaching the house.
Underneath the covers
The house at Montacute will open during the winter every weekend from 9 November 2013 until 10 March 2014 for guided tours only.
These winter tours will be an insight into a hidden world which normally happens behind closed doors.
Tours start at 12pm, 1pm and 2.30pm, and will run for approximately 45 minutes.
Normal admission applies.
View our collections
Our collections website allows you to find out more about the bed fit for royalty, a portrait of a king and a tapestry of a knight.
View our collection online here and find out more.