Spring renaissance

bluebells wild garlic

With over 350 acres at your feet, pull on those walking boots to discover the parkland and beyond.


Take time to climb up to the folly on the top of St Michael's Hill, exploring the banks and ditches of the Norman castle – now covered with wild garlic in the spring. Wander up Ladies' Walk, among the beech trees and bluebells, stopping off at one of the benches for a rest or to admire the views across the village. There's a lot to drink in.

The parkland is easily accessible from the car park or gardens, and is a real treat for tree lovers, families and dog walkers. Look out for veteran trees, old before Montacute House was built, including oaks, sweet chestnuts, and the sweeping avenues of ash and lime.

For the young and the young at heart, seek out the tree swings located in the parkland.

St Michael's Hill is a steep climb, but the views are magnificent in all directions across Somerset. Impress your friends by telling them Montacute village is named for this hill, from the Latin mons acutus or pointed hill.

Ladies' Walk has views over the old deer park and village, including the house, but you may find it hard to take your eyes off the carpets of bluebells and wind flowers in the woodland. The circular walk leads you back down through the village past the Abbey Gatehouse, dovecote and medieval fishpond.