Tucked up for winter

Snow on the east steps of Montacute House

Winter has arrived in the house; vacuums, brushes and dustsheets have been dug out of cupboards ready to start the winter clean.

Deep cleaning involves checking all the pieces of collection for any new damage, using natural brushes and vacuums to get into every nook and cranny and remove any dust and then cover them with cotton or Tyvek dustsheets until the new season begins.  Scaffolding comes out to begin cleaning the high ceilings, it also used to clean any tapestries or high collection pieces that cannot be reached from a ladder. 

There is the opportunity in the winter to do any repairs to the building or collection pieces that cannot be carried out in the main season.  The National Portrait Gallery also use this time to make any changes in the Long Gallery and take any portraits away, that need conservation work, back to their studio in London. 

It's a busy time of year for the House Team as they clean all the properties in the South Somerset portfolio - so that's Montacute House, Lytes Cary Manor, Barrington Court and Tintinhull.

The house is open on Saturday and Sunday, 12noon - 3pm (last entry at 2.30pm) throughout the winter.  Some rooms may be closed for cleaning.