Montacute is a beautiful hamstone village in the heart of South Somerset. It is situated 4 miles to the west of Yeovil and is not far from the A303.
Much of the village is a conservation area with 81 listed buildings throughout the parish. Many of which are listed because of architectural or historic interest. The focal point of the village is Montacute house which was owned by the Phelips family from the 15th Century to the 20th Century when it was sold to the National Trust along with much of the land surrounding the village.
Within the parish of Montacute lies St Michael’s Hill, part of the Iron Age fort of Ham Hill and the site of the Medieval village of Witcombe (abandoned settlement). The village itself comprises of 389 properties with around 840 residents and most of the houses are built of the local honey coloured hamstone which is quarried from Ham Hill.
The village has a wide variety of organisations, a selection of local businesses, a pre-school, a primary school, a museum, an allotment garden, and a couple of pubs. There are many beautiful walks in the village and surrounding area where a wide variety of flora and fauna can be seen. Ham Hill itself is a geological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), local nature reserve and country park.
There are two churches; St Catherine’s and the Baptist Chapel.
In 2009 Montacute was identified as having England's longest life expectancy in a report compiled by Watson Wyatt Worldwide and, in November 2014 Montacute featured in the programme 'Hidden Villages' presented by Penelope Keith.
The parish council meet monthly except for August and December.
- Allotment Garden
- Baptist Chapel
- Montacute House
- Montacute Recreation Ground
- Montacute Village Hall
- St Catherine's Church