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The local area guide to living in Montacute

Montacute is a small historical village and civil parish in South Somerset four miles west of Yeovil, a large town near the border of Somerset and Devon. The charming village is adjacent to Montacute House, an Elizabethan manor estate from the 16th century that was home to the Phelips family for centuries and is now managed by the National Trust.

Montacute is also known for its gorgeous honey-golden hamstone buildings. The Jurassic limestone building material is used throughout Somerset and originates from nearby Ham Hill to the west, where there are two quarries. The stone is a favourite of architects, known for being easily shaped for arched doorways and used for bell towers throughout the area and in other parts of England.

Castle ruins, a medieval church, a Cluniac priory, the quaint central village ‘Borough” and the surrounding area of natural reserves and Somerset countryside are additional features of the village that grant it such unique charm and beauty as a countryside escape.

Information about the local residents

Montacute is in the ward of St Michael’s in the South Somerset local authority and is classified by the ONS as Accessible Countryside. The village has a population of 831 with the largest age group being 30-59, so most residents are working adults with families, though there is also a considerable retired population.

The employed population is spread across the Occupational spectrum, with Wholesale and Retail, Education, Human Health and Social Work and Manufacturing as the standout industries. Most travel less than 20 kilometres to work and use their own cars for transport.

Nearby schools

Montacute has both a primary school and secondary school. These are All Saints C of E Primary School, a well performing school of 206 pupils, and Stanchester Academy, an 11-16 secondary of 610 pupils in the next village over, Stoke-sub-Hamdon, just over half a mile away from central Montacute.

At All Saints C of E, 93% of pupils achieve level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths, as compared to a national average of 80%. A significant proportion of those achieving at least level 4 are high attainers. Stanchester Academy has a pupil-to-teacher ratio of 14:1, and 64% achieve 5 A*-C GCSEs, with 97% of those being high attainers.

Getting around

Road transport around Montacute is very easy, as it is only two miles to the A303 road from the A3088, the road just to the north of the village. Montacute is only 12 minutes by bus to Yeovil and only an eight-minute drive.

There are two bus stops on Montacute Road and two on South Street, which nicely covers the length of the village. Taunton is just under 30 minutes to the west via car, or 1 hour 43 minutes by bus. The very small Westland Airport is in Yeovil, and Exeter Airport is reached in 45 minutes. Yeovil Pen Mill is the nearest train station, but just a bit further east of Yeovil is Sherbourne Station, which will take you to London in four hours. Otherwise, London is 2 hours 20 minutes by car.

Local shops

Montacute has a post office, two pubs (the Phelips Arms in the central Borough and the King’s Arms Inn down South Street) and a village farmers' market near the gardens of Montacute House that takes place on the third Saturday of each month. There are two local farm houses, the gorgeous Abbey Farm and the lovely little Myrtle Farm. There is a Co-op supermarket in Stoke-sub-Hamdon, the village over. The Montacute TV Radio Toy Museum is a lesser-known attraction of the village, and there is a service station on Yeovil Road at the edge of town on the way to Yeovil.

Just minutes away in Yeovil, there is absolutely everything you could need in terms of shopping. There are plenty of drugstores, pharmacies, surgeries, supermarkets, furniture outlets and a variety of local boutiques and small stores. There is also the Quedam Shopping Centre, with high street names like Laura Ashley, Topshop, H&M and Marks & Spencer, as well as several health stores.

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