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Cothay Manor

A Medieval Manor in Somerset that eminent architectural historians say is the most beautiful small country house in Britain.


GAP Interiors/Caroline Mardon

Feature No:   3675 

Qty of Images:    81 


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Mary Anne Robb fell in love with Cothay Manor because it was set in ‘the middle of nowhere’ in a part of the British countryside that hadn’t changed for 500 years. The story of the house was woven with legend and history: built in the 15th century, it had barely been modernised since 1607 and had fallen into a state of neglect. But the temptation of its moat, carvings to stop witches entering the house, ghostly presences, massive chimney pieces and medieval wall paintings, proved irresistible and she bought it. Having made every curtain in the house,upholstered chairs, painted walls, and French polished furniture, Cothay these days is a strikingly unusual home, brimming with a treasure trove of antiques which echo its medieval origins or have unexpected personal significance. Its atmospheric charm has made it a favourite for film makers and it was used as a location in the celebrated TV Drama Wolf Hall.



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