The East Facade of the House from a 1919 photograph
The North Facade of the House from a 1919 photograph
Earlier Houses: There was an earlier house on, or near, the site of the current house.
Built / Designed For: Walter Bluett (1480-81) and enlarged by his son, Richard Bluett (from 1485).
House & Family History: In 1609 William Every added the three-story dining room block. In the 1930s a residential wing was added. In June of 2020 Cothay, together with 38 acres, was listed for sale for £5 million.
Comments: Cothay has been called the finest extant example of a small, classic, medieval manor house in England.
Garden & Outbuildings: Often called "Sissinghurst of the West Country," Cothay's gardens were laid out in the 1920s by Reginald Cooper who, together with his wife, Vita Sackville-West, created the famous gardens at Sissinghurst.
Country Life: LXII, 596 plan, 626, 1927.
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Not Listed
Seat of: Mary-Anne Robb; here since 1980.
Past Seat of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: de Cothay family, until 1457. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Walter Bluett, 1480s; Richard Bluett, late 15th century; Bluett family here from the 1480s until 1605. William Every, 17th century; Every family here from 1605 until circa 1900 (let to tenants circa 1700-1890). Lt. Colonel Reginald Cooper, 1925-37. Sir Francis Cook, 4th Bt., 1937-47.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Flats / Multi Family
Ownership Details: The House is divided into six flats