DiCamillo Companion
England

Cothay Manor

  • 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

  • "Stately Suppers" (2005 - TV documentary, one of 10 half-hour episodes). "Country House Rescue" (2008 - TV documentary, episode 1.1). "Wolf Hall" (2015 - BBC TV mini series). "Dolittle" (2020 - as Dr. Dolittle's home).
  • 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

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01823-672-283

    Fax: 01823-672-345

    Email: cothaymanor@btinternet.com

    Website: http://www.cothaymanor.co.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No