Sidmouth Decorative & Fine Arts Society
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11 April 2017Cothay Manor

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Cothay Manor
Tuesday 11 April 2017

Cothay Manor, a grade one listed medieval house and gardens in Stawley, hidden in the lanes of Somerset and set within 12 acres of magical gardens, is little changed since Richard Bluett built it in 1485.

The angel-corbelled Great Hall with its early furniture and wall painting depicting the funeral procession of Reynard the Fox, invoke a time when England was still fighting the Wars of the Roses

Cothay, like so many of the homes of its period, may have crumpled into non-existence had it not been for the intervention of Colonel Reggie Cooper who purchased Cothay in 1925.  He sensitively restored the Manor to its former glory and with much forethought, chose to minimise alterations to the existing building by adding a new wing for his own use.  The grounds of Cothay were of equal importance to Colonel Cooper. With the advice of friends Harold Nicolson, Vita Sackville-West Lawrence Johnson and Edwin Lutyens he created a garden of many rooms each leading from a 200 yard Yew walk.  The present Mary-Anne Robb has re-designed the gardens within the original framework of the yew walk and new rooms have been added each with their own character.

Our trip to Cothay will include coffee on arrival, a guided tour of the house, a ploughman’s lunch and time to enjoy the gardens and a cream tea.

The coach will leave Manor Road Car Park at 09:00am. You may prefer to join the coach at the Triangle a minute later, at the Radway or at Green Close by 09:05am.

The price for this visit is £44 (not normally refundable), which covers the cost of the coach, gratuities, entrance fees and catering

If you wish to go on this visit, please complete the form that you can find on the docs/forms page here.