Cothelstone Manor, Taunton, Somerset
Cothelstone Manor is the home of Nigel and Finny Muers-Raby and their three sons. The Manor is a grade II*-listed historic house situated in stunning countryside at the foot of the Quantock Hills and dates from the early 1600s, although there has been a settlement at Cothelstone since Saxon times
A private tour by Nigel and Finny will give you access to a manor not otherwise open to the public. You will hear about the history of the manor and church from its beginnings in 1066 through the turbulence of the English Civil War to its renaissance in the nineteenth century. There is also an important grade I-listed gatehouse, built in the early 1500's, a grade II*-listed gazebo, built for the wedding of Sir John Stawell in 1619, and the delightful Church of St Thomas within the grounds.
Afterwards we would like you to join us in the Manor for a delicious tea, relaxing in the galleried hall, drawing room and gardens. We very much look forward to welcoming you to our home here at Cothelstone.
Arrival and welcome to the Manor, history and tour of the Manor, gatehouse, gazebo and grounds. Short walk to church and history of church. Afterwards relax in the galleried hall, drawing room and dining room or gardens and enjoy tea with home-made sandwiches and cakes.
December tour includes festive tea, house decorated for Christmas and carols around the tree.
The tour was fantastic, the food and tea welcoming and your hospitality the best.
Directions from the North and East and M5 Junction 25: From M5 junction 25 take the A358 to Taunton and Minehead Leave Taunton on the A358 towards Minehead (exiting right on the roundabout at the Cross Keys Inn). After approx 2 miles turn right signed to Bishops Lydeard. Follow the road through Bishops Lydeard towards Cothelstone. Approx 1 mile from the village carry on past a stone wall with an entrance lodge and iron railings. At the second stretch of stone wall when you see the Cothelstone village sign turn left under the stone triple archway into Cothelstone Manor.
Tea, home-made sandwiches and home-made cake.
No dogs. Because our properties are old and fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.
Ground floor only – uneven surfaces inside and out and gravel paths.