History

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The earliest known origins of Cote How are of a hexagonal tower (thought to be medieval) which was extended in 1535 with the addition of an Elizabethan house, complete with spinning gallery. This part of the house was built by Michael Benson, a clothier from Manchester. The house - formerly a farm - has seen many tenants over the years who have put Cote How to a number of different uses. It has been a Sunday school, a farm, split into two separate cottages, home to the Master of the hunt, a riding school and for the last 12 years, a bed and breakfast. Caroline now runs Cote How and offers the entire house on an exclusive basis for weddings and special occasions.

 

Origins of the name

“Coatehow” as it was known, derives from the word “cote” meaning shelter and "how" meaning small hill. It was here in Roman times, that a lookout post was situated, serving visitors using the old Roman road and ford across the river Rothay.

 

Frederick Yates

frederickyatesIn 1875, Cote How was sold to the ‘Le Fleming’ family for £850, when it was let as two cottages and served as the first Rydal Sunday School. From 1901 – 1907, the local artist Frederick Yates lived here and it was in the Rydal suite that he painted his great friend and frequent visitor to Cote How – Woodrow Wilson – US President.

 

  

 

Rydal Suite

WoodrowSketchsmallThe Rydal Suite is one of the oldest rooms in our house and was the studio of local artist Frederick Yates around the turn of the century. It was in this room that American ex-President, Woodrow Wilson, had his portrait painted.

 

Testimonials

Cote How added the WOW factor to our wedding - Such an amazing time. Love it here!  John and Jo Coppock 

Thank you Caroline for hosting our wedding! You and your team pulled out all the stops to make it absolutely perfect! Such a gorgeous location with you as a brilliant wedding planner who organised pretty much everything for us! Could not have wished for a better day! We would highly recommend!! Xxx   Kerry Gibbons

Lovely, peaceful place, fantastic host in Caroline!   Claire Chapman

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Cote How
Rydal
Ambleside
Cumbria 
LA22 9LW

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