The Fonthill Estate spans over 9,000 acres and remains a working estate covering farming and forestry.
The estate has an absolutely incredible history, one which has been highly documented.
The first appearance of a house at Fonthill comes in 1533, when Sir John Mervyn purchased the estate and lived in a house surrounded by a park. A hundred years later Fonthill House was owned by Lord Cottington, Chancellor of the Exchequer in Charles I's reign. He built a wall around his park and commissioned an impressive stable block. During the Civil War, the estate was given by Oliver Cromwell to John Bradshaw, Lord President of the parliamentary commission that tried the king. The Cottingtons returned to Fonthill when Charles II was crowned in 1660.
There is a full and informative estate history located on the Fonthill Estate website.