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“Coatehow” as it was known, derives from the word “cote” meaning shelter and “how” meaning small hill. 

Cote How has been the location of choice for centuries. 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. Later a Medieval watch tower, Cote How’s foundations are built into the high rocks dominating the Rydal Valley, with views North towards Hadrian’s Wall.  In 1535 the farmhouse was added, including the original Tudor spinning gallery. The house became a haven for travellers wishing to cross the swelling River Rothay just yards away.  With its slate floors, lime wash finish and slate stone walls, Cote How encapsulates a subtle relationship of built and natural environment, essential to the beauty of the Lake District, in a way few other venues can achieve. This special place oozes with energy, warmth and spirit, and is an experience in itself!

Our Lake District Historic Roots

“Coatehow” as it was known, derives from the word “cote” meaning shelter and “how” meaning small hill. 

Cote How has been the location of choice for centuries. 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. Later a Medieval watch tower, Cote How’s foundations are built into the high rocks dominating the Rydal Valley, with views North towards Hadrian’s Wall.  In 1535 the farmhouse was added, including the original Tudor spinning gallery. The house became a haven for travellers wishing to cross the swelling River Rothay just yards away.  With its slate floors, lime wash finish and slate stone walls, Cote How encapsulates a subtle relationship of built and natural environment, essential to the beauty of the Lake District, in a way few other venues can achieve. This special place oozes with energy, warmth and spirit, and is an experience in itself!

Destination Wedding Venue - Just Married Austin 7
Destination Wedding Venue - Just Married Austin 7
Historc wedding venue with Tudor spinning minstrels gallery
Historc wedding venue with Tudor spinning minstrels gallery

The Tudor Spinning Gallery 1535

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. Originally built as a farm; it has been a Sunday school, a war time boarding school, split into two separate cottages, home to the Master of the hunt with dog kennels and stables in our party barn, a riding school and more recently a home and bed and breakfast business. Caroline ran Cote How as an organic tearoom and bed & breakfast and since 2013 has run Cote How as a fully exclusive specialist bespoke wedding venue. 

Woodrow Wilson’s Love Affair with the English Lake District

Ex American President Woodrow Wilson had his portrait painted here at Cote How by Frederick Yates in 1906.

Extracts form the book “An American President’s Love Affair with the English Lake District” sets out lots of charming information about Woodrow’s love of this stunning place. He would travel every year from America by boat and stay in Loughrigg Cottage just around the corner – And still available as a holiday cottage for guests accommodation.. 

Ex American President Woodrow Wilson had his portrait painted here at Cote How by artist Fred Yates in 1906
Ex American President Woodrow Wilson
Meryl Streep in French Lieutenant's Woman which was filmed in our boathouse on Rydal Water
Meryl Streep in French Lieutenant's Woman

Our Famous Boathouse

The house and boathouse are favourite subjects of many paintings and photographs in and around Rydal Water over the years.

The Lake District features in many TV dramas and fllms from Swallows and Amazons to more recently the A word and Deep Water.

But did you know that our own boathouse features in the film “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” starring Meryl Streep!

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