Idyllic country cottage on the Goodnestone Estate now available to rent
Completely refurbished last year, Bonnington Cottage on the Goodnestone estate is now available as a holiday let. The cottage can be rented in conjunction with the mansion, or separately. With one master bedroom and one twin-bedded room the cottage sleeps four in comfort. A woodburning stove guarantees cosy nights in, while the cottage is ideally located to explore the coast and the countryside.
This timber jettied cottage dates back to the 16th century, although the history of the hamlet of Bonnington goes back at least as far as Saxon times. The first documentary reference to Bonnington is in 1286 when Archbishop Peckham endowed his college at nearby Wingham with the tithes of a Thomas of Bonnington. From 1357 Bonnington was the principle seat of the Boys family, whose history can be traced back to the Norman Conquest in 1066.
The Boys family lived at Bonnington until 1666 when the property passed to the Brome family. In 1710 the Brome family passed Bonnington on to the Goodnestone estate. At that time much of its land became included within the Park. Bonnington itself became the Goodnestone Home Farm.
The Cottage later became the estate office for the late Lord FitzWalter. It was then converted into a house, used at first by members of the family and the present Lord and Lady FitzWalter spent the first months of their marriage here.
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