Fonthill Estate, situated in the heart of south west Wiltshire, consists of farmland, woodland and formal gardens. From our website you will not only be able to see the outstanding natural beauty of the Estate, but also its incredible history and all the activities that take place within it.
We have a number of fabulous venues available to hire for weddings & parties; it is also possible to rent commercial space as well as residential; you can board a mare at our Stud, and even buy timber or agricultural produce direct from the farm. In addition, you can buy a racehorse through my brother Hughie Morrison, who is a hugely successful racehorse trainer based in Berkshire.
Our sister estate on the Isle of Islay, (also known as the Queen of the Hebrides, and the world renowned whisky isle!), can provide you with a wonderful holiday location, as well as somewhere to live and work.
I hope you enjoy our website, and please do not hesitate to get in touch if you find something that interests you.
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.
Those who cherish the majestic beauty of rolling hills, open farmland, and sprawling woods may very well choose such a place to make their home. As well as residential properties, Fonthill Estate is also home to an array of commercial business units, offices and workshops.
Surrounding the house are the formal gardens with mixed planting of shrubs, herbaceous perennials, bulbs and annuals. There is a small selection of old and new sculptures including a water feature by William Pye.
In recent years the stud has bred Group and Listed winners in England and Europe with particular success in Italy. Every season since 1998 Fonthill bred horses have won races almost all on the turf.
If you’re looking to hire a venue for a party, wedding or exhibition, or even scouting for a filming location, Fonthill has many magnificent settings to choose from. From the wide open spaces, and glorious views from Quarry Wood and the Deer Park Barn, to the high wooden beams and rustic stone walls of Bake Barn, we can cater for all your needs.