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Boconnoc House & State

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HISTORY

The property itself is alive with centuries of history. Boconnoc Estate and Manor were taxed on the Domesday Roll in 1086. Sir William Mohun purchased the property in 1579 from Francis Russell, the 2nd Earl of Bedford, who had received Boconnoc as part of the county. of Bedford as a reward for helping to crush the 1550 Prayer Book Rebellion. Sir William rebuilt the house that was once a medieval tower known as the "Tower of Boconnoc", dating from the 13th century. He remained in the family until Charles, 4th Baron Mohun was killed in a duel with the Duke of Hamilton in 1712.

In 1864, the estate was bequeathed to George Matthew Fortescue, younger son of Lord Grenville's sister, Hester, who married the first Earl Fortescue of Castle Hill, Devon. It has remained in the Fortescue family ever since. In 2000, Anthony and Elizabeth Fortescue embarked on an ambitious renovation project to restore the main house to its former glory and, at the same time, convey a new and magnificent contemporary feel to the property.

 

WHY THIS PLACE

Whether you are planning a civil or humanistic wedding ceremony, Boconnoc offers several settings to make your big day as creative and inspiring as you are. From Boconnoc House and Stable Yard, designed by John Soane, to the many outdoor attractions, Boconnoc is at your fingertips. The 800-year-old Boconnoc church is a spectacular setting for traditional wedding ceremonies. Beautiful reception rooms and luxurious amenities make the Boconnoc House perfect for celebrations.

CURIOSITIES

Purchased with the product of the famous Pitt Diamond in 1717 and home to three prime ministers, Boconnoc remains one of Cornwall's best kept secrets. Visitors can see the architecture influenced by Sir John Soane, visit the Georgia Bathhouse and examine the conservation of the 18th century wall and ceiling paintings that line the house's double staircase.

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