Enchanting Cobham Dairy opens

We are delighted to have recently completed work onsite at Cobham Dairy. After a two-year restoration project this ornamental building is now welcoming its first guests.

Georgian sophistication

Cobham Dairy in Kent stands within the grounds of Cobham Hall, a grand Elizabethan house which dates back to 1208. When the Cobham estate passed to the 4th Earl of Darnley he commissioned the sought-after architect James Wyatt to design an ornamental Dairy, possibly influenced by his marriage to Elizabeth Brownlow in 1791.

Model dairies were among the most exquisite of estate buildings, fitted out as elegant pavilions with tiled or marble walls, plentiful water, a copper warming pan and charming porcelain vessels, sadly all lost at Cobham, but intact at the other, even smaller dairy in Landmark's care, at Endsleigh.

Photo courtesy of the Yale Centre for British Art

Saving Cobham Dairy

When we first saw the Dairy in the 1990s, it was a sad brick outbuilding, boarded up and surrounded by overgrown trees. Empty for decades, essential holding repairs had been carried out in the 1980s by a working party from the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. They had re-roofed the building and stripped the slate cladding, carefully putting the slates into storage.

Expert craftspeople

In 2014, contact with Landmark was renewed and we were able to begin the rescue and sensitive restoration of Cobham Dairy. Throughout the works, traditional techniques were used for the most sympathetic restoration possible.

We were lucky to have James Wyatt’s original 1790s’ drawings at Yale to work from, and also his contemporary work inside Cobham Hall just across the lawns.

Learn more about the restoration

'The restoration of Cobham Dairy for me was a wonderful experience in the company of a great team of highly skilled artisans.'

Philip Gaches - Master Plasterer

Stay at Cobham Dairy

After nearly two years of exacting restoration works, the Dairy has been totally transformed and is now once again a gleaming eye-catcher, looking for all the world like a little Italianate chapel. Book your stay and enjoy the peace of the delightful building.

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