Held at:

Private collection






Digital Archive - Sale particulars: Moccas Court

Place name:

Golden Valley




Sale particulars for Moccas Court were issued by the agent, Knight Frank



The overall description given in the particulars is as follows:


Moccas Court , one of Herefordshire’s finest houses, sits proudly above the River Wye. The house is set in stunning countryside between Hereford and Hay-on-Wye on the edge of the Golden Valley and looking up to the ancient Moccas deer park. Moccas Court is positioned at the head of a long and impressive drive in an exceptionally private setting along with period farm buildings, 3 secondary houses and a lodge. The River Wye flows through the grounds and has its own Fishing Rights; and there are stunning walks and rides through the surrounding countryside. 


Historical note

For almost 750 years the land at Moccas has been in the ownership of just four families; the de Fresnes, Vaughans, Cornewalls and Chester-Masters. After the marriage of the sole heiress Catherine Cornewall to Sir George Amyand, a successful London banker who took the name and arms of Cornewall, the existing house near the church was considered too old fashioned, and in 1775 they began building Moccas Court. Plans were commissioned from Robert Adam but the final design was adapted from these by the Gloucestershire architect Anthony Keck. The family moved in 1783 and the grounds were landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown (for the sum of £100) with additional advice from Humphrey Repton. These plans were lost, but resurfaced in the Getty Museum in California. The distinctive lodges were built in 1801 to the design of GS Repton working at the offices of John Nash. The Cornewall family continued to live at Moccas until 1916 when Sir Geoffrey Cornewall moved to a smaller house on the estate. The house was unoccupied for some time and then let on a long lease. The current owners, the Chester-Masters inherited the estate from Sir William Cornewall in 1962 and have lived at Moccas Court ever since, continuously restoring and adapting it to more modern times including 5 Star (exclusive) guest accomodation. This has included installing en-suite bathrooms, an achievement in a Grade I Listed country house.  



Full particulars including detailed descriptions of the accommodation, a selection of photographs and the floor plans can be downloaded here in PDF file format.




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