One of the most fascinating historic houses in England, Russell Cotes is a treasure trove of Victorian splendour.
In 1901 Merton gave his wife Annie a dream house on a cliff-top overlooking the sea. It was an extraordinary, extravagant birthday present - lavish, splendid, and with a touch of fantasy.
They filled this exotic seaside villa with beautiful objects from their travels across the world and lined the walls with a remarkable collection of British art, creating a unique atmosphere in a most dramatic setting.
A home, an art gallery, and a museum, they sealed it in time and gave it to the future. The house and galleries are a treasure trove with over 1,000 objects and artworks on display.
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