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Discover the Russell-Cotes story…

In 1901 Merton Russell-Cotes 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. Then they sealed it in time, and gave it to the future.

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