The manor of Cold Ashton belonged to Bath Abbey before the Dissolution. The exquisite Jacobean manor house is said to have been built by Wiliam Pepwall, Mayor of Bristol (1570-1575) or by John Gunning who bought the estate c1629.
The ornamental gateway to the house bears the arms of Sir Robert Gunning of 1678. It is an exemplary example of the Jacobean Renaissance style, featuring two square Roman Doric columns on either side of the gate, with a rosette frieze above and surmounted by splendid floricated urns.
From the gateway of Cold Ashton Manor there are superb views over the lovely St. Catherine's Valley near Bath.