Step back in time to the Jazz Age with a visit to the National Trust’s Coleton Fishacre. The English Riviera thrived in the 1920s when elegance and Arts Deco reigned, and the house and gardens reflect the Arts and Crafts style of the time. The country home of the D’oyly Carte family has a unique interior in an Art Deco style, and the 30 acre valley gardens that surround it are a magical place to have a wander.
Coleton Fishacre is home to the perfect country garden, and it benefits from occasional glimpses of the sea in the distance, ponds and even a gazebo. The valley gardens network of pathways makes a lovely place for a longer walk if you have the time, and although fairly easy to reach the house has that special feeling of being miles from anywhere. Thanks to its sheltered position, the garden is home to plants from all over the world, so expect to be impressed at any time of the year.
The house itself has a light and welcoming atmosphere, and the rooms are still home to items such as the Bluthner piano in the saloon that make it feel like the country home it once was. Find out the family’s Gilbert and Sullivan connections and take a peek into life in the 20s as you explore its music-filled rooms. The narrow lane that leads to the house can get very busy at times, so reversing may be required as you approach. Dogs are welcome in the garden but must be kept on their leads.
Brownstone Rd Kingswear, Devon TQ6 0EQ