Coleton Fishacre is as impressive for its sprawling valley gardens as it is for its Art Deco house. The country home of the D’Oyly Carte family is surrounded by 30 acres of garden, and a stroll around it on a sunny day will whisk you to another era. Enjoy the odd glimpse of the sea in the distance as you wander the grounds, and follow curving paths through shady glades as one of the Jazz Age’s most influential families would have done.
The garden’s location may make it the perfect English spot, but those of you with a canny eye will soon spot plants from around the world. There’s nothing better for garden lovers than the chance to peek at another family’s, especially when it was created by such an imaginative one as this South Devon clan.
The garden’s plant life includes blooms from the Mediterranean, New Zealand and South Africa, and they thrive in the valley’s moist conditions. The D’Oyly family were a vibrant family with a shared love of music and the arts, and the garden still bursts with colour and reflects the elegance of the 1920s.
Feel free to spend as much time as you like exploring, and enjoy the sleepy ponds and sheltered position, and you can pick up the South West Coast Path nearby and continue a walk from Brownstone or Coleton Camp (where there’s parking.)