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A 1920s country retreat complete with luxuriant garden by the sea

Travel back in time to the Jazz Age at the country home of the D'Oyly Carte family.

You can lose yourself in the RHS accredited garden: viewpoints give enticing glimpses out to sea, paths weave through glades past tranquil ponds, and tender plants from the Mediterranean, South Africa and New Zealand thrive in the moist and sheltered valley.

This most evocative of country homes, built in the Arts & Crafts style, is imbued with 1920s' elegance. A light, joyful atmosphere fills the rooms and music plays, echoing the family's Gilbert and Sullivan connections.

Glimpse life 'upstairs and downstairs' from the glamorous Saloon to the light and airy recently opened servants' rooms.

'Treasure Island'

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum

On Saturday 23 August the London Contemporary Theatre perform their adaptation of the swashbuckling classic 'Treasure Island' to the gardens of Coleton Fishacre. Bring along some seating and a picnic, and settle down for this tale of pirates and adventure, complete with sea views as the backdrop to the show.

Glorious gardens

The hot borders in front of the house are a riot of colour in the summer © Paul Harris

The gardens are filled with summer colour; hot borders are riots of red and orange, seemly terrace is filled with pastel hues and there is something new to see around every corner.

Glorious gardens

The hot borders in front of the house are a riot of colour in the summer © Anna Cummings

The gardens are filled with summer colour; hot borders are riots of red and orange, seemly terrace is filled with pastel hues and there is something new to see around every corner.

Glorious gardens

The rill garden is looking glorious © Anna Cummings

The gardens are filled with summer colour; hot borders are riots of red and orange, seemly terrace is filled with pastel hues and there is something new to see around every corner.

These cute cottages are just outside of the grounds of Coleton Fishacre © National Trust

These cute cottages are just outside of the grounds of Coleton Fishacre

Stay a bit longer

Did you know that there are elegant holiday cottages at Coleton Fishacre? Where better to spend some quality time than this unique location, with exclusive access to the gardens after hours?

From the intimate Chauffeurs Flat to the grand Higher Brownstone Farm, we have your dream Devon holiday destination taken care of.

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