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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.

Doggy day

Monday 4 May, £2 per competition (normal admissions apply)

A day of fun for all the family. Fun dog competitions and demonstrations will run throughout the day, with help from The Blue Cross in the judging department.

Award winning Coleton Fishacre

We are delighted to have been awarded bronze

We are proud to announce that we received bronze for large visitor attraction of the year at the 2014 Visit Devon Awards, as well as two silvers at the English Riviera and South Devon Tourism and Hospitality Awards.

What's on?

  • The terraces by the house are sunny spots © John Parker

    Pop-up museum

     Come along to our pop-up museum at Paignton Library for an insight into life at Coleton.

  • Gardener and visitor sitting in a bed of three cornered leek © Tony Cobley

    Gardener's spring workshop

    On 22 April the gardeners will cover a number of topics in this session of workshops and talks.

The big beach picnic

Help to look after the South West coast

Help to look after the South West coast

Saturday 4 July, 12-3pm, Paignton Green

Celebrate our stunning coast line by joining the rangers for our big beach picnic on Paignton Green. Come and get involved with some 50 things, including jumping through waves, rock pooling and making a campfire on the beach. There will also be kayaks available to explore the cove with; all you need to do is rock up.

Coastal Festival

300 miles of coast in the South West to explore, over 200 events, £1million to raise (in order to care for the coast for just one year) and lots of ways to get involved.