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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.

What's on?

  • Barrington Court Apple Day by Steve Bridger © Steve Bridger

    Apple day

    Start gathering your apples for a day of pressing, demonstrations and more.

  • Volunteer gardener deadheading roses at Hidcote in September © NTPL Arnhel de Serra

    Herbaceous border help

    Get top tips from the garden team on how to keep your garden looking tip-top.

Glorious gardens

A walk in the garden this month will fill your senses. Sweet perfumes drift on the air from the Chilean myrtles' almond-scented white flowers, and the gardens are a riot of early-autumn colour.

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?