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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.

Winter weekends

What better way is there to spend your Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays in the run-up to Christmas than exploring Coleton Fishacre?

Award winning Coleton Fishacre

We are delighted to have been awarded bronze

We are delighted to have been awarded bronze

We are delighted to announce that Coleton Fishacre has received the bronze award at the 2014 Visit Devon Awards in the large visitor attraction of the year category. Coleton Fishacre has also recently won two silvers at the English Riviera and South Devon Tourism and Hospitality Awards, for best visitor attraction and best tea room.

Christmas opening

Test out your new Christmas coat on a crisp winter walk

Test out your new Christmas coat on a crisp winter walk

27-31 December, 11am-4pm, just £5 entry (free for National Trust members and under 5s)

Walk off that Christmas pudding at Coleton Fishacre between Christmas and New Year. Step back to the 1920s in the house, which is filled with 'upstairs downstairs' festivity, as the family's rooms are decorated luxuriously, and the servant's room is hung with streamers. The gardens are perfect for a winter walk, and the Café will be serving tasty treats.

What's on?

  • Finishing touches are added to the Christmas tree in the Saloon © Christopher Woodman


    The house is decorated for Christmas in true 1920s style; it looks set for a glamorous party.

  • Visit Father Christmas this year at Ashridge - 13, 14  © NTPL

    Visit Father Christmas

    Father Christmas is setting up his grotto in the Library once again, ready for your gift requests...