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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?

  • Pirate Trail at Studland Beach, Dorset © National Trust

    Pirate day

    Oooh-arr me hearties, pirate day on 29 October is fun for all the family.

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

    Christmas

    There are lots of festive events at Coleton Fishacre in the run up to Christmas.

Glorious gardens

A walk in the garden this month will fill your senses. The gardens are a riot of autumn colour, and the leaves falling from the tress crunch underfoot as you explore.

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?

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