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Laundry days

You can experience all aspects of life at Coleton Fishacre, including life as a servant. Come along to laundry days where children can have a go on the washboard and mangle, washing vintage linens.

Don't miss the views


From Lady Dorothy's room enjoy views of the Rill Garden, where pastel shades reflect her taste. From the East Bedroom room you can see the hot borders filled with the firey colours that Rupert loved.

Tuck in

Follow your nose to the kitchen, where volunteers often bake scones on the Aga and give out tasters with some delicious jam which you can buy from the shop.

Find out more about the collection

Find out about the dining room table and more on the collections website

Find out about the dining room table and more on the collections website

Want to find out more about all of the fantastic things in the house? The National Trust collections website has information and photographs on the amazing collection.

Look out for...

  • The cocktail cabinet is complete with shaker and glasses © ©NTPL/Dennis Gilbert

    The cocktail cabinet

    This beautiful cocktail cabinet in the sitting room sets the scene for a party.

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    His 'n hers bathrooms

    Look out for the tiles in the bathrooms which show sporting and leisure activities.

  • Look out for the bat screens in some of the windows © National Trust

    The bat screen

    In the central window of Lady Dorothy's Room is an original bat screen.

Handling room

Try on 1920s clothes in the handling room © National Trust

In the handling room try on clothing and hats from the 1920s and 30s.

Spotter trail

Family visitors © National Trust

Ask for a spotter trail when you get to the house, and look out for lots of fun items.

Marion Dorn carpet

The carpet in the Saloon is one of the highlights of the collection © National Trust

The carpet in the Saloon is one of the highlights of the collection

The carpet and rugs in the Saloon were designed for this room by Marion Dorn (1899-1964), a leading American designer at the time. ‘Dorn’ has been woven into the corner of each carpet. This is one of the only examples of Dorn's work that is on display in this country, rather than in storage. The runner is a copy of the original, now too fragile to use.

The map in the Library

 © National Trust

The pictorial map above the fireplace was painted by Spencer Hoffman in 1927, showing a bird’s eye view of the peninsula Coleton Fishacre sits in. A fun detail to look for is Rupert D’Oyly Carte sitting painting overlooking Pudcombe Cove with one of his Dalmatian dogs. When you visit see if you can spot some of the puns on place names: Slapper’s Hill and Parson’s Mud.

A similar, but smaller, map by Spencer Hoffman was on display in ‘The Spread Eagle’ at Thame, Oxfordshire.