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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' in this award winning place, from the glamorous Saloon to the light and airy servants' rooms. Coleton Fishacre received a bronze award for large visitor attraction of the year at the 2014 Visit Devon Awards, as well as two silver awards at the English Riviera and South Devon Tourism and Hospitality Awards.

Jazz Age lawn party

Sunday 6 September, 6.30-9pm

This Sunday get your glad-rags on for an evening of live jazz on the lawn, complete with cocktails and canapés.

Conservation in action

From this angle you can hardly see the scaffolding

From this angle you can hardly see the scaffolding

At the moment there is scaffolding at the back of the house, to allow essential conservation work to be carried out. Don't worry though, it won't be visible from the front or inside of the house.

While the scaffolding is up, please don't leave dogs at the tethering rings through the archway next to the house. 

South West coast video

This year is all about celebrating the South West coast.

It provides the backdrop to generations of family memories (bucket and spade holidays anyone?).

The coast gives us a connection to our island heritage and is home to a rich array of marine and coastal wildlife.

Watch the video above to see what makes the South West coast so special.

Garden walk

The hot borders in front of the house are a riot of colour in the summer © Paul Harris

Every day the garden team lead a free garden walk at 2pm. What better way to discover the history of the garden and see the best plants in flower?

Library talks

The hot borders in front of the house are a riot of colour in the summer © National Trust

Thursdays, 2-3pm

Drop in to find out about the the local area from volunteer Jean, who will be based in the Library using the wonderful map to illustrate her stories.

 

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