Coleton Fishacre garden

With a climate as mild as South Cornwall created by the great trees sheltering this garden in a coastal valley, exotic and tender plants thrive in Coleton Fishacre garden. From formal terraces to woodland to explore, this garden is varied and filled with year-round interest, and one of the few National Trust gardens to be RHS accredited. Please be aware that the gate from the South West Coast Path, at the bottom of the garden, is closed until further notice.

 

Formal terraces

Cherry blossom in bloom at Seemly Terrace, Coleton Fishacre

Seemly Terrace

At the top of the gardens this colourful terrace is a perfect starting point for your exploration. Relax in a bench and soak up the views over the Rill and terraces around the house, and in the spring it's transformed with white cherry blossom.

The Rill Garden at Coleton Fishacre, flowering in the summer

Rill Garden

The stream, or rill, which runs through the centre, gives this garden its name. The borders are planted with a mixture of hardy herbaceous and semi-tender perennials in soft pastel shades to create a relaxed and dreamy effect. Pastels were the favourite colours of Lady Dorothy, and her room overlooked this garden.

 

The Terraces

The terraces and walls around the house reflect the lines of the building, and are planted with tender, sun-loving plants. Each terrace has a pool; the upper pool's rounded outline sets off a sculptured otter by local artist Bridget McCrum. 

In front of the house the Hot Border is filled with flowers in fiery shades of reds and oranges, creating a ‘firework’ effect of upward pointing flowers in hot colours. These were Rupert D'Oyly Carte's favourite colours, and he could see the border from his desk in the library. 

 

The quarry

The looming quarry wall that sits below the gazebo is where the stone for the house came from; it was transported up the valley on a railway track, which you can now see in the kitchen supporting the shelves.

 

 

Coastal woodland garden

View from the summerhouse in the garden of Coleton Fishacre, Devon

Sea views

There are a few different spots around the garden from where you can soak up the sea views. Scout Point, the gazebo and the summerhouse all offer wide sweeping vistas.

Fern Glade at the bottom of Coleton Fishacre garden

Informal garden

The further down the valley you walk, the more informal this garden becomes. At the bottom is the tree fern glade, where hydrangeas flower in the summer and the rill trickles out to the coast. There's also a gate leading to the South West Coast Path. Please note it is currently closed.