Ideas for change
The rooms which were opened as a result of the Opening Closed Doors project had previously been used for staff accommodation. When that use was complete, a number of different ideas were put forward for the rooms, such as a re-creation of the servants’ and maids’ bedrooms, making them into a holiday cottage or even a staff meeting room. As property and regional staff discussed the various ideas, they became more ambitious and began to encompass more of the house. The best idea was to ask visitors what they’d like to see re-created and re-interpreted in various areas of the house.
The result was that visitors wanted to see the servants’ areas and to understand what they did there. They wanted to know the story of the people who had lived and worked at Coleton Fishacre.
The project was completed for the 2012 season. The rooms that were restored and opened to the public as a result of the Opening Closed Doors project include the kitchen, servants’ hall, laundry, pantry, guest bedroom, and servants’ bedroom and bathroom.