For the first time since the National Trust began looking after Coleton Fishacre, near Kingswear in Devon, the Art Deco property once home to the D’Oyly Carte family, will be open for winter weekends.
Voted the second-best garden in the UK by Which? Travel readers, the garden is accredited by the Royal Horticultural Society, and includes sub-tropical planting, as well as camellias and rhododendrons soon to start budding. The coastal garden boasts breathtaking sea views and quiet spots to cherish some quality time post-Christmas and stretch those legs on a winter walk. It’s also a great time of year to look out for the graceful bobbing heads of snowdrops, and signs that spring might just about be on it’s way.
Wrapping up for a walk at this time of year can be reviving, and for many it’s become even more important for wellbeing during the pandemic. Whether it’s exploring woodland paths, looking out over rugged headlands towards the sea or strolling past borders bursting with winter colours, spending time in nature can give us a sense of peace.
Alongside walks to keep minds and body healthy, the Arts and Craft style house will also open its doors. Country home to the D’Oyly Carte family and built almost 100 years ago, it’s filled with Art Deco features and links to their musical heritage. Don’t miss the servants’ quarters, with glimpses into the life of the Butler and house maids.
Café Coleton will also be open at weekends for a hot drink and the shop is filled with homeware, books and locally made gifts.
And if you’re in search of new backdrops to stretch your legs, there’s a variety of walks near Coleton Fishacre from rugged coastline to hidden beaches, and even one of the few remaining Second World War gun batteries in the UK.
Each day out supports the National Trust’s work as a charity looking after special places for future generations to enjoy. Visit the website to plan your day out and check opening times: nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre.
Open weekends only from Sat 8 Jan until Sunday 20 February 2022. (Free entry on Saturdays for RHS members.)