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“Coleton Fishacre, well worth a visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre
Ranked #1 of 39 things to do in Dartmouth
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Watford, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
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“Coleton Fishacre, well worth a visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

In August we visited this delightful house built for Rupert D'Oyley Carte and his wife Dorothy as a holiday residence. The interior is Art Deco and the rooms have been kept as they were. The house was bought by the National Trust in 1982 and is being lovingly cared for. The guides were friendly and helpful. If you can play the piano you may be allowed to play the beautiful Baby Grand piano in the lounge! Then there is the fascinating downstairs servants' quarters.
The garden follows the cliffside down to the sea with plants from the Mediterranean, South Africa and New Zealand. There is a pleasant cafe, plants are for sale in the shop and there are signposted dog walking areas. The house is reached by a narrow lane and there is an attended car park a few minutes walk from the entrance to the house.

Visited August 2012
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NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Visitor Experience Intern at Coleton Fishacre, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Thank you for your review, so glad that you enjoyed your visit with us and found the house to be 'lovingly cared for'. The servant's quaters has been newly opened for this year so i'm really glad that you enjoyed the story.
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“Definate Wow Factor”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012

Went to Coleton as We were holidaying in Brixham and it was only 6 Miles away.The Lane leading up to it is very narrow,but there are Many Passing Places,don't let it put You off.
The House is So Very Pretty from the outside,and So Very Interesting Inside,The Guides are Knowledgeable and Helpful.
The Gardens and Grounds are Extremely well kept and Very Beautiful to Walk around.
There is a Path down to Pudcombe Cove,but beware,it is steep if You have any trouble at all walking,and You have to get back up the way You went down.
It is Dog Friendly,they have walking areas for You to take the dogs.
The Shop had plenty of interesting items for You to Browse.
We had a Devon Tea at The Cafe,and found this really nice and extremely well priced.
All in All,would definately go back next time We are in this area.

Visited September 2012
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NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Visitor Experience Intern at Coleton Fishacre, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Thank you for your lovely and informative comments and so glad to hear that you thought Coleton Fishacre had the 'wow factor'! Please come and visit us again soon.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Not a stately home but a family one”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2012

Off the beaten track near Dartmouth the home of the D'Oyly Carte family is a little gem in a stunning location. We walked down through the magnificent gardens - more formal borders near the hose and woodland nearer the sea - to the cove where the family bathed. Fabulous views out to sea but today it is too dangerous to go down to the sea. BEWARE - the path is very steep, you are warned but it bears repeating. The house has been beautifully furnished in the original style by the NT and it has a real family feel. The volunteers are most helpful and very knowledeable. Cafe and shop both excellent and cafe prices very reasonable indeed. Allow a good three hour for your visit. A couple more things - the lane leading to the house is very narrow and you may have tro reverse at bust times. Secondly, if you are a pianist you can ask permission to play the Bluthner Grand in the saloon. I did!

Visited September 2012
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NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Visitor Experience Intern at Coleton Fishacre, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Thank you for your lovely comments and very informative review! So glad to hear that you we able to play the paino and that you enjoyed Coleton as a family home.
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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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“A must if you are in the area!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2012

A lovely house and spectacular gardens. The history of the house is well explained and it was great to have knowledgeable guides who were on hand to answer questions. Even greater to be able to sample the scones being baked in the kitchen! Wonderful food in the cafe and just a lovely atmosphere throughout the attraction which I am sure is down to the hard work of all the friendly staff and volunteers. I cant wait to go back and explore the gardens some more!

Visited September 2012
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NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Visitor Experience Intern at Coleton Fishacre, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Thank you for your lovely comments and its great to hear that you went to visit on one of our baking days in the house! We do have a fantastic team at Coleton and it's fantastic to hear that you can't wait to come back for more!
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Lymington, United Kingdom
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“Fabulous Art Deco House”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2012

Great sea views, amazing gardens, good food in cafe and the house had excellent deco interior, lovely place to visit.

Visited September 2012
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NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Visitor Experience Intern at Coleton Fishacre, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Thank you for your wonderful comments, please do come and visit us again soon to enjoy the Autumn colour in the gardens.
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