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“Unique house”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre
Ranked #1 of 39 things to do in Dartmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Honiton, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Unique house”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2012

We found this easily and there was ample parking. Even though it's december, many plants were still flowering many were labelled as were the trees. The house is unique of all those we have seen so far, in that the rooms look as though the ownerrs have just stepped outside for awhile, many with possessions from the D'oyley Carte occupancy. The staff must have been well looked after with ample quarters . A . fascinating visit , we would love to see more of the gardens in the spring.
Though paths are steep, the gardens are beautifully laid out and the D'oyley Carte passion for plants is illustrated in their choice of plants for the garden, it must have been a joy to look out from their rooms across the gardens and view the sea in the distance.

Visited December 2012
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NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Communications Officer at Coleton Fishacre, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review - fantastic to see that you had a fascinating visit. The house really is one of a kind, and the new servant's rooms that we opened for the first time in 2012 really show the 'upstairs downstairs' side! Hope you can visit again to see the gardens in all their glory.
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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful property.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012

Beautiful Arts and Crafts style home with interesting Art Deco interior. Very interesting and well tended garden.

Visited August 2012
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NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Communications Officer at Coleton Fishacre, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review. Glad that you found your visit interesting - I hope you can visit again!
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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“Facinating.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

We stay in Dartmouth often and this last visit we were determined to visit Coleton Fishacre - a visit we have promised ourselves for years. It was a beautiful sunny November day and the gardens were absolutely fabulous with all the autumn colours and awesome sea views. A day could quite easily be spent exploring, relaxing by the lake or wandering down to the beach. A real oasis from the busy lifestyle most of us have.

As a National Trust Property it may be expected that the house would be traditionally plush and opulent with drapes, tapestries and large family paintings. Coleton Fishacre is completly different. It is more of a snapshot of life in the 1920's 30s and 40s. It describes the lives of the D'Oyley Cart operatic family and their trials and tribulations. The volunteers there are all very knowledgable and friendly and when we were there one was playing the piano - music from the era - adding to the ambiance. A thoroughly enjoyable day out. PS the cafe is good too!

Visited November 2012
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NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Communications Officer at Coleton Fishacre, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Lovely to read that you enjoyed your visit to Coleton Fishacre. It really is a unique place, where the ease of pace of the family's lifestyle is infectious! I hope that you visit us again, perhaps in the summer so you can see the garden during another season. Nearby Greenway is definitely worth a visit too!
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“Wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

Wonderful House, superb gardens, and so interesting, a family house with lots of pleasant stories. ~the gardens were breathtaking, but they are very hilly, so not suitable for people woth walking difficulties - but what a lovely place to visit .

Visited May 2012
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NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Communications Officer at Coleton Fishacre, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Thank you for the lovely review. You're right, the gardens and walk down to the coastal footpath are steep in places - there are benches for rest stops, but you definately have to kow your limits in the garden. I hope you visit again soon.
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Totnes
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“National Trust local visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

This retro style building has been placed in a wonderful setting, the views are to die for, and the gardens, have suffered this "Summer", but they still have their own magic, produced by some wonderful staff.
This location even charmed my wife, on her second visit, she enjoyed the surroundings, but as with any National Trust property, the excellant tea rooms, are most welcome, both before and after a walk around.

Visited September 2012
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NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Communications Officer at Coleton Fishacre, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Lovely to see you and your wife enjoyed your visit to Coleton Fishacre. The wet weather has certainly made the gardens a bit washed out - luckily we have such a fantastic garden team, as well as breathtaking views! I hope you visit again soon - the house and gardens open for the new season on 16 February.
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