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“WHAT A PLACE TO LIVE IN”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre
Ranked #1 of 39 things to do in Dartmouth
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Stourport on Severn
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“WHAT A PLACE TO LIVE IN”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

If you like National trust properties do NOT miss this one
Its a delight of 1920's/30's Art Deco. There was even a guy playing the piano in the Main Saloon to create ambience...Lovely Jubbly
The house is built in local stone and is time less. The gardens are really fantastic and what views !! I wished I lived there
The NT have furnished it with great sympathy to the era
Usual NT facilities and well run:- cafe, toilets, shop
Watch the road in and out as it is a bit narrow in places but well worth the effort
Its only 15 minutes drive from Paignton

Visited October 2013
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Paignton, United Kingdom
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“Glorious gardens and wonderful art deco house”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

The gardens are wonderful at all times of the year. Stout footwear is needed if you want to explore the whole estate as it is on a steep hillside leading down to the cove. Worth the effort to walk up to the 'lookout' for fab views out to sea. The house is also worth spending a good hour or more on. Great cafe with outside seating.

Visited June 2013
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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“Thank you Doyle Carte”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

Not many people get the opportunity to purchase a beautiful entire valley in Devon, build a magnificent family home equipped with leftovers from the Savoy Hotel , develop a varied garden and tidal filled swimming pool and then give it to the National Trust but this is what the Doyle Carte family did so that we can all enjoy.
Coleton Fishacre is a short drive away, or longer coastal walk, from Kingswear (opposite Dartmouth) and is one of those properties that you could easily move in to yourself, and feel comfortable, if you had the money. At its height, I think in the 1920s to 1940s, it was a family home that played host to many celebrities of the day all of whom would enjoy the delights of the garden and beech and gather around the grand piano or snooker table after an excellent dinner.
The house has been added to, in terms of an excellent cafe/restaurant, and is well worth a visit in any weather.
However. Be warned. The paths in the garden are VERY steep and can be slippery.
Also, I understand that there may be an appeal to resurrect the tidal swimming pool so please give generously!

Visited September 2013
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“one of my favourite national trust houses”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

Visited today really love this house the room stewards very interesting the piano was being played rather well which added to the special feeling about the house. Since we visited last time they have opened the servant rooms up for visiting and the kitchen where they were baking scones in the Aga for tasting. Didn't go round much of the gardens due to running out of time.

Visited October 2013
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Dartmouth, United Kingdom
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“Great house and gardens but ....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2013

A definite must for lovers of gardens and flowers. NT food good as usual but ..... The cafe was freezing with all three sides open on a cold day!!! People were having to put their coats on!!! More info is needed on path types (gravel loose etc) and specific gradients!!! Nightmare hen it says it is sloping but does not say whether 1 in 10 or 1 in 5!!!!

Stewards all very helpful and seemingly more info than NT provided in the past!!

Visited September 2013
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