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“Winter Trip in Kingswear”
Review of Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre
Ranked #1 of 46 things to do in Dartmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 22, 2013

Coleton Fishacre is a National Trust property in Devon. The delightful house was the home of the D'Oyly Carte family and the garden winds down to the coastal path. We were pleased to find the house open in December, with restaurant and shop open too.

Thank Elizabeth K
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Reviewed December 11, 2013

The D'Oyly Carte family built this lovely house as a retreat from London, It's intimate and charming, with small bedrooms but the most magnificent lounge, with curved steps leading down to it and a grand piano in pride of place. Someone was playing it when we visited, encapsulating the glamour of its heyday. The sad times that overtook the family emerge as you go round, and for me this heightened the 'lived-in' atmosphere. The garden is magnificent and there is a delightful (but steep) walk down to the cove where the family and their visitors used to swim. A wonderful place to visit at any time of year.

Thank Anne F
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

This was our second visit, this time in winter, so we were not expecting the gadens to be at their best. The gardens were, in fact, almost as good as in the summer. The planting at CF is so good that there genuinely is interest all round the year, including flowering shrubs and tree ferns still blasting away and not wrapped up as they are in so many gardens. The house was less busy than on our previous visit and the room guides did look a little bored (sorry) and ready to chat when given the chance (as ever). What is so successful about this house is the family history so well presented and the excellent collection of original and copied furniture and furnishings, lovingly recreated from a Country Life article of the period. I have only two complaints - one is that the loos next to the visitors centre have no sign and the other, more serious, is that you are not alowed to take photos in the house, even in the room where you are allowed to dress up in period clothes! I was told this is because photographers block the way for others. Well, at this time of year the visitors are few and far between - you'd have to wait at least 10 minutes for someone to come in so you could obstruct them! Come on NT, let us take our pickies!

Thank Nick A
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

The whole experience begins with who built the house and created the gardens and why
Their connections and projects give meaning to the lovely house, you really can imagine them living here, privileged certainly, but their eacy has been left for us to enjoy the NT do a great job of maintaining the property, and their restaurant is very good as well, go to enjoy the gardens then the house will be a bonus

Thank Roger B
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

Went as a National trust member, so free entrance. Very interesting house, and not too big, so if you have kids, they don't have much time to get bored. The gardens and walks are really beautiful. We were there in the spring and the bluebells and rhododendrons were just stunning. The views at times were lovely. Well worth a visit.

Thank Brian D
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