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Coleton Fishacre Garden

Coleton Fishacre Garden
Brownstone Road


tel: 01803 842382
fax: 01803 753017

Area: Devon
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Coleton Fishacre Garden -- Devon
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Coleton Fishacre Garden
Last Update*  17-02-2014

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 Opening Days and Hours

House & Garden
15 Feb--30 Oct. 10:30--5 Sun - Thur (closed Fri)
1 Nov--22 Dec. 11--4 Sat, Sun and Mon
27 Dec--31 Dec. 11--4 Sat - Wed (closed Thurs & Fri)
Open Good Friday 18 April

Parties / Coaches: Yes
Must be pre-booked,
call 01803 842382
Groups / Coaches need Appointment: Yes

House Open for Viewing: Yes
See dates above
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National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:
Spring: May - June
Late Summer: August - Sept
To see:
Spring colour - rhododendrons, camellias, and masses of bluebells
Tender and exotic planting. The rill garden is filled with soft pastel colours, and the borders in front of the house a riot of reds and oranges.
 Admission Prices
Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets):
Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets): £10.40 (£9.40), child £5.80 (£5.20), family £27.10 (£24.60), family (one adult and up to two children) £17.70 (£15.80). Groups (15+) £8.80, child £4.40
 Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Shop: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Teas: Yes
Light Refreshment: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:
New 'behind the scenes' areas and hands-on room. Guided garden walks every afternoon. Quizzes and trails for both house and garden. Jazz events, open-air theatre and much more. Dogs: dogs on leads welcome in garden on designated dog route (map available at reception)
* Soak up the gorgeous Art Deco style in the house.
* Play the BlŸthner piano in the Saloon.
* Explore the network of pathways through the valley garden.
Disabled information plus mobility and walking aids
 Garden Features & Events
A luxuriant garden by the sea, with an Arts & Crafts-style house, featuring Art Deco-influenced interiors; RHS accredited garden, rare and exotic plant collection set in a secluded coastal valley; year-round interest. Exciting events including outdoor theatre: Pirates of Penzance, Sun 20 Jul, 7-9.30pm and Treasure Island, Sat 23 Aug, 6.30-8.30pm, as well as a monthly jazz club. Call 01803 842382 to book tickets. English Heritage Garden Grade: II
National Collection:
 Description of Garden
Designer: Oswald Milne
This wonderful garden lies in a stream-fed valley above the South Devon coast. The mild climate, shelter belts and high humidity make the garden suitable for the widest range of plants, including some which can only survive in conservatories elsewhere in Britain.

In the spring and early summer, wild flowers abound amid the colourful displays of rhododendron, camellia and azalea planted among the collection of tender and exotic plants. The formal terraces and Rill Garden provide summer long interest from half-hardy perennials and unusual climbers, including the Coral Plant (Berberidopsis corallina) and Chilean Mitre Flower (Mitraria coccinea). Paths wind through clumps of bamboo, groves of mimosa, magnolias and other shrubs down to a small sea cove below. Anyone who loves plants will be entranced by this garden.
 History of Garden
Rupert and Lady Dorothy D'Oyly Carte commissioned Oswald Milne, a pupil of Edward Lutyens, to design the house and gardens for them, after they bought the estate in 1924. The D'Oyly Cartes chose the site for their house and garden after seeing it from the sea while sailing their yacht between Brixham and Dartmouth. They were both enthusiastic gardeners and experimented with trees and shrubs from around the world, a tradition which the Trust continues.
 Nearby Devon Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:
National Trust cottages Coleton Fishacre estate:
Chauffer's Flat, Coleton Barton 1 and 2, Higher Brownstone. Broome Court, Dartmouth
Cafe Coleton on site at Coleton Fishacre, and a wide selection in Dartmouth
Inns & Pubs:
Green Dragon, Stoke Fleming.
Manor Inn, Galmpton.
Ship Inn, Kingswear
Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:
Dartmouth and Dart Estuary
Totnes, Paignton and Torquay
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