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Brownstone Road, Kingswear, Dartmouth,
Devon, TQ6 0EQ

01803 842382

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2018-01-09 00:13:26

Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Open daily from February half term until October half term, 10.30am-5pm. Open November and December weekends, and 27-31 December, 11am-4pm.

Instructions for coach drivers to be issued upon confirmation of group booking.
Bicycle parking available; ask in visitor reception when you arrive.

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Must be Pre-booked. call 01803 842382

Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

See dates above

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

Spring: May - June
Late Summer: August - Sept

To see:

Spring color - rhododendrons, camellias, and masses of bluebells Late summer 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):

Adult  £11.40 (£10.30)

Child (age 5-16) £5.65 (£5.10)

Family £28.40 (£25.80)

Group Adult (15+ people) £9.60

Group child £4.80

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:
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.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire 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

Description of Garden

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.

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