I lost my heart to Coleton Fishacre, a gem set in the countryside in Kingswear, Devon.This is an Arts & Crafts 1920s Art Deco House that welcomes you with open arms and encapsulates the spirit of The Jazz Age.
My husband and I went in June when the gardens (over 33 acre ) were in full bloom, so many varieties of plants, many rare. There are lots of paths and walkways, some hilly so you do need to be physically fit. You can follow the stream down to the sea where in its heyday there was an inlet converted into a swimming pool. Sadly now this is the only part of the property that needs to be refurbished but like most things it comes down to money.
The house inside just oozes sophistication and you could imagine yourself stepping down the curved wooden steps into the lounge, cocktail in hand, socialising and jazz being played on the piano. The architecture, sizes of rooms and layout sit perfectly. There is a dressing up room and costumes of the era and the staff are so friendly and knowledgeable ready to answer your questions.
The House which is National Trust is open 11th Feb—29th Oct, 10.30-5pm, seven days a week. 4th Nov – 24th Dec, 11-4pm, Weekends. 27th Dec – 31st Dec, 11-4, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sunday.
Entrance fees are £11 an adult and £5.50 for children. Parking is free for NT members and £4 all day for non members. You can take your own picnic, visit their cafe or do both. Before leaving you can buy plants or take home souvenirs but for me Coleton Fishacre’s magic will stay with me forever.