I visited Coleton Fishacre in Kingswear, Devon last week and would highly recommend to any Silver Travellers like myself who are nostalgic for our childhoods. The house sits in 24 acres of the most beautiful gardens – although sadly on the day I visited it was pouring with rain and the sea mist was so thick that we were unable to see the sea. For this reason I was unable to get any photographs. We tried to go back the following day so that I could get some, but again the sea mist was too thick. I understand however that on a good day the views are magnificent.
Coleton Fishacre is a National Trust property and was built as the country home of Sir Rupert D’Oyly Carte and his wife Dorothy. Talk about nostalgia! It took me right back to my childhood in the fifties and sixties. I could have been back in my grandparents’ home or my family home from 1959 which was built in the same year as Coleton Fishacre – 1926. There is an atmosphere in the house that transported me back over 50 years and my sister felt exactly the same.
The cafe was good too, as was the shop – better than other National Trust shops that I have visited – with an excellent sale, so that I was able to stock up on Christmas presents. I would love to go back there one day, and perhaps next time the sun might be shining!