A Slice of Saturday at Coleton Fishacre

What could possibly come between asked Christine, commenting on my post yesterday. So, so many things but I’ll try not to overload you all!
The people who discovered this valley by the sea were none other than the D’Oyly-Carte’s, best known for their company that staged Gilbert and Sullian operas and as owners of the Savoy hotel.It was Rupert and his wife Lady Dorothy that built Coleton and planted its beautiful gardens with a mix of rare and exotic plants that wouldn’t usually grow in our English climate.
The house has a stunning art deco interior – sadly photos were not permitted inside the house, but it was gracious, elegant living at its best. A family home in the country with ample space for house guests, each room had a view over the gardens and some of the sea beyond.
Here are some of the vistas and peep betweens that have evolved.

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The D’Oyly-Carte’s had two children, Michael who died in a car accident at twenty-one in 1932 and a daughter, Bridget. In 1941, Rupert divorced Dorothy and Bridget took over the house. Dorothy moved to the Bahamas with her new man and Rupert continued to visit the house at weekends until his death in 1948.
The dream ended, Bridget sold the house after her father’s death and a number of years in private ownership, it became a National Trust property in 1982.
So, we can all see it, we can stroll along the paths, gaze out to sea and enjoy the wonderful garden, surely one of the best in the country.
Here are some of the plants, holding up well in mid October.

I hope you enjoyed my day out at Coleton Fishacre, I’ll be going back in the spring to see what’s blooming and for another nice lunch and cake break.

17 thoughts on “A Slice of Saturday at Coleton Fishacre

  1. Such a gorgeous place, good to see you were in fabulous gardens this weekend too! What a good thing the National Trust can take care of this gem for the public to enjoy …. is it far from you? Love it Gilly!!!

  2. Shame you weren’t able to take a pic of my room, but I was relieved to hear there WERE guest rooms. I don’t understand this rule about no pix in places like this, why is it, do you think?

    The garden is glorious, as I suppose it should be, given its provenance. I’ve read about gardens along this SW coast benefiting from a bit of the Gulf Stream, but I’ve never seen pictures that have illustrated it so we’ll. I loved seeing all the semi-tropical plants that are thriving there in the garden’s micro-climate. Seems as though you had a spectacular weekend Gilly. 🙂

  3. Looks stunning. How sad that the couple broke up after so many years together….when I read that part of your post I felt sorry for the house and garden, born in love and optimism, left and abandoned by their creator.

  4. I can see you had a lovely day that day. I can imagine you just strolling around and taking in the beauty of the garden. They don’t allow photography inside. It’s not sad for you, it’s sad for them.

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