Our Last National Trust Trip of 2017

We planned a few weeks ago to visit South Devon for New Years Eve and had booked ourselves some self-catering accommodation with Air B&B in Kingsbridge. As we were going to be away for the weekend and visiting a new part of the county we thought we best check out the local National Trust properties and see what we could find. What else would we do on the last day of the year, having visited so many National Trust places this year!! SO before heading to our accommodation in nearby Kingsbridge we stopped off at Coleton Fishacre.

A 1920’s Retreat

Coleton Fishacre (this name seems odd to me for some reason!) is a 1920’s house and is located in Kingswear, Devon. It is a large opulent house situated in lush gardens with views out to sea. Apparently there are plants from South Africa, New Zealand and the Med and lots to explore. We didn’t get much opportunity to walk around the gardens as we were pressed for time (and it was super cold) but I bet they would be great for a walk around when the weather warms up!

The house details the story of the D’Oyly Carte family and is Art Deco in style.Β  There’s lovely views form inside out over the gardens.

Coleton at Christmas

Coleton isn’t open much in the winter months (it is now January and closed) but it opens for Christmas and each year there is a different theme of decorations. This year the house was decorated for a 1920’s Christmas party and the rooms were decorated with impressive dresses and party decorations – posh!

I really enjoyed seeing all the many bedrooms in the house and follow the story of everyone getting ready for a grand Christmas party – it made it even more realistic given it was NYE and lots of people would be getting ready for celebrations.

There’s also Coleton Aglow which is where the garden is lit up over the festive period and visitors are invited to follow a route adorned with fairy lights around the gardens. Apparently there were disco balls shining through the trees and the ponds were lit with colourful lights illuminating the water. We weren’t here at the right time to go on the walk (it wasn’t dark etc) but I reckon this would have been lovely to have seen – maybe next year!!

A Quick Treat

Lunch was long overdue and so we stopped off at the cafe onsite to have a bite to eat. I still had some money left on my NT voucher my sister gave me for my birthday so our treat was even better as it was free! Nathan had a hot dog with onions and a luxury hot chocolate whilst opted for a sausage roll and a elderflower fizz to drink. It was quite busy in the cafe but we were able to grab a table and enjoy our eats. Shout out to my big sister Sarah for the NT voucher – I very much enjoyed using it! MMM YUM!

Wrap Up

I really enjoyed our visit to Coleton, it was fun to see the house open and decorated with a festive theme of which we could get into and imagine (you could have dressed up if you had wanted to!). It was quite busy when we were there but you could see everything and it didn’t feel overcrowded. I would love to visit again next year and see what the theme is then and also see the gardens all illuminated as I imagine this is pretty special.


Have you ever visited Coleton or any other National Trust places? What’s your favourite?Β 

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