Friday, 5 June 2009

Day out at Coleton Fishacre - 5.6.09

A luxuriant garden by the sea, with an Arts & Crafts-style house, featuring Art Deco-influenced interiors - that describes where i spent the whole day today. Visiting Coleton Fishacre a beautiful National Trust House/Gardens.
The house at Coleton Fishacre was built as a country home for Rupert D'Oyly Carte and his wife, Lady Dorothy D'Oyly Carte, between 1925 and 1926. The architect was Oswald Milne, a former assistant to Edwin Lutyens, who designed the house with the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement in mind: simplicity of design and quality of craftsmanship. The influence of this older movement notwithstanding, the house is influenced by its own time, especially in its Art Deco interior.
The garden at Coleton Fishacre runs down a narrow combe from the house to the sea at Pudcombe Cove. The garden features rare and exotic plants.
What a fantastic day out today - walking around the house and gardens of this beautiful property. We took advantage of the warm sunny day and headed out to Coleton Fishacre; however the journey was not without incident as we ended up in Dartmouth on the wrong side of the river! We eventually headed towards our destination via the Higher Dart Ferry - a bit pricey at £3.50 but well worth it when we eventually got to Coleton. We sat in the sun and ate a very nice lunch surrounded by elderly men and women enjoying the weather too. On our walk round the gardens we kept bumping into couples out for a leisurely stroll who made light of the walk downhill and uphill unlike me and my friend who had to stop for a breather on the conveniently placed benches every now and again.
We had a laugh at one point over a very nice Magnolia tree. You really had to be there to appreciate just how funny it was. Now looking back it is still quite funny - the smell of the Magnolia was something to cherish and i went over to take a photo of it. Quite harmless you may think however my friend decided to pull the branch down so i could take a "close-up" shot at which point whilst pulling the branch towards me the head of the Magnolia snapped off and ended up on the floor. Something and nothing but we couldn't stop laughing. A real tonic for both of us.
I cant wait for my next day off so that we can visit another National Trust property - hopefully sooner rather than later.
Thanks Mate!

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