About the garden
A magical 30-acre garden with glimpses of the sea surrounds the Lutyens-style house at Coleton Fishacre, built by Oswald Milne for Sir Rupert and Lady Dorothy D'Oyly Carte in 1925.
Almost frost-free, the range and size of Southern Hemisphere trees and shrubs is remarkable, and rare bulbs flourish in the warm formal terraces around the house. Tender and exotic plants from New Zealand, the Mediterranean and South Africa thrive in a climate which is as mild as South Cornwall.
The Hot Border at the bottom of the terraces is filled with fiery planting, which was loved by Rupert D’Oyly Carte. A stream runs through the Rill Garden where annuals, perennials and roses present a fragrant patchwork of pastel hues. Following the stream down the valley, which is dammed to make small pools along the way where damp-loving perennials luxuriate, visitors enter the woodland garden, thickly planted with rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. Through a gate at the bottom of the garden, visitors can walk out onto a rugged and unspoiled stretch of the South West Coast Path, and stop at the Pudcombe Cove viewpoint to see the tidal swimming pool built for the D’Oyly Cartes.