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38 NATIONAL TRUST


We are lucky to have six beautiful National Trust properties in the area. With subtropical gardens, historic houses and hidden dens there’s plenty to see and explore. Our two nearest properties are Coleton Fishacre, where visitors can travel back to the jazz age and Agatha Christie’s Greenway for a spot of croquet on the best-selling author’s lawn.


Why not...


Coleton Fishacre (just above Kingswear) started life as a simple green valley. In the early 1920s, on a sailing trip around the coast, Rupert D’Oyly Carte (of Gilbert and Sullivan and the Savoy Hotel fame), and his wife looked up to this nook on the coastline and fell in love. They decided to build a country home here and created stunning gardens so they could entertain their London friends, sail and swim from the cove at the bottom of


Visit Coleton Fishacre by foot from the South West Coast Path


the garden. Look out for a bell on the side of the house which used to ring to call the family in from the cove at meal times. The house itself has an elegant art deco interior and it’s easy to get a feel for the era as you wander through the rooms ac- companied by the sound of jazz music. Younger visitors will love the ‘handling room’ where they can try on glamorous ball gowns, waistcoats, gloves and hats from the 1920s and 30s.


Address: Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ Transport: By car: From the Higher Ferry head up the road until you see a right turn to Kingswear then turn


left at the toll house. From the Lower Ferry, follow the road out of Kingswear, turn right at toll house. On foot: A short detour from the most-walked stretch of the South West Coast Path. Facilities: Cafe, shop, toilets. Dogs welcome in the garden. Opening Times: February - November. For full details go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre


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Greenway House is nestled in amongst the trees on the banks of the River Dart, and it’s easy to see why Agatha Christie fell in love with this beautiful cream man- sion back in the 1930s. She and husband Max Mallowan made it their holiday home and would spend summers and Christmases here with friends. The family were big collectors and the house is packed full of antiquities. Five gener- ations collected over 11,000 objects including books, silverware and china pilled up high in the cupboards. During the Second World War


Get the Steam Train from Kingswear to Greenway Holt then


get the ferry back. (see adverts opposite)


Greenway was requisitioned by the Government and used first to house child evacuees and then by the US Coast Guard. A frieze painted around the library walls by Lieutenant Marshall Lee is still there today. Outside there are charac- terful walled gardens with a restored peach house and vinery. The famous boathouse which was the scene of the crime in ‘Dead Man’s Folly’ is a short walk down the garden path.


Address: Greenway Road, Galmpton, TQ5 0ES Transport: By boat (best option): Regular boat trips


run from the quay in Dartmouth. Call Greenway Ferry Service on 01803 882811. By car: Spaces in the small car park must be reserved in advance. Contact the National Trust. On foot: A delightful two hour walk along the Dart Valley Trail. Facilities: Cafe, shop, toilets. Dogs welcome in the garden. Opening Times: February - November. For full details go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway


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