Pic © National Trust Images Andrew Butler

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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, the best-selling author’s holiday retreat.

of 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 accompanied by the sound of jazz music. The RHS accredited garden with wide sea views is a particular and much admired feature of this house at all times of the year.

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

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 mansion back in the 1930s. She and husband Max Mallowan made it their holiday home and would spend summers and Christ- mases here with friends. The family were big collectors and the house is packed full of antiquities. Five generations collected over 11,000 objects including books, silverware and china pilled up high in the cup- boards. During the Second World War 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 characterful walled gardens with a restored peach house and vinery. The famous boathouse

Why not...

Visit Coleton Fishacre by foot from the South West Coast Path

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. Access from the Path may be closed if Covid restrictions are in place.

Facilities: Café, shop, toilets. Dogs welcome in the garden on a lead. Small charge in car park for non-NT members Opening Times: February - November. For full details go to www.

Why not...

Get the ferry from Dartmouth to

Greenway then walk the scenic route back

via Kingswear. (see adverts opposite)

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 (charges for non-NT members) must be reserved in advance. Contact the National Trust.

On foot: A delightful two hour walk along the Dart Valley Trail. Facilities: Café, shop, toilets. Dogs welcome in the garden. Opening Times: February - November. For full details go to

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