The weather was again very mixed so we headed to Coleton Fishacre. The house was built as a country home for Rupert D'Oyly Carte and his wife, Lady Dorothy Carte, between 1923 and 1926. Rupert was the son of Richard D’Oyly Carte the impresario and hotelier who founded the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company and built the state-of-the-art Savoy Theatre to host the Gilbert and Sullivan operas and a owned a number of luxury.
Rupert inherited the family businesses and they thrived under his stewardship including the Gilbert and Sullivan operas. He built Coleton Fishacre as a retreat from London. The house was built with the principles of the Arts and Crafts Movement in mind: simplicity of design and quality of craftsmanship. However the house interior reflected the Art Deco period of the time. It had a real feel of the 1920’s
The garden at Coleton Fishacre runs down a narrow combe from the house to the sea at Pudcombe Cove. With Daisy we walked around the outskirts of the garden including the view point looking down on Pudcombe Cove. In between rain showers we then explored the garden interior which was originally planted by Lady Dorothy and had a number of rare and exotic plants.
An interesting and unusual property.