The next stop on our road trip was to a National Trust house at Coleton Fishacre and the former home of the D'Oyly Carte family. Probably the best house we have visited so far. Although not steeped in history as such, it captured the 1920's ....to quote from their website:
"Travel back in time to the Jazz Age at the country home of the D'Oyly Carte family.
You can lose yourself in the RHS accredited garden: viewpoints give enticing glimpses out to sea, paths weave through glades past tranquil ponds, and tender plants from the Mediterranean, South Africa and New Zealand thrive in the moist and sheltered valley.
This most evocative of country homes, built in the Arts & Crafts style, is imbued with 1920s' elegance. A light, joyful atmosphere fills the rooms and music plays, echoing the family's Gilbert and Sullivan connections.
Glimpse life 'upstairs and downstairs' from the glamorous Saloon to the light and airy recently opened servants' rooms."
and up the stairs....
I thought this clock/mirror was unique...
and the carpet throughout the house was lovely. One of the room guides told me it was installed over 10 years ago and having had thousands of people walking over it, you would have thought it was new....
Have to admit I wasn't too keen on the style of furniture, it was the light airy rooms and the layout of the house I liked best...
the rooms were 'styled' for the era really well though...
and they had some nice paintings....this one was lovely...
called "Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris"
painted by Wilson Bassett
Oil on Canvas.
and this was more traditional
"View of Fields and Trees"
painted by Ellen Malcolm - Oil on board
and this one was totally different,
"A Bird's-Eye Map View of the Kingswear Peninsula with a Wind Dial"
an oil on panel and was painted by a George Spencer Hoffman in 1927
and so to the gardens
in my next post!
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