Coleton Fishacre House was built for the D'Oyly Carte family between 1925-26. They commissioned the architect Oswald Milne to design it having only seen the site from their yacht at sea offshore. The family was famous for its association with Gilbert and Sullivan and their comic operas.

The gardens were originally laid out by Rupert and Lady Dorothy D'Oyly Carte between 1926 and 1948. The garden is built in a valley down to the sea and there are many mature trees and perennials with some from tropical or subtropical origins. The microclimate along  this section of the English coast allows for a wide range of plant life not seen in other parts of the U.K.

Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Coleton Fishacre' is named for the garden.

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This is a beautiful example of the valley gardens found along the Cornwall coast of England. As the valleys slope down to the water, the provide shelter from the winds and provide a sheltered site for plants. Palms and other plants associated with the tropics are often grown here mixed in the rhododendrons and other perennials common in the rest of England.

Other gardens of this type that we have visited include Trebah, Trengwaiton and Trewithen.

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