Chapter 7
Historical Houses and Gorgeous Gardens

It’s time for our guests to continue this wonderful holiday story . Today we discover Coleton Fishacre, an extraordinary National Trust property that transports us back to the Jazz Age ,before visiting the extraordinary Dartmouth Castle.

2 Guests -please ask about additional guests

7 Days a Week: 9am to 5pm

Full Day Excursion

From £345 for up to two people

Details & Itinerary

 This beautiful Arts & Crafts style home was built by the D’Orly Carte family who discovered this perfect location whilst sailing past Pudcombe Cove on their yacht. A fascinating insight into life upstairs and downstairs, enjoy the music playing throughout the house, resonating with the family’s Gilbert and Sullivan connections. As well as operatic connections the family also owned several hotels including The Savoy (notice the Lalique wall lights in the dining room), Claridge’s (whose spare tiles can be found around the washbasins in the bedrooms), The Berkley and even The Ritz! The Royal Horticultural Society accredited garden is a wonder to explore with glimpses out to sea, the paths weave downhill where you pass ponds and tender plants from the Mediterranean, South Africa and New Zealand which thrive in this sheltered valley.

After crossing the River Dart it is onwards to Dartmouth Castle, dating back to the 1380s and built to keep out the French! With the beautiful Saint Petroc’s church within, this is a hidden Devon gem.


  • This tour can be unaccompanied for £95
  • Includes entry to Coleton Fishacre
  • Miss Lemon available as travel companion £150
  • Refreshments and meals not included
10:30am collection from your accommodation with return around 4pm.
What You Should Bring
Good walking shoes and a jacket – maybe a notepad to record all those wonderful flora and fauna names that you will be itching to remember for your garden at home!
Best Times for This Excursion
February to October the house is open daily, with weekend opening during the rest of the year. The gardens here are the highlight and while summer blooms are stunning, the winter lighting is so atmospheric, it is great anytime.
Frequently Asked Questions

Can you collect me from an airport or railway station?

Yes absolutely, in fact we would love to do so, as it gives us chance to get to know each other before our wonderful custom days out.

Do you mix groups of travellers?

No, this is very much a private tour, custom made and tailored for single or duo travellers. We want you to write your own travel story and so exclusivity is really important to us.

Can I bring a dog?

Well behaved dogs are welcome on walks, but unfortunately, we can’t transport them in our own vehicle. Some venues and attractions also do not allow dogs (other than guide dogs), so please do chat to us before booking with English Riviera Custom Tours.

Can you arrange my accommodation?

While we ask you to book directly, we are very happy to offer guidance and suggestions using our extensive local knowledge. We also work closely with some providers and ask you mention English Riviera Custom Tours at the time of booking, to ensure you receive any preferential rates.

Can I book all year round?

Absolutely! The English Riviera has a mild climate and benefits from some of the best weather anywhere in the UK. There are some attractions and venues that operate with more opening times through the high season, but we are an all year round destination and welcome guests throughout the year.

I am thinking of hiring a car, can you help me with that?

We can certainly provide information for local car hire.

Do I need special walking clothes and equipment?

While we say no, obviously we ask you to consider your footwear for our lovely walks. The English Riviera coastline is stunning and every opportunity to see crystal clear waters and our rich geological landscape cannot be missed. So comfortable and appropriate clothing is essential. We can provide walking poles if needed. The Dartmoor chapter is probably the most important to consider layers of clothing, as it can change so quickly on the rugged moors.

Do I need to be a very good walker?

For most of our walks, no. We consider all the practical elements (including toilet stops) and terrain and so will assess your booked tours in advance for you. Some of the coastal walks have some undulating terrain and so a reasonable level of walking ability is needed. If you are unsure before choosing your custom tour, please ask.

I am driving to the area, what are the roads like and the parking?

Devon has more roads than any other UK county ( fun fact!) and while we have plenty of great major roads, some of our country roads can be a little challenging for first time users. Reversing skills need to be honed! Greenway House only allows prebooked parking – but all other attractions here on the English Riviera have good parking facilities. But do not worry, Miss Lemon will ensure you have all the info you require for each adventure.

What’s the weather like?

Well everyone knows we British are obsessed with the weather, so Miss Lemon will keep you updated on whether you need your suncream or your winter woollies, so do not fear! After all, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing!

I’ve heard of wild swimming, what is it?

Really it is just a posh name for sea swimming, but we do take it very seriously here on the English Riviera. Both Miss Lemons are seasoned all year round swimmers and so are very safety conscious and aware of the power of the sea. But if you’d like to give it a go, we suggest a sunrise swim for the most perfect start to the day. Let us custom make your day and maybe add a swim every morning – you might just love it!

I would love to find some great eateries, can you help me with this?

Definitely! We are happy to make bookings and recommendations and have some really great places to eat on the English Riviera. There really is something for everyone and we might even share some of our best kept secrets!

Have you got a question we haven’t thought of? Please drop us a note and ask us, Miss Lemon is here to take care of your every need.

Interested in this tour? If you would like to book or need more information, please get in touch with us below.

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