Today I am revisiting another of my early posts. This is from August 2013 - just the second month that I was blogging!
The pictures were taken probably in April that year. I thought that it would be a good post to share again so that you can enjoy the beautiful spring flowers at the right time of year!
One of the reasons I wanted to start my blog was to have somewhere to share all the photos that I take and to share the places that I have been. So, playing catch up a bit here with some of those places from earlier in the year, here are some photos from visits to two National Trust houses, one called Greenway. This was Agatha Christie's house. The other is called Coleton Fishacre which was the home of the Rupert D'Oyly Carte of the D'Oyly Carte Opera family.
Both of these houses were interesting in different ways. Coleton Fishacre was my favourite of the two, which was a surprise to me as having been a lifelong Agatha Christie fan, I thought I would prefer her house, Greenway.
This is the front of Greenway house.
Greenway was left to Agatha's daughter, Rosalind, who lived in the house until her death, so the house was more of a "Christie Family Home" than Agatha Christie's house. This is completely understandable as of course her daughter was not going to live in the house as though it was preserved in Christie's time, but it did not have the feel that I expected.
It is a difficult balance for the National Trust to strike with all properties in deciding how to present a house and at what time period it is "set". For example the National Trust house where I volunteer (Basildon Park) is set at the time of the last owners who gave the house to the trust in 1978, and the main flavour of the house is the 1950's because that is when Lord and Lady Illife bought the house.
Greenway has been set as though it was Christie's house, but lived in by her descendants. Hence less of her feel and more of a house that has continued to evolve.
It was still interesting to visit though and the Dining Room was probably my favourite room. I could imagine Hercule Poirot in there giving the conclusion to one of his murder mysteries!
The front view of Coleton Fishacre.
Coleton Fishacre was a different matter. The house was set in the 1920's and the furnishings, carpets etc were correct to the period. It was also nice to see a more "modern" house as so many historic properties are set in the 18th Century and they start to all feel a bit the same. Coleton seemed like a home and as though it was somewhere you could actually live (if you had the money of course to pay for the upkeep!).
Coleton was very much a family house, used for family living and it still had that feel. I was expecting less from this house, and it gave me more - perhaps because of my expectations. The furnishings were lovely and there was a wonderful lady playing the piano in the drawing room, she got a well deserved round of applause when she finished playing.
A lovely visit!
So, firstly here are my Greenway pictures:-
I love this front door and the porch.
The house is set on the river bank, and if you take a trip down the river you can see the house through the trees.
Of course you know I need flower pictures wherever I go!
One of the boats taking tourists up and down the river.
These are my Coleton Fishacre pictures:-
The back of the house, with the covered patio area below. Apparently the family used to sit out here for meals quite a lot.
Loved the centre of this old mill wheel, it has been filled with slates on their edges and a series of terracotta plant pots in decreasing sizes.
Again, I need flowers! Especially the wonderful cherry blossom below.
The water feature ran all through the garden from the rill above, down the water fall and onwards towards the sea.
The bark on this tree was amazing, slightly rough and a wonderful colour.
This area is called the quarry and some of the stone for the house came from here.
I hope that you got a flavour of both places!
Greenway and Coleton Fishacre don't know I exist by the way, this is just a report of my day out which I wanted to share.