Guest blog post: Lauren Hutchinson, Senior Marketing and Communications Officer, National Trust
Christmas in Devon conjures up images of brisk winter walks on the coast, quaint countryside villages and roaring log fires. Add historic homes and unique gardens to the list, and you’re in for a real Christmas treat.
Nearby National Trust places will be dressed to impress this festive season, with themes inspired by both location and former residents. From the icy blue of a wintery coastline at Coleton Fishacre to the traditional warm festiveness of an Agatha Christie family Christmas at Greenway. Why not gather the family this December, celebrate traditions old and new and soak up the seasonal joy with the National Trust.
Christmas at Coleton Fishacre
Weekends from 25 Nov. Daily between 20 – 31 Dec (closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day)
Frosty Christmas days on the coast are this year’s inspiration at Coleton Fishacre. The Arts and Crafts house is transformed with an indoor glittering tunnel of lights, a handmade illuminated Christmas village inspired by Brixham and lots more moments of magic everywhere you look – perfect for that Instagram story.
Outside wrap up to explore the paths around the coastal garden, with show stopping sea views of the South Devon coastline. You can warm up afterwards at Café Coleton with spiced lattes and moreish mince pies. Don’t forget to pop into the National Trust shop before you go too. The shelves are stocked full of wholesome Christmas gifts, handcrafted decorations and tasty tipples ideal for your Christmas table.
Contact details: Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Nr Kingswear, Devon, TQ6 0EQ
Christmas at Greenway
Weekends from 25 Nov. Daily between 27 – 31 Dec
Step into Christmas at Greenway, beloved holiday home of bestselling novelist Agatha Christie.
There’s a traditional family celebration going on as the ground floor of the house is decorated with showstopping trees, sumptuous garlands and elegant floral displays. Setting the scene with twinkling fairy lights and the crackle of carols on the wireless, a wander through the house is sure to fill your cup with cheer. For little ones, there’s fun wreath crafts in the house kitchen to take part in.
Outside, it’s ‘A Wreath Encounter’ as the garden plays host to a brand-new winter trail. Follow the map and find the twelve wreaths of Christmas. Each one has been created by National Trust staff and volunteers and inspired by a well-loved Christmas movie. Can you guess the film?
After all the fun, refresh and refuel at the Barn Café with luxury hot chocolates, festive bakes and warming bowls of soup. Looking for unique Christmas gifts too? The shop at Greenway is ideal, stocking everything from fairtrade decorations to local nibbles and Agatha Christie mementoes. There’s something for everyone.
Note: If visiting Greenway by car, you will need to book a parking space in advance through the website.
Contact details: Greenway, Greenway Road, Galmpton, Near Brixham, Devon, TQ5 0ES