Thousands of people have voted for their favourite National Trust property in the inaugural Period Ideas Heritage Property of the Year Awards. A short list of five properties across the country was put to the vote and today we can reveal that Coleton Fishacre in Devon is the lucky winner of the gold award. Hardwick in Derbyshire takes silver and Cragside in Northumberland receives a bronze award.
Created by Period Ideas magazine, the awards celebrate the beauty and design of heritage properties and the important role they play today.
The National Trust owns over 350 heritage properties, which includes many historic houses and gardens, industrial monuments, and social history sites. It is a world-famous charity that works to preserve and protect historic places and spaces — forever, for everyone.
Period Ideas magazine editor Susan Dickerson said: ‘We were thrilled to have so many votes cast and it is great to see so many people supporting our first reader awards.
‘We are very pleased to have a strong working relationship with the National Trust over the past decade and are delighted that the public has voted for Coleton Fishacre as our gold award winner.
‘It is a beautiful and welcoming house with an Arts & Crafts exterior and an Art Deco interior.
‘The team works very hard to ensure that visitors can experience history which is within living memory and discover a compelling story about the owners, Rupert and Dorothy D’Oyly Carte.’
Coleton Fishacre is open daily, 10.30am-5pm, until November and then weekends in November and December 11am-4pm.
For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre or call 01803 842382.
(from a press release)