The lovingly tended garden has secluded, secret corners for guests to retire to read, sunbathe, relax or just be ....

Fingals is in the heart of the South Hams where there is a huge network of green lanes right on our doorstep. Venturing out, with or without, wellies will take you to our three neighbouring villages, Dittisham, Cornworthy or Capton, along these green lanes, through woods and across fields without ever seeing a car. In fact to walk to Dartmouth (6 miles) there is only one main road to be crossed. For those with plenty of energy there are bicycles to borrow.

Fingals is not only home to us but often to our country neighbours – you should see and hear birds of all colours and sizes, including woodpeckers, kingfishers herons on the stream, sparrow hawks from the monkey puzzle tree and owls hooting at night. In the evenings bats flit about and spiders get busy building and re-building their webs – we love them all. Remember the old English proverb “If you want to live and thrive, let a spider run alive”.

Guests can just enjoy being here without leaving our garden by picking up a tennis racket to play a game on our immaculate grass tennis court, have a go with a croquet mallet on the croquet lawn, pick up a ping pong bat or go to the gym and what better way to cool off than to jump into the pool for a quick splash >>.

A Magic Place

Antonia Fraser

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