Casa del Rio

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Casa del Rio
General information
TypeCountry house
Architectural styleArt Deco
Town or cityNewton Ferrers, South Hams, Devon
Coordinates50°19′04″N 4°03′07″W / 50.31778°N 4.05194°W / 50.31778; -4.05194Coordinates: 50°19′04″N 4°03′07″W / 50.31778°N 4.05194°W / 50.31778; -4.05194
Completed1936 (1936)
ClientWalter Price

Casa del Rio ("House on the River") is an Art Deco[1] house built in 1936[2] to a Spanish theme,[3] on the banks of the river Yealm at Newton Ferrers, South Hams, Devon, England.[1]

Once owned by the Berkertex family,[2] the house was commissioned by the baker Walter Price, who had visited California in the 1920s,[2] to research the bread trade there, and had met Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford at their house, Pickfair, which served as Price's inspiration.[1]

The house's features include a marble staircase made to look like a piano keyboard, and an outdoor swimming pool, since filled in and grassed over.[1] The exterior is white stucco.[1] A basement bar, pool room and cinema have been added in modern times, in the former garage.[2]

As of 2010, the house was available to rent as a holiday residence sleeping 20. The former servants' quarters are now a separate, ten-bedroom family home.[2] In 2013, a full episode of the BBC programme "Art Deco Icons", presented by David Heathcote, featured the house.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Casa del Rio". Art Deco Icons. Series 1. Episode 3. 2013-01-21. BBC. BBC Four. Retrieved 2013-01-21.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Casa Del Rio - A Hollywood Hideaway on the River Yealm in Devon". Devon Life. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Casa Del Rio". Cottage Holiday Reviews. Retrieved 23 January 2013.

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