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Hartland Abbey & Gardens

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Address: Hartland, Bideford EX39 6DT, England
Phone Number: +44 1237 441234

Only one mile from Hartland Quay, Hartland Abbey lies across a narrow,...

Only one mile from Hartland Quay, Hartland Abbey lies across a narrow, sheltered valley which winds its way to the spectacular Atlantic Coast. Within a designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ visitors may wander around the beautiful gardens and grounds which lead to the rocky cove. Peacocks and guinea fowl roam at will, whilst donkeys and Black Welsh Mountain sheep graze the Old Deer Park.Hartland Abbey is the lived-in family home of the Stucley family. Although it was built in the 12th century, remaining as a monastery for 400 years and passing through the female line three times, it has never been sold. Consequently, it contains collections of pictures, furniture and porcelain which have accumulated over many generations. The story of the Abbey mirrors local and national history at every turn. It has a friendly and lived-in atmosphere, so often absent in many of our nation’s historic houses, a point continually remarked upon by those who visit us.

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It is possible to make a visit here as long or short as you wish. A short visit would be to just see the house which has lots of items of interest including works of art, and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 September 2016
Beryl W
Beverley, United Kingdom
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Beverley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

It is possible to make a visit here as long or short as you wish. A short visit would be to just see the house which has lots of items of interest including works of art, and artefacts belonging to the family. There is a great deal to see and appreciate and a café where Devon Cream Teas are available.... More 

Thank Beryl W
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed a second visit to this beautiful place today. Extensive walks with a beautiful private beach at the end of them, (incidentally, the cottage next to the beach was used as a location in the recent series 'The Night Manager') as well as the house and grounds being the venue for several other productions. The tea shop is gorgeous,... More 

Thank WaveyLoz50
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

We had been looking forward to our visit for some weeks.What a disappointment. The house does not open until 2 pm even thought the grounds open at 11.30am. We had lunch at 12 noon .The tea room was filthy we went for a walk to the beach came back house still not open .got back in the car couldn't find... More 

Thank DevonBen
Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We chose to visit the gardens and grounds only, but having visited the museum and exhibitions in the basement, we left wishing we had explored more of the house. The grounds are extensive, set in a valley with attractive walks down to the coast. It is the setting for several unspoilt woodland walks which lead to the Abbey's incredible walled... More 

Thank nigel c
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

If you’re used to National Trust houses, discard all you know when you walk in the entrance to Hartland Abbey. They’ve got a bouncer on the door. In the foyer, a lady was asking people who had come in from the Gardens, to don disposable footwear covers. No probs. Good idea. So while she was helping the elderly folks in... More 

Thank ChrisPanks
Melton Mowbray
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

This house has never been sold since it was given to William Abbot by Henry VIII, but it has passed down through the centuries effectively within one family. It is interesting to see the various styles of decoration used at different times by different owners. It is definitely a family home and the rooms - even the most magnificent -... More 

Thank SimonMeltonMowbray
Nailsea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

We visited and were impressed overall . It's like stepping back in time . Service in the tea shop exemplary with a fantastic fresh and delightful selection . Our visit was only let down by the rather officious and rude steward who greeted us at the door . I work for the National Trust and so am very aware of... More 

Thank Rachel P
Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We went as a family with a toddler and a baby. It's a lovely place with a lovely walk to the gardens and beach. You can also do a tour of the house. And eat at the cafe located on the premises. I would say this is an activity more suited towards families with older children to make it worth... More 

Thank Mumofaboy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

So much history in this house and magnificent gardens so leave yourself plenty of time to take it all in. The stewards are pleased to talk to you and explain the history of the house. Don't forget the tea rooms as the cakes are a must. Walk them off by saying go the beach or Hartland quay for some stunning... More 

Thank Tony B
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Lovely house & Fab tea room with amazing home made cakes. Lovely gardens and land. House needs some renovation to be fair but has a wealth of history, which is lovely to see. I would love to see it renovated.

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