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Hartland Abbey & Gardens

Hartland, Bideford EX39 6DT, England
+44 1237 441234
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I sometimes find it curious when British people (relatively few) tend to complain about the cost... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
preglad
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New York
Wonderful day out

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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“family home” (13 reviews)
“tea room” (33 reviews)
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Hartland, Bideford EX39 6DT, England
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+44 1237 441234
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I sometimes find it curious when British people (relatively few) tend to complain about the cost of visiting classic sites. There are certainly a few that feel as if visitors are being financially gouged and I've joined the chorus in a few selective cases. However,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I usually keep reviews limited to restaurants and hotels. With attractions I review only when something is exceptional or to right a wrong. This one is for the latter reason as I think there have been some very unfair reviews of Hartland. I almost didn't...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The basement exhibition has lots to read up on, enjoyed the stories about Dr William Stukeley who saved Stonehenge and Sir Lewis Stukeley the guardian of Pocahontas' son. The house had very enthusiastic guides and seems very much a home. No photography is allowed and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a bit different and well worth seeking out. It's a great place to spend a day and should attract people of all ages. A variety of walks, around a delightful walled garden, down country lanes and down to the coast are easily...More

2  Thank Netsmith
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A group us went from our local horticultural society and were surprised to find a charity event there which had not shown up on our research before going. We paid nine pounds each to see the gardens which were nice enough but nowhere near the...More

Thank Veronica P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were asked to join the charity event today to help raise money for Cancer Research. We made it clear that we required electricity and a flat area in order to run a bubble football event. When we arrived it was difficult to find organiser...More

2  Thank Suecorry
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On holiday and taken there by our hosts, otherwise we wouldn't have found it. The origins are 12 th century abbey, and after the Dissolution of the Monasteries was the property of Henry the 8th, who in turn gifted it to his wine cellerar. It...More

Thank AnnR455
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I misread the opening time information and only found out the house didn’t open until 2 p.m. when we arrived at 10:30, as a result we didn’t get to see the house. We took the ‘Lady’s Walk’ to the walled garden. The walled garden was...More

Thank AndrewSG51
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A nice house but opening time is restrictive 2-4:30 although there is great walking to be had in the grounds. The area has been in a lot of tv and films, most famous for the Night Manager where they used the area by the coast...More

Thank Philip P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a wonderful day visiting the grounds, walking to the coast and visiting the Abbey itself. The staff were exceptionally helpful and more than happy to tell of interesting snippets of history and what the house has been used for e.g. during the WWII....More

2  Thank RichaLou
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David T
12 June 2018|
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Response from HartlandAbbey | Property representative |
Thank you very much for your enquiry. All information on opening times and entrance fees are on Our Hartland Abbey website under the pull down menu Information and then Visitor Information 2018. Full adult price for entry... More
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Robert S
1 February 2017|
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Response from ChrisPanks | Reviewed this property |
Maybe a bit late answering, Robert. Sorry. From their website: Sunday to Thursday inclusive House 2 – 5pm (NB last admission to house 4.15pm). Gardens 11 – 5pm. Tea Room open 11 -5pm The gardens are a bit of a walk... More
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