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“Lovely house and gardens”

Hartland Abbey & Gardens
Ranked #9 of 38 things to do in Bideford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 22 April 2011

Hartland Abbey is a stunning country house that is the live-in home of the Stucley family. It used to be a monastery and was the last one to be dissolved by Henry VIII who gave it to his butler at Hampton Court. There is a fascinating collection of furniture, paintings, porcelain and photographs showing the house and the families who lived there through the ages. There are several people positioned in various rooms to give you information about the house and to answer questions.
The gardens are beautiful and in April there were an abundance of bluebells, magnolias, camelias, azalias and rhodedendrons. You can also walk down to the sea which is about a mile.
It costs £10 to get in and £5 for just the gardens. If you like country houses and gardens you will not be disappointed, it was a lovely day out.

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