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“A Hidden Gem”

Hartland Abbey & Gardens
Ranked #7 of 42 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 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 has undergone changes and extensions over the centuries , but has always remained in private hands For a very small fee you can visit the house and gardens. There are volunteer guides on who are happy to help.Also has a little tearoom. Popular for film and tv location shooting over the years. Well worth a visit.

Thank AnnR455
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"walled garden"
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"family home"
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"tea room"
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"bog garden"
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"interesting house"
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"night manager"
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"lovely walk through the woods"
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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 interesting but the walk to it was a bit challenging for my wife, who walks with a stick (but insisted on doing it anyway!) so we followed the road back, narrow so not ideal. The difficulty of the walk meant that she felt unable to walk to the beach and back so we missed that.
We had coffee and cake but, having been told how good the cafe was, we were disappointed. The coffee was good but we both felt that the quality of cake didn’t justify the price.

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 I believe, about a miles walk in the grounds. At £9 for the grounds alone I have to say over priced, comparable grounds are no mor than 5 to 6. Then another 3.50 for the house! Not worth it for us but it did seem popular non the less. Getting there makes you feel like you’re driving to one of those villages that are so remote you will never leave!

Thank Philip P
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Reviewed 5 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. Not being a great historian, it made the house come to life and not just a stuffy museum.
We had a delightful tea in the tearoom even though the tearoom had officially closed, they still were happy to serve us and also give information about the locality.
Lady Stucley was there actually working in the garden and also happy to chat and made us feel welcome.

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Reviewed 15 June 2018

Beautiful, relaxed and a million miles away from life today. Lovely café. Very good and informative greeting at pay point. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable lady owner in the Abbey. Good walk to the coast...all on the property. Would definitely recommend for history and atmosphere.

1  Thank FrancescaCarvill
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HartlandAbbey, Owner at Hartland Abbey & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of your visit. We are very grateful for your kind comments. The Augustinian monks chose this peaceful valley in which to built their monastery in days gone by - and peace can still be found here! We have purposely resisted building noisy play areas and instead encourage families to enjoy the natural outdoors, the wildlife and wildflowers and the gardens with all the hidden areas to explore.

Thank you for visiting us and hope to welcome you back one day!

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