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Hartland Abbey & Gardens

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Address: Hartland, Bideford EX39 6DT, England
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+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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Another Enjoyable Sunny Sunday Stroll

Daffodil Sunday and another chance to visit Harland Abbey Gardens and have a walk through the woods to the beach. See Blackpool Mill Cottage, as featured in many TV and film... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Daffodil Sunday and another chance to visit Harland Abbey Gardens and have a walk through the woods to the beach. See Blackpool Mill Cottage, as featured in many TV and film productions, including the recent TV blockbuster, The Night Manager, starring Tom Hiddleston and,when the walk is finished, have a cream tea, a piece of cake or a pasty and... More 

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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

We visited last April when the woods lining the walk down to the beach were filled with bluebells. It was so beautiful. The house was different to normal NT owned properties as it felt more like a real lived in home with lots of interesting history and royal connections! Had lunch in the cafe which was excellent then, after another... More 

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HartlandAbbey, Owner at Hartland Abbey & Gardens, responded to this review

Very many thanks for your lovely review. We are so thrilled that you enjoyed yourselves so much and hope to welcome you again this spring. We have a special Bluebell Sunday with a reduced admission charge on Sunday 23rd April but the bluebells are normally looking their best for the last couple of weeks in April and the first week... More 

Instow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

The abbey and gardens are a don't miss experience. Everything about the visit was exceptional - the abbey itself, the beautifully kept gardens, the tea room and shop. The only down side is for those with mobility issues, but this is common at most garden venues.

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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 

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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 

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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 

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London, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
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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 

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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 

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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 

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