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Hartland Abbey & Gardens

Hartland, Bideford EX39 6DT, England
44 (0)1237 441234
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Ranked #7 of 12 attractions in Bideford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Historic Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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86 reviews 86 reviews
33 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

While looking at the area before we went on holiday I noted the Abbey as a potential outing for all the family including in-laws and thought we would spend a morning there and then go on to somewhere else - we ended up spending the whole day there and still didn't get to do everything! We really felt it was... More

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The gardens are beautiful on a summers day only. The facilities look very tired and in need of a rethink by the owners especially the toilets, not for the faint hearted! It doesn't feel very welcoming to visitors but a necessity by the owners to bring some income to the estate.The guides are friendly but there isn't enough history on... More

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Wolverhampton, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Staff were friendly and helpful, but the site makes access for wheel chair users very difficult. Tried to visit the walled garden but the nearby car park was roped off so unable to use that part of our ticket. The house is a bit sad and tired looking, some peeling wall paper and very little interpretation unless you opted to... More

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

It was a lovely sunny day when we visited so we saw it at its best. The old house has a fascinating history and the room guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. The gardens are beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Visited the abbey and gardens today had planned to go to Docton mill but encountered a very rude man presumably he was the owner so needless to say we did not stay and went to the abbey so glad we did the house is lived in and although big it feels cosy there are lovey walks to the gardens and... More

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Bideford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Not to be missed. Beautiful in every way going back tomorrow it's that perfect. Staff friendly service outstanding and food, yummy

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Wonderful place,very different from usual NT properties as this house is lived in. Loved all of it,staff friendly and Good cake in the tea room.

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yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We arrived just before the house opened, so decided to take the pretty walk to the beach. A lovely walk and once past the sheep and inquisitive donkeys, it was an off lead run for the dog too. On our return we had a superb snack from the tea rooms. We sat in the courtyard because we had our dog... More

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Cheshunt, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Popped along here as we were staying in the area and our HHA membership gave us free admission. The house is very interesting, and because it is still in use by the family it felt like a home, rather than the rather museum-like atmosphere of some stately homes. The guides are friendly and informative (it was their suggestion we drove... More

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

The drive to this attraction is wonderful, the views of the Bristol channel fabulous. The gardens are lovely and very pretty. We got there at opening time -11.30 - to be told the house didn't open until 2 so that was a bit disappointing. The weather was good and the donkeys and peacocks kept us amused while we waited. We... More

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