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Hartland Abbey & Gardens

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Address: Hartland, Bideford EX39 6DT, England
Phone Number: 44 (0)1237 441234
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Description: 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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This is a beautiful house in outstanding surroundings. The highlight is the walk to the beach. This was a pushchair friendly walk through the trees. Twenty or so minutes later you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Dorking, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

We drove a long way through narrow lanes to get here. It wasn't until you get to the front gate that entrance prices are shown for the first time. For us two adults, the price is £22 !! Thinking that £22 was way over the top, we drove off to Hartland and then to Hartland Quay where we enjoyed great... More 

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Birmingham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful house in outstanding surroundings. The highlight is the walk to the beach. This was a pushchair friendly walk through the trees. Twenty or so minutes later you are rewarded with a fabulous view. Our older kids enjoyed climbing up the steps to the top of the hill to get an even better view of the coast.... More 

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Wendover, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Visited Hartland Abbey for an evening of Open Air Theatre. Whilst there we took a walk to Blackpool Mill which is a cottage located at the bottom of the Hartland Abbey estate by the coastal pathway. WOW!! On its own or what! The evenings entertainment was the production, The Three Musketeers. It was outstanding. The Illyria Theatre Company were brilliant.... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

What a beautiful place to visit, especially on a sunny day. Hartland Abbey is about 30 mins drive from Bideford. The journey is through the picturesque countryside of North Devon and Hartland Abbey is hidden away down a narrow driveway. After parking up my husband and daughter enjoyed playing with the frisby on the grassy parking area (which was free... More 

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london
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Spent a very enjoyable few hours exploring the grounds and house. Great lunch (homemade quiche) and later a huge slab of delicious homemade cake.

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Bideford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We enjoyed our visit to this very lovely place, the cafe was delightful (staff were friendly and helpful). The grounds would be wonderful for walkers but we found it a long walk to the gardens from the car park, this apart we had a good day, just wish we were fit enough for the walk to the beach!

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

History, scenery & a rather good tea room. A warm greetingDog freindly too. We loved our day out here. Three generations (87, 55, 29) The dog got a great walk down too the sea, so many sniffs & smells.. We were spoilt, with sunshine, azure blue skies & sea. You couldn't paint a better picture. Then back to the house.... More 

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Holsworthy, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Being local I have visited Hartland Abbey many times. The grounds although not huge offer some lovely walks including a gentle stroll down to the beach. The tea rooms are excellent and staff/volunteers obliging. The house is interesting and lived in but it is not up to a National Trust standard property. Worth a visit. *Entrance signage could be made... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

If you after a low key day on holiday; this is the place. Great place to walk down to the sea. The walled garden is traditional with plenty of interest. It produces food supplies for the house. The restaurant facilities are clean and inviting and serve very good value for money food. Good car parking. Well worth a visit.

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Honiton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

A friendly welcome, plenty of easy to understand directions. Lots to do whether exploring the gardens (loved the vegetable gardens), viewing the house or walking to the beach through lovely grounds.

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