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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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The most fun day out I've had on a wet and miserable day AND gluten free cake to die for!

Now don't get me wrong, I love looking around National Trust properties, but Hartland Abbey was much more. It was not the usual sterile "clinical" experience with the feeling of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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camborne
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Now don't get me wrong, I love looking around National Trust properties, but Hartland Abbey was much more. It was not the usual sterile "clinical" experience with the feeling of being herded like cattle to admire the trappings of the well heeled of times gone by. This visit was a brilliant experience from the start. We arrived in pouring rain... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I heard there was an Easter egg hunt on at the Abbey so we decided to stop off here on a whim. I am so glad we did. The egg hunt was around the grounds and we paid for a ticket for the grounds only. The grounds are just beautiful. Thy are so extensive that after doing the egg hunt,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

This ancient residence nestles in a lush vale which runs for over a mile from the exquisite walled gardens at the top, down thru emerald river meadows and ancient flowered terraces past the house itself and on through more pasture and woodland to the private cove with a wild and rocky shoreline. Something for everyone, topped off with excellent cakes... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

we visited hartland abbey on wednesday 1 april and while the experience was interesting, the abbey was far too cold to allow for a proper appreciation of the building and its exhibits...

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Paignton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This was a miserable day due to the weather so not many people about,turned up not sure if the house would be open ,as it turned out the owner Lady Angela Stucley took a small group on an very informal tour around what is well lived in statley home this lady had real charm and talked us through its history... More 

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Umberleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We first visited Hartland Abbey in 2013. We were so impressed that I returned as a Tour/Room Guide in 2014.The whole estate carries a sense of history - you can imagine the monks in C12 walking around and working in the grounds, the clash of arms when the Abbey was dissolved - imagine the poor monks walking away down the... More 

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Launceston, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

beautiful old house/abbey, and gardens, well informed guides. This attraction is quite remote, but well worth a visit, you can walk down to the ancient Hartland Quay, wild in the wind!!

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Bideford, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Very interesting, quirky house with lots of historic associations and an excellent temporary exhibition. Alas, we had no time to see much of the gardens, but the donkeys were the prettiest we'd ever seen.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We had been looking at ways to break our journey from Cardiff to Newquay. My Wife spotted Hartland Abbey and it was a lovely way to relax for a couple of hours. The House opens at 2pm so we first had some lovely soup and a cream tea at the cafe then walked to the beach, which is a great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Beautiful housed& gardens, well worth a visit, been here twice & thoroughly enjoyed it both times.spent all day here, really nice but steep walk to the beach, just beautiful. Sense and sensibility was filmed not far from here, if you walk to the beach you can see the setting and there are lots of papers etc in the house where... More 

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