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Hartland Abbey & Gardens

Hartland, Bideford EX39 6DT, England
44 (0)1237 441234
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Ranked #6 of 13 attractions in Bideford
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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Bideford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

The Abbey grounds have abundant wild flowers near to a path leading down to the sea. This is a bracing walk and the Abbey is opened specially when particular plants are in season. One does need to choose which route to take through the grounds - some are muddier than others. However, the coastal sward above the beach is a... More

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Bideford, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Went there for the antiques roadshow( BBC). Loverly old place and the grounds are superb, not spruced up within an inch of its natural. The history of the house is very interesting, but then I love all that stuff!

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Bideford, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Hartland Abbey is a great place to visit, for an afternoon stroll, or coffee and a fabulous slice of cake, visit the walled garden, or the special bluebell days, amazing. Take a stroll down to teh valley via the summerhouse, to the beach, great for a stroll with the dog. The house is well worth a look at as well.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

What a lovely hidden gem extensive gardens and overly old house on a recent tour of north Devon and Cornwall we went to Hartland abbey and if old stately Holmes are your thing this is for you it was a sunny day when we went and it really showed the Abby in all its glory we had a lovely light... More

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Winchester, England
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

This is one of the nicest houses we have visited recently, everyone from the staff to the owners were delightfully welcoming and we had both a delicious light lunch and afternoon tea afterwards. The walled gardens were beautiful.

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

We received a lovely welcome from the man in the hut and he even waved to our car as we left, (which we returned) as it was such a lovely gesture and it will stay in our memory of this visit. The staff and stewards were all extremely friendly with, I'm a little sorry to say one exception. We had... More

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brisbane
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56 reviews 56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

worth a visit, the grounds are huge and the abbey is very well maintained. after staying at the hartland quay hotel a visit here is most interesting

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
26 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The standard of staff differed! The welcoming man in the hut and his wife were excellent. The gardner and his occasional helper Sam were brilliant with knowledge and repartee. The steward in the room with the super table was good....but some of the others in various rooms were patronising, supercilious and off hand. Perhaps it was just me, but I... More

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Appledore, United Kingdom
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Recently saw Illyria performing the Mikado there. If you get a chance to see the outdoor performances there it is a great setting I have been before and the walk down to the lovely beach is a must. The house is interesting too. Look out for the two for the price of one vouchers in the summer

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Exeter, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Enjoyed seeing the house - it really has a lived-in feel. Gardens very interesting and met a helpful gardener there, Pleasant walk along the valley to the coasta and back - all in all a very pleasant afternoon

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