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Hartland Abbey & Gardens

Hartland, Bideford EX39 6DT, England
44 (0)1237 441234
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Ranked #5 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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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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84 reviews 84 reviews
33 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Spent the whole day here from time of opening. Firstly took the walk to the beach with our dog which is about a mile each way along a track lined with trees. Detours to the Gazebbo and summer house can be found on the way. Near the beach is the cottage were "Sence & Sencibility" was filmed. The scenery of... More

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Alderholt, England, United Kingdom
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30 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Spent most of the day here as it opens at 11.30. Walked down to Blackpool Mill beach first which takes about an hour or so, viewing gazebo and summerhouse on the way. Had lunch in the excellent tea rooms. The food was all home made and had some unusual choices. Delicious! Also paid to visit the house which opens at... More

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North West
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7 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We visited the Abbey whilst on holiday near Barnstaple. The house has many historical features, and painted friezes which had been covered up for many years and more recently opened up - beautiful. The staff were so helpful and informative and took us through various rooms. The Abbey is set in beautiful grounds which are well maintained. In addition, only... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Situated at the bottom of a green leafy valley, you enter the private driveway and a few minutes on the Abbey opens up in front of you ... wonderful. Plenty to see here from the Abbey itself, which is still lived in by the family to the donkeys and peacocks, the gardens and the nearby beach. We had a lovely... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Nice 'real' house with interesting personal memorabilia. Suffered on the day I visited by being 'corralled' by guide on entry and forbidden to proceed to next room until allowed. As an art history professor, really didn't need being told things I was perfectly happy to work out for myself.

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

We are so sorry. Normally we have a free flow around the house but on the particular day you visited two of our team of room stewards had been taken seriously ill, one with a heart attack and the other with a broken leg, so unfortunately our administrator had to compromise at the last minute. Obviously security is of paramount... More

Torquay
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

this abbey ls in a wonderful valley - hidden from visitors until the last minute. The tour of the property was amazing, with many hidden jewels that were revealed as the guides took you from room to room. Wonderful painted friezes decorated the two main rooms and we had a delightful view of life in a medieval home. We really... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

On this occasion the sole purpose of our visit was to watch a production of Pride and Prejudice being performed by Heartbreak Theatre Company in the garden, in front of the Abbey. This was the last of a series of productions during the. Summer, but the only one that we have managed to attend....we are now very sorry that we... More

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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37 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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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