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Hartland Abbey & Gardens

Address: Hartland, Bideford EX39 6DT, England
Phone Number: 44 (0)1237 441234
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Ranked #5 of 8 Attractions in Bideford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Outdoors
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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.

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Bideford, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Well worth a visit. The walk down to the beach is a must - a wonderful view awaits you! Dogs on leads very welcome.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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86 reviews 86 reviews
33 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

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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70 reviews 70 reviews
32 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
84 helpful votes 84 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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6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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

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6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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