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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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Energising walk and delicious lunch

Went here on a wet holiday day, very pleasantly surprised by dog friendly attitude and warm reception. Had a great walk to the beach, blowing a gale and showery but added to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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Liverpool
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Went here on a wet holiday day, very pleasantly surprised by dog friendly attitude and warm reception. Had a great walk to the beach, blowing a gale and showery but added to atmosphere of stepping back into history. House is still lived in and interesting but it was the tea room and the walled garden that were the highlight. Delicious... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We took some friends here for lunch the other day and it was all absolutely delicious. Freshly made baguettes and the best cakes ever. The lady serving us was amazing, many wanting lunch and she was calm and rapid and charming.Well done to the behind the scenes baguette maker too. The tea room needs expanding I think, there must be... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Our visit to Hartland Abbey was a true disappointment. We had my elderly mother with us who has limited mobility. The signage was either non existent or very poor. For disabled visitors it's a complete nightmare.The disabled toilet has no sign on the door & is dark & gloomy. There is a rope across the disabled car park-once you manage... More 

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Manchester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The location is beautiful but with one of our party being a mobility scooter user we could only make it to the small courtyard for some food. The menu is extensive and the cafe staff welcoming. Our visit was improved by it being a beautiful sunny day. Visit if in the area but don't make a special trip. And watch... More 

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Congleton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Visited on very hot day so probably went round too quickley, Also not siutable for my disabled mother so she waited while I went round, I really enjoyed my visit & would like to visit again on a cooler day when I'm next in the area, Had tea & scones after in the cafe which were delicious even though we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

This is a fascinating hose that has been occupied by the same family line for hundreds of years. It is a family home and not a museum and all the more interesting for being so. The stewards are very helpful and knowledgeable and the gardens and walk down to the beach are delightful. The Cafe in the old kitchens is... More 

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

A lovely place to visit and not as small as you think. Upon arrival we decided to go on the mile walk to the beach. It was a lovely stroll through woodland upon a designated path, having rained in the morning bits were a bit boggy but not too much. The beach was breath-taking, lovely views of the rocks .... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

As it was a sunny day when we visited we decided to visit the Walled Garden first which is situated some way from the house. We found the best way to get there was to walk back down the driveway towards the entrance rather than take the signposted route via Ladies Walk which can be quiet muddy and involves climbing... More 

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Bideford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Steeped in history going back to medieval times. Connections to so many major moments and huge contributions of local if not national importance. Go and see for yourself. The gardens and walks are worth exploring even if that's no your thing. Lovely tea rooms and jam-packed shop. You really need a whole day if not two!!

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We were facinated by the history and beauty of Hartland Abbey. The tour of the house was so interesting and it's so great that it is still also the family home. The gardens are amazing and well worth exploring, there is also path down to the beach, which was great fun. Do try the tea rooms, we had such delicious... More 

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Address: Hartland, Bideford EX39 6DT, England
Phone Number: 44 (0)1237 441234
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Bideford

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