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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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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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beautiful setting had a afternoon tea was lovely but a dog that belong at Harland abbey pooed in the dinging area outside but got left for customers to tread in beautiful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 25, 2015
Norwich, United Kingdom
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English first
Swindon, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Arrived to look around the house and gardens. First was the house, I arrived carrying a camera only to be told to leave it at the door, I refused and eventually was allowed to go through. The lady who greeted us though made me feel like I had done something wrong. The house was interesting and my wife and i... More 

2 Thank Mike R
Norwich, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

beautiful setting had a afternoon tea was lovely but a dog that belong at Harland abbey pooed in the dinging area outside but got left for customers to tread in beautiful gardening's

Thank LadyRHowes
London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Having not been to Hartland abbey for some time we was surprised about a lot of hype about a painting that was only recently given to them that has no been proved at great expense to be a real Rembrant self portrait and in true BT fashion they have gone over board with its display Seems a shame to me... More 

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

I am afraid your review is totally inaccurate and has been muddled up with some other property. Hartland Abbey does not have a picture by Rembrandt and never has had. Please be sure of your facts before writing a review. We will be contacting Trip Advisor to have this rubbish removed. More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Took my elderly mother round the house and gardens (didn't attempt the beach walk as it had been raining so much it was bound to be muddy). Interesting house; but it is the gardens that are the real attraction. Beautiful to walk around and lots of different ones to see - a bog garden, vegetable garden, lawns etc. Well worth... More 

Thank KateWilson86
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

There is no doubt that this is a stunning house with an interesting history and set in beautiful grounds. When we arrived I asked at the kiosk how much of the grounds were accessible, I particularly wanted to access the beach walk. I was very happy to hear that this was possible on a small scooter or with a wheelchair,... More 

1 Thank Helen P
Dorking, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

We drove a long way through narrow lanes to get here. It wasn't until you get to the front gate that entrance prices are shown for the first time. For us two adults, the price is £22 !! Thinking that £22 was way over the top, we drove off to Hartland and then to Hartland Quay where we enjoyed great... More 

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

It was a pity that you had not looked up the price of visiting Hartland Abbey on the website before setting out but I am delighted that you enjoyed your trip to the Quay. I am not quite sure where else we should be expected to display our prices other than on the website and by the Front Gate! The... More 

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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

This is a beautiful house in outstanding surroundings. The highlight is the walk to the beach. This was a pushchair friendly walk through the trees. Twenty or so minutes later you are rewarded with a fabulous view. Our older kids enjoyed climbing up the steps to the top of the hill to get an even better view of the coast.... More 

Thank Mumdrum
Wendover, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Visited Hartland Abbey for an evening of Open Air Theatre. Whilst there we took a walk to Blackpool Mill which is a cottage located at the bottom of the Hartland Abbey estate by the coastal pathway. WOW!! On its own or what! The evenings entertainment was the production, The Three Musketeers. It was outstanding. The Illyria Theatre Company were brilliant.... More 

Thank Diggler789
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

What a beautiful place to visit, especially on a sunny day. Hartland Abbey is about 30 mins drive from Bideford. The journey is through the picturesque countryside of North Devon and Hartland Abbey is hidden away down a narrow driveway. After parking up my husband and daughter enjoyed playing with the frisby on the grassy parking area (which was free... More 

1 Thank Super_mum1971
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Spent a very enjoyable few hours exploring the grounds and house. Great lunch (homemade quiche) and later a huge slab of delicious homemade cake.

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