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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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We were a coach party of gardeners, but time was against us. I managed the long walk to see the cottage used in Jane Austin's Sense and Sensibility, also the stunning coast line... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Sandhurst
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Sandhurst
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

We were a coach party of gardeners, but time was against us. I managed the long walk to see the cottage used in Jane Austin's Sense and Sensibility, also the stunning coast line, but not the walled garden. We were given an hour's guided tour of the house by the delightful staff and a talk by a family member which... More 

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Heathfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

There's a lovely wooded walk towards the sea for breathtaking views of the coastline before walking back to Hartland Abbey to take in the splendour of this historic house. It was a lovely day out, topped off with a top class cream tea.

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England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We regularly drive down to this part of the coast and have never previously been to the Abbey, however this time decided to call in. The gardens are pleasant and clearly a lot of hard work goes into maintaining them, the walled garden is very pleasant and the walk down to the beach is a must. It is a accessible... More 

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East Midlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Very attractive house and a lovely walk to the beach (at this time of year - Easter - masses of primroses and violets). Further grounds across the road, walled gardens.

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camborne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Now don't get me wrong, I love looking around National Trust properties, but Hartland Abbey was much more. It was not the usual sterile "clinical" experience with the feeling of being herded like cattle to admire the trappings of the well heeled of times gone by. This visit was a brilliant experience from the start. We arrived in pouring rain... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I heard there was an Easter egg hunt on at the Abbey so we decided to stop off here on a whim. I am so glad we did. The egg hunt was around the grounds and we paid for a ticket for the grounds only. The grounds are just beautiful. Thy are so extensive that after doing the egg hunt,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

This ancient residence nestles in a lush vale which runs for over a mile from the exquisite walled gardens at the top, down thru emerald river meadows and ancient flowered terraces past the house itself and on through more pasture and woodland to the private cove with a wild and rocky shoreline. Something for everyone, topped off with excellent cakes... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

we visited hartland abbey on wednesday 1 april and while the experience was interesting, the abbey was far too cold to allow for a proper appreciation of the building and its exhibits...

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Paignton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This was a miserable day due to the weather so not many people about,turned up not sure if the house would be open ,as it turned out the owner Lady Angela Stucley took a small group on an very informal tour around what is well lived in statley home this lady had real charm and talked us through its history... More 

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Umberleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We first visited Hartland Abbey in 2013. We were so impressed that I returned as a Tour/Room Guide in 2014.The whole estate carries a sense of history - you can imagine the monks in C12 walking around and working in the grounds, the clash of arms when the Abbey was dissolved - imagine the poor monks walking away down the... More 

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