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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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A 15th Century Abbey with walks to the coast and 2 cottages to rent with one closest to the coast called ' The Blackpool Mill cottage' used during the filming for Sense... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A 15th Century Abbey with walks to the coast and 2 cottages to rent with one closest to the coast called ' The Blackpool Mill cottage' used during the filming for Sense & Sensibility also for the TV film, "The Night Manager' A magic place away from the crowds!

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Hatherleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I had read a negative review, but am so glad we checked it out for ourselves.. The house and guides were superb, the walled garden enchanting and the food reasonably priced and good quality. I had contacted the owner and was given all the information I required. I wrote an email of thanks and received a reply of thanks almost... More 

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Hassocks, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The house is still occupied by descendants of the family who took over the abbey after the dissolution of the monasteries. There a helpful guides to answer all your questions. OK the house does not open until the afternoon but it is well worth going in the morning to walk around the gardens and to take the long walk to... More 

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The abbey is a nice enough place for a short time but frankly there is not a lot to see. We arrived at twelve noon to be informed the abbey itself was not open until 2 pm but meanwhile we could visit the gardens. They were quite a long way from the house right back up the long drive we... More 

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Thank Lorri855
Forest of Dean, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for an afternoon, on arrival we thought the entry price was a bit expensive but soon changed our opinion when we saw what you got for your money. 3 lovely separate gardens to walk around and the gardeners were happy you chat and answer any questions. The shrub garden is a lovely lush short walk, the bog garden is... More 

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Devon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The guide seemed very flustered and upset at the amount of visitors, The sheep had not been Sheard despite it being mid summer and I was bitten by a tick.

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Plympton
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Obn arrival the staff were very helpful in giving lots of information. Coat of entry was expensive. Tea rooms were severely overpriced. Overall a nice property but gardens not in the best condition.

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Thank Ray B
Province of Florence, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens (especially the walled garden) and walk to the beach are very good. Excellent cafe offering a good range of food, at a price. Quite costly if you do not make use of all of the benefits.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Definitely best for a dry day. The walled gardens were very pretty and would be favourite part of this visit. Although it would be a long walk from the car park for those less able. The shrubbery, fernery, gazebo, summerhouse and down to the coast are very nice but would be inaccessible for anyone in a wheelchair or scooter. The... More 

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hertfordshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

Good day out nice walks to the sea and the walled garden, did not go into the house as we had our dog with us, found the tea room a bit expensive £2.95 for a piece of fruit cake ! No poo bins for the dog? Would recommend anyone looking for a nice walk and lovely surroundings.

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