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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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Relaxing stroll

Visited just for the walled garden and it dosent disappoint untouched for 30 years or so it seems you can imagine adam the gardener here

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2015
Exeter, United Kingdom
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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171 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Visited just for the walled garden and it dosent disappoint untouched for 30 years or so it seems you can imagine adam the gardener here

Thank Gundamuck
Bideford, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

An amazing historical building with lovely gardens. Do not overlook the walled garden which is one of my favourite gardens of its type. There is a lovely walk down to its own beach which is definitely worth the effort.

Thank noel b
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69 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

What a wonderful find! We had a day here while staying in Instow on our summer holiday. The house, gardens and the walk to the beach with the incredible cliff views were all first class. As it had been relatively dry we were easily able to take our two year old in his buggy all the way to the beach.... More 

Thank Johntelfs
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26 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Well worth a visit. Very interesting Abby, great gardens and grounds to walk around and children love it. The cafe is also very good.

Thank Patricia T
Bracknell, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Lovely interesting house, different from the typical national trust properties. Really informative friendly guides in the rooms. Make sure you walk up to the walled gardens - they were in a riot of colour in September. Nice to sit and relax in the fresh air. The walk to the beach was good as well but it felt significantly more than... More 

Thank thehorns04
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Hartland Abbey is a beautiful old building which you can explorer along with it's gardens. The bog and fern gardens are hidden away in the hill side but worth the short climb up, some of the ferns are huge! The walled garden near the entrance is worth a walk as when we went in spring it was awash with flowers... More 

Thank Greg B
Greater Canberra, Australia
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

The family are still much in evidence at Hartland Abbey - giving it the feel of a real family home rather than a museum despite the wonderful paintings and other art works and the fabulous furnishings. The walled gardens are a particular treat - to see all the gardens you have to be prepared to walk but it is well... More 

Thank Cathy W
Barnsley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Visited Hartland Abbey late September to look at the gardens . A beautiful sunny day , but still a long walk to the Walled Garden. Quite attractive but lacking much of interest at this time of year . The Shrubbery was altogether more interesting with a large variety of Hydrangia species. Didn't have time to walk down to the Blackpool... More 

Thank Michael H
Swindon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 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 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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

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