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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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Watched a performance of Ratburger in the gardens

Amazing location, helpful and extremely nice people. Will deffo be returning. Extremely easy to find and sign posted well. Lovely part of the country

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Craig C
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Beverley, United Kingdom
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Alton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We arrived at the abbey today at almost 2pm - after paying £54 for the whole family we were not advised of the opening times of the house, and the cashier told us about a nice walk down to the beach. Due to not being advised of the opening times of the house we returned from our walk and had... More 

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Beverley, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing location, helpful and extremely nice people. Will deffo be returning. Extremely easy to find and sign posted well. Lovely part of the country

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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A beautiful house set in its own edenlike valley which leads down through gardens and woods to a small rocky beach - the moment we arrived, it was clear this was going to be the highlight of our visit to the West Country. Very friendly staff, and thankfully the house was free to wander at your own pace and not... More 

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

We are thrilled that you enjoyed yourselves so much and appreciate you taking the time to write your kind comments. We have always felt that it is more fun for our visitors to be able to wander round the house at their own pace. How wonderful that you went round three times; it must be a record! We are so... More 

Leicester
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed walking along the valley through the woods which became more wind-sculpted as we neared the sea. The tea room staff were working flat-out as a coach party had just arrived, but the service was still efficient and cheerful. We enjoyed our tea and cakes at the tables in the courtyard. Afterwards we walked up to the walled... More 

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

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed yourselves and appreciated the extraordinary stunted shapes of the trees so close to the Atlantic at the end of the walk to Blackpool Mill. Thank you for your kind remarks on the tea rooms and the gardens - I am sure your... More 

Kerkrade, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely place to visit,wonderful walk to the beach despite the not so good weather. We didn't go in tomthe Abbey as we ran out of time. Definitely worth asecond visit, which we hope to do next year,

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

Thank you so much. We do hope to see you again before too long and that you will have enough time to visit our family home. More 

Expat Brit
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62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are 4 reasons to come to this lovely place: (1) the walk to the beach - about a mile along a wooded track to the beach where the rocks are fascinating as is the Blackpool Mill house (seen in many films which you'll learn about later); (2) the house - only open at 2pm so need to plan the... More 

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

Thank you so much for your very kind review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and got so much out of it. Thank you for your kind words about our stewards and staff; we are so grateful for all they do to enhance Hartland Abbey for our visitors. More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hartland Abbey is a beautiful place to visit - dramatic, windswept and isolated, but boy do you pay for it. Nearly £30 for 2 adults and a child, then £20 in the tearoom for a sandwich, a piece of cake, a tea cake and tea for three. To be honest you can explore Hartland more cheaply by going down to... More 

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

Thank you for your review. The entrance fee is well advertised on our website and on the Front Gate. You are able to choose whether to visit or not, and between the full admission ticket, which you chose, which includes entry to the house, museum and all three exhibitions plus the 18thC walled gardens, the woodland gardens and the walk... More 

Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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273 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is based on a visit just to the grounds not into the Abbey as we felt it was too expensive to go into the Abbey too. Loved the grounds and the walk to the beach. They filmed some of The Night Manager there - Tom Hiddleston was there!! The tea room was lovely. Nice cake. Allow most of the... More 

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

Thank you very much for your nice comments. We hope to see you back one day! More 

fareham
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The leaflet says it has stunning gardens, the abbey is set in woodland/grassy areas (no pretty garden). The walled garden which is across the road from the entrance of the abbey is very small and nothing to shout about. The walk down to the beach and the white house featured in the TV programs/films is a very muddy walk after... More 

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

It must have been a a terribly wet day for visiting. I am afraid that parts of the walks and gardens do get muddy after two inches of rain has fallen. I am sorry that you could not appreciate the beauty of the valley in the weather. At least the hydrangeas and the plants in the walled gardens loved it... More 

Salisbury, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank you so much for visiting us and writing such a nice review. We hope that one day you will return again. More 

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