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Hartland Abbey & Gardens

Hartland, Bideford EX39 6DT, England
+44 1237 441234
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A Hidden Gem

On holiday and taken there by our hosts, otherwise we wouldn't have found it. The origins are 12 th... read more

Reviewed yesterday
AnnR455
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
I misread opening times.

I misread the opening time information and only found out the house didn’t open until 2 p.m. when... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
AndrewSG51
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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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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  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“walled garden” (59 reviews)
“family home” (13 reviews)
“tea room” (33 reviews)
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Hartland, Bideford EX39 6DT, England
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+44 1237 441234
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Reviewed yesterday

On holiday and taken there by our hosts, otherwise we wouldn't have found it. The origins are 12 th century abbey, and after the Dissolution of the Monasteries was the property of Henry the 8th, who in turn gifted it to his wine cellerar. It...More

Thank AnnR455
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I misread the opening time information and only found out the house didn’t open until 2 p.m. when we arrived at 10:30, as a result we didn’t get to see the house. We took the ‘Lady’s Walk’ to the walled garden. The walled garden was...More

Thank AndrewSG51
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A nice house but opening time is restrictive 2-4:30 although there is great walking to be had in the grounds. The area has been in a lot of tv and films, most famous for the Night Manager where they used the area by the coast...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a wonderful day visiting the grounds, walking to the coast and visiting the Abbey itself. The staff were exceptionally helpful and more than happy to tell of interesting snippets of history and what the house has been used for e.g. during the WWII....More

1  Thank RichaLou
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful, relaxed and a million miles away from life today. Lovely café. Very good and informative greeting at pay point. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable lady owner in the Abbey. Good walk to the coast...all on the property. Would definitely recommend for history and atmosphere.More

1  Thank FrancescaCarvill
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HartlandAbbey, Owner at Hartland Abbey & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of your visit. We are very grateful for your kind comments. The Augustinian monks chose this peaceful valley in which to built their monastery in days gone by - and peace can still...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

beautiful setting and grounds staff helpful and tea rooms quaint food good difficult to get around with wheelchair in places some parts like house totally inaccessible due to no lift a must for able bodied can walk down to the beach 1 mile so would...More

Thank julied262017
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HartlandAbbey, Owner at Hartland Abbey & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for your review and I am glad that you enjoyed your visit to Hartland Abbey. We welcome Wheelchair users and disabled visitors at a substantial discount. Our staff are helpful and try to help the less able as much as they...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Found no details of fees on internet ,they are as follows ,house and gardens £12.50 adults,children £5 . Grounds only adults £9,children £4.50 ,not much for small children to do unless you have a picnic on the lawn ,fairly long walk to the beach ,uneven...More

Thank David T
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HartlandAbbey, Owner at Hartland Abbey & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Very many thanks for taking time to write your review. I am so glad you enjoyed the house. For children we encourage natural fun - exploring all the paths and secret places, the summerhouse in the woods, the gazebo looking out to sea, the path...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved looking around the display of films and tv series that have been shot here. The background history was fascinating. Walking down to the beach and seeing the cottage that was in The Night manager was good too. Bought a large pumpkin to take home...More

Thank kimhope35
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HartlandAbbey, Owner at Hartland Abbey & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for writing about your Autumn visit. A lot has happened since then snow, huge gales, trees down everywhere but we have emerged from the cold winter and spring and the weather has been beautiful of late with the gardens looking wonderful! Thank you...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a gorgeous day visiting the gardens and Abbey. It's a beautiful place well kept and not too busy so it's relaxing. The staff are all very helpful and lovely.More

Thank shipwreckedmermaid
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HartlandAbbey, Owner at Hartland Abbey & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We hugely appreciate your nice review. Thank you very much. I am so glad that you enjoyed the Abbey and the gardens. Certainly the weather of late has helped the garden to recover from the awful winter. It took a lot of getting back! We...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The walled gardens were lovely, with some interesting plants and flowers. The signposting to them could have been a little clearer. We nearly missed the bog garden, which is en route and worth a look. The house is very interesting, with knowledgeable and helpful guides....More

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HartlandAbbey, Owner at Hartland Abbey & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for your kind review. We are so glad that you enjoyed coming to the Abbey and appreciated what we have to offer. We will try and do better with our signposting though we do try to be as natural as possible!...More

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David T
June 12, 2018|
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Response from HartlandAbbey | Property representative |
Thank you very much for your enquiry. All information on opening times and entrance fees are on Our Hartland Abbey website under the pull down menu Information and then Visitor Information 2018. Full adult price for entry... More
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Robert S
February 1, 2017|
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Response from ChrisPanks | Reviewed this property |
Maybe a bit late answering, Robert. Sorry. From their website: Sunday to Thursday inclusive House 2 – 5pm (NB last admission to house 4.15pm). Gardens 11 – 5pm. Tea Room open 11 -5pm The gardens are a bit of a walk... More
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