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“Pleasant stroll”

Hartland Abbey & Gardens
Ranked #9 of 38 things to do in Bideford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 12, 2012

We only visited the gardens and tea room, not the house. The walk to the beach was short enough for small children and the beach was beautiful. The walled gardens were stunning! We had a gorgeous homemade cream tea after our walk. The owner of the house (we think) stopped us on our way to the walled garden to help us make the most of the time as it was nearly closing time, and we thought this was very friendly and welcoming of her. The 4yo liked the black sheep!

Thank Ella D
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

Interesting place tucked away in the middle of nowhere with interesting gardens. Plenty of walks around the gardens, grounds and beach. House is still lived in by the family and does show the effort needed to keep a pile like this running so is not perfect. During our visit it had obviously been a family get together as you bumped into all sorts of people. They were keeping everyone upto date on wimbledon! Excellent tea room run by the ladies of the church, but not for much longer. Worth a visit, but don't expect the NT in your face type of place.

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Reviewed July 28, 2012

Lovely cream tea with amazing home made cakes. Not very good for those who have difficulty in getting up and down steep stairs if they plan to see the whole house.

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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Although in a lovely setting,with the drive down really good, the house is dated and and serious need of reorganising and updating

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Reviewed July 8, 2012

I enjoyed this visit but had a wheelchair guest with us and we were told it was OK except for the upper floor, so we bought the tickets then when we got to the entrance 13 steps.
The people in each room gave out some interesting info. Although they do seem to be concentrating on the fact that Prince William had his Stag party here.

Thank Brackmeg
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