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“Great day out for the whole family!”

Hartland Abbey & Gardens
Ranked #6 of 40 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 June 30, 2013

Hartland Abbey, Hartland, North Devon.

Hartland Abbey is on the ‘must do’ list if you want to have a wonderful day out. The grounds are lovely and I made my way to the sea which is a pleasant level walk. There are several walks but at least 2 require walking up hill which I’m absolutely hopeless at. Upon arriving at the end of the path you can enjoy spectacular views across the sea. Took some neat photos.
The abbey itself I didn’t visit but I treated myself to a yummy cream tea and a homemade ice cream. On the way back I took the the scrubbery path and I concluded my visit by visiting the walled garden. The flower garden was stunning! It was picture perfect! If you love flowers, this place is a must see!
The grounds are extensive and you can easily spend the whole day there with the family!

Thank AngeAuckland
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

After reading good reviews on here, and not living too far away, decided to go and see what this was like. Some friends were staying with us and as they like gardens and tea rooms it was a very good choice. The sun was shining and on arrival we were greeted by a beautiful peacock and a nice man in the payment hut/shop. It was £5.50 per person for the gardens and tea shop entry or £10.50 including the abbey. As it was a hot sunny day, we opted for the gardens/teashop one and this also allowed for us to walk down through the bluebell woods to the headland and beach where there were a couple of benches and superb photo opportunities. The wild flowers in the woods and the smell of the wild garlic was heavenly! We passed donkeys, a beehive, and black sheep and walked back via the gazebo which also had a seat outside and chairs inside, so plenty of picnic spots if you had one. We decided to try the teashop instead. Again, the staff were very friendly and helpful, and looked after a plant which my friends bought there as they didn't want to put it in a hot car. The food was good and reasonably priced. Sandwiches came with salad and crisps and a choice of bread, which was nice and fresh and had plenty of filling. The Parkham cheddar and chutney was lush. We ate outside in the courtyard where there were several tables, and it was all on one level so noticed it was wheelchair friendly. After our stop there, we walked around the really colourful rhodedendrums and then up to the walled garden which is absolutely beautiful. The gardener there was really helpful and so knowledgeable about the plants, and we could have stayed there much longer. However, we wanted to get to Hartland quay, so after going round the walled and the greenhouse garden, we went back to the shop to buy some gifts, and set off for the quay. I would thoroughly recommend Hartland gardens, teashop and walk, and will definitely go again. Dog friendly.

Thank Patricia2709
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Reviewed June 3, 2013 via mobile

We took a bus from Clovelly and first walked to Heartland Quay which is magnificent. A lovely river walk back ends at Heartland Abbey The docents are enthusiastic and informative. The owners still live there and the TV in the library made it real. It's beautiful and we felt we were visiting Downton Abbey

Thank sbquayle
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

One can happily spend a day here....the gardens are great, especially the walled gardens by the entrance, just super. The house (open in the afternoons) itself is packed with real gems, documents going back to the Norman Conquest. Lovely non-fussy and 'down to earth' tea room serving good hearty home cooked local foods at good prices. Don't miss it!!

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Reviewed May 10, 2013

A really lovely day put in Harland. the house and gardens were very pleasant and the loveliness of it still being a family home really comes through. The walks and scenary are breathe taking. The tea room was lovely too. Fresh beautiful cake, best coffee and all for a good price.
A real treat if you want a whole day or just a few hours

Thank Devonfoodie061
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