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Hartland Abbey & Gardens

Hartland, Bideford EX39 6DT, England
+44 1237 441234
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Fabulous surroundings and very peaceful.

We visited a week ago on the Sunday. We knew the house didn't open until 2pm so we explored the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Debbie Q
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Bridgwater, England, United Kingdom
Ok for an hour

Very beautiful walled garden, lovely walk through the woods to get there. Shrubbery was incredible... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Karen S
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Devon, 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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“family home” (12 reviews)
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Hartland, Bideford EX39 6DT, England
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+44 1237 441234
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited a week ago on the Sunday. We knew the house didn't open until 2pm so we explored the walled gardens with various flowers and vegetables. You get your tickets from the kiosk and can either walk through the woods or on the main...More

Thank Debbie Q
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very beautiful walled garden, lovely walk through the woods to get there. Shrubbery was incredible with stunning hydrangea, very good walk down To the sea too ( didn't do that today as done it many times before from another angle) Not as large as I...More

Thank Karen S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Without doubt a must visit. Abbey is interesting and there are superb walks. Don't miss the long walk to the almost deserted beach with amazing trees scenery and wildlife on the way. Walk back the other way and cross the road and visit the walled...More

Thank doctorstrange
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit, lovely walks and whilst the house doesn't take too long to view, it's worth seeing. Nice area to sit for lunch, coffee, cream tea etc and dogs welcome on leads except in the house obviously. Nice clean loos too!

Thank Julie M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a visit as part of a coach excursion and it is a hidden gem. The walled garden is one of the best we have seen and with only one full time gardener we were amazed how good it looked. It would have been...More

Thank ardentspur
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely gardens especially the walled garden but quite a walk from the house. Intersting walk to gazebo and Mill.

Thank Janice M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although the initial adult cost (£8.50) seems quite high the extensive walled gardens alone make it worthwhile. The amount and variety of flowers and vegetables in the gardens are truly breathtaking and inspiring. Interconnecting 'rooms' and the greenhouses display a amazing collection of plants, bushes...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoy going round gardens but this was very disappointing apart from a small walled garden the rest was just walking through trees so wouldn't return

Thank David C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The walk to the beach is said to be a mile, but I feel it's more like a Devon mile! The abbey was interesting with knowleable room guides. The shubbery, we were told, had scented Hydrangeas. After smelling every one, none was to be found....More

Thank David H
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Being near Bideford we were recommended to visit Hartland Abbey. Our own fault for not checking their website but I really would have expected it to be open on a Friday afternoon in summer. We did have a nice drive round the old coastal road...More

Thank Piffy Poo Par P
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Robert S
1 February 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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