Hartland Abbey & Gardens

Address : Hartland
Town/City : Bideford
County : Devon
Country : England
Post code : EX39 6DT
Phone : 01237 441264
Web Site :  www.hartlandabbey.com

Only one mile from Hartland Quay, Hartland Abbey lies across a narrow, sheltered valley which winds its way to the spectacular Atlantic Coast.

DEVON_HARTLAND2Within 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.

Family Attraction

DEVON_HARTLAND3As parents enjoy the Abbey, children can enjoy doing the Quiz. The quiz is educational and fun and explores many aspects of the house and its history. Everyone receives a prize. We have specifically refrained from offering modern hype - children who visit the Abbey will find 'Old Fashioned Fun'. The donkeys Nutmeg, Bluebell and Snowdrop, the Black Welsh sheep, the bantams and of course the peacocks all fascinate children.

The Kitchen Garden shows children how vegetables are grown. The small winding paths in the woodland gardens are fun to explore, the birds and wild flowers make fascinating moments. The walk to the beach is an adventure, climb to the Gazebo and look out across the Atlantic Ocean.The is so much to do and see, lots of space to run about and feel free.

You will wonder where the time went!


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