Hartland Abbey & Gardens
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Hartland Abbey is a fascinating house. Built across a narrow, wooded valley leading to an Atlantic cove, Henry VIII gifted the Abbey to The Keeper of his Wine Cellar, whose descendants live here today. Experience not only the stunning interiors, collections, beautiful gardens and walks but also the warmth and friendliness only found in a family home cherished for generations.
Amongst the impressive interiors spanning Mediaeval, Queen Anne, Georgian, Regency and Victorian periods you can see the main Reception Rooms, the fabulous Alhambra Corridor by Sir George Gilbert Scott and the stunning Gothic Library. Important paintings by artists including Reynolds and Gainsborough, furniture, porcelain, early photographs, a museum of documents from 1160 and changing displays of family memorabilia fascinate visitors.
Much of the 50 acres of gardens and woodland walks had been lost since the First World War but since restoration began in 1996 once again there are beautiful paths through bulbs, rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and hydrangeas; the Bog Garden and Fernery, by Gertrude Jekyll, thrive again. In the 18thC Walled Gardens climbers, herbaceous, tender perennials and vegetables delight and glasshouses protect stunning plants for display in the house.
Walk through carpets of primroses, historic daffodils, bluebells and wildflowers to the newly restored Summerhouse in the woods, the Gazebo and Blackpool Mill with its beautiful beach and cottage, home to the Dashwood family in Jane Austen's 'Sense and Sensibility' and the location for Rosamunde Pilcher's 'The Shell Seekers'. BBC Antiques Roadshow filmed here in 2011. Donkeys, black sheep and peacocks roam.
Children's Quiz. Five stunning wedding venues available. Holiday cottages to rent. Hartland Abbey adjoins the SW Coastal Footpath in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Free parking. Gift Shop. 1 mile from Hartland Quay and St. Nectan's Church, the Cathedral of North Devon.
The Abbey can be opened at other times and dates for groups of over 20 people if required.
House, Gardens, Grounds & Beachwalk - Adults £10.50, Seniors £10.00, Disabled £8.00, Wheelchair Users £4.00, Children 5-15 (under 5s free) £4.00, Family Ticket
(2 adults up to 3 children) £25.00.
Gardens, Grounds & Beachwalk only - Adults £5.50, Seniors £5.00, Disabled £3.50, Wheelchair Users £2.00, Children 5-15 (under 5s free) £3.00, Family Ticket
(2 adults up to 3 children)£14.00.
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Between Bideford and Bude off A39. From M5 jct 27, take A361 towards Barnstaple, then the A39 towards Bideford and Bude. Turn off A39 15 miles west of Bideford to Hartland (B3248). Abbey and gardens are between Hartland and Hartland Quay.
Nearest station is Barnstaple station. Buses run from Bideford and Barnstaple to Hartland village 1 mile from the Abbey. There is a lovely walk through The Vale (ask directions).
- Coach parties accepted
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- Disabled access
- French signs/guides
- Gift shop
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Public toilets
- Regional Tourist Board Member
- Accepts groups
- Facilities for corporate hospitality
- Children welcome
- Disabled access
- Dogs accepted