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Hartland Abbey and Gardens

EX39 6DT

Hartland Abbey was founded in 1157 in a narrow, wandering valley running inland from the Atlantic coast. It was dissolved in 1539 having survived longer than any monastery in the country. The house has descended to the present owner through a series of marriages and remains a family home.

The Abbey contains important pictures, furniture and porcelain collected over many generations including portraits by Reynolds, Gainsborough, Hudson, Ramsey and Kneller. There is furniture by Jupe, Hepplewhite and Chippendale, embroidery, fascinating architecture and murals. Visitors can also see Victorian and Edwardian photographs depicting social scenes from the 19th Century, Hartland village life and the Sudanese Campaign of 1898. The Museum contains family memorabilia and early documents from 1160AD.

The Abbey features in Simon Jenkins' "1000 Best Houses" and has been used extensively as a film location. Most recently Rosamund Pilcher's 'The Shell Seekers was filmed here in 2005 and in 2007 Andrew Davies's adaptation for the BBC production of Jane Austen's 'Sense and Sensibility' was filmed at Blackpool Mill Cottage which starred as 'Barton Cottage'the home of the Dashwood family. Visitors can enjoy walking to the cottage by the sea.

Gertrude Jekyll's winding paths lead through woodland gardens of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and hydrangeas to the Bog Garden, the recently restored Victorian Fernery and the 18th century Walled Gardens. Mixed borders, tender and rare plants and vegetables flourish in the south-facing gardens. The woodland walk, carpeted with bluebells in the spring leads to a spectacular Atlantic cove with views of Lundy Island.

  • Shop

  • Cream teas

  • Guided tours for groups by arrangement

  • Dogs welcome on leads

  • Large car and coach park

  • Abbey available for functions

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    5 miles West of Clovelly, 15miles West of Bideford, 15 miles North of Bude. Follow brown tourist signs off A39. M5 junction 27 follow A361.

    Hartland Abbey and Gardens Postcode for SatNav: EX39 6DT


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