The Original Garden Visitor's Guide

Hartland Abbey

Hartland Abbey was gifted by Henry VIII to the present owner's ancestor. In a winding valley leading to the Atlantic. this loved family home with stunning interiors, fascinating architecture and collections, family memorabilia and displays is a perfect day out in any weather. BBC Antiques Roadshow was filmed here recently.

Experience the beautiful gardens and walks, much of them hidden since 1914. Restoration has revealed the 'lost' Fernery and Bog Garden by Jekyll, paths through woodland gardens of spring and summer flowering shrubs, the Gazebo overlooking the Atlantic and the Woodland Summerhouse. The beautiful 18thC Walled Gardens are once again filled with herbaceous, tender and rare perennials, climbers, vegetables and fruit. Glasshouses protect dazzling displays of houseplants.

Historic daffodils, tulips, bluebells and wildflowers enchant early visitors. Walks lead to the beach and Blackpool Mill Cottage where BBC's 'Sense and Sensibility' and 'The Night Manager' were filmed. Black sheep, peacocks and donkeys roam. Close to Hartland Quay (1m) and Clovelly(4m).

Picture: ©Hartland Abbey

Fact File

Opening Times: Mothering Sunday, March 26th - October 1st (Sun - Thurs & BHs) 11.00am - 5pm (House 2-5)
Admission Rates: Gardens, Grounds, Beachwalk, Exhibitions: Adult £8.50, Children (under 5) FREE, (5-15) £4.50.
House, Gardens, Grounds, Beachwalk, Exhibitions: Adult £12.00, Children (under 5) FREE, (5-15) £5.00
Group Rates: Minimum Group Size (for discount) 20. House, Gardens, Grounds, Beachwalk, Exhibitions: Adult
£10.00, Groups of 30+: Adult £9.50. Gardens, Grounds, Beachwalk, Exhibitions only: Adult £7.50
Facilities: Light lunches and cream teas in Old Kitchen Tea Room. Gift Shop. Plant sales
Disabled Access: Partial
Tours Events: Guided Tours (optional) and Group Bookings by appointment
Coach Parking: Yes, adjacent to house
Length of Visit: (with house) 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 hours, Walks and Gardens only 2 1/2 hours
Special Events: Daffodils &Spring Flowers 12th March (11-4) Easter Egg Hunts and Bluebells 16th, 17th April (11 - 5)
Bluebell Sunday 23rd April. Outdoor Theatre and other events (details on website)
Annual Exhibition: 'Filming at Hartland Abbey since 1934', 'History of the Hartland Abbey Estate' and 'William Stukeley - Saviour of Stonehenge'
Booking Contact: Theresa Seligmann, Hartland, Nr Bideford, North Devon EX39 6DT. Tel: 01237 441496/234
Location: 15 miles west of Bideford, 15 miles north of Bude off A39 via B3248 between Hartland and Hartland Quay

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