Hartland Abbey was the last monastery to be dissolved in 1539. Built in 1160 by a stream flowing into the Atlantic, this historic family home has stunning interiors, fascinating architecture, collections and family memorabilia; it is a perfect day out in any weather.
Enjoy the beautiful gardens, much of them hidden since 1914; restoration has unearthed the Fernery and Bog Garden by Jekyll, woodland walks of azaleas, rhododendrons and stunning blue hydrangeas, the Gazebo overlooking the Atlantic and Woodland Summerhouse. The intimate 18thC Walled Gardens are full of herbaceous, tender and rare perennials, climbers, vegetables and fruit. Glasshouses of dazzling houseplants for the Abbey interiors. Historic daffodils, tulips, bluebells and wildflowers enchant early visitors. Location for BBC Antiques Roadshow.
Walks lead to the beach and Blackpool Mill; 'Sense and Sensibility', 'The Night Manager' and 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' were filmed here recently. In 2020 Hartland Abbey stars as Enid Blyton's 'Malory Towers', and Hartland Quay in Daphne du Maurier's 'Rebecca'. Black sheep, peacocks and donkeys roam. Exhibitions. Old Kitchens Tea Room. Close to Hartland Quay (1m) and Clovelly (4m).
Opening Times: Sunday March 29th - October 4th (Sun - Thurs & BHs) 11.00am - 5pm (House 2- last adm 4pm)
Admission Rates: Gardens, Grounds, Beachwalk, Exhibitions: Adult £9.50, Children (under 5) FREE, (5-15) £4.50. House, Gardens, Grounds, Beachwalk, Exhibitions: Adult £12.50, Children (under 5) FREE, (5-15) £5.00
Group Rates: Minimum Group Size (for discount) 20. House, Gardens, Grounds, Beachwalk, Exhibitions: Adult £10.50. Gardens, Grounds, Beachwalk, Exhibitions: Adult £8.50, Groups of 30+ please ring for price.
Exhibitions: 'William Stukeley - Saviour of Stonehenge', 'Filming since 1934', 'The History of the Hartland Abbey Estate'.
Facilities: Homemade 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 Sun 15th March (11-4), Easter Egg Hunts 12th & 13th April, Bluebell Suns 19th & 26th April (11 - 5). See website for outdoor theatre and other events.
Annual Exhibition: 'Filming on the Hartland Abbey Estate since 1934' - with latest 2019 filming included.
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.
Updated: December 2019