Welcome to Hartland Abbey and Gardens
Hartland Abbey with its beautiful gardens and grounds welcomes visitors from the end of March until October. It is the cherished home of the Stucley family with treasures and memorabilia collected over many generations. The beautiful 18thC Walled and Woodland gardens, the walks and the parkland provide visitors with extensive grounds through which to wander and enjoy the stunning valley leading down to the rugged Atlantic cove and cottage at Blackpool Mill, the location for the BBC adaptation by Andrew Davies of ‘Sense and Sensibility’, German ZDF’s production of the Rosamund Pilcher novel, ‘The Shell Seekers’ ,(Die Muschelsucher) and shortly to be featuring in a major BBC drama production, ‘The Night Manager’ by John Le Carre starring Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston and Olivia Colman. BBC Antiques Roadshow was filmed here in 2012. Coach parties are very welcome.
Children enjoy the freedom to explore the open spaces and winding paths and love meeting our donkeys Becky and Snowdrop, the wandering peacocks and our flock of black Welsh Mountain sheep. The Quiz and the Nature Trail are great ways to keep children amused!
Built in the 12th Century, Hartland Abbey survived as a monastery longer than any other in the country. In 1539 Henry VIII gifted the Abbey to the Keeper of his Wine Cellar and today the house still remains in the family. Hartland Abbey is probably the most historically important ancestral home in North Devon containing much of national interest, including architecture and decoration from the Mediaeval, Queen Anne, Georgian, Regency and Victorian periods, paintings, furniture and porcelain collected over many generations. Delicious coffee, light lunches, homemade cakes and cream teas are served from 11.00 in The Old Kitchens Tea Room. Dogs are welcome on leads in the gardens and walks. Exciting events for 2016 start with Mothering Sunday and Spring Flowers on 6th March, Easter Fun 27th and 28th March (Easter Egg Hunts and traditional games) & Bluebell Sundays on 17th and 24th April. The Hartland Hartbreaker cross country run on May 1st and many outdoor theatre productions are on the summer menu! Our exhibition, ‘William Stukeley – Saviour of Stonehenge’ continues by popular demand. There will be many new exhibits around the house, an audio visual welcome film and an exhibition of ‘Filming on the Hartland Abbey Estate’.
Hartland Abbey is also a unique venue for weddings and special events, with the combination of a stunning house and gardens in a beautiful setting and private access to the coast. We have two lovely cottages to rent for holidays.. If you have an enquiry on visiting Hartland Abbey please complete our enquiry form or telephone the Administrator on 01237 441496. We do hope you will visit us in 2016. It makes a perfect day out in this area of outstanding natural beauty. Hugh and Angela Stucley