Gold Award Winner North Devon Journal ‘Best Country House and/or Garden in North Devon’
Hartland Abbey and Gardens reopen on Daffodil Day, Sunday 19th March 2023 and then for the 2023 season on Sunday 2nd April. We look forward to seeing our visitors again! Every penny, after the dreaded VAT, goes into the maintenance of the house and gardens and to employing the wonderful people so vital to its upkeep and those who look after our visitors. Thank you so much.
We would also like to thank The Culture Recovery Fund which enabled us to partially reroof Hartland Abbey in 2020/21; the fund ensured local scaffolders, builders and craftsmen were employed during lockdown whose expertise kept our roof safe during Storms Arnwen (Nov 21 2021) and Eunice (Feb 22 2022).
Hartland Abbey stars as Enid Blyton’s ‘Malory Towers’ in the brilliant Series One, Two, Three and Christmas Special on iPlayer and CBBC. Filming of Series Four finished in July 2022 and we all look forward to seeing Darrell Rivers and Gwendoline Mary Lacey and their classmates return to our screens very soon!
Hartland Abbey is the cherished home of the Stucley family with treasures and memorabilia collected over many generations. Visitors can wander through the house at will or, for groups, conducted tours are available by prior booking.
Built in the 12thC, 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 whose descendants still live here today. 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, Chinese artefacts and porcelain 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 many notable films. Dogs are welcome on leads in the gardens and walks.
The Old Kitchens Tea Room provide a delicious, home made and varied menu of light lunches and cream teas, scrumptious cakes, baguettes, sandwiches, speciality teas and coffees. Access to the Tea Rooms, open from 11am, is only with a valid entry ticket to the gardens and grounds.
We welcome coach parties, preferably with prior booking.
The BBC adaptation by Andrew Davies of Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’, German ZDF’s production of the Rosamund Pilcher novel, ‘The Shell Seekers’ (Die Muschelsucher), the BBC drama, John Le Carre’s ‘The Night Manager’ with Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston and Olivia Colman, ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society'(2017) with Lily James, BBC’s ‘Gold Digger'(2018) and The Game of Thrones – House of The Dragon (2021) were all filmed on the estate. BBC Antiques Roadshow was filmed here in 2012. In 2019 ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurier starring Lily James and Kristen Scott Thomas was filmed on the estate at Hartland Quay and in September WildBrain and King Bert Productions filmed Series 1 of Enid Blyton’s ‘Malory Towers’ for CBBC inside and around Hartland Abbey. In 2020 scenes for ‘Brittania were filmed on the estate. ‘Malory Towers’ filmed Series 2 and 3 in 2021 despite working under very challenging covid restrictions and Series 4 in 2022.
Enid Blyton’s ‘Malory Towers’ was filmed here in the autumn of 2019 for CBBC. In thirteen instalments, there are lots of scenes filmed inside the Abbey and outside. We are so enjoying seeing all those wonderful children on screen who we came to know so well and we wish them all the very best. In April and May 2021, after a break during the pandemic, production, cast and crew came back to Hartland to film Series 2 and 3 for CBBC, both now on iPlayer. Series 4 has just finished filming here. We thank King Bert and Wild Brain productions for bringing Malory Towers to Hartland Abbey. Hartland Abbey IS Malory Towers! Behind the scenes images are on display in our Film Exhibition, open from 11am with a Gardens ticket.
If you would like to download our 2022 leaflet please click here.
Children love the freedom to explore the open spaces and winding paths and enjoy meeting our donkeys Becky and Snowdrop, the wandering peacocks and our flock of black Welsh Mountain sheep. The Quiz, the Nature Trail and the ‘Malory Towers’ trail are great ways to keep children amused!
We have many exciting events for 2022. Daffodil Day and Bluebell Sundays return this year and a great variety of outdoor theatre productions are on the summer menu (see Events page)! Our present exhibitions, ‘William Stukeley – Saviour of Stonehenge’, ‘Filming on the Hartland Abbey Estate since 1934’ and ‘History of the Hartland Abbey Estate’ continue to entertain visitors. We have two new displays – Falconry by The Hon Gerald Lascelles (Sir Hugh’s great-grandfather) and ‘A Victorian Honeymoon’, a charming record, with watercolours, of Sir Hugh’s great uncle and aunt’s honeymoon of 6,000 miles around Europe in 110 days!
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. It makes a perfect day out in this area of outstanding natural beauty. Hugh and Angela Stucley