Gold Award Winner North Devon Journal ‘Best Country House and/or Garden in North Devon’
Hartland Abbey with its beautiful gardens and grounds welcomes visitors from Sunday 29th March until Sunday 4th October 2020.
We are desperately sad to announce that we will not be opening on 29th March due to this awful bug. We do this with a very heavy heart but are following government and Historic Houses guidelines. Until further notice the house, gardens, grounds and all walks will closed. We are hoping that this situation will change as people emerge from having coronavirus. As soon as we are able we will open the gardens and grounds and will keep our website updated. It is particularly sad that no one will be able to see all the spring flowers at their best but we will be posting photographs on social media when the sun comes out! We apologise to all our regular and potential visitors but we WILL open again as soon as we are allowed.
BUT… something to look forward to! Enid Blyton’s ‘Malory Towers’, filmed here last autumn, is coming out on CBBC in April. In thirteen instalments, there will be lots of scenes filmed inside the Abbey and outside. We look forward to seeing all those wonderful children on screen who we came to know so well and we wish them all the very best. We thank King Bert and Wild Brain productions for bringing Malory Towers to Hartland Abbey. The Abbey IS Malory Towers!
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 many notable films.
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 and BBC’s ‘Gold Digger'(2018) were all filmed on the estate. BBC Antiques Roadshow was filmed here in 2012. During 2019 ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurier starring Lily James, Arme Hammer and Kristen Scott Thomas was filmed on the estate at Hartland Quay and in September WildBrain and King Bert Productions filmed Enid Blyton’s ‘Malory Towers’ for CBBC inside and around Hartland Abbey. Both will be shown in 2020.
Coach parties are very welcome.
If you would like to download our 2020 leaflet please click here .
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, Chinese artefacts 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 2020 start with Daffodils and Spring Flowers on Sunday 15th March. The house and gardens open for the season on Sunday 29th March. Easter Fun on Easter Day 12th and Easter Monday 13th April. Bluebell Sundays are on 19th and 26th April. 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. For 2020 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
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