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Daffodils and Spring Flower Sunday March 20th 2022

We are excited to be able to start our season with Daffodil Sunday after an absence of two years. We hope to welcome everyone back again this year!

Daffodil Day is a wonderful chance to get out with your family, friends and dogs to see our large collection of historic daffodils, many planted 150 years ago by our ancestors, and some recently transplanted from Grenville College, a former family home until 1950.  Sadly now a site for development near Bideford, we were able to rescue some old varieties planted by our forebears.

Visitors will be able to see not only the daffodils, but also lots of camellias, hellebores, early spring bulbs, mimosas and our lovely wild primroses and violets.  There are plenty of really good walks including to the beach and to Blackpool Mill, which starred as ‘Barton Cottage’ in the BBC adaptation of ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and in BBC’s ‘The Night Manager’ by John Le Carre.  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society’, was filmed around the Abbey estate in 2017. Since then  scenes from ‘Rebecca’ were filmed at Hartland Quay and Series 1,2 and 3 of Enid Blyton’s ‘Malory Towers’ filmed for CBBC in the Abbey and grounds. Included in your ticket will be entry to our Film Exhibition as well as our other exhibitions, historic photographs, the museum and shop. New  is our exhibit by falconry expert Brian Bird on ‘The Hon Gerald Lascelles and Falconry’ and also ‘A Victorian Honeymoon’.

Enjoy walking woodland paths through wild flowers to the Walled Gardens, Gazebo and the restored Woodland Summerhouse, hidden since 1945, with its welcoming log fire.  A circular walk has proved very popular since its restoration in 2012. The Abbey itself will be open between 1 –4 pm  at a small extra charge.  Dogs are really welcome on leads but there will be plenty of space to let them run free as well. The Orchard, normally closed, will be open with its beautiful wild daffodils.

The Old Kitchen Tea Rooms will be open serving a variety of homemade hot and cold food and delicious cream teas and their legendary scrumptious cakes!

Visitors are advised to bring wellies.

Special Daffodil Day entry prices: Adults £8, Children (age 5-15)  £1, Under 5 free.

Entry to the house £4 open 1-4 pm

NB** Please note that loyalty and membership cards (eg HHA, CPRE, Gardeners World etc) are not able to be used on Special Event days.

For further information please ring 01237 441496 /441234

PRESS ENQUIRIES either ring 01884 860225 or email

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