Hartland Abbey

Discover the stunning gardens of Hartland Abbey, an enchanting 12th-century ancestral home nestled in North Devon's breath-taking landscape.

Hartland Abbey

Hartland Abbey is a 12th-century former monastery turned manor house located in Hartland, Stoke, Bideford in North Devon, England

The house is historically significant for its association with the powerful Stucley family and with the local religion, mysticism and witchcraft that originated in Devon and Cornwall

Visitors can explore the former abbey, which includes surviving Romanesque architecture, along with an ancient gatehouse and 13th-century chapel

A tour of the house provides fascinating insights into what life was like on a large country estate, including a wine cellar and traditional kitchen

The grounds also offer insight into the history of Hartland Abbey; visitors can enjoy tranquil walks and explore historic gardens, orchards and woodland

Alongside the manor house, a wider range of attractions can be found on the estate, such as an infantry museum, craft shop and café


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Hartland Abbey Reviews

Elegant 1790s mansion with decor from medieval to Victorian eras, plus gardens leading to the sea.

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Opening Hours:
Monday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Address: Hartland, Stoke, Bideford EX39 6DT, UK

Claire Johns avatarClaire Johns
3 weeks ago
Long but beautiful back lanes to get there. Worth the effort, bluebell delight, spring green, chocolate sheep and lambs. Walks were delightful. Views of the sea and coastal scenery. Good food too. Highly recommend.
Sarah ross avatarSarah ross
2 weeks ago
Beautiful location, fantastic woodland walk down to the beach. Great tearoom, with very tasty sandwiches and the selection of cakes and cream teas is fantastic! Tour of the house is very interesting too. Great trip out. (Gardening world currently has a 2-4-1 entry card, well worth buying the mag for a good saving on entry 👍)
Michael South avatarMichael South
2 weeks ago
Went for the bluebells and was not disappointed, beautiful carpets of them abound in the wooded areas from the moment you enter the grounds and almost all the way down to the sea . Also went inside the house for the first time, and again was not disappointed, very interesting history and beautifully decorated and furnished rooms. Also, first time for the Walled Garden, pretty enough now, but in a few weeks' time it will undoubtedly look even better when the late spring/summer blooms are out. Lovely sandwiches and service in the rea room. All in all, well worth a visit.
Julia W avatarJulia W
a month ago
Lovely grounds for a walk and great guides in the house providing a the background and story of the house. Small exhibition with details of the many tv programmes and films where the abbey had been used as a location. The tea shop was really welcoming and helpful, accommodating our two year old. Great cream tea with gluten free scones.
Richards Family avatarRichards Family
5 months ago
Came back in August because our girls are mildly obsessed with Mallory Towers and we wanted an easily happy day out whilst on holiday. We all loved it, because it's not your everyday stately home, it's a home that happens to be stately, lived in, loved, and welcoming, a family day somewhere that reminded me of tales from parents of how houses were opened up by their families back in pre National Trust curation, room guides and branded gift shops (we like those too but there's room for everything). The gardens and grounds were lovely, the walled garden is a gem as is Lady Stucley who I think became the highlight for the girls, the walk to the beach through the woods mercifully cool and shady. O, and the sandwiches were spot on in the tearooms.
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The address for Hartland Abbey we have is: Hartland, Stoke, Bideford EX39 6DT, UK. Use the map below for a closer view. Do check with your host for a definite location.

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