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Hartland Abbey, Hartland

Hartland Abbey

EX39 6DT
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Only one mile from Hartland Quay, Hartland Abbey lies across a narrow, sheltered valley which winds its way to the spectacular Atlantic Coast. Within a designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ visitors may wander around the beautiful gardens and grounds which lead to the rocky cove. Peacocks and guinea fowl roam at will, whilst donkeys and Black Welsh Mountain sheep graze the Old Deer Park.

Hartland Abbey is the lived-in family home of the Stucley family. Although it was built in the 12th century, remaining as a monastery for 400 years and passing through the female line three times, it has never been sold. Consequently, it contains collections of pictures, furniture and porcelain which have accumulated over many generations. The story of the Abbey mirrors local and national history at every turn. It has a friendly and lived-in atmosphere, so often absent in many of our nation’s historic houses, a point continually remarked upon by those who visit us.

As parents enjoy the Abbey, children can join in by doing the quiz. The quiz is educational and fun. Everyone receives a prize. We have specifically refrained from offering modern hype - children who visit the Abbey will find Old Fashioned Fun. The donkeys Nutmeg, Bluebell and Snowdrop, the Black Welsh Mountain sheep, the bantams and of course the peacocks all fascinate children.

The Kitchen Garden shows children how vegetables are grown. The small winding paths in the woodland gardens are fun to explore, the birds, butterflies and wild flowers make fascinating moments. There is so much to see and do, lots of space to run about and feel free

Hartland Abbey, Hartland

Weddings and Conferences
A new, idyllic venue in the South West for your special day.

Hartland Abbey, with its dignified rooms steeped in history and its beautiful gardens and grounds leading to a remote Atlantic cove, is licenced for civil ceremonies. In its magical setting, this North Devon venue provides a romantic and beautiful setting for your very special day.

Couples are able to choose from four or five completely different settings. The magnificent Victorian Drawing Room, with its linenfold panelling and stunning murals of historical events, is licenced for up to 70 people. It was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, the eminent Victorian architect, for Sir George Stucley MP in 1850; he was inspired by The Robing Room in the Palace of Westminster. There is a Grand Piano by Bechstein which can be used and a log fire for cold days!

Best local Hotels/Inns/B&B
The Red Lion Hotel and the New Inn at Clovelly.

Additional Services
The 15th century cottage is situated in a sheltered valley, a stone’s throw away from a remote Atlantic cove. It is approached by a private track through woodland which quite suddenly opens out to reveal a view of the cliffs and the sea, with the cottage below the gorse by the Abbey stream. It’s unique position makes it a wonderful place to relax, enjoy the natural surroundings, and escape from the pressures of modern living; there is no telephone or television! A mobile telephone, if you must, will work from the top of the cliff - 5 minutes steep climb - but you would not find a more spectacular place from which to telephone! The cottage has was used as a film location for Rosamunde Pilcher’s ‘The Shell Seekers’ with Vanessa Redgrave and Maximillian Schell heading a star studded cast.

Five miles west of Clovelly through Hartland Village en route to Hartland Quay. Turn off A39 - 15 miles west of Bideford, 15 miles north of Bude. M5 Junction 27 follow North Devon Link Road to Hartland. Nearest airports Exeter and Bristol. Trains to Barnstaple via Exeter. Local bus service from Barnstaple station and Bideford to Hartland village. For walkers enjoying the scenery of the South-West Coastal Path why not make a visit to the Abbey part of your journey.

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