Explore Hartland Abbey
NEW for 2013: The Abbey and Gardens are now open Sunday to Thursday all season with the Tea Rooms open every day too. The Tea Rooms are under new management with exciting new menus. Hartland Abbey is closed on Fridays and Saturdays.
We welcome visitors to our family home in this beautiful valley leading to the sea and hope very much that you will really enjoy a visit to this special place. Built for the Augustinian monks in the 12thC, it was the last Abbey in the England to be dissolved by Henry VIII and was given to the Keeper of his Wine Cellar at Hampton Court , Mr. Abbott. From the Abbott family it has descended to the present owners. All the rooms are in daily use by the family and visitors constantly remark on the welcoming, homely atmosphere of the house, so often absent in many open houses today. Hartland Abbey is suitable for all ages with plenty of space for children to run about outside or do the Quiz in the house, for which a prize awaits! There are lots of benches around the gardens and the walks to rest weary limbs! Dogs are very welcome, on leads
Wander the 50 acres gardens and grounds at leisure following winding paths to the Bog Garden, Victorian fernery, the three 18thC Walled Gardens , glasshouses and woodland shrubberies. From the early bulbs, camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas of spring, through to summer flowering plants, fragrant roses, climbers and vegetables to the late summer deep blue hydrangeas, there is always a spectacular flowering display.
Walk to the beach and the cottage where Rosamunde Pilcher’s ‘The Shell Seekers’ (Muschelsuchers) and Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ was filmed, with spectacular views of the rugged coastline and Lundy Island out to sea; in spring the ground is carpeted in beautiful snowdrops, wild daffodils and bluebells followed by foxgloves in May. Follow recently restored paths to the Woodland Summerhouse, hidden by undergrowth since 1950, and the Gazebo overlooking the Atlantic Ocean . See wandering peacocks, donkeys and guinea fowl!. The museum, gallery of local art and gift shop are of great interest to visitors.
Delicious light lunches and home made cream teas are served in the old kitchens. In good weather there is lots of seating in the courtyard.
The abbey and grounds also offer a truly beautiful wedding venue. We also have traditional, get-away-from-it-all holiday cottages to let on the estate.