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
There is so much to see and do. Important collections of paintings, fine furniture, porcelain, family memorabilia, early photographs, documents and seals, accumulated over the generations, fascinate visitors. The stunning interiors with their architecture and decoration from the Mediaeval, Queen Anne, Georgian, Regency and Victorian periods including work by Sir George Gilbert Scott, architect of St Pancras Station and The Albert Memorial, are of great interest. Museum and changing Exhibitions.
Wander the 50 acres gardens and grounds at leisure following winding paths to the
Walk to the beach and the cottage where Rosamunde Pilcher’s ‘The Shell Seekers’ (Muschelsuchers), Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and the BBC production of John Le Carre's 'The Night Manager' were 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
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.(you will need to have tickets to the house or gardens for entry to the tearooms).
Hartland Abbey is open regularly from March to October and at other times by arrangement, has level access to many parts of the house and grounds, is suitable for groups and hosts many wonderful events. Throughout the summer there is a full outdoor theatre programme.
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.
We hope you will visit us and enjoy the experience of this family home and its beautiful gardens. For much more information, including admission charges, opening times and images please visit our website. Alternatively to speak to a human being, please ring 01237 441496/234.
Exhibitions and Displays:
The History of the Hartland Abbey Estate
A small display on the history behind this fascinating estate from the 12thC when Hartland Abbey was an Augustinian monastery up until the present day when it is a much loved family home regularly open to visitors.
Filming on the Hartland Abbey Estate since 1934
This is a fascinating display into the many productions filmed on the estate including many stars and household names. For 2020, new images from the filming of ‘Guernsey’ (the film of the book 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society’), ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurier filmed at Hartland Quay and Enid Blyton’s ‘Malory Towers’ filmed in and around the Abbey in autumn 2020 for CBBC will be on show. Along with the locations, there are images of ‘behind the scenes’ and the stories of the filming at Hartland Abbey over the many years.
‘William Stukeley – Saviour of Stonehenge’
A fascinating insight into an eccentric 18th century ancestor best known for saving
New exhibits for 2020/21:
A Victorian Honeymoon
An insight into our ancestors’ honeymoon around
Falconry by The Hon Gerald Lascelles
A fascinating exhibit of the falconry of Sir Hugh’s great-grandfather by falconry expert, Brian Bird.