Explore Hartland Abbey
Special opening: Daffodils and Flowers Day, 17th March 2019 11 – 4pm. This is the first of many flower days, see https://www.hartlandabbey.com/daffodil-days/
2019 Opening: Sunday 31st March (Mothering Sunday) to Sunday 29th September 11-5pm, Sunday to Thursday inclusive. House 2 - 5pm (NB last admission to house 4.00pm). Gardens 11 - 5pm. Tea Room open 11 - 5pm (with entry tickets to House and/or Gardens only).
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.
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 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), 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 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.
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 such as Mothering Sunday and Bluebell Sundays in the spring. 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.
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 over the past 82 years including many stars and household names. For 2018, new images from the filming of ‘Guernsey’ (the film of the book 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society’) 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 Stonehenge and Avebury from the ‘Stonekillers’. On show are many aspects of his life including a facsimile of his memoirs of Sir Isaac Newton, his works and pictures of Stonehenge and Avebury and many of his drawings from his Itinerarium Curiosum of the 1720s, an extraordinary record of 18thC Britain.