Dr William Stukeley

Dr. William Stukeley;


Musician. Druid.

Historian. Artist.

Stonehenge by Stukeley

A Display dedicated to his life and work

Exhibition open

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& Gardens

Circa 1157

“The best family home + Gardens we have found. It was a pleasure to see.J.G.A. Corby

"Very helpful guides and  interesting house". E. Vincent,  Hampshire

“Beautiful”.  F.deB. Netherlands

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Holiday Cottages

Hartland Abbey and Gardens offers a warm welcome to visitors from the end of March until October. It makes a perfect day out in this area of outstanding natural beauty. Hartland Abbey is a fascinating house with a welcoming feel only experienced in a cherished family home with all its treasures and memorabilia collected over many generations. The beautiful 18thC Walled and Woodland gardens, the walks and the parkland provide visitors with extensive grounds through which to wander and enjoy the stunning valley leading down to the Atlantic Ocean. Children relish the freedom to explore the open spaces and winding paths and to experience the natural environment. They love meeting our donkeys, Nutmeg, Becky and young Snowdrop, the wandering peacocks and our flock of black sheep. The Quiz is a great way to keep children amused indoors on a rainy day!

Built in the 12th Century as a monastery, Hartland Abbey survived longer than any other in the country. In 1539 Henry VIII gifted the Abbey to the Keeper of his Wine Cellar, and today it is the family home of his descendant, Sir Hugh Stucley, his wife, children, grandchildren and dogs! Hartland Abbey is probably the most historically important ancestral home in North Devon containing much of national interest, including architecture and decoration from the Mediaeval, Queen Anne, Georgian, Regency and Victorian periods.

The many paths around the estate lead to the beach and Blackpool Mill Cottage where ‘Sense and Sensibility’ was filmed. Build up a good appetite and sample a delicious light lunch or cream tea in The Old Kitchens or choose to enjoy a picnic on one of the  benches in peaceful corners of the gardens.

There are many extra treats in store for 2015. We start with our beautiful Daffodil Day and then Easter Fun weekend (including Easter Egg Hunt) & Bluebell Sundays in April. The Hartland Hartbreaker cross country race, outdoor theatre events are scheduled for 2015 and details will be available shortly. Our themed exhibition,‘William Stukeley – Saviour of Stonehenge’ will continue for a further year by popular demand.

Hartland Abbey is also a unique venue for weddings and special events, with the combination of a stunning house in a beautiful setting and private access to the coast with direct access to the South West Coastal Path. We do hope to see you this year!

Wheelchair access is limited to the ground floor and basement inc. Old Kitchen Tea Room (open from 11-30am), Museum, Document and Exhibitions, our audio video room is now open in which we can show aspects of the house, its gardens and our family history (These areas open from 2pm).

For Your Wedding Holiday Cottages Events in 2013





If you have an enquiry about visiting Hartland Abbey that we may help you with please complete our enquiry form or telephone the Administrator on 01237 441496

  2015: House, Gardens, Grounds, Exhibition,
  Beach   Walk &  Old Kitchen Tea Rooms
  Open: Sunday 29
th  March to October 4th
  Sunday to Thursday inc.
  Gardens, Grounds, Walks and Tea Rooms 11.30 – 5pm
  House & Exhibitions 2-5pm
  (we can open for groups of 20+ earlier)
  Last admission to house 4.30pm

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Hartland Abbey - one of the 10 best houses to visit

Winner - Tripadvisor 2014
Certificate of Excellence

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