Hartland Abbey

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.

Official Hartland Abbey website


This is a very pleasant place in a really lovely location. Friendly and extremely helpful staff made our trip special. Lots of little nooks and crannies and a really beautiful garden make The Hoops interesting and quirky. We had very good food in the restaurant, and the bar menu looked good too. One criticism would be that every table in the bar is laid up for dinner which isn't great if you just want a drink. The restaurant manager was particularly helpful. I would recommend it highly but they need to get treacle tart on the pudding menu. Wonderful shower room!!

- via Tripadvisor