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


"My wife and i have just returned from a stay at the hoops for two nights hoping to find a comfortable characterful place to stay in to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and to use as a base to explore the coastline of the region. well the hoops certainly delivered exceeding our expectations. our room for the first night was a standard room which was spacious enough to suit our needs, very comfortable, clean, quiet and with a modern en-suite. we originally wanted to book the more luxurious mallow suite which was not available for our first night but, the owner upgraded us to this room for our second night at no extra charge. our second night in the mallow suite was truly wonderful with its very comfortable four-poster bed, settee and large modern bathroom containing a jacuzzi as well as a large walk in shower. the bar area is cosy with a country pub atmosphere serving three different real ales straight from the barrel. you can dine in the bar choosing from either the bar or restaurant menu, both offering a wide selection of dishes. the restaurant is also comfortable and inviting to dine in. we ate dinner in the hoops both evenings of our stay and found the quality of food to be of a high standard and the service prompt from friendly helpful staff. the hotel has the advantage of a large car park providing plenty of space to park your car, particularly if you have a long estate car like ours. we would thoroughly recommend the hoops as an idyllic place to stay, providing all the comforts you would hope to find in a country inn and a good base to explore this part of devon at an affordable cost. we will certainly stay here again" Sept 2012

- via Tripadvisor