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.
"My husband and I recently stayed at the Hoops for two nights. I wish we could have stayed longer !
We stayed in room number 2. It is a suite with a four poster bed and a jacuzzi, tv, settee, coffee making facilities, it's just beautiful. So relaxing, clean, warm and cozy. Wonderful for a romantic couple of nights away!
I have never, ever slept in such a comfy bed! It was the most amazing night's sleep ever!
The food is wonderful. the staff are soooo friendly and welcoming, chatty and helpful. I cannot fault this inn.
You can walk through the car park onto a coastal path, with beautiful views . We walked to a picturesque village called Bucks Mills. It was very pretty, tough going at times but mostly because it was wet and muddy.
We drove the next day to clovelly, a couple of miles away. you have to pay to go into the village - £6.50 per adult - but it worth it. Again it is quite hard going, steep with cobbled stones but very pretty.
I would recommend a visit to the hoops... it's just perfect !" Nov 2012
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