Date(s) - 13 May, 2014
The abbey has a history dating back to 1160, when it served as a monastery until the Dissolution in 1539 – the longest to survive in the country. After that it descended through a series of marriages, without sale, to the present day. Until 1704 the abbey had remained virtually unaltered, but the subsequent owners, the Orchards and the Stucleys, made various alterations and additions, with influences from the Strawberry Hill design of Lord Walpole, and designs by Sir George Gilbert-Scott. The characteristics of the present house are medieval, Queen Anne and Georgian, the decoration largely Victorian, and it retains documents dating from 1160, with a collection of pictures, furniture and porcelain collected over many generations.
Hartland Abbey is surrounded by extensive gardens, influenced by Gertrude Jekyll who was a family friend, and for the energetic there is a walk of approximately one mile to the beach and new gazebo. There is a cafe and shop.
A 8.30am Lanehouse Rocks Rd (St. Edmund’s Church)
B 8.30am St. Nicholas’ Church, Buxton Rd
C 8.40am Spa Hotel, Dorchester Rd
D 9.00am Dorchester Market car park
Cost: Members £34 Non-members £36
BOOKING ESSENTIAL – Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to book.
NOTE: Hartland Abbey is a Historic Houses Association property, so any HHA members with their card will get refund of entry fee after visit.
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