We had a very scenic coach journey to the north-western tip of Devon in good weather to visit Hartland Abbey and gardens. The Abbey’s history dates back to 1160, but as a monastery was dissolved in 1539. After that it descended through a series of marriages, without sale, until the present day. Lord and Lady Stucley are the present owners, and the house has elements from the medieval, Queen Anne and Georgian periods, with the décor mainly Victorian. It retains documents dating from 1160. The gardens are particularly attractive, and there is a path leading to sea views from the cliffs.
Lady Stucley came onto the coach before we left to thank us for visiting her home, although the pleasure was ours!