Hartland Abbey is the beautiful and historic home of the Stucley family, and dates all the way back to the 12th century. A monastery for 4 centuries, the home has never been sold and was the location for the BBC film version of Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’. In fact, it’s easy to imagine a horse and carriage pulling up right in front of the building even today.
The cottage used as the home of the Dashwood ladies in the hit film is also close by, so fans should take a stroll along the area’s coastline to make sure they don’t miss it. The grounds and gardens of Hartland Abbey are open to the public, and are one of the most family-friendly family attractions in Hartland.
The attraction is open between April and October, and it’s become popular over the last few years for its Bluebell and Snowdrop days. The woodland surrounding the grounds becomes carpeted with colour every year, and for a small charge visitors and their dogs can enjoy a day exploring the landscape. There’s a warm welcome for everyone at Hartland, and the home still has the feel of a family home throughout.