Here you will find images and links to information about the many historical buildings and gardens around Hartland and North Devon.
Hartland Abbey is the cherished home of the Stucley family with treasures and memorabilia collected over many generations. The beautiful 18thC Walled and Woodland gardens, the walks and the parkland provide visitors with extensive grounds through which to wander and enjoy.
The Church of St Nectan is the parish church of Hartland, Devon, England. Sometimes referred to as the "Cathedral of North Devon", it is located in the hamlet of Stoke, about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of the town of Hartland. It is dedicated to Saint Nectan. Saint Nectan was one of many Celtic hermits and missionaries associated with early Christian sites in south-west Britain.
The current house at Arlington was built in 1822, before this the house was in a different location and had a different layout. There is plenty to see and do at Arlington. There are scenic walks around the estate, several collections of items of the Chichester family, tours and activity days for all the family, as well as a visit to the National Trust's Carriage Museum which is located on the estate.
Set in nine acres of beautiful gardens surrounding the original working mill and mill pond, the sheltered wooded valley offers a microclimate enabling tender species to flourish. Located just 1000m from coast and Spekes Mill Mouth where North Devons tallest waterfall tumbles into the sea, Docton Mill is easily reached by road or by foot form the SW Coast path.
You’ll find these old walled gardens a contrast to the rest of Clovelly, so do go along and enjoy their beauty. Protected from the winds and bounded by an avenue of lofty lime trees, they are usually a month ahead of the season – but you’ll find that there’s always something to see and enjoy at any season of the year.
The Tapeley Park grounds are renowned for their beautiful gardens, particularly the Italian terraces, and include a lake, ponds, old woodland and a number of fields where Hector’s herd of Highland cattle graze. As well as a sizeable organic vegetable garden, Tapeley Park has one of the oldest permaculture gardens in the UK.
The original garden at RHS Garden Rosemoor was created by Lady Anne Berry, and is a true plantsman's garden. The whole of Rosemoor is surrounded by woodland, and the acidic soil and valley-bottom location proffer their own challenges. There are highly ornamental gardens with shrubs, roses, perennials and bulbs on view.