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About Hartland Abbey wedding venue


An historic 12th C family home set in a beautiful valley, leading to the sea.

* Highly sophisticated or more intimate rooms for the civil ceremony
* Two other wedding ceremony venues with a romantic difference
* Marquee reception on the west lawn by the House
* Romantic backdrops for your photographs, from flower-filled gardens to a spectacular Atlantic cove
* Choice of local accommodation and suppliers

Additional details:

Hartland Abbey was completed in 1157 in a beautiful, winding valley leading to a wild and rocky Atlantic cove. It was gifted by Henry VIII to the Sergeant of The Wine Cellar at Hampton Court, an ancestor of Sir Hugh Stucley whose home it is today. The House was remodelled in the 18th and 19th centuries; consequently it contains Mediaeval, Queen Anne, Georgian, Regency and Victorian architecture and decoration.

The three rooms licensed for civil wedding ceremonies inside the House are:

The Drawing Room with its high Victorian decoration was completed in 1850 for Sir George Stucley MP by Sir George Gilbert Scott, the famous architect. The linenfold panelling and murals, depicting important events in the history in which the family was involved, make this room a magnificent and important venue for your ceremony.

The Drawing Room is licensed for 70.

The Billiard Room is Georgian with a magnificent stone fireplace. The stone was brought back from Malta in about 1850 by Sir George Stucley in his yacht and was landed at Hartland Quay! The pale blue decoration, hung with family portraits, makes this a very dignified but light and airy setting, particularly for a morning ceremony.

The Billiard Room is licensed for 40.

The Library is a beautiful Regency room, with a very welcoming feel, overlooking parkland and the valley towards the sea. It was decorated by John Meadows in the style of Batty Langley, known as ‘Strawberry Hill Gothic’. It has a fabulous ogee shaped fireplace and family portraits hang on the walls.

The Library is licensed for 15.

There are two very unusual venues for a civil ceremony:

The Summerhouse, approached between flower beds, looks down over the Walled Gardens, with plenty of space for extra guests in the garden! There is a very long and stunning natural ‘aisle’ through two lower gardens with their arched doorways leading to the beautiful Rose Garden. From spring onwards the garden is full of flowering treasures.

The Summerhouse is licensed for 12, with unlimited number of guests outside.

The Gazebo is a tiny, eccentric and romantic location perched on the side of a hill looking over the Atlantic Ocean. It was built around the turn of the 19th century by Sir Hugh’s great uncle as somewhere to sit and reflect.
The Gazebo can be approached by car or foot down a track from the Abbey and then on foot up a zig zag path.

The Gazebo is licensed for 6 with unlimited number of guests outside.

There could not be more of a contrast between these different venues.
They all provide wonderful photographic opportunities for your special day.

Wedding receptions can be held in a marquee on the lawns or virtually anywhere on the estate.

Car parking for the Abbey is adjacent to the house. Helicopter access is also possible very close to the house.

For ceremonies in The Summerhouse there is a small car park adjacent to the gardens for the bridal group and disabled guests.

Although we do not offer accommodation at the Abbey. we can provide a list of local accommodation,


Hartland Abbey Features

Minimum guests2
Maximum guests200
Ceremony / ReceptionBoth
Bridal suiteNo
Licensed barNo
Late licensed barNo
Disco facilitiesNo
Asian wedding specialistsNo
External caterersNo
Venue type: Abbey, Historic Building, Marquee, Woodland, Walled Garden

Hartland Abbey Location

Hartland Abbey
EX39 6DT
Map of Hartland Abbey
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Directions to Hartland Abbey

Directions by car:

The Abbey is situated 5 miles west of Clovelly, 15 miles west of Bideford and 15 miles north of Bude between Hartland village and Hartland Quay. It is easily accessible from Junction 27 of the M5 or from the A39. We are within easy reach of all Devon, Cornwall and Somerset with the towns of Launceston, Holsworthy, Okehampton, Torrington, Bideford, Barnstaple, Westward Ho!, Great Torrington, Crediton and Tiverton nearby.

M5 junction 27, direction Barnstaple, then Bideford. Then follow the brown tourist signs after Clovelly Cross roundabout.

Directions by public transport:

Barnstaple is the nearest railway station


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Drawing Room ceremony

"We were all amazed to experience a beautiful sunny day. We all had a wonderful time; all our guests said the gardens were beautiful so please pass on our compliments to all who tend to them so marvellously. As for me and William, we were thrilled, everything was...

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August 2016.
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The wedding was fantastic!

"We couldn't have chosen a better ceremony site than the Abbey walled garden. the preparatory work, advice and admin from the Abbey side was efficient and really helpful - thanks to Sue and Lady Stucley for all your help and flexibility of our many requests! Blackpool Mill cottage...

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August 2016.
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Sarah Nar's Review

We had our civil ceremony at Hartland Abbey at the end May 2011. The Abbey, Drawing Room and grounds are a beautiful and made it the perfect venue for us. We were both so glad we chose it for our special day. Sue the wedding co-ordinator helped...

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September 2011.
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Vicky Morton's Review

We had our civil ceremony at Hartland Abbey in May this year. It was a small ceremony with twenty guests and felt very intimate and relaxed. We had planned to have drinks in the walled garden but the weather spoilt our plans where that was concerned! The Drawing Room provided...

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July 2011.

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