Buckland Abbey, Dartmoor

Built over 700 years ago in 1278, this incredible Abbey has a rich and varied history, and was the last Cistercian monastery to be built in England and Wales. Left to live in peace for over 250 years, it was later sold after the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and at one point was the home of Sir Francis Drake, the first Englishman to circumnavigate the world.

Today, Buckand Abbey is also a museum and filled with great treasures, spanning the history of the people and estate. There’s also a gorgeous selection of noteworthy buildings such as the incredible Great Barn, which once held the monks’ corn store. Today, it’s home to a cider press and miraculously has remained unchanged and magnificent – a real testament to the monk’s wealth.

In addition, the wider estate is home to lush gardens, wild meadows, apple orchards and woodland to explore and which offer stunning views of the Tavy Valley and gorgeous Devonshire countryside. There’s plenty of trails to follow, with spring being particularly beautiful with a carpet of bluebells.

Cider House, our very own property, also forms part of this estate and the gardens here – which include herbaceous borders and a secret garden - are particularly peaceful and offer a perfect setting to sit and gather your thoughts.

After exploring the magnificent Abbey and grounds, you can find a restaurant on site for that all-important pick me up, whether it’s a hot meal, coffee or a traditional cream tea. There’s also plenty of space for a picnic should you prefer.

Dogs are welcome on some of the estate walks but not within Buckland Abbey itself.

Feeling inspired? Take a look at our luxury cottages in Devon here. Or if you’re keen on staying within the grounds itself, read all about Cider House here.

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