Forde Abbey and Gardens

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Welcome to Forde Abbey

Forde Abbey is a treasure in an area already known for its outstanding beauty. More than 900 years of history and romance are encapsulated in this elegant former Cistercian monastery and its 30 acres of exquisite award winning gardens.

In the peaceful solitude of its secluded position it is possible to imagine just how it looked to many of its previous owners, from its medieaval beginnings to the present day: monks going about their daily round of work and prayer, prosperous parliamentary gentlemen discussing the cavalier threat, gifted philosophers debating the imponderable, elegant Victorian ladies fanning themselves by the fireside and country gentlemen going about their work on the estate.

However Forde Abbey is not a museum piece and even in the quiet of the garden you can catch glimpses of its wider life. From the Devon cattle grazing in the park and the industry of the kitchen garden to the celebrations surrounding a wedding Forde Abbey is very much a living, working estate

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