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Forde Abbey and Gardens

A former Cistercian monastery dating back to the 1100s. The gardens are breathtaking, while inside must-sees include the cloisters and the upper refectory.

Forde Abbey and Gardens
Forde Abbey
CHARD
Somerset
TA20 4LU

Telephone

01460 220231

5 Stars

Jul 2017

Mrs Downey

A place to unwind

We visited these delightful gardens as part of a circular walk from Thorncombe village. It was the perfect place for a leisurely lunch followed by a stroll around the gardens before continuing on our way. The highlight of the day.

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5 Stars

Jul 2011

Mrs Mackintosh

Well worth a visit

We really loved the gardens and the interior. It was the highlight of our week. We spent several hours there and felt there was plenty to see both in the house and gardens. The tearoom provides excellent lunches for those who want to make a day of it.

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4 Stars

Jan 2010

Mrs Avis

Stately home and splendid gardens

Fascinating former abbey dating back to 12thC. One of the greatest Westcountry gardens (according to Alan Titchmarsh), plant sales and a good restaurant serving really local food from the estate. A good day's outing.

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