A Visit to Buckland Abbey

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buckland abbey

Image credit: Carole Langman

buckland abbey

Image credit: Carole Langman

What to do on a rainy Saturday afternoon in late September?  What about visiting one of the lovely National Trust properties near you?  That’s what I did.  Even though I have seen a fair few local places, there are still some that I haven’t got around to visiting. Buckland Abbey was one of them. Perfect for a short visit, and perhaps a spot of lunch?

Buckland Abbey is a 700-year-old house in Buckland Monachorum, near Yelverton, Devon, England. It is primarily noted for its connection with Sir Richard Grenville the Younger and of course the famous Sir Francis Drake and presently in the ownership of the National Trust.

It was a very easy and straightforward drive. Just 40 minutes from Bowerland.  We arrived just before 2.00 pm, perfect time for a late lunch in the lovely old restaurant building with pictures of the Abbey mounted in apple crates on the walls.  A warming bowl of soup later, I was ready to look around.

One of the main reasons I had chosen Buckland Abbey was to see the Art of Reflection exhibition by Andrew Logan.  There were pieces scattered over various places around the estate.  In the Abbey itself, there was something on every floor. Most of his artworks are fashioned from shattered shards of mirror, and were highly coloured.  At times these created a stark difference to the sombreness of some of the rooms.

Imagine our surprise when we came upon a Rembrandt self portrait in the dining room!  This had been donated to the Abbey a few years ago, and was about to go on a world tour.  Well worth a look.

We managed only a quick tour of the Abbey itself, there was so much to see and do, and so interesting to read more about Sir Frances Drake.  There was not enough time to walk around the grounds, and the misty drizzly rain of Dartmoor had come down, no point in going out in that.  But not to worry, there is always another day, and another visit!

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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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