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Visit to Forde Abbey and Gardens (Exeter Branch)

Tue. 9 August 2022


DA visit to Forde Abbey July 2017

Forde Abbey
Photo: Margaret Wilby

Our country house excursion (delayed since 2019) will be to Forde Abbey, near Chard, Somerset. Originally built over 900 years ago for Cistercian monks, it was transformed from a monastic dwelling to a post-Renaissance palace largely by the Prideaux family in the 1600s.

Special attractions include the early 17th-century Mortlake tapestries, which were based on the internationally acclaimed Raphael cartoons at London’s V&A Museum, and the Undercroft Tearoom with its medieval vaulted ceiling. The 30-acre garden will also be on show as well as a working walled kitchen garden, lakes and cascades.

The cost of £25 per person will include the hire of a coach and a tour of the house and gardens. Details, such as pick-up times and locations will be available later for those who express an interest.

Note that this is not a National Trust property and the house tour is unsuitable for wheel chair users.


Tue. 9 August 2022
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Pat Bonning-Snook
01392 467346
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