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Forde Abbey

Chard, Somerset, TA20 4LU

Ancient house with ecclesiastical roots now the centrepiece of a magnificent thirty-acre garden.

Forde Abbey in Somerset

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  • Free parking
  • Pet friendly
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Forde Abbey is a former Cistercian monastery dating back to the early 12th century.

It was converted into a palatial family home during the mid 17th century. The house has exquisitely ornate plaster ceilings throughout the state rooms, together with collection of tapestries woven from cartoons drawn by Raphael for the Sistine Chapel, it is a unique family house.

Throughout the 20th century the 30 acres of gardens that surround this unique house have been transformed by the present owners. The gardens are now a diverse and breathtaking landscape fit for the house that they surround, from the productive Kitchen Garden, to the Arboretum, Rock Garden, Herbaceous Borders, Bog Garden, and Woodland Garden.

There is always something of interest for the visitor whatever the time of year.

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details about special events.

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