700-year-old building with fine 16th-century great hall, associated with Elizabethan seafarers Drake and Grenville
Tucked away in its own secluded valley above the River Tavy, Buckland was originally a small but influential Cistercian monastery. The house, incorporating the remains of the 13th-century abbey church, has rich associations with Sir Francis Drake and his seafaring rival, Sir Richard Grenville, and contains much interesting memorabilia from their time. There are exhibitions on Buckland's history as well as a magnificent monastic barn, delightful estate walks and craft workshops. Recent developments include new interpretive exhibitions and displays, a hand-crafted plasterwork ceiling in the Drake Chamber and the creation of an Elizabethan garden
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Description of image - View of the south and west fronts of Buckland Abbey on a sunny summer's day.
Description of image - The Herb garden with box-hedged compartments, against the wall of the medieval Great Barn. Vita Sackville-West suggested the design and there are over 40 varieties of herbs.
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Credit for photograph: Andrew Butler
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