Forde Abbey and Gardens (Somerset) Reviews
Newest Review: ... and admire the views from the windows, the small paintings up close and the wonderful furniture. Each room had information leaflets pertaining to objects in that room that told you enough to make them interesting rather than tiresome. My favourite room had to be the drawing room with its fantastic Mortlake wall tapestries and the amazing views across the 30 acre gardens. Forde Abbey still ... more
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by - written on 25/08/01, updated on 25/08/01 (Very useful, 436 readings)
Forde Abbey is situated east of Exeter near the town of Chard in Devon. It is a grand residence of the Roper family but they are not the first in a long line of residents. As the name suggests, Forde Abbey was once a monastery belonging to the Cistercian monks over 800 years ago. It was one of the richest and most learned monasteries in the country and you can certainly tell! The house is huge with large towers and now enclosed cloisters. Unfortunately, after the dissolution in 1539 the monastery lay empty for 100 years until 1649 when it was transformed back into a house. The area of the house open to the public is quite large but there is a ... Read the complete review
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