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Forde Abbey and Gardens, Chard

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Once described as "...the most perfect monastery in England", Forde Abbey is a beacon of elegant antiquity, set within the exquisite countryside of Dorset. Built almost 900 years ago by Cistercian monks, the Abbey still embodies the serenity and philosophy of the order who lived, prayed and farmed here.

Walk in the actual footsteps of the monks as they carried out their daily duties in these medieval surroundings. Experience the wonderful English Gothic setting created by the Prideaux family when they transformed the austere Abbey into a post-Renaissance palace.

From 1141 to the present day, Forde Abbey is a stunning example of history preserved but not petrified, where the Kennard family continues to live and work in an informal style and where visitors will always receive a warm welcome.
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  • Very good show of snowdrops and cyclamen in lovely surroundings. Good food in the restaurant. Excellent nursery with good value plants. s  more »
  • The great all year round place to go.I love walking around in the snowdrops or crocus then in the summer the giant waterfall is magnificent. The cafe is friendly with plenty of variety. Ford's Abbey i...  more »
  • Ford abbey on a grey Sunday afternoon in February. The gardens are beautifully maintained and so full of snowdrops, crocus,hellebores, daffodils and even camélias. Breathtaking. It really lifted our s...  more »