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700-year-old home of Elizabethan seafarers Drake and Grenville
In the 13th century, Buckland Abbey was home to the Cistercian monks who built the abbey and the incredible Great Barn and farmed the then vast estate.
The Abbey, now a house with a combination of furnished rooms and interactive museum galleries, tells the story of how two seafaring adventurers - Sir Richard Grenville and Sir Francis Drake - changed the shape of the house and the fate of the country.
Discover the Buckland estate, the meadows, the orchards and the late spring bluebells. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Tavy Valley and the far-reaching views.
A Dutch paintings expert has identified what could be a ‘lost’ Rembrandt hanging in our dining room. Our portrait of Rembrandt was previously thought to have been painted by his pupils but it could soon be verified as being the work of the Dutch master himself. Come see it in our Georgian dining room and follow the mystery as it unfolds.