In addition to the sites listed below, consider Buckland Abbey, near Tavistock, a former abbey that was modified into a manor house after the Dissolution of the Monasteries and became the home of Sir Francis Drake.
Buckfast Abbey is a modern Benedictine monastery in a peaceful setting on the verge of Dartmoor. A Saxon monastery stood here as early as 1018. In 1147 the monastery became Cistercian, and the entire abbey was rebuilt in stone. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539, the abbey property was sold and the abbey left to decay, but in 1882 Buckfast was reestablished as a Benedictine monastery, and as such it has flourished. Buckland is famous for keeping bees and producing its own brand of honey and Buckfast Tonic Wine. Buckfastleigh,
England, TQ11 0EE
Torre Abbey was once the wealthiest Premonstratensian monastery in Britain. After the abbey was suppressed by Henry VIII the ruins were transformed by the Cary family into an elegant mansion. The mansion and medieval monastery now house an outstanding museum of local art and heritage. The King's Drive,
England, TQ2 5JE
Close to the ancient stannary towns of Ashburton and Buckfastleigh and the medieval town of Totnes, midway between Plymouth and Exeter, this charming character 16th Century former corn mill offers the warmth of a homely atmosphere with hotel quality and service in a superb central location, perfectly placed for holidays … more >>