North Devon Coast

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Clovelly Court

Sitting just above the picturesque fishing village of Clovelly and alongside the parish church is Clovelly Court, the heart of the Clovelly Estate. Although privately owned, the walled gardens and parkland surrounding Clovelly Court are open to the public where food grown in the gardens is available to buy. The house and parkland can also be viewed as you walk along the South West Coast Path which runs through estate parkland. 


Clovelly Court is the family seat of the Hamlyns and their descendants who have owned the estate ever since it was built in 1740. Fire destroyed all but one wing in 1789. Strangely, the same wing escaped damage once more in 1943 when fire broke out again.

Remains of a mansion and indications of earthworks are shown to the east of present Clovelly Court on 1886 Ordnance Survey maps. This may suggest that part of the former mansion was to the east of the present house, although earthworks might also relate to former gardens.

The Victorian kitchen gardens, now fully restored and open to the public, grow peaches, lemons, melons, figs, and vines, along with vegetables.

The entire historic village of Clovelly is part of the Clovelly estate.