Ugbrooke House & Gardens
The Cliffords arrived in Britain with the Conquest, and eventually gained ownership of Ugbrooke Park late in the 16th century. Though at first the poor relations of the family, the Chudleigh Cliffords rose to fame in the reign of Charles II, when Thomas, the first Lord Clifford, a hero of the war with Holland, became treasurer of the royal household. Well-meaning but incompetent, his downfall came in opposing Parliament when his opponents passed the Test Act to exclude all Roman Catholics from office. Ugbrooke was remodelled in the 18th century by Robert Adam, who paid tribute to the Cliffords’ war-like heritage in the ‘castle’ style that he adopted. The park was transformed by ‘Capability’ Brown, with a long, narrow lake the central feature of a gently rolling landscape. After World War II, Ugbrooke was neglected, with many of its finest rooms used for storing grain, but the house has been restored. The library is a splendid Adam room, its plasterwork and colour scheme exactly as they were 200 years ago. The house contains some fine old silver, tapestries and paintings, with an unexpected bonus in the chapel. Designed by Adam in a dramatic style, with a vaulted apse and open balconies, its marble columns, painted panels and elaborate decoration have an almost Byzantine richness.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- House and part of grounds are partly accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open 13 Jul-25 Sep, Sun, Tue-Thu & Aug BH Mon 12.30-5.30 (last entry 4.30, gates close 5.30). Guided tours 1.30 & 3.15. Orangery tearooms 12.30-4.45. Private tours available
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About The area
With magnificent coastlines, two historic cities and the world-famous Dartmoor National Park, Devon sums up all that is best about the British landscape. For centuries it has been a fashionable and much loved holiday destination – especially south Devon’s glorious English Riviera.
Close to the English Riviera lies Dartmoor, one of the south-west’s most spectacular landscapes. The National Park, which contains Dartmoor, covers 365 square miles and includes many fascinating geological features – isolated granite tors and two summits exceeding 2,000 feet among them.
Not surprisingly, in Dartmoor the walking opportunities are enormous. Cycling in the two National Parks is also extremely popular and there is a good choice of off-road routes taking you to the heart of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Devon’s towns and cities offer stimulating alternatives to the rigours of the countryside.
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