The House

From grandeur to grain store and back again

Ugbrooke House has a fascinating history covering 900 years, originally featuring in the Domesday book of 1086, and today it remains the private home of the Clifford family. It exhibits a variety of alterations made over the centuries, particularly the alterations made by Robert Adam when he and Capability Brown were commissioned by the 4th Lord Clifford to remodel the house, grounds and garden in the mid 18th century.

As one of the earliest examples of Adam’s “toy fort” style, the house has had a thoroughly varied past, journeying through periods of stately grandeur and desperate, troughs of disrepair. Requisitioned as a school during the Second World War, then serving as a refuge for the Polish Army, the house was subsequently relegated to a grain store. However, it was rescued in 1957 by the 13th Lord and Lady Clifford who painstakingly restored it back into a family home. Lady Clifford, wife of the 14th Lord Clifford, used her extensive interior design skills from her professional life to transform each room into elegantly appointed, luxurious spaces. The Honourable Alexander Clifford, the current custodian of the family seat, continues the work of the 13th and 14th Lord and Lady Clifford to maintain and enhance this beautiful home. Recent challenges include the discovery of dry rot, followed by water ingress from melting snow, requiring the restoration of nine rooms.

Outstanding Adam interiors and unique external features remain, with the House containing many fine paintings, furniture, beautiful needlework and ceramics. But above all, Ugbrooke remains the private home of the Clifford family who are delighted and privileged to be able to share the house’s history and welcoming ambience.



An Ugbrooke Wedding...

Planning to be a 2021/2022 Bride?

Ugbrooke House reserves a few dates each year for very special weddings. With exclusive hire, accommodation &  butler service for house guests,  we offer a true Country House wedding experience for a day or  for  the entire weekend. Your wedding at Ugbrooke will be unique, with an eye for the finer details we specialise in creating the bespoke day within this spectacular setting, contact us now to secure your date. 

Private tours

Organise a bespoke visit  for your special interest group, club or society throughout the year.  Delve into the rich history of the house, the family, the architecture,  followed by a sumptuous cream tea or buffet lunch in this stunning historic setting of a Robert Adam house within a Capability Brown Landscape.

We are happy to discuss group & bespoke visits for dates from April 2021.

Summer visitors : CLOSED for 2020

Ugbrooke  House & Park is usually  open during the Summer, however Due to the Covid -19 situation The Ugbrooke team have taken the decision to close for the 2020 Summer season. We plan to re-open in 2021.

Apologies for the disappointment this news will cause, we do hope you will add a visit  to Ugbrooke to your itinerary for 2021.