The HouseFrom 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.
WHAT'S ON AT UGBROOKE HOUSE AND GARDENS
Organise a special day for your special interest group, club or society throughout the year. Delve into the rich history of the house and explore the gardens, followed by a sumptuous cream tea or buffet lunch in an historic setting.
Planning to be a June bride? Ugbrooke House & Gardens has only one Saturday left for your June wedding next year, but other dates later in the summer are still available. Contact us now to secure your date.
This Summer, Ugbrooke Park is opening the House and Grounds from Sunday 17th June to Wednesday 29th August. Open days are Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The House is closed on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Come and enjoy the magnificently restored Robert Adam House, wander the Capability Brown parkland and enjoy refreshments in the Orangery tearoom. See below for more details.