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 castle 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. The present Lady Clifford, wife of the 14th Lord Clifford, continued her predecessor’s work, using her extensive interior design skills to return each room into the elegantly appointed, luxurious rooms you see today.
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
PRIVATE TOURSOrganise 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.
Devon Opera is returning to St Cyprian's Chapel here at Ugbrooke House on Saturday 22nd July to wow audiences with a story of love, passion and jealousy in The Conquests of Love, as told by their cast of professional singers and musicians.
RNLI CHARITY DAY
Ugbrooke House is donating the grounds to in support of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), on Sunday 13th August. Don't miss the various stalls and events raising money for such a worthwhile cause. More details below.
Let us keep in touch with occasional news about forthcoming events at Ugbrooke House and Gardens.