Ugbrooke House and Gardens

Ugbrooke House and Gardens, Chudleigh, Devon, England

COVID-19, it is with regret we advise Ugbrooke House and Parkland will NOT be open for Summer visitors in June of 2020, we will monitor the advice and information from HM Government and Public Health England as regards plans for July and August.

Ugbrooke House, Chudleigh 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.

The dominant landscape at Ugbrooke has always been the Park, designed by preeminent landscape gardener, Lancelot Capability Brown. Known for somewhat drastic remodelling to create serene, natural environments, Browns proposals for Ugbrooke were made during the latter years of his career, with his draft drawings depicting the plan for Ugbrooke now hanging inside the house.

St Cyprians Chapel is yet another Robert Adam enhanced masterpiece here at Ugbrooke House. Together with the 7th and 8th Lords Clifford, the Chapel evolved over time to feature a breath-taking marble apse, an adjoining Lady Chapel and Baptistry, an organ loft and the stunning cupola suspended above it all.

The Chapel is claimed to be the oldest Catholic Parish Church in the south west of England. Originally an Anglican Chapel, it was rededicated in 1673 with the 1st Lord Clifford became a Catholic. Mass has been continuously said here since 1673 and continues to this day, held every Sunday morning at 8.45am, and Latin Mass held once a month.

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