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.
Opening Times: -
We are open from the 16th June to the 28th August 2019.
Open days for house and grounds are: Sunday - Wednesday (inclusive).
For larger groups (10 or more), you may prefer to contact the estate office ahead of your visit, our telephone number is 01626 852179, our e-mail address is email@example.com
The Grounds: 12pm - 5.30pm
Last Entry: 4.00pm
Gates Close: 5.30pm
Guided tours of the House: 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm
Orangery Tearooms: 12 noon - 4.45pm
Private guided tours outside of public opening times can be arranged by contacting the estate office on 01626 852179 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For groups we request a minimum of 20, however please contact us even if if your group is not likely to number 20 as we are keen to accommodate visitors when possible. A private tour allows you to really delve into the history and stories of the Clifford family and of Ugbrooke House itself. Private tour options include refreshments, from a simple tea & biscuits tour, we also offer a cream tea, light lunch or full buffet with matched wine depending on your chosen package.
Should you be a smaller group and have a particular interest in one aspect of the house or its history, please do not hesitate to contact us to see if we can arrange an exclusive option to accommodate your needs.
Wheelchair access is available, however we regretfully cannot accommodate mobility scooters inside the house. Photography is not permitted inside the House although we have various vantage points within the park that feature the House. Drones are not permitted on the Estate at any time.
Our Labrador Tilly loves sharing her garden with other well behaved dogs, but sadly they are not admitted into the House on tours (except guide dogs) not even she is allowed upstairs! Please ensure any furry friends are kept on a lead at all times in the grounds and you clean up after your dog for the convenience of other visitors.