Ugbrooke Park
Ugbrooke Park
Ugbrooke Park is the family home of the Lords Clifford of Chudleigh, who have owned the estate here for over 400 years. This elegant country house stands in a quiet Devon valley, in beautiful parkland landscaped by Capability Brown.
The history of Ugbrooke goes back to at least the 11th century, when the manor was mentioned in the Domesday Book. During the Middle Ages the house was owned by the Church and occupied by a series of Precentors to the Bishop of Exeter. After the Reformation the house passed into the ownership of the Lords Clifford of Chudleigh, in whose possession it still resides.

In the middle of the 18th century the owners decided to rebuilt the existing manor in the new neo-classical style that was making such an impact in English fashion at that time. They called in two masters of the age, Robert Adam and Lancelot 'Capability' Brown to transform the house and gardens respectively.

Robert Adam created a house in restrained classical style, which retained something of a medieval fortress in its exterior aspect, with a rectangular plan and four crenellated towers, one at each corner. The interiors shine in true Adam style, with classical themes, plastework, and painted decorative elements. There are collections of fine furnishings on show, including needlework, antique furniture, old paintings, and a collection of military uniforms worn by members of the family over the centuries.

The gardens are typical Capability Brown, with sinuous paths and sweeping vistas, including glimpses of Dartmoor in the distance, augmented by lakeside trails and quiet pockets of trees and shrubs. The Ug Brook falls down gently through the estate, running through a series of lakes. The park has a number of notable tree varieties, including redwoods, Red Oak, Luccombe Oak, and Sessile Oak. Among the points of interest in the garden is the elegant Orangery, which now serves refreshments to visitors.