Historic family home designed by Robert Adam and sitting in a Capability Brown landscape.
Chudleigh, Devon, TQ13 0AD
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.
St Cyprian’s 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.