Overview

Ugbrooke House is a Grade I listed stately home nestled in the quintessential rolling green hills of south Devon. 

It 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. The Honourable Alexander Clifford and his wife live in the main house, but each summer, they open the doors to their house and garden to allow visitors a sneak peek into their family home.

Visitors can take one of three daily guided tours through the house to learn more about the family, as well as view priceless tapestries, furniture and military artefacts And no visit to a Devon stately home would be complete without a Devon cream tea!  The Orangery serves scones, homemade cakes and more substantial lunches with hot drinks and alcoholic refreshments so you can take a moment to enjoy the formal gardens.


Opening
Opening

2020

Mid-June to end of August: Sunday to Wednesday.

Noon to 5.30pm; guided tours at 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm (last admission 4pm).

Find Us
Find us

Easily accessibly via the A380 or the A38 between Exeter and Newton Abbot, about 20 minutes south of the M5.

Newton Abbot train station is on the direct Great Western Railway (GWR) line from London, and is approximately 10 minutes from the house.

National Express buses travel on the A380 from Exeter to Newton Abbot, with the nearest stop 10 minutes walk to the house.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free. 

House & Gardens:
Adult - £10
Concession - £9
Children (5-15yrs) - £5.50

Gardens only:
Adult - £8
Concession - £7
Children (5-15yrs) - £4

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
Group Visits
Group Visits

Private guided tours outside of public opening times can be arranged by contacting the estate office on 01626 852179 or info@ugbrooke.co.uk.  

For groups of a minimum of 20, private tours allow you to really delve into the history and stories of the family, followed by cream tea, light lunch or full buffet with matched wine depending on your chosen package. 

Should you be a smaller group but have a particular interest in one aspect of the house, please don’t hesitate to contact us to see if we can arrange an exclusive option to accommodate your needs.

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Forthcoming Tours

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Tour Overview

Private guided tours outside of public opening times can be arranged by contacting the estate office on 01626 852179 or info@ugbrooke.co.uk.  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, select a simple tea & biscuits tour, a cream tea, a sandwich style light lunch or full buffet with a glass or 2 of carefully selected matching wine. 

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.

Weddings

Make a long weekend of your celebrations with exclusive hire of the house, or hold your reception in the grounds with the magnificent house in the background.  Your wedding is all about you and your guests, and as every bride wants to do something slightly different, we don’t believe in dictating how your day will run.  This flexibility allows you more choice, so whilst we can help advise you from our ‘little black book‘ of wedding gurus, you still get the freedom to have your day the way you would like it. We also limit the number of weddings per year to ensure the house and grounds so you won’t feel like a product in a wedding factory.

With a civil licence and  an onsite Catholic chapel  you can hold a civil or a religious (Catholic) ceremony on site, then move straight on to have your photographs within the stunning gardens.  In the meantime,your guests can move straight through to the reception and have a glass in hand to toast your arrival without that awkward break in-between.  You can then party the night away at the reception.

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Guest parking
  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Accessible parking
  • Bridal suite
  • In-house catering

As a private home, we offer couples flexibility in how they celebrate their big day without strict supplier policies or curfews. In fact, we have personal experience having planned and celebrated our own wedding here!

The Owners


Accommodation

Ugbrooke has twelve ensuite guest bedrooms, fully restored by an international interior designer with tasteful original features, plus the all important modern amenities.

Rooms each have their own style and personality ranging from grand, stately rooms with antique four poster beds to quaint English twin rooms.

Rooms are available for hire for private parties of a minimum of eight guests for bed and breakfast, other meals are available upon request.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Elevate your next corporate retreat, executive offsite or strategy workshop to a memorable and productive meeting at Ugbrooke House.  Set against the remarkable Robert Adam designed house, you have a choice of venue from a boardroom setting in The Library, a more relaxed intimate discussion in The Morning Room or a power lunch in the grand dining room.

Despite being mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, the house is thoroughly 21st century.   Wifi extends throughout the house and gardens, and is equipped with all the necessary IT and presentation equipment required.  Our in-house butler and chef will take care of you throughout your retreat, creating a menu especially for your and your guests with the utmost in privacy and discretion.

The house is highly accessible, located only 20 minutes from the M5 or Exeter airport, and can accommodate up to 24 guests in our twelve luxuriously appointed guest rooms.  Why book another tired, sterile conference venue when you can host your executives in a unique, inspiring stately manor?  Contact the Estate office and allow us to tailor a package for you and your team.


Opening
Opening

2020

Mid-June to end of August: Sunday to Wednesday.

Noon to 5.30pm; guided tours at 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm (last admission 4pm).

Find Us
Find us

Easily accessibly via the A380 or the A38 between Exeter and Newton Abbot, about 20 minutes south of the M5.

Newton Abbot train station is on the direct Great Western Railway (GWR) line from London, and is approximately 10 minutes from the house.

National Express buses travel on the A380 from Exeter to Newton Abbot, with the nearest stop 10 minutes walk to the house.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free. 

House & Gardens:
Adult - £10
Concession - £9
Children (5-15yrs) - £5.50

Gardens only:
Adult - £8
Concession - £7
Children (5-15yrs) - £4

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
Group Visits
Group Visits

Private guided tours outside of public opening times can be arranged by contacting the estate office on 01626 852179 or info@ugbrooke.co.uk.  

For groups of a minimum of 20, private tours allow you to really delve into the history and stories of the family, followed by cream tea, light lunch or full buffet with matched wine depending on your chosen package. 

Should you be a smaller group but have a particular interest in one aspect of the house, please don’t hesitate to contact us to see if we can arrange an exclusive option to accommodate your needs.

Other opening

Public Opening

Ugbrooke House is open to the general public from mid-June to the end of August on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 12 noon to 5.30pm. Last entry – 4.00pm; gates close 5.30pm. There are two guided tours of the house each day, at 1pm & 2.45pm, tours take approx 1 hour & 15 minutes.

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.

The Orangery

The Orangery Tearooms are open for light refreshments and sweet treats on days when the house is open.  Choose from a traditional Devon cream tea, a homemade quiche or any of the other delicious homemade offerings available. Please see our menu as a guide, however bear in mind as items are homemade, not all items will be available everyday.

Dogs

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.


Ugbrooke House's history and features

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.


Fun Facts

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.