Please Note The Red Lion snug bar will be closed from the 24th January for two weeks. The Harbour bar will remain open.  There will also be limited residence parking until end February due to SW water drainage upgrading.  – Thank you for your patience during our ongoing improvements.  

Visiting Clovelly

Clovelly Estate is home to the Rous family and has been for over 400 years. Since Elizabethan times it has remained in private ownership. Consequently this has helped preserve its originality and atmosphere. The village remains a fully functioning working fishing village, clinging to a 400 foot cliff, overlooking Bideford Bay. Hence it has had no motorised vehicle access since the 1920’s  on its steep cobbled streets, just the donkeys and sledges.   Donkeys always used to be the main form of transport for centuries. These days the main role for them is to give children rides during the summer or posing for photographs in the street, whilst enjoying their retirement. The man-powered sledges transport all goods to and from the village, from groceries to furniture. Consequently, as you can imagine moving house in the village is a very difficult and demanding proposition. Hence this might partly explain why there are multi generations of families that are living here today. 

Clovelly from Panoptic Motion on Vimeo.

Chinese visitors: click here to view Clovelly on iQIYI


Accessibility Guide 

Views from the Coastal Path. 


Clovelly Wilderness Summerhouse

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