The Sail Loft is a building with history of many uses down the years.
The Sail loft is a conversion of an old store adjacent to the Red Lion. It once used to store the Coastguard gig rowing boat, a grain store, fishing tackle and even a cobbler’s shop.
With the decline of Clovelly’s fishing fleet, it soon started to fall into disrepair.
In 2011 this Grade II listed building was sensitively restored. The project involved the use of local materials from the South West. Reclaimed Delabole slate was used on the roofs and reclaimed stone from the original building in lime mortar was used to face the building.
New facilities have also been provided so that sustainable fishing may continue at Clovelly. There are several fishermen’s stores next to the Sail Loft, with cold rooms, flake ice machines and vivier tanks.
The main part of the building has been converted into six stylish bedrooms, which are now the Red Lion’s luxury bedrooms. With its history, position and the quality of the rooms, the Sail Loft will be a perfect place in which to enjoy the charm and peaceful atmosphere of Clovelly.
Altogether a most pleasing and practical work of preservation, which cares for the inherited landscape and sustains a living community. Clovelly is proud of what has been achieved and looks forward to its many visitors enjoying these charming changes.