Seeing Clovelly 

The Gardens 

When Seeing clovelly there are plenty but be sure to visit the gardens at Clovelly Court. Plants thrive in this sheltered sunny corner of North Devon. Whilst is has the added benefit of the warmth the Gulf Stream brings.

You’ll find these old walled gardens a contrast to the rest of the village. So do go along and enjoy their beauty. Protected from the winds and bounded by an avenue of lofty lime trees. They are usually a month ahead of the season. You tend to find that there’s always something to see and enjoy at any season of the year. So why not include a visit as part of a romantic break at the Red Lion or the New Inn, Clovelly’s two prestigious three and four star Inn’s 

Seeing Clovelly Court you’ll find neat, carefully tended Victorian kitchen gardens bordered by herbaceous beds, which in summer are a blaze of colour. In the run of restored Victorian glasshouses, apricots, peaches, nectarines, melons, grapes, lemons and figs ripen in the warmth. Outside there are apples, pears, quinces, medlars, soft fruit, and two mulberry trees – and even Chinese gooseberries. The Red Lion and the New Inn are both supplied with the fruit from the gardens.

The Quay

Landing a boat on the treacherous North Devon coast with its cliffs and rocky foreshores has never been easy. However, seeing Clovelly’s bay that is sheltered from the strong westerly winds, so a settlement has existed here from the earliest times. As long ago as the 13th century a rudimentary quay was constructed. Soon afterwards a small fleet of fishing boats from Clovelly was working Bideford Bay in search of herring and mackerel.

The Cary family owned the village in the 17th century, and George Cary saw the potential of building a more substantial quay. He wrote: ‘I have of late erected a pier or key in the sea and river of Severne upon the sea-shore. Near low water of the said seas, within or near about one half mile of my said capital messuage of Clovelly. Also divers houses, cellars, warehouses, and other edifices … which standeth and hath cost me about £2,000. Which place was of none or very small benefit before my said exertions and buildings.