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Open 10am–4pm; daily; 1 Mar–31 Oct. Please see website for more details.

CLOVELLY COURT GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Clovelly
Nr. Bideford
Bideford
EX39 5SZ

Signed in village; next to Parish Church of All Saints.

0.6ha (1.5 acres)

Tel
01237 431781

Visit website

Admission

Non-member adult £3; Children (under 16yrs) free. Please see website for more details.


RHS members

Free access applies Mar & Oct.

Facilities

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled facilities
  • Free carer entry
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Plants for sale
  • Toilets

Features

  • Glasshouse (open to public)

About the garden

Owned by
The Clovelly Estate Company Limited

The main thing to see at Clovelly Court is the range of five Victorian fruit houses against the south-facing side of the walled kitchen garden. They even have their original manual levers. Peaches, nectarines, figs and apricots are the main fruits under glass but grapes, melons (in hammocks), cucumbers and citrus fruit are also grown. Apples and pears have been trained outside as espaliers, fans and cordons. The working kitchen garden is organically run and supplies local businesses. It is unusual to see 19th century domestic industry on such a scale today - well worth a quick visit. And the setting of parkland and Bideford Bay is very fine. All of the garden produce are grown to organic principles and in rotation, ensuring sweet tasting and wholesome produces.  The juice from the home grown apples is also available for purchase at the Visitor Centre.

There are ornamental plants, such as the Judas tree, said to be the oldest Cercis siliquastrum in North Devon, with purple flowers robing the branches in late April or May and herbaceous beds bordering the gardens are a blaze of colour throughout the summer.    

Plants of special interest

  • Cut flowers
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Herbs
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Spring bulbs
  • Vegetables