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Open 10am–4pm; daily; 1 Mar–31 Oct. Please see website for more details.
Clovelly Nr. Bideford Bideford EX39 5SZ
Signed in village; next to Parish Church of All Saints.
0.6ha (1.5 acres)
Tel 01237 431781
Non-member adult £3; Children (under 16yrs) free. Please see website for more details.
Free access applies Mar & Oct.
About the garden
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
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