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Clovelly Nr. Bideford Bideford EX39 5SZ
Signed in village; next to Parish Church of All Saints.
1.5 acres (0.6ha)
Tel 01237 431781
Non-member adult £3; Children (under 16yrs) free. Please see website for more details.
Free access applies March and October (1 member only).
About the garden
The Clovelly Estate Company Limited
Clovelly Court Gardens is a classic example of a lovingly restored Victorian walled kitchen garden, including magnificent lean-to glasshouses with their original manual levers. Years ago the walled garden was built to give protection from the sometimes salt-laden coastal winds and provide produce for the owners of the Manor house and staff.
Tender and exotic plants thrive in this sunny corner of North Devon. It benefits from its enviable sheltered position in the Bristol Channel and the effects of the warm Gulf stream flowing past Clovelly. Protected from the winds and bounded by an avenue of lofty lime trees, plants are usually a month ahead of the season – but there’s always something to see and enjoy at any time of the year. Peaches, apricots, nectarines, vines (including muscat grapes), citrus fruit, figs, melons, cucumbers, peppers, chillies, aubergines and tomatoes in the run of the glasshouses can be bought, together with cut flowers and pot plants from the nursery and freshly-dug vegetables, herbs and other harvested fruit in season. All of the garden produce is grown to organic principles and in rotation, ensuring sweet-tasting and wholesome produce. 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.
You are sure to find these Victorian kitchen gardens one of the most pleasurable places to visit in North Devon and on a clear day you can also enjoy a view of Lundy and the sweeping vista of Bideford Bay from Clovelly Court Great Terrace.
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