Clovelly Court Gardens
When you visit Clovelly, be sure to visit the gardens at Clovelly Court. Plants thrive in this sheltered sunny corner of North Devon, which 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 – but you’ll 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 winter weekend break or short spring holiday at the Red Lion or the New Inn, Clovelly’s two prestigious hotels?
At 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.
You can buy bedding plants, herbs, freshly dug vegetables, and harvested fruit, either at the gardens or at Clovelly’s Visitor Centre with its shops and popular restaurant. All the garden produce is grown to organic principles. They’ll help keep the memories of your North Devon holiday alive.
The Gardens are open all year from 10:00 am to 4:00pm, and the entry charge to Clovelly Village includes free admission. If you just wish to visit the gardens there is a small admission charge. You’ll find them on the right at the top of the village, along the path to All Saints Church.
You are sure to find a tour of Clovelly Court Gardens one of the most pleasurable places to go in North Devon, so make sure you include them as part of your visit.