From grandeur to grain store and back again
Ugbrooke House has a fascinating history covering 900 years, originally featuring in the Domesday book of 1086, and today it remains the private home of the Clifford family. It exhibits a variety of alterations made over the centuries, particularly the alterations made by Robert Adam when he and Capability Brown were commissioned by the 4th Lord Clifford to remodel the house, grounds and garden in the mid 18th century.
As one of the earliest examples of Adam’s “toy fort” style, the house has had a thoroughly varied past, journeying through periods of stately grandeur and desperate, troughs of disrepair. Requisitioned as a school during the Second World War, then serving as a refuge for the Polish Army, the house was subsequently relegated to a grain store. However, it was rescued in 1957 by the 13th Lord and Lady Clifford who painstakingly restored it back into a family home.
The oldest Catholic Parish Church in the south west
St Cyprian’s Chapel is yet another Robert Adam enhanced masterpiece here at Ugbrooke House.
The nation’s history has sported Clifford names in war, politics and religion. Our tour guides relate tales of Clifford Castles, ‘Butcher Clifford’, Clifford of the CABAL, a Secret Treaty, a King’s Mistress, a Cardinal’s daughter, tales of espionage, intrigue, bravery and disaster.