Visit Clovelly and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Clovelly, Devon, is unique in England in that no traffic can enter the village; cars must be parked at the top of the steep hill above it. As a result its streets are still cobbled. Few fishing villages are so luxuriantly surrounded by woods, or stop, as it does, not at the sea but at the edge of a precipice down which steps zigzag to its harbour. The place remains exceptionally pretty and, architecturally, virtually undefiled since its “discovery” on the recommendation of Kingsley and Dickens in the mid 19th century. Although it faces due North, its roses and fuchsias bloom as early as those on South Devon's coast.
The most attractive approach is via the Hobby Drive, the entrance to which is about ½ mile West of Bucks Cross on the A39. A good walk (apart from the obvious ones) is West from just above the harbour to Gallantry Bower, 2 miles away, where the cliffs are nearly 400 ft high.
The church, mainly 15th century, is well above the village, down a path of shrubs and a yew avenue. The dominant things in it are the ornate 17th century memorials to the Cary family, then lords of the manor, on the walls of the, narrow chancel. Clovelly Court, the late l8th century manor house beside the church, has been described as “Cockney Gothic”.
Clovelly Dykes. about ½ mile South near Clovelly Cross, is an Iron Age fort, possibly later used by Romans.
About 2½ miles East, Bucks Mills is a tiny, much quieter, but no less attractive place. It was formerly entirely inhabited by a single family of redoubtable seamen, the Braunds.
Six miles South East, West Putford has a rare feature in that its medieval church is completely unrestored. It is 14th century, with a l5th century tower.
Nearby towns: Bideford, Bude, Great Torrington, Westward Ho
Nearby villages: Abbots Bickington, Abbotsham, Blagberry, Bradworthy, Buckland Brewer, Bulkworthy, Croyde, East Putford, Frithelstock, Georgeham, Hartland, Instow, Kilkhampton, Langtree, Littleham, Milton Damerel, Monkleigh, Morwenstow, Newton St. Petrock, Northam, Parkham, Shebbear, Sutcombe, Weare Giffard, Welcombe, West Putford, Westleigh
Have you decided to visit Clovelly or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Clovelly bed and breakfast (a Clovelly B&B or Clovelly b and b)
- a Clovelly guesthouse
- a Clovelly hotel (or motel)
- a Clovelly self-catering establishment, or
- other Clovelly accommodation