Clovelly - A Gem in Devon

Clovelly is a small, truly unique, historic fishing village on the north side of the Devonshire coast. The Clovelly visitors centre is large and modern with the usual small tourist shops inside, there is also a spacious restaurant. The film of the village (included in the entrance fee) is a must, it explains the history and workings of the village. The age worn winding cobbled street , cut into a steep hillside, winds its way some 400ft down to an ancient harbour. On route you pass tightly packed 16th century cottages, many being festooned with colourful blooms. On most days some of the famous donkeys of Clovelly stand at a resting point, posing for photos.

Shop along the Pedestrianised Cobbled Streets of Clovelly

There are art and craft shops, a souvenir shop, tea room, chapels and a museum all squeezed into this tiny village street. Charles Kingsley stayed at Clovelly and was inspired to write The Water Babies. The whole village is a traffic free zone, although there is a Landrover service for a small fee, that takes the back road to and from the visitor centre car park. The mode of transport for deliveries is made up and down the cobbles by sledges, you will see them tied to the cottages ready for the next delivery. There are no holiday homes in Clovelly, due to the whole village being owned by one family and let out to the villagers.

Clovelly village has two hotels.

The Red Lion sits on the ancient harbour, it has eleven bedrooms, all with seafaring themes. The restaurant at the Red Lion is well known for its fish dishes. A stay in the Red Lion in Clovelly is like stepping back in time, to an unhurried pace, far away from the stresses and strains of today.
The New Inn mid-way along the main street has eight bedrooms, each with their own particular charm. All are decorated in William Morris style, and most have sea views. Two or three of the rooms at the New Inn have balconies that overlook Clovelly's charming cobbled street. There is a large dining room where breakfast and delightful evening meals are served. Underneath the hotel is the famous Upalong-Downalong bar where many of the colourful locals meet.

Clovelly can be very busy particularly during the summer months, but it is still well worth a visit to this memorable place. A few days stay in Clovelly is quite an experience. The atmosphere changes completely, when at 5pm the day trippers make their weary way up to the car park, the whole place takes on a peaceful, unhurried charm. Clovelly is totally unique!

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