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We are pleased to let you know that Clovelly village, the visitor centre, Cafe and gift shop will reopen on the 4th July. The Red Lion will be offering a takeaway service.

We look forward to welcoming you back.


As it has always been, the safety and security of our residents, employees and guests remains our highest priority. We are doing everything we can to ensure everybody’s safety and are continuously checking government guidance and responding accordingly as the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve.

We will continue to update this page with the latest information regarding the safety of our unique community.

Clovelly is now closed – Updated as of March 23, 2020

We have a responsibility to our residents, employees and guests, to stop the spread of the virus and to keep everybody safe. Unfortunately, people are still coming to Clovelly in large numbers therefore we have decided to put the safety of our residents first and with immediate effect we have closed our business. The visitors centre is now closed as are all of our premises. Although the Government hasn’t yet advised hotels to cease trading, we have taken the decision to put people before profits. All of our staff will be furloughed on full pay, with the exception of a small maintenance team who will be required to continue with refuse collections and essential maintenance. The Estate Office will remain open with a essential team to assist tenants with emergency repairs and to provide guidance through this challenging time. We urge people to follow our lead and to take personal responsibility for their decision to travel. We will be donating food and essential supplies to the village and will be relying on our community to provide an army of volunteers to help those in need. Our message is simply to stay safe at this point in time and to consider those more vulnerable than yourself.

  • Volunteers. A great number of volunteers have come forward and offered help. We are truly humbled by the spirit of generosity sweeping our community. Assistance with deliveries, or collecting essential supplies, and a longing to ensure the well being of all members of our community has surfaced and if anybody needs help with essential activities or supplies, then please get in touch via [email protected] and an army of helpers are waiting to assist. It is important to remember that you are not alone.

Health and Hygiene – Updated as of March 17, 2020

We take great pride in maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene. In response to the coronavirus, we have taken additional measures developed in consultation with global and local public health authorities (including the WHO and CDC) to make our cleaning and hygiene protocols even more rigorous:

  • Our hotel teams are receiving ongoing briefings and enhanced operating protocols.
  • We have increased the frequency of cleaning our public areas (including lobbies, elevators, door handles, public bathrooms, etc.) and have continued the use of hospital-grade disinfectant.
  • We will continue to adjust food and beverage service in accordance with current food safety recommendations.
  • We have increased the deployment of hand sanitisers.

Your Travel Flexibility – Updated as of March 17, 2020

We remain committed to offering you flexible booking options. Given these unique circumstances we are making additional adjustments to our individual booking policies to give you extra peace of mind:

  • Government Restrictions. In regions affected by government-issued travel restrictions, we will continue to waive change fees or offer full refunds.
  • Existing Reservations. All reservations – even those described as non-cancellable (“Advanced Purchase”) – that are scheduled for arrival before June 30, 2020 can be changed or cancelled at no charge up to 24 hours before your scheduled arrival.
  • New Reservations. Any reservation you make – even those described as “non-cancellable” (“Advanced Purchase”) – that are booked between today and June 30, 2020 for any future arrival date, can be changed or cancelled at no charge up to 24 hours before your scheduled arrival.

If you need to adjust reservations made via the website, or via telephone, please contact us here. If you need to adjust reservations made through another travel site, please contact them for assistance.


Clovelly Village Devon is a picturesque, historic, fishing village, steeped in maritime atmosphere and history, and was once owned by the Queen of England. This atmosphere is embodied in a traffic-free, cobbled street with flower-strewn cottages, tumbling down a cleft in the 400-foot cliff to the ancient fishing harbour and 14th-century quay bringing glorious views along the way. Just donkeys and sledges move needed supplies to the village.
Once a bustling fishing port, Clovelly was renowned for its herring and mackerel and today for lobster and crab. Although fishing has declined, it is still very much a part of village life. Sustainability is the key watchword.
There are many literary connections; Charles Kingsley lived here, Charles Dickens wrote about it and Rex Whistler featured it in much of his work.
It promises visitors a wonderful half day out, full of memories and staying a night or two is a very good thing to do.
The modest admission charges include parking, a must-see film show of the history of the village, access to craft workshops for silk and pottery, Charles Kingsley and Fisherman’s Cottage museums, seeing the famous donkeys, two welcoming inns, Clovelly Court Gardens at the top of the village and a contribution to the preservation of this very special private estate.
Visit any of the annual festivals such as “Seaweed” June, “Maritime” July, “Lobster and Crab” September and “Herring” November and there is no extra charge.
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WoW, such a beautiful place, very steep hill, lovely views can’t recommend this place enough. Glad of the lift back up.

Davey Ansell, Leighton Buzzard, UK

What an amazing place. So beautiful and well looked after. The scenery is spectacular. It’s a long walk down and I was quite nervous about the return journey (there is an option to get a Land Rover if you can’t face it).

Walking up is actually a lot easier than expected. We didn’t stop on the way down so had plenty of things to stop and peruse on the way back up, including an obligatory stop for a cream tea at The New Inn….. it was well deserved (and sooooo delicious – great portion). I would definitely recommend giving this place a go. Even if you do end up taking the easy way back up.

Emilee83, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

Interesting place, clean air, fresh seafood, great place to walk, explore and spend the day………

frazzel83, Melbourne, Australia

Hello like to tell how much we enjoyed our day like going back in time seeing the old culture of a fishing village yes the way down is really steep but I managed it even with a disability but the Land Rover back up was a godsend . We ate at the Red lion pub which I can highly recommend thank you again and will definitely be visiting again soon

Barry141, Kent

Clovelly is as pretty and quaint as you could imagine a coastal village to be. There is a large car park at the top of the cliffs and you have to pay £7.50 to enter the village and it is a steep walk to the bottom along cobbled streets and steps (wear sensible shoes!). Both downhill and uphill walks are fairly tough, so if you are overweight or unfit, think twice before doing it. The cottages along the way are beautiful and there are at least two pubs and two tea rooms on route. It is definitely one of those tick box places that must be visited.

James F Holt, UK

Although this village is pretty touristy it really is a place one should visit. You have to pay to go in which seems a little peculiar but it really is a spectacular (if steep ) walk down to the sea. There are a few interesting historical buildings on the way down, plenty of opportunities for cream teas/ice creams and drinks and photo stops galore


Nothing prepared me for the beauty of this place. I am absolutely bowled over.
It’s like stepping back in time into a long gone era.
With proper cobbled streets and beautiful whitewashed cottages. The paths lead down to the small harbour.
The steps are quite steep and bit hard on your knees, there is transport up and down if required but you would miss so much,
I really recommend this place. There are eating places and pubs so lunch is no problem. Fisherman’s cottage worth a look at too.

eveandjez, Kent

This is a real must to see! But very steep and rough steps. The village is so beautiful and picturesque. There are a few places to get food and drink but will get very busy at peak season. We saw many people with walking difficulties walking down. When at the bottom there is a car that can take you back up (for a fee). You can go by car both ways but you will miss the sights. Definitely and must see.


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