Perched on the top of a hill, Clovelly village is a step back in time, built in the 1901 Clovelly is a reminder of life in early British colonial history. Located in North Devon, England, the village is famous for its cobblestones streets and its quaint cottages made of wattle and daub.
Stepping into Clovelly is tantamount to stepping into a rich, colourful painting that draws you in with its irresistible charm and mystery. You would have to look hard and far to find anywhere in London that depicts an authentic view of life in the early days in Britain. The village has been privately owned for several years and the owners have been committed to restoring the village in a manner consistent with ancient practices. There is truly no other place in the world that can transport you back in time in a single day and back; going to Clovelly village will make you appreciate the beauty of the simple things in life.
Step Back in Time
From the cobblestone streets to the Norman architecture of the churches, there is something new to learn on every corner. The modest entrance fee includes an audio-visual program that delves into the history of Clovelly and gives and overview of what life was like back in the day.
Clovelly was primarily a fishing village and most residents would catch herring and mackerel from the Bideford bay and bring them up the main street on Donkeys. When you step inside the Fisherman’s cottage you learn just how simple their daily lives were. Laced with manmade furniture and basic cotton furnishings, the cottage depicts a life of family bonding and religious piety.
A stone’s throw away is the Kingsley museum that celebrates the life of writer Charles Kingsley. Here you can see pictures of the past and read excerpts of poems and narratives that describe what it was like to live in Clovelly.
Something for Everyone
Clovelly has something for everyone, whether it’s seeing the natural beauty of the waterfalls, ocean piers or donkey stables, you’re bound to have fun. Clovelly’s donkeys play a huge role in supporting the fishing trade of the village. Nowadays, visitors are able to learn more about donkeys and also get to interact with them which is an absolute delight.
Clovelly also has access to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes. The Clovelly court gardens are a lush array of vibrant colours and scents from fruit such as peaches, pears, mulberries and figs.
A trip to Clovelly would not be complete without a trip to the harbour, a main attraction that reminds visitors what life in this ancient fishing village must have been like. Here you can take a boat out and witness fresh seafood being captured for use in local cuisine. Close by the harbour is the lifeboat stations that was put in place to aid ships seeking to recover from the treacherous seas. These days it is open for visitors and tourists and offers beautiful views of the ocean as well as an interesting tale of days gone by.
Things To Do in Clovelly
Once you step unto the cobblestones bricks of the village, overlooking the Atlantic ocean you know that you are somewhere special. Whether you are taking a ride on a donkey or grabbing tea at a local shop, there is something magical and intriguing about the Clovelly village.
With an array of activities for the whole family, you can rest assured that a day in Clovelly is a day well spent. Clovelly village is the perfect place to enjoy magnificent views, and experience the village life of yesteryear, making you truly appreciate a day without the distractions of the modern world.