Bridwell Park, Uffculme, Devon
Bridwell is a Grade I listed classic Georgian house built in early Regency style by Richard Hall Clarke between 1774 and 1779. The Clarke family had owned the Bridwell estate since 1628 and the house and parkland were to remain in the family’s ownership for the next 200 years. Hidden from public gaze for over 240 years, Bridwell opened its doors for guests to enjoy on an exclusive use hire basis for the first time in January 2015.
The house is set in an enviable position at the centre of a late-18th century landscape park and pleasure grounds, overlooking an ornamental lake. Lord Ivar Mountbatten and his family have made their home at Bridwell since 1997, having previously lived at Moyns Park in Essex, an Elizabethan mansion inherited from his cousin Ivar Bryce. Lord Ivar belongs to one of the most illustrious families in Europe and is related to many of its crowned heads as well as the last Tsar of Russia. He is a direct descendent of Queen Victoria through his great-grandmother, Princess Victoria of Hesse who married Prince Louis of Battenberg.
A guided tour of the estate by Lord Mountbatten, to include the main house, the historic parkland and ancient on site chapel.
House decorated for Christmas in December.
A beautiful place surrounded by breathtaking scenery, it oozes elegance and history and is truly stunning ... We had a fantastic time and everyone commented on how special Bridwell Park is. Truly spectacular!
From J27 slip road of the M5 take the A38 east towards Wellington.(Bridwell Park is approximately 3-4 minutes’ drive from this junction.) At the first roundabout bear right on the B3181 towards Willand & Cullompton. Continue along the B3181 and take the second left (after approx. 0.5 miles) on to Bridwell Avenue (look out for the brown tourism sign for the wool factory at this turning). At the end of Bridwell Avenue (0.25 miles) you will see the iron entrance gates to Bridwell on the left hand side.
Do not follow sat nav.
A traditional Devonshire afternoon tea
Ground floor only – access to the house from the courtyard only. Disabled cloakroom in the orangery.