Neighbours turn out in force for Clinton Devon Estates Open Afternoon

Neighbours turn out in force for Clinton Devon Estates Open Afternoon

Neighbours turn out in force for Clinton Devon Estates Open Afternoon

Nearly 150 local residents took the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive look at the new headquarters of Clinton Devon Estates at a special Open Afternoon held this week.

 Villagers from Otterton, East Budleigh and Colaton Raleigh were invited to visit Clinton's award winning Rolle Estates Office at Bicton Arena on Tuesday. The building has already received numerous accolades for its design, construction and energy-saving features and had been officially opened by the Duke of Gloucester earlier in the day.

Among the "green" features on display -  a carbon lean woodchip boiler, which provides heating for the building using timber  harvested from the Estate, and a passive cooling system, which replaces air conditioning by harnessing cool night air.    

Visitors were also given a chance to learn more about the 20 year restoration programme for the historic Grade 1 listed parkland, which is home to the Rolle Estates Office, and to find out the latest on Clinton Devon Estates' future plans in the local area.

As well as meeting members of the estates team, local residents were also able to talk to members of the Clinton family including Lord and Lady Clinton, their son Charles and daughters, Caroline and Henrietta.

Clinton Devon Estates manages 25,000 acres of land across East and North Devon, including, farmland, woodland, the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths and both residential and commercial properties. 

Estates Director John Varley says; "While we are a private family business we aim to be as transparent as possible to our partners, stakeholders and the local community.  So, we delighted that so many local people took the time to come to the open event and learn more about the work we are doing.

We are very proud of our new headquarters at Bicton Arena and the long term restoration programme for this beautiful and historic Grade 1 parkland. It was previously in a fragile state and although we are still in the initial stages of the 20 year project, we were very keen to share with our neighbours the progress we have made so far."



Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos

to set out against the Scots, the King’s enemies and rebels

– Instructions given by Edward 1 to John de Clinton on 8th April 1298, prior to him leading the Royal army to victory at the Battle of Falkirk. As a direct result the Clinton Barony was formed on 22nd July 1299

…and the Lord Clinton was, by the whole Council, brought to the King’s presence, who after like thanks was given, was pleased that he should be made High Admiral of England and one of his Privy Council…

– Official record of appointment of 9th Baron Clinton as Lord High Admiral for life on 4th May 1550

We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002

Do what you can to elevate your profession. It is an honourable one

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892