About us

Clinton Devon Estates own and manage 25,000 acres of land across three separate Estates in Devon; the Heanton Estate in North Devon and the Beer and Clinton Estates in East Devon, where 2,800 acres form a major part of the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths.

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About us

clinton-mapWe are involved in farming, sustainable forestry, conservation management, deer management, commercial and residential property and a number of businesses including the South West’s premier equestrian venue, Bicton Arena.

The Clinton Barony, one of the oldest in England, was formed in 1299. The link with Devon was made in 1550 when the 9th Baron Edward Clinton acquired land near Exeter. In the 17th century the link was further established when the Clinton family became linked by marriage to the Rolle family.

right_image_queens_award2Today the Estates remain a family concern and their commitment to the county underpins all activity, planning and purpose.

Our work, activities and initiatives demonstrate that it is possible for the countryside to be a place for people to enjoy while providing a platform for the economic activity necessary to sustain a viable local economy and society.

Through sensible development and careful conservation of our land, we are providing a fertile environment for business success while effectively preserving it for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. 



For a snapshot overview of Clinton Devon Estates, click here to view our infographic.

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But our power for good or evil in this world’s affairs in a countryside is enormous

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

…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

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

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

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