UGBROOKE Park. the Devon home of Lord and Lady Clifford, is well and truly on the map this week after reports that it will be Open to visitors for shooting weekends at £1.265 for a married couple.
Lord Clifford of Chudleigh, Count of the Holy Roman Empire, is the 13th Baron in this old-established Catholic family, and owns one of the finest shooting estates in the country.
So far a total of eight couples have booked across four weekends, which include pheasant and duck shooting, fivecourse dinners with Lord and Lady Clifford, and the luxury of four-poster beds.
Lady Clifford denied that there was anything unique about the weekend. "Lots of people do it," she told the Herald.
Commenting on the price, she said it was "a very expensive sport. It costs f10 to raise a single bird for shooting".
She said Ugbrooke was open to the public five days a week during the summer.
The Cliffords were key figures in the emergence of Catholicism from penal days.