History The Domesday Book supposed the village to be owned by the King, but it is known that in 1242 Clovelly was acquired by the Giffard family. It has since been owned by the Queen of England and has subsequently been under private ownership of just three families. It has connections with authors; Charles Kingsley lived there, Charles Dickens wrote about the village and it was included in Rex Whistler's work. After a walk around the stunning scenery, it's easy to see why it has inspired so many! Facilities The New Inn This hotel is based in the midst of the village and boasts an oak beamed room which is perfect for ceremonies and receptions. Reception capacity - 30 guests The Red Lion Hotel This quayside hotel is licenced for larger ceremonies and is has an impressive backdrop of quays, boats and cliff panoramas. Wedding breakfast capacity - 60 guests If an intimate celebration is what you fancy, the Wilderness Summerhouse overlooking Mouthmill cove and the Rex Whistler Summerhouse are fully licenced for wedding ceremonies.