Devon Hosts with a Grand Design – Pillowery Park B&B Clovelly

Great British Hosts - Chris and Sylvia

Great British Hosts – Chris and Sylvia

The Self-build B&B

The unique Pillowery Park Bed and Breakfast in Higher Clovelly, North Devon was designed and built by owner Chris West who now runs this 4 Star standard B&B with his wife Sylvia. We tell you their story and the inspiration behind their grand design.

The vaulted ceiling in the B&B which Chris designed and built himself!

The vaulted ceiling in the B&B which Chris designed and built himself!

Meet The Hosts

Meet your hosts Chris and Sylvia. Their talents are extensive. Chris not only designed his unique Bed & Breakfast, he also built it. Chris and Sylvia are familiar faces in the local community. Both are active members of local churches and involved in many village organisations. Sylvia is an advisor with the Women’s Institute and Chris is Parish Council Chairman and a member of the Parish Hall Committee. Both are gardeners and walkers with a wealth of local knowledge on best local walking and cycling trails including the South West Coast Path and the Tarka Trail from Bideford, routes they regularly tread. These hosts go that extra mile – if you’re a keen pianist Chris can even arrange for you to play the Victorian tracker organ at the local church!

Their Inspiration

Before turning his hand to building and design, he was a chef and you’ll appreciate his culinary skills when you tuck into your Full English Breakfast and fabulous home-made jam and bread. Chris preferred working in the open air, so instead turned his hand to building.

Unique & Eco-friendly Features

The house impresses as soon as you walk through the front door with its vaulted ceiling, roof windows and eco-friendly features including Solar PV providing electricity and powering the hot water system! The design is a true one off, with a range of modern technologies such as high insulation levels and cosy underfloor heating.

Accommodation Details

First class en-suite bed and breakfast accommodation surrounded by rolling North Devon Countryside with uninterrupted rural views. The ultimate peaceful retreat – just the singing of birds in the garden and fields. Take a leisurely stroll into Clovelly village on the coast, only a 20 minute scenic stroll across fields from the B&B. Perfect for year round walking and cycling getaways, with quirky features including a baby grand piano in the dining room!

Clovelly Village - North Devon's Coastal Jewel

Clovelly Village – North Devon’s Coastal Jewel


Explore the two areas of Clovelly – Higher Clovelly and Lower Clovelly – most of the Clovelly Parish sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and traffic free Clovelly village on the coast is one of England’s most famous villages with winding cobbled streets, friendly donkeys and an array of colourful flowers. Pretty cottages line the street down to the harbour, and take your pick of tempting cafes, fine old inns serving locally sourced food, ales and Devon ciders. Don’t miss a boat trip around the Bay from the harbour!

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.