Services of Blessing at Bickleigh Castle are held in its own private and quintessentially beautiful Chapel, replete with stained glass windows,Tudor beams, and a wonderful ancient door with a sanctuary ring, in a walled rose garden directly opposite the Castle and right beside the River Exe.
Blessings can be made after your civil wedding ceremony or if you are renewing your vows which can be a superb way to make a particular milestone anniversary extra special.
The Chapel, with origins in the 6th Century, is thought to be the oldest building in Devon. It was the parish church until a larger one was built across the valley in the 1300s, when Lord Courtenay donated the original font and had a new one made for the Chapel. The Chapel was carefully restored in 1929, re-consecrated by the Bishop of Exeter in 1933 and newly thatched in 2008.
The interior is cool, intimate and light, and guests can either stand or sit depending on the style of Service. At the opposite end to the altar is an oak gallery where musicians can be placed. The Chapel’s pretty Victorian pipe organ has been restored and is expected to be available for 2015.
A Service of Blessing can take many forms and need not be Church of England based. When you book an appointment with us you are most welcome to ask for exactly what religious ceremony you wish to have. We have had many varieties!