About us

About

Bickleigh Castle is shrouded in magic, mystery and enchantment – something that certainly appealed to owners Robbie and Sarah Hay when they first set eyes on it over a decade ago. With its rich history and stunning location, Bickleigh Castle has been elevated to an almost hallowed status. As a unique Devon wedding venue, couples and their loves ones come together to make the Castle and surroundings their home for the duration of the stay. We can arrange an indoor or outdoor wedding, and cater for an intimate occasion with canapés or a full-scale fine dining experience. Bickleigh Castle provides the perfect setting for your special event.

Meet the Team

Our detailed, dedicated team will help you create the wedding of your dreams. We will be available each step of the way – from initial consultation and booking, right up to the big day.
The head chef – a master of culinary finesse – can advise you on the creation of your menu and assist with any ideas you may have for your wedding day cuisine. We have a fine selection of example menus on our food and drinks page.
Discover more about the magic and splendour of Bickleigh Castle and call us on 01884 855 363 or email info@bickleighcastle.com.

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Visit the Local Attractions

The City of Exeter – 9 miles

Experience all things Exeter –  Exeter Cathedral, the Exeter Chiefs, film locations for Rosamunde Pilcher books, Michael Caine’s ABode restaurant and fantastic shopping. Exeter City is also close to beautiful coastlines, seaside towns and forests known for great biking, walking and outdoor activities to suit all.

National Trust Killerton House & Gardens (NT)  – 8 miles

Beautiful landscape gardens surrounded by parkland, fine 18th-century house with renowned historical fashion collection.

National Trust Knightshayes Court – 6 miles

With acres of glorious gardens and parkland, surrounding a spectacular gothic revival house, Knightshayes Court is the a countryside dream.

Powderham Castle (home of the Earl of Devon)  – 15 miles

A must see for locals and visitors alike, Powderham Castle is a truly magnificent feat. With its many attractions, it is a wonderful family day out!

Exmoor National Park – 10 miles

Exmoor is spread over 267 square miles. A unique landscape of moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland, shaped by people and nature over thousands of years. Where high cliffs plunge into the Bristol Channel, and cosy pubs and tearooms offer delicious local produce.

Dartmoor National Park – 15 miles

From rare birds and butterflies, Neolithic monuments and ancient woodland, to tradition, folklore and farming on horseback, Dartmoor has it all. Leading the way for the arts, all things organic, a haven for literary greats and explorers, you will be walking in some awesome footsteps.

Tiverton Castle – home of the Gordon family  – 4 miles

Originally built in 1106 by order of Henry I, and later rebuilt and much enlarged in the 13th and 14th centuries, it was once home of the powerful medieval Earls of Devon and of a Plantagenet Princess. With later additions and alterations down the centuries all periods of architecture from medieval to modern can be seen, with beautiful walled gardens within the romantic ruins.

Tiverton Museum – 4 miles

Bronze Winner for Small Visitor Attraction 2013/14 at the South West Tourism Awards!

Bickleigh Mill – 12 mins walk

Bickleigh Mill is an 18th century historic working water Mill and blends the traditions of a bygone age with contemporary living and offers out of town shopping and dining in the most idyllic of settings.

Grand Western Canal  – 4 miles

The Grand Western Canal Country Park and Local Nature Reserve meanders through beautiful mid-Devon countryside and quiet villages between Tiverton and Lowdwell.

The West Somerset Railway – 18 miles

First built in 1862, this is one of the longest steam-operated tracks (22.75-mile (36.6 km)) running between Bishops Lydeard (near Taunton) and Minehead. The beautiful steam train passes the gently rolling Quantock hills and distant Exmoor, unspoilt villages and farms nestling in leafy lanes, the cliffs and coast of the Bristol Channel with views of distant South Wales, confident church towers, Dunster’s imposing castle and Minehead’s seaside charm.

The wide sandy beaches of Saunton and Woolacombe – 40 miles

Saunton Sands is a beach on the North Devon coast near Braunton, popular as a longboard surfing location and was the beach used in the video for the Robbie Williams song “Angels”.

Woolacombe holds the ‘England for Excellence Gold Award’ for best family resort and was voted the Best British Beach in the Mail On Sunday. This three-mile l stretch of golden sand has won both the blue flag and Premier Seaside Beach awards for its cleanliness, water quality and facilities.

Shalden Shooting School at Bampton – 10 miles

Shalden Shooting School with Britain’s top shooting coach Rod Brammer.

Local riding facilities –  4 miles

7 Interesting Facts about Bickleigh Castle

  • Bickleigh Castle is a stone’s throw from the bridge that – according to local legend – is where Simon and Garfunkel penned their classic hit ‘Bridge over troubled water’ in 1969.
  • National figure and local ‘Robin Hood’, Bampfylde Moore Carew, aka ‘King of the Beggars’, whose mischiefs were captured in books such as Vanity Fair, is buried in an unmarked grave at Bickleigh Church and recorded in the Parish Register of 1758.
  • There is a secret, completely sealed, room next to the Armoury – it is currently one of the Castle’s mysteries – what is inside? Lord Lucan? Gold? Secrets of the Crown? Perhaps we will find out one day.
  • The Chapel was originally a Saxon meeting house, first built in the 6th Century, and was the parish church until the 1400s, after which it was the estate chapel. During the 19th Century it was used as a cattle shed, before being restored in 1929. It was reconsecrated in 1933 by the Bishop of Exeter.
  • There is an original suit of armour made for and worn by King Charles I. It came to Bickleigh when Queen Henrietta Maria visited as a guest of Sir Henry Carew and is from her baggage train which stayed behind when she had to leave the country.
  • The main character in the BBC drama series White Queen, Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII, had a great-aunt of the same name who resided at Bickleigh Castle in the 1400s.
  • Exclusive self-catering hire of the castle and estate for 2 nights, sleeping 40 if at capacity, will cost £7,500, meaning it costs a mere £187.50 per head for a special celebration!
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