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Bickleigh Castle
Ranked #2 of 4 Bickleigh B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

Bickleigh castle is full of old fashioned charm. Yes it's a little rough around the edges but the beautiful setting more than made up for it. Our bedroom was charming. Very comfortable beds with a very nice bathroom. We did have to go and find replenishments for our tea and coffee tray and our room was not made up when we went out for the day so things are slightly haphazard.
However we just loved everything else so we could overlook these minor details.
We had the continental breakfast each morning of our stay and it was more than adequate, lovely fresh fruit and yoghurt followed bt croissant. The young men serving us were friendly and helpful.

We would love to return as this place is so unique and in a lovely part of Devon.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 16, two lovely double beds and an en suite bathroom
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 May 2014 via mobile

Fantastic! I booked the bridal suite for 1 night as a surprise birthday present for my wife & paid full price for it. What a bargain! There is only 1 room available in the castle which made it feel like the whole castle was ours for the night. The whole place seems to be a labour of love for the owners as it is set in some of the most magnificent surroundings and the history of it all has been researched by them & they are more than happy to show you around and even do a little tour for all guests for free.
As for the fact they don't have a bar/restaurant, if they did, we might of missed the beautiful scenery as we took our 10 min riverside stroll to the local restaurants.
Regarding previous bad comments, I can't comment on what their rooms were like but I believe the 'deal' they bought was 2 nights for £99! I've paid more than that to stay in a premier inn with views of a car park & no bar or restaurant & it is listed as a b&b, not a hotel.
As an 'experience', I couldn't rate it highly enough.
Rob Whitehouse, Manchester

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

We spent two nights at Bickleigh Castle in April. It is certainly a very beautiful and peaceful location, however the standard of accommodation and breakfast was below what I had expected from the reviews I read prior to our stay.

The room was a good size, however the cream carpets were very grubby, the mugs on the tea tray were dirty (and one was cracked) and parts of the room were very dusty. Added to this, the hot water ran out in the middle of a shower on the first evening. It was reported to management, who were not able to fix the problem. Apparently Bickleigh Castle is not on the main water supply therefore 'it sometimes happens' that the hot water runs out. I feel that it should be made clear to clients staying on these premises that the water does not come from the mains supply so that clients can decide for themselves whether or not they want to drink it.

The tour of the castle was fantastic. The gentleman delivering the tour was clearly very enthusiastic and knowledgeable on the subject and it was very interesting to attend the tour (although I felt that it could have done without the wedding sales pitch).

The breakfast was disappointing - no fresh pot of tea/coffee when you arrive (the tea and coffee are pre-made and left to stew on the buffet table) and the pastries were a bit burnt. There was a selection of cereals, fruit juices etc. There is the option to pay extra for a cooked breakfast, however we stuck with the continental breakfast included in the price.

Overall, Bickleigh Castle is in a wonderful location and is very picturesque and tranquil. However I feel that the accommodation was a bit of a let-down. Luckily we booked the rooms using a voucher (which gave around 50% off) so for the price we paid, it was ok. However I would not pay full price to stay there.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 May 2014 via mobile

We have just returned from a night staying at this wonderful place. My husband booked the suite in the castle usually used for weddings. The history and settings of this place is amazing the surroundings, facilities and staff were all top class. Please don't believe the bad reviews posted on here The owners work hard to make every guest feel welcome and I would recommend a visit to anyone.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

We booked through a KGB Deal, but even the full price is well worth it in our opinion - and discounted it's great value. I don't know what the (few) negative reviewers were expecting, but we loved it! Yes it's run by amateur owners but they are truly part of the charm - no false corporate 'have a nice day' pretence there, just really nice people who care about both the property and their guests! The hosts were very friendly, the staff very attentive. Breakfast was good, and although we only chose continental breakfast, other guests had traditional English breakfast which was adjusted according to guests' taste and request.

The room we were in was a 'family en-suite'; it was huge and even with a huge double bed and two singles there was lots of room to spare. The furnishings were tasteful and very much in keeping with the location and the view from our window amazing.

All guests are offered a guided tour of the castle, which was really interesting, and we were left to remain and explore after the very affable and knowledgeable guide left us. Up to the tower roof then for some amazing photos, and the grounds are glorious!

We were provided with information about local pubs and restaurants, and tried a couple - The Fisherman's Cot (which is a chain eatery, reasonably priced and good food), and further away the Ruffwell Inn, where we were greeted admirably by the landlord, the staff were attentive and the food really worth the money - a comfortable, friendly 'local' pub!

We will certainly be staying at the Castle again! Thanks to all the staff for making our stay so pleasant!

All guests were offered a guided tour of the castle, which was really interesting, and we were left to remain and explore after the very affable and knowledgeable guide left us. Up to the tower roof then for some amazing photos, and the grounds are glorious!

We were provided with information about local pubs and restaurants, and tried a couple - The Fisherman's Cot (which is a chain eatery, reasonably priced and good food), and further away the Ruffwell Inn, where we were greeted admirably by the landlord, the staff were attentive and the food really worth the money - a comfortable, friendly 'local' pub!

We will certainly be staying at the Castle again! Thanks to all the staff for being so nice!

Room Tip: We had a look at some other rooms and they all look good! We were in room 3.
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

Booked through a KBB Deal, just as well because full price would have felt like robbery! the location is beautiful with a castle with history attached (great tour given), reception was OK and we had the room with en suite in the cottage. Unfortunately the room was rather dirty and full of cobwebs in and around the fire place and from the ceiling. the 21st century attempt at electrics and electronics need to be tidied up, the TV and kettle don't need to look like an after thought. Breakfast OMG, COBWEBS hanging over the table where the self serve table was we where served breakfast by the resident Gardener/in keeper (bar was not open due to few guests) and now chef (what a man) the cooked breakfast however was really good, all we can say is in the right hands this could be a Gem!

Room Tip: only one room has an en suite so book early if that's important otherwise you have a communal ba...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

This is a four star location and wonderful historical setting. Rooms are a bit tired but they are located in ancient thatched cottages so I make allowances. Staff were friendly but untrained.
Breakfast arrangements were ghastly. Budget supermarket sliced toast and marmalade sachets with average coffee is not good enough....even for a café!
It is not cheap....and it is not worth it.....must try harder

Room Tip: find somewhere else to stay...........
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Additional Information about Bickleigh Castle

Address: Barn Cottage, Bickleigh EX16 8RP, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Bickleigh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Bickleigh
Price Range: £87 - £124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Bickleigh Castle 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Bickleigh Castle Romance and History in Union.Situated on the Devon and Somerset border, in rolling countryside within its 30 acre Estate, it’s hard to believe it is just minutes away from Junction 27 and Tiverton Parkway train station.Bickleigh Castle is not only a gorgeous Devon wedding venue, it also caters for conferences and seminars and offers Bed and Breakfast accommodation throughout the year in its romantic buildings and traditional, thatched cottages.This fabulous wedding Castle also offers exclusive use for a get together with friends and family, birthday parties, private dining, anniversaries, retirement parties or reunions. Bickleigh Castle offers you the unique and magical experience of living with your guests in a 11th Century castle.Enter through the 17th Century, Italian wrought Iron Gates to discover the romantic and fascinating history that abounds in this magnificent 11th Century Castle and it's Estate, through which the River Exe also winds its way.Within the moated grounds, Bickleighs’ 6th Century Chapel stands today as it did all those years ago, probably the oldest building in the County and where, our married couples receive their blessing.This listed Grade One Castle exudes a rich and intimate atmosphere with its history echoed in its wonderful romantic heritage, regal Great Hall and elegant Tudor Bridal Suite. ... more   less 
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