We took advantage of an Amazon deal giving us a two night stay for £99. I'd say it was value for money for a basic bed and breakfast although talking to the proprietor I got the impression they though they had under sold it. The deal appears to have very popular, so much so that I was hard pressed to find a suitable date to redeem the offer. One unsatisfactory issue I would raise is that there was a £40 extra charge for staying at the weekend. I don't see how it costs 40% extra to sleep in a bed on a Saturday? Especially since we could get availability on a weekend. With the actual final cost being £149 I would say it was as much as I would like to pay.
The location is very good, putting you approx 30 miles from both the north and south coastlines and the Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks. Tiverton is the closest town for supplies and within easy reach of the M5. There are also 3 or 4 restaurants within waking distance. Remember a torch (use your phone) if waking over the field after dusk.
There was a wedding when we stayed so the staff were rather busy with that. They forgot to tell us where to go for breakfast and apparently there is a castle tour too? Not a huge issue of course. Incidentally, if you are imaging staying within the castle itself, I don't believe that is possible. The rooms are within a handful of small cottages broken down into individual rooms. The castle itself is quite modest.
The room we had was a little crowded with furniture given it was only a little over 2 and a half meters square. It probably didn't need two chairs really as the standard double bed occupied most of the space. Anyway, it was pleasantly decorated, to which our host draw particular attention, and the ensuite was good. The place is spring water fed as it's in a rural location so don't expect a powerful shower as in a city hotel.
Breakfast is basic and supplied at extra cost. As pointed out in other comments because they use the same tables as the wedding breakfasts you do need to share a table. Personally I prefer a private table; it's rather unusual to eat communally in most other situations (restaurants, most other hotels and so forth). If you are unluckily enough to be draw into uncomfortable conversations by other guests it does put a strain on proceedings...
In summary, an adequate room with few frills.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bickleigh Castle Hotel Bickleigh
- Bickleigh Castle Devon