Situated in the beautiful Devon countryside, the 18 bedroom Bickleigh Castle and cottages is a fantastic holiday home or wedding venue and a great place to hold conferences or enjoy an overnight stay. It’s hard to believe it is just a 10 minute away from Junction 27 of the M5 and Tiverton Parkway Railway Station.
This fabulous Castle 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 at 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 its Estate, through which the River Exe also winds its way.
Within the moated grounds, Bickleigh's 6th Century Chapel stands today as it did all those years ago, one of the oldest properties 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.
The accommodation consists of
The bridal suite- fourposter bed and private bathroom in the main castle
The Castle Cottage- Two family rooms and a double bedroom all bathrooms ensuite or private
Clock House- two double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms plus a single bedroom with private shower room
Barn Cottage- Double bedroom with ensuite single bedroom and bathroom, two twin rooms with shared bathroom, Family room with ensuite bathroom and two double bedrooms with shared bathroom
Moat Cottage- Two Twin double bedrooms one ensuite and two double bedrooms one ensuite and a further shared shower room.
This exceptionally romantic property also hosts wonderful weddings. Packages and tailor made wedding plans available on request.
Phillipa Gregorys White Queen was filmed here, as it is the real home of her family. The Earls of Devon of the 15th Century were very much caught up in the Wars of the Roses, and no fewer than three Courtenays of Bickleigh were executed or killed in battle.
Thomas Courtenay (5th Earl of Devon) married Margaret Beaufort (of the Lancastrian side in the Wars of the Roses) who was Henry VII's great-aunt through the marriage of her brother's daughter (also Margaret Beaufort, the character portrayed in 'The White Queen') to the father of King Henry VII. The 5th Earl of Devon had Bickleigh Castle greatly expanded with the addition of a fine 'turretted and castelated' manor house (later destroyed during the English Civil War) and his many children lived there.
Thomas Courtenay, Earl of Devon (his eldest son) was taken prisoner at the Battle of Towton in 1461 (Wars of the Roses) and was executed at York the same year.
Henry Courtenay (second son) de jure 7th Earl of Devon, was beheaded for treason in the market place at Salisbury, Wiltshire on 17 January 1469 (Wars of the Roses)
Sir John Courtenay (third son) was killed at the Battle of Tewkesbury on 4th May 1471 (Wars of the Roses).
William Courtenay (1st Earl of Devon in a new creation of 1511 and of a different branch of the Courtenay family) was married to Princess Katherine Plantagenet, daughter of Elizabeth Woodville (the White Queen) and King Edward IV. Princess Katherine frequently stayed at Bickleigh Castle and is believed to have lived there for most of her widowhood (1511 to 1527). Princess Katherine was a sister of Elizabeth of York, wife of King Henry VII and the favourite aunt of Henry VIII (his senior by only 12 years). She was the last child of Edward IV to die. While things could have been difficult financially for Princess Katherine after her husband's demise, Henry VIII ensured she was properly provided for.
There is a substantial plaque at Bickleigh Castle commemorating the upheavals of the period, believed to have been commissioned by Princess Katherine.