My fiance and I chose Bickleigh Castle for our wedding. We viewed other potential venues too but Bickleigh Castle really did stand out - it is beautiful and has its own special charm. The owners and staff also made us feel very welcome right from the start and we knew instinctively it would be the perfect wedding venue.
Our wedding was smallish (17 guests, most of whom stayed over) although there is capacity for many more at the castle.
I had no doubt it would be a magical day. Everything was excellent and surpassed expectations, from the beautiful, immaculately clean cottages where the guests can stay to the stunning grounds, caring and professional staff, and of course the Great Hall, dining room and other rooms used for the ceremony and reception.
The cottages are more personal than hotel rooms so for a wedding with various couples and families this is ideal accommodation because it is homely and comfortable.
The food was spectacular, flawlessly presented and served and absolutely beautiful in terms of flavor. I am a food and drink writer and also very fussy about my food but I have to say I was 100% delighted with it and I honestly do not say that very often.
Some of our wedding guests were over from Holland and they remarked how charming and quintessentially English everything was, loving every second of it.
Sarah was involved in the day, which I what I wanted. I felt that not only did she take enormous pride in the castle but also wanted to ensure our wedding went smoothly and ensure everyone was happy.
Sharon is an excellent organizer and the rest of the team were great too. On the day itself I had no shortage of well-wishers from the castle popping in and bringing me encouraging words, champagne, coming to check I was OK and ask whether I needed anything. It was all lovely and I did feel very cared for. You just don't get that in most places.
It's quite rare for me to post a 5-star review on Trip Advisor (see my other reviews and you'll see what I mean) but Bickleigh Castle earned every one as far as I am concerned. Everything from the little touches (the high thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, the elegant beauty of the bridal suite, the historical talk about the castle, the scones with jam and cream presented on the Friday evening with tea and coffee) to the major things (spotless rooms, beautiful plants and gardens, an incredible atmosphere in the Great Hall and beyond, and the caring, professional, cheerful attitude of the owners and staff) was all we could have wished for.
I felt totally at home at Bickleigh Castle and it is a weekend I will remember my whole life. I think many of the wedding guests will agree. Nothing was too much trouble for Sarah, Sharon or the rest, and if anyone is reading this and considering Bickleigh Castle as a potential wedding venue or as a venue for any kind of event then I strongly suggest you do it!
My husband and I made lifelong friends at the castle and I have nothing but great things to say about them because they did absolutely everything in their power to ensure we had a beautiful wedding day, and that is all we could have wished for.
We got first-class treatment from beginning to end. Everyone deserves a fairytale wedding and, thanks to the love and care from Bickleigh Castle, ours was a fairytale indeed.
I was sad to leave!!
- 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