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“We shall never forget the enchanting setting, beautiful weather and the perfect service..”

What a wonderful wedding Natasha and Andy had at Bickleigh Castle in July this summer. We shall never forget the enchanting setting, beautiful weather and the perfect service that was provided by you and your staff. Nothing was too much trouble, so that each guest felt relaxed and really enjoyed the whole day.

Lizzie Green, Isle of Man


“…it would be difficult to find a more attractive and romantic location for a wedding anywhere in Britain.”

Having returned from our brief holiday walking in Pembrokeshire, Jennifer and I wanted to write to say how absolutely delighted we were with the arrangements and organisation of James’ marriage to Emma.

The castle and the grounds looked magnificent and the breakfast and entertainment quite superb. As you know, we undertake event organisation within our business and fully appreciate the immense hard work that goes into making them such a tremendous and apparently effortless success.

Friends have been in contact and frequently describe the wedding as being like a fairytale. The day moved from one delightful sequence to another with effortless ease – always the hallmark of excessive behind the scenes work by you and your team. We were both particularly delighted at the support of Cathy and please pass on our thanks.

The flowers throughout the castle were a delight to behold and, again , the frequent subject of compliments. Please pass on our thanks to Polly for a superb job. But, apart from the obvious happiness of James and Emma, the real scene-stealers were the castle and chapel. Both were fantastic and it would be difficult to find a more attractive and romantic location for a wedding anywhere in Britain.

Thank you Robbie for allowing the tree planting and also James and me to fish on the morning of his wedding, a great thrill always to wade into a new river and on such a special day.

Graham Paskett, Staffs


“The venue and setting is really to die for…”

We both just wanted to say thank you again to you and your team at Bickleigh for such a wonderful day. It was even better than we imagined and our family and friends had a magnificent time. The venue and setting is really to die for, so picturesque and perfect for a wedding – even in the Spring when the flowers hadn’t quite come out.

We were so pleased you arranged the weather too! We do recommend to your future customers in taking the package including the wedding co-ordinator – especially if you don’t live in Devon. We found Suzi & Sharon a godsend, as well as the recommended contacts they and Sarah have. Whilst it was a package they were still very flexible to tailor it to our needs

Thank you all again & hope to see you soon when we’re next passing through the lovely village of Bickleigh.

Lynne & Tim Jeffrey, London


“It was magical – a fairytale wedding ..”

I had to put pen to paper and thank you for Emma and James’ wonderful day. It was magical – a fairytale wedding. The beautiful castle and grounds just embrace and enchant. You would not find a more perfect setting anywhere.

Our prayers were answered with beautiful weather and then the day just got better and better. I loved Jenny and Graham’s Bagpiper: he was a triumph and a great link between events. The talented musicians created a marvellous atmosphere as guests wandered the croquet lawn. The fireworks were spectacular as the cheering and applause bore out – what a lovely surprise for the guests.

We cannot stop thinking about it all. Memories to cherish. Emma and James looked so happy and enjoyed every single moment of the day.

Thank you all for making Emma’s dream come true.

Brian and Diana Scarsbrook, Devon


“From start to finish the day was superb, it was like being on a film set!”

I thought that I must write and thank you for everything that you and your team at Bickleigh Castle did to make our Wedding Day so amazing. Cathy was brilliant on the day, I’m so glad she was there to steady my nerves and to give me great confidence about the organisation of the day’s events. Your husband’s talk was very informative and was enjoyed by everyone. I will also write and thank Polly personally as I thought that the flowers were absolutely perfect. The food and wine were fantastic, one of our guests has now become a meat eater again after tasting the lamb!

I still think about the wedding every day and am often found in a daydream reliving it. From start to finish the day was superb, it was like being on a film set! And I definitely felt like a princess for the entire day! The castle and grounds looked absolutely stunning and everyone has commented about what a beautiful setting it was. Many of our friends have said that it was the best wedding they had ever been to.

Once again Sarah thank you so much for providing us with the most amazing day of our lives.

Emma Paskett, Sussex


“Bickleigh Castle grounds are just magical and so peaceful…”

I would like to express my utmost gratitude to the Staff of Bickleigh Castle on the above date. It was a wonderful day seeing two special people unite, but it was made all the more special with the help of the Great staff of Bickleigh Castle.

Bickleigh Castle grounds are just magical and so peaceful – definitely will be visiting there again.

Thank you Sarah, Monica and the staff

Nida, London


“You’d thought of everything and the service and care you took throughout the wedding day was second to none”

I’d just like to thank you all for the most incredible weekend. I’d just like you to know how much we appreciated every detail you put into making our wedding the most amazing day. You were all so helpful with the planning leading up to the wedding. There’s quite a lot to think about and decide on so it was great to be taken through everything that was necessary and it stopped me getting overwhelmed.

As for the wedding weekend – from the moment we arrived on Friday afternoon we all felt thoroughly looked after and cared for. The rehearsal helped us all get the awkward bits out of the way so we could relax on the wedding day. The cream tea was fabulous and went down very well indeed, and our fish and chip supper was just perfect. It was so lovely to be together the night before the wedding as it meant we all got a chance to relax, catch up and find our way round the castle.

The rooms are charming and we all slept very well in the beautifully comfortable beds with the softest cotton sheets (heaven!). The breakfast was superb and set us up brilliantly for the exciting day ahead.

You’d thought of everything and the service and care you took throughout the wedding day was second to none. The Great Hall looked so beautiful and the blessing in the Chapel was really special for us both. The canapés were absolutely delicious and the Great Hall looked even more special with the open fire. Cliff and yourselves ensured the receiving line went smoothly and we’re so pleased we had this as we really wanted to say ‘hi’ and ‘thank you’ to our guests.

The Wedding Breakfast was exceptional both in terms of the food and the service. We loved that you served each table together so no-one was left waiting. I’ve not seen this done before and it was delightful – and went down very well with the guests.

And we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at the disco! Julian and Will were brilliant barmen and it was the perfect celebration to complete our wonderful day.

You encouraged us to make the Castle our home for the weekend, which is exactly what we did, and we had the happiest time ever. You really do have a very special place and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you. Our guests have inundated us with thank yous as they had such a great time!

You gave us a truly perfect wedding and I wouldn’t change a single thing. Thank you so very much!

Mr & Mrs Waterman, London


“The help and advice along with the warmth and friendship offered by you and all your staff was absolutely second to none. “

Our dreams began to come true on the day we visited and decided to be married at Bickleigh Castle. We have absolutely no regrets that we didn’t ‘shop around’ – it was love at first sight!

The help and advice along with the warmth and friendship offered by you and all your staff was absolutely second to none. You were all my fairy godmothers who granted my wishes and made my dreams come true and for that I will always be grateful. Your attention to detail, the way you supported us and our guests and your sincere care made our wedding a day one that I will never forget. Many of our guests have commented on what a beautiful day it was and they all agree that even in the heart of winter, Bickleigh was a stunning venue with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

When we look at the DVD photo album (which is often!) made by ‘Uncle Bob’ we filled with the warmth felt during our time in your lovely home. So in the future, whenever we are feeling a little blue we know that we can watch our DVD and smile at the many happy memories that it brings back to us.

We want to thank absolutely everyone who played a part in making our special day run so smoothly, giving particular mention of course to Sharon and Cathy for their dedication. Polly, for the absolutely beautiful flower arrangements that adorned the Castle and Mark and Damian from Evoke for blending in so well to produce such stunning photographs that truly captured the feeling of the day. We want to thank Alan for such a wonderful Service and finally thank you for recommending them all.

Samantha and Russell Williams, Devon


“The Great Hall with string quartet in the Minstrels’ Gallery was delightful…”

What an amazing weekend! As I write this letter my wife and I are basking in the Tuscan sunshine on our honeymoon, surrounded by vineyards and fairytale medieval towns recalling every minute of our wedding weekend at Bickleigh Castle. Sarah…it was seamless!!

When we first met you we had the confidence that you could deliver and you certainly did just that. Your promises of a remarkable wedding set the bar very high and I can tell you now that you did a fantastic job. Your venue is incredible, it enabled us to flow from one part of the ceremony to the other with fantastic ease and be wowed by every location. All of our guests on site with no buses, cars or horse-drawn carriages required!

The Great Hall with string quartet in the Minstrels’ Gallery was delightful and gave an intimate air of the occasion; the ancient Chapel has a beautifully romantic setting that provided a close family and cheery atmosphere which is surely unrivalled anywhere else. The Banqueting Hall with beamed ceiling and dressed in beautiful flowers was another spectacle for our guests and provided a great platform for our Wedding Breakfast and speeches. Scott delivered first class food for ninety hungry guests which was hot and delicious in addition to being on time and stylish in presentation; many thanks must also go to the waitressing staff who did a well-choreographed dance of service.

Down to the lounge for coffee and cake and the new Bar area and Orangery which offered a superb space for our band and by now 140 guests. It only needed the hog roast and those fantastic fireworks that lasted for ages to end a perfect day.

That was just the Saturday! We also enjoyed a delicious and brilliant Italian buffet on the Friday night for 40 family members and close friends and a superb BBQ for 80 guests on the Sunday. Each meal was served with equal attention and great service.

All of our guests commented on your perfect venue and of your genuine hospitality and caring approach to our wedding experience. Your husband Robbie, Sharon, Flo, Barbara, Anne, Julian, Lloyd, Monica, Scott and all those behind the scenes have our eternal thanks for making use feel so special and welcome. We feel we have made a friendship with you that will last forever and very much look forward to returning for birthdays, anniversaries, and just about any excuse to enjoy Bickleigh once again.

Thank you Sarah – you are one in a million and deliver dreams! We would recommend anyone to enjoy the amazing experience of Bickleigh Castle.

Andy & Emma Bradbury, Exeter


“People have not stopped commenting on how delicious the food was and how amazing the fireworks were”

We had the most amazing wedding weekend. We spent so much time planning every detail with you, but nothing could have prepared us for how magical and emotional the day was for us both. Bickleigh is a very special place with an amazing charm of its own. Everyone of our guests without fail commented on how wonderful a venue it was, like no other wedding venue they had been to before. Ian and I of course knew this from the moment we first viewed Bickleigh.

We would like to say a huge thank you to each member of staff for enabling our day to run so smoothly. People have not stopped commenting on how delicious the food was and how amazing the fireworks were. They have left a lasting impression on everyone with comments like ‘they are the best they have seen’.

Ian and I felt a million dollars on our wedding day. It was perfect.

Michelle and Ian, Devon


“A GIFT FROM HEAVEN”

Stayed at this exquisite castle for a wedding and it really is a ‘fairy tale’ venue.

The castle is surrounded by the quaintest cottages, beautifully and tastefully decorated. Most of the wedding party stayed two nights and on the first night we had a BBQ which was just wonderful.

The wedding venue as I said was like a fairy tale and I must say the bride and her friends added some absolutely beautiful touches to put her own stamp on the wedding. Everything to the wedding sermon, the Champagne reception and canapés, the wedding feast, disco, hog roast and of course the fireworks were just amazing and flawless. During the dessert, we even had singing waiting staff who got the room rocking!

Having worked in a 5 Star Hotel myself for 23 years, I was just amazed and stunned at the level of service and their dedication to provide top service with such a friendly outlook…it certainly added to everybody’s enjoyment. Julian the barman should get an award for top guy.. a real gem. We were treated each morning to a hearty breakfast, again top class. The bed linen in this castle is to die for and I compliment the owners on the high standard of room preparation.

The bride and groom had left welcome gifts to all of the wedding party and these were very well presented in all of the rooms on arrival. I was very sad to leave this castle and I can say, with hand on heart, I will be back, as will most of the wedding party.

Well done Bickleigh Castle, you have done castles in England very proud!