Breathtaking panoramic views across rural mid-Devon from the first floor balcony on this very special farmstead.
Backswood Cottage has a deck and a first floor balcony that make the most of the spectacular unspoilt view all the way down the valley
The sitting-room is the perfect place to relax, with deep comfortable antiqued leather sofas and a cosy wood-burner with all your wood provided.
Both bedrooms are super-luxurious. This is the ground floor bedroom with access to the deck and with stunning views.
The views are everything here but you don't have to just look - guests are welcome to explore the ancient woodland that leads down to the River Exe.
The living room is off the kitchen/dining-room, walk through to the ground floor bedroom which is down one step.
The modern kitchen/dining-room leads from the entrance hall.
The kitchen is equipped as a true home from home would be.
These are the panoramic views from the cottage
There is also a little Shepherd's Hut with decking for guests to use. What a place to sit to watch the deer coming out to graze.   The Shepherd's Hut is shared with guests at The Pottery.
This is the fabulous ground floor ensuite bedroom
This super king sized bed can also be made up as twins if you prefer. It opens onto the deck with fabulous valley views.
Beautiful details in this exceptional cottage.
The ensuite shower room has a super-size walk in shower
Attention to detail in every respect will ensure that this is a memorable place to stay.
To the side of the kitchen/dining room are the  stairs to the first floor bedroom and its bathroom
This is the first floor bedroom - with its fantastic private balcony and views for miles quite literally.
Another angle of the first floor bedroom
The en-suite for the first floor bedroom has a walk-in shower with a rainfall shower head, as well as a bath.
This is a reallly good sized bathroom
With a large deck on the ground floor and a glass fronted balcony on the first, you are spoilt for choice of vantage points from this hill top setting.
You can park directly outside the cottage.There is a full log store  by the front door for you to use too.
This is the stunning farmstead setting for the cottage - the white painted barn conversion to the left.  Its outlook is away from the farmstead down the valley.
In the spring, bluebell woods stretch throughout the unspoilt woodland - feel welcome to wander and explore.
Panoramic views from the decking and the balcony across this beautiful valley.

Backswood Cottage


3 miles S of Tiverton / Sleeps 4 + cot*

7 Nights from £522 - £1200

The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

Fisherman's Cot (1 mile)

Situated in a stunning location on the edge of the river, this pub has got to be one of the prettiest in Devon. Offering everything from light lunches to a full restaurant menu - with a choice of places to dine.

Nearest beach

Exmouth Beach (18 miles)

With its miles of golden sands and spine of lush rolling countryside, Exmouth Beach offers action and tranquillity in equal measures. Pick a quiet spot to take in the views and breathe in the fresh, salty air. Or, try your hand at one of the many sports you can play, from swimming to kite surfing to kayaking. Whether you are looking for a day of solo exploration or taking the whole family out for some coastal fun, there is truly something for everyone. Enjoying close proximity to lots of shops and facilities, Exmouth Beach provides the best of both worlds in the heart of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Adams August 2017

Fantastic sandy beach

It's easy to park - with a long and short stay area, and a long prom - ideal for strolling as well as a good sandy beach. It's also easy to walk into the town for a change of scenery and a bite to eat. And there's mini-golf!

Nearest walk

Bickerleigh to Tiverton (2 ¾ miles)

The Exe Valley Way is an epic 45 mile walk through the heart of Devon. This small section will take you through lush countryside, woodland and riverside. Take a look at the website for full details.

Nearest town

Tiverton (3 miles)

Tiverton is set on the Exe and Lowman rivers in a circular layout, now jealously guarded by the planners. Best known for John Heathcoat who set up his 19th Century textile factory with a few wool frames after escaping the luddites in Loughborough, the industry prospered and he built nearby Knighthayes Court as his mansion - now open to visitors with the National Trust. Tiverton Castle is in the centre of the town.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Drewett September 2012

Nice town with all the required services. Pannier market with different wares each day.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2009

Historic market town with some very interesting buildings - venerable Tiverton Castle, magnificent St. Peter`s Church, three medieval almshouses, Old Blundells, Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life, baroque St. George`s Church. A great base for a holiday as such easy motoring access to Dartmoor, Exmoor, North and South coast beaches, Exeter. Good restaurants in the town, and excellent pubs in local villages.

Also nearby

Knightshayes Court (4 ½ miles)

A wonderful Gothic pile with stunning formal gardens and beautiful interiors. The walled garden provides produce for the Stables restaurant where you can watch the gardeners at work or explore the woodland walks.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs George May 2014

Free parking and walk for dog

We couldn't go in as we had the dog with us, but the car park was free and there's a nice woodland walk off the car park where dogs can walk off the lead. Nice setting and surrounding countryside.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Drewett September 2012


One of the best national trust properties we've ever been to, something for all ages. The gardens are fantastic and offer both formal and woodland styles. Well worth a visit!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2012

Beautiful gardens!

The gardens are the jewel of this property, with many different areas; woodland, formal garden, meadow, parkland and a stunning restored kitchen garden which provides produce for the lovely stables restaurant. Highly recommended and really easy access from the M5.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Lloyd July 2010

One of the finest surviving Gothic Revival houses, this rare example of the work of eccentric architect William Burges has extraordinary medieval romantic interiors. The beautiful garden includes a kitchen garden.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2009

Glorious garden. Monster house, but interesting contents.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Simon Tregoning July 2008

Good National Trust property

Interesting house and gardens, even kept the kids going for two hours.

Tiverton Castle (3 miles)

Originally built for Henry I, this castle encompasses 900 years of history. Worth a visit to see the romantic ruins and beautiful walled gardens and you can book a stay through Classic Cottages as there are several cottages and apartments available. Tours can be booked in advance, with limited availability.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

March 2010

You can even stay here through Classic Cottages!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2009

A really nice place for children to visit, very hands on. Visitors can try on Civil War armour, see the medieval loos, learn about the 900 years of history, the ghosts, secret passages; beautiful garden. Very moderate admission prices, and excellent value for money. Free visitor parking inside.

Killerton House and Gardens (5 ¼ miles)

A fine example of 18th Century architecture, Killerton House is home to a vast collection of period costumes - 9,000 items in all - spanning the fashions of the past 200 years. The gardens are the star of the show at Killerton. Beautiful all year round, they put on a wonderful display of rhododendrons and magnolias, set against the backdrop of Devon's rolling countryside. Open-air theatre is hosted here during the summer.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Anna H February 2014

Really great for out of season walks - acres of woodland on the hill behind the house - discover that the hill is actually an iron age fort ! make sure you wear wellies at this time of year !

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2011

wonderful gardens, beautifully maintained and worth a visit.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Lloyd July 2010

One of Devon's great estates, Killerton was given to the National Trust by Sir Richard Acland. The famous garden was created by John Veitch and is beautiful all year round.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2009

A National Trust property with beautiful gardens in rolling Devon countryside. Lovely for a walk in any season.
- J M Wynne

Tiverton Canal Company (2 ¾ miles)

Great for when you really want to slow the pace of life - horse drawn narrowboat trips on the Grand Western Canal. Built in 1814, the canal is now a Local Nature Reserve, home to an abundance of wildlife including otters, dragonflies, kingfishers and swans. Sit back, relax and enjoy the last horse drawn barge in the South West.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Drewett September 2012

Worth a visit

Nice way to pass an hour or so, couple of tea rooms and an easy stroll along - good for pushchairs and lots of ducks and swans to spot!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Simon Tregoning July 2008

A mellow trip on the canal

A pleasant hour and a half. The kids loved the shire horse and the Dad's enjoyed the bar!

Yearlstone Vineyard (¾ mile)

If you are interested in wine making then this is the place for you. Guided tours of the vineyard and winery are on offer plus the opportunity to enjoy lunch in Charlotte's Cafe.

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