Breathtaking panoramic views across rural mid-Devon from this totally private  first floor balcony on this very special farmstead.
Attention to detail in every respect will ensure that this is a memorable place to stay.
The cottage is in a fabulous position with vantage points from the ground floor deck and the first floor balcony.
Inside, the cottage is just as spectacular. With top notch quality throughout, exceptional comfort and attention paid to every detail.
This is the view from the ground floor decking. You can literally see for miles. The wildlife pond is halfway down the hill in front of the cottage.
You can even stroll a few steps away to this delightful Shepherd's Hut where you can sit on the deck with a morning coffee or evening glass of wine (shared with guests at The Pottery).
The modern kitchen/dining-room leads from the entrance hall.
Another view of the living room which is off the kitchen/dining-room, walk through to the ground floor bedroom which is down one step.
The kitchen is equipped as a true 
home-from-home would be.
Sit by the pond and take in the views and the wildlife.
This is the view from the deck of the Shepherd's Hut.
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 en suite shower-room has a super-size walk in shower.
This is the stunning view right in front of you at Backswood Cottage.
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.
In the spring, bluebell woods stretch throughout the unspoilt woodland - feel welcome to wander and explore.
This will be your first view of the cottage on arrival. Drive around the far end for your private parking and entrance.
The River Exe is at the foot of the valley. This is the historic bridge at Bickleigh.
In the other direction, towards Tiverton, you can walk for miles along the canal.

Backswood Cottage


3 miles S of Tiverton / Sleeps 4 + cot*

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

Nearest pub

The Butterleigh Inn (1 ½ miles)

Situated in the heart of Butterleigh, this traditional Devonshire Inn offers home cooked food and a warm welcome. Enjoy the lovely garden in summer and roaring log fires to keep you toasty in winter.

Nearest beach

Sidmouth Town Beach (17 miles)

This is a wide sandy and shingle beach with good access and parking nearby. Jacobs Ladder leads down to the beach from Connaught Gardens, a lovely place to take in the view. A great family beach, you'll find lots of facilities and cafes nearby. Dogs are allowed year round at the easterly end of the beach.

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!

Redearth Gallery (¾ mile)

Set in a peaceful, riverside location these studios offer the opportunity to view some fine arts and crafts. Ranging from paintings and pottery to sculptures and jewellery, look out for the group exhibitions throughout the year!

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