Ashley Court

Tiverton, Devon
Bed & Breakfast

Come and discover the history of this very special place: immerse yourself in faded grandeur, wander the ancient garden, restore your soul


4 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


This Regency country house is full of delightful surprises with much unchanged since the early 1930s. Nigel and Tara have rewired and replumbed and left the good bits carefully alone. Settle in the morning room with its interesting library, join in with a yoga class, or ask for a guided tour of the house and garden – the restoration of both is purposely gentle and the history fascinating.

Architectural historians will want to visit the intact stables – still with horses and still with the ladder up to the stable boy’s quarters; cobbled paths through the mature woodlands and rhododendrons slowly being revealed; the bones of an ancient walled garden and greenhouses painstakingly being brought to life with advice from the Devon Gardens Trust.

You’re just a 15-minute walk from Tiverton and there are walks along the river or canal; you’ll find good pubs in Cadeleigh and Bickleigh.

Ashley Court - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Lighting a real fire in winter in your bedroom
  • Booking onto a yoga session or full retreat
  • Discovering all the delightful stories about the house
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You should know

  • Only one bedroom is en suite
  • This isn't for the boutique brigade
  • Breakfast is vegetarian or vegan


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
Christmas, New Year & occasional weekends.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs 10-minute drive.


Nightly price
from £60
Extra beds available.
1 Twin
From £60
1 Double
From £100
2 Doubles
From £70
2 Singles
From £45


A really memorable stay. Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in old houses unspoilt by modernisation. Not for people who like boutique type hotels! Garden well worth an explore. Our hosts were a delight and looked after us impeccably.

Annabel, Marlborough

A wonderful time capsule of a place. The house, other buildings and gardens are filled with history and are not going to be changed, just restored and made better. The work Nigel and Tara are doing is very important and the house is lucky to have them. Even luckier guests to be able to stay or go on a yoga retreat here. A very special place indeed.

Nicola, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

You're just off the busy A road but it's invisible thanks to so many trees and only audible from parts of the garden. The river Exe runs below the woods (wild swimming in summer) and there are good walks along its banks. Tiverton is untouristy and has an art gallery, an independent cafe and some nice clothes shops alongside the usual suspects. Visit the Great Western Canal to see a horse-drawn barge, or Knightshayes Court (National Trust) for lovely gardens and walks. The Cadeleigh Arms at Cadeleigh has good food (15-minute drive) also The Fisherman's Cot in Bickleigh (10 minutes).

Local points of interest from Nigel Jones

  • The 18 acres of grounds here at Ashley Court have been left virtually untouched since the 1950's. You can spend time exploring our large walled garden, or walking in the woods amongst specimen trees and plants from a bygone Victorian era.
  • Tiverton is 1 mile away, and has an interesting history, with churches, the old Heathcoat lace factory, and a very charming local museum. Well worth a wander. Tea and cake in the Flying Pickle cafe well recommended. Saturday night market is a must.
  • Knightshayes Court is now a National Trust property, with spectacular formal gardens, beautiful walled garden, and dramatic High Gothic house. Only 10 minutes drive to the house. Cafe and Restaurant in their old stable buildings.
  • Dulverton is 20 minutes drive from the house, and gives you immediate access to Exmoor, as well as a wander through a lovely Devon village, with plenty of opportunity for a cream tea.
  • Ashley Court house and stable yard has been untouched for many years, and we are very happy to give a guided tour, with lots of fascinating original features - sevants bells, cellar, back-stairs sevice area with scullery etc...
  • Tiverton Canal has a horse drawn barge, a floating cafe, and small museum. You can do a circular walk of about 1 hour up the canal and back along the disused railway line. You may see a Kingfisher or two if you are lucky.


Nigel Jones

Both Nigel and Tara are yoga teachers and Tara has written many bestselling books about yoga. Their studio is in Crouch End and they've spent years going to Devon for retreats but living in London. With four children and an increasing hankering for more space they decided to swap things round, live in Devon permanently but keep their studio going in London and make visits up there instead. They have taken on a huge job restoring this house, stables and gardens but they are very passionate about it and calmly getting on with making it the best it all can be. They enjoy sharing the house, run regular yoga retreats and are happy for B&B guests to join in or do their own thing.