Ayshford Court

Ayshford, Tiverton, Devon
Bed & Breakfast

Arrive to a courtyard of beautiful old buildings, and this warm, luxurious B&B... off the beaten track yet only half an hour from Exeter


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


Linger long in the lovely walled grounds. There’s a little wood and a meadow sloping down to the canal, and a 15th-century chapel surrounded by sheep. As for the Court, it’s a place of architectural surprises with a higgledy-piggledy layout, and although its history is much older, the current house dates from the 16th century.After a day spent roaming National Trust homes, recover in the drawing room by the inglenook (the owners have their own space to retreat to). The bedrooms are at opposite ends of the house, one 17th-century with a sitting room in which you could party, the other in a later extension, equally inviting and almost as big.Breakfast, “the full Devon,” sets you up for the day – Lucy and Richard are generous to a fault. They also offer two bikes to borrow so join the passers-by on the towpath and set off for the Grand Western Canal Country Park.

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We think you'll love

  • The house – and its remarkable 15th-century chapel
  • The canal-side grounds in a little-known corner of Devon
  • Chatting to your friendly hosts over breakfast
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You should know

  • Although close to the M5, the setting is relatively isolated
  • It's a historic house so is full of steps and stairs


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • 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
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 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
By 11am
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pub 10-minute drive.


Nightly price
from £120
1 Suite for 2
From £140
1 Double
From £120


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The neighbourhood

The house feels magically hidden, yet is surprisingly close to the M5. This is a wonderful area midway between the Blackdown Hills and Exmoor, yet often missed by those heading for South Devon. Stately homes with gardens include 18th-century Killerton House (13 miles) and Knightshayes Court (10 miles), and the north and south coasts are close. The Culm Valley Inn in Culmstock (6 miles) is your closest good spot for dinner – and a pretty walk along the river.

Local points of interest from Lucy & Richard Acfield

  • A fascinating old historic house beautifully renovated in a wonderful setting but only minutes from the M5 and main line railway station.
  • Whilst Exmoor, Dartmoor, North and South Devon coasts can all be easily explored from here don't forget the lovely local Blackdown Hills which most people ignore as they rush past on their way to Cornwall.
  • Ayshford Court is on the Grand Western Canal great for a stroll or a cycle amidst teeming wildlife. You could easily see a kingfisher and even an otter if you are very lucky.
  • The whole area is wonderful walking country, with ancient tracks through woods, farm and heathland.
  • A host of interesting small towns and villages to explore often with excellent pubs and restaurants as well as the thriving Cathedral and University City of Exeter only 30 minutes away ( 15 on the train ! )
  • If all you want is to have a flop sit and relax in your own vaulted sitting room and read or even paint in the lovely gardens.


Lucy & Richard Acfield

Lucy and Richard are from Yorkshire but have been in Devon for 30 years. Easy-going, humorous, well-travelled and well-read, they brought their children up here and are now happily embarking on their new adventure: to run a great B&B. Lucy speaks French and Italian and Richard, retired, was in finance.