The 5 star, 3 AA Rosette Bovey Castle, owned by the Eden Hotel Collection has recently received a £2 million restoration and refurbishment with the renovation of the entire ground floor completed in early 2015.
The transformation has included both restaurants, with our new executive dining restaurant, the Great Western, and Smith’s Brasserie serving classic British dining. All public areas have also received a makeover, a boutique shop has been added and the spa has been refurbished with a glamorous Art Deco feel.
History, glamour, excitement and adventure - Bovey Castle is truly a luxurious, 5 star, award winning hotel set in beautiful countryside surroundings. A place where you can live out your dreams then put your feet up.
In the heart of Dartmoor National Park, the Castle overlooks the beautiful Edwardian gardens and meandering championship golf course set in the valley of the River Bovey.
Enjoy the luxuriously appointed décor, outstanding service and attention to detail.
Where else can you wear your Hunter wellies at 8am, golf spikes at 3pm and Manolo Blahniks for dinner? But while they offer guests luxury and indulgence, this is not a stuffy hotel where you can’t sit on the furniture or let your kids enjoy themselves.
The bedrooms have been designed with you in mind and offer comfort and luxury to meet your high standards. The leaded panes, lofted ceilings contrasted with modern day flat screen televisions with high speed wireless internet connections, games and movies.
Relax in the newly refurbished ESPA Spa or take a dip in the indoor pool with jacuzzi, steam room and sauna.
Bovey Castle Awarded 5 AA Stars
The Eden Hotel Collection is delighted to announce that Bovey Castle, in Dartmoor National Park in Devon, has been awarded five stars by the AA.
Less than six months after acquiring the country house estate in 2014, the privately-owned Eden Hotel Collection embarked on an extensive £3.5 million refurbishment of Bovey Castle, encompassing restoration work and a complete refurbishment of the spa, brasserie, restaurant, public areas and bedrooms. Significant investment has also been made in innovative new staff training programmes.
This year has seen the first phase of the bedroom refurbishment, with 22 bedrooms completed and the remainder set for completion in the coming months.
In order to achieve the prestigious five-star AA rating, the hotel has had to pass stringent inspections covering cleanliness, service, food, bedrooms, bathrooms and hospitality.
Says Garry Baldwin MIH, Senior Hotel & Restaurant Inspector, AA, “Bovey Castle has been brought back to life and transformed into an excellent example of true hotel keeping. The high-quality refurbishment throughout the public areas, excellent dining options and top-notch bedrooms and bathrooms make Bovey Castle a really first-class South West destination'.
Bovey Castle’s Great Western Restaurant awarded 3 AA Rosettes
We are delighted that the Great Western Restaurant has been awarded three rosettes by the AA for its culinary excellence. Restaurants with the coveted three rosettes are deemed to be outstanding establishments that demand recognition well beyond their local area and just 10% of the AA’s restaurants achieve this level.
Imagine the best pubs in the land. You’ll be thinking countryside views, roaring fires, a welcoming atmosphere, cosy seating and delicious aromas drifting from the kitchens.
Got an image in your head? Well, Smith’s Brasserie is that, but better.
Relaxed and inviting, bang on trend yet unpretentious and most certainly classic British dining at its best. Smith’s is the kind of place where you can dress up and make it special with a glass of Champagne or dress it down and bring the kids for a family lunch after a day out on the resort. You can spend some ‘me time’ curled up with a good book and hot chocolate in front of the fire pit or some ‘we time’ catching up over cocktails.
They don’t stand on ceremony here and don’t want you to either so just chill out and prepare to do some serious relaxing in stylish surroundings.
The 3 AA Rosette, Great Western Restaurant is just a little bit special. They're not in the market for stuffy dining where you feel like you need to whisper behind your napkin. It is relaxed and comfortable, yet upscale and classy. It's known as ‘exclusive dining’, purely because it’s an experience you won’t find anywhere else in the South West.
The culinary roots are firmly planted in classical cookery, recalling the glamour of the restaurant’s Art Deco origins and echoes of a bygone era. They say the first bite is with the eye, so from the very start you are in for a treat as beautifully presented dishes, using locally sourced ingredients, are placed at your fingertips.
The ambience lends itself well to dapper tailoring and a fancy frock so feel free to glam up and feel special for an evening of splendid food and wine.
Off Road Experience At Bovey Castle
Come and try the ‘Off Road Experience at Bovey Castle’, set within the 275 acre Bovey Castle estate on Dartmoor National Park.
This exciting adrenaline experience gives thrill seekers the opportunity to view the estate from seldom seen viewpoints and will get your heart pumping as you handle these incredible vehicles in a rare opportunity to challenge your driving skills.
This exhilarating activity offers the opportunity to drive one of our fleet of Land Rovers around the newly-created timber extraction tracks in the outer-estates woodlands. Travel up to the Moor Field for an edge-of-your-seat challenge, with the off road track providing views over the golf course, across the valley and beyond to the untamed Dartmoor countryside.
One of our experienced instructors will meet you in the Cathedral Room to talk you through the Land Rover Defender 110’s capabilities and engineering then, once you are outside the doors of the castle, your instructor will take you to the off road track where they will give a short demonstration drive on how to safely handle the car off road and show you just how capable these vehicles can be.
Alternatively get your tyres muddy and drive your own four-wheel drive around our track with one of our instructors.
Prices & Packages
One Hour Taster
Our one hour taster session includes a meet and greet with a qualified instructor and a short safety briefing, followed by up to 45 minutes of some extreme off-road driving under instruction around the track.
At the end of the session you will receive a certificate of achievement for successfully completing the track.
One hour group taster - £125.00 per person
Solo drive with instructor - £175.00
Half Day Off-Road Driving Experience
The half day experience provides drivers with technical driving skills and training for off-road driving.
This package includes refreshments on arrival, a meet and greet with a qualified instructor and a safety briefing. You will then participate in some extreme off road driving under instruction, taking on the tougher aspects of the track including steep inclines, descents and side slopes. You will also have the opportunity to test your driving skills on the skills challenge.
At the end of the day you will receive a certificate of achievement for successfully completing the half day experience.
Half Day Off Road experience - £225.00 per person
Sole occupancy - £450.00
Shoot & Drive
The shoot and drive experience includes the one hour off-road driving taster session and an hours' shooting, using our onsite training range and the .410 shotguns.
£150.00 per person
Solo experience with instructor - £200.00
Archery & Drive
The archery and drive experience includes the one hour off-road driving taster session and an hours' archery on our archery field
£150.00 per person
Solo experience with instructor - £200.00
Suitable clothing and footwear is advisable when participating on the Off Road Experience at Bovey Castle.
*Vehicles must have the capabilities for off-roading.
Bovey Castle also has a Self Catering, Spa, Golf Course, Restaurant and Restaurant:
Bovey Castle is part of the following Travel Ideas:
"Bovey Castle keeps winning awards as a wonderful get-away-from-it-all hotel retreat. It was actually built by W H Smith (he of the High Street newsagents) in the middle of Dartmoor overlooking a perfect Devon valley that has since been turned into a golf course. From a distance Bovey looks like a Tudor palace or a very long Oxbridge College. The Smith family (later enobled as Viscounts of Hambledon) sold it in 1930 to Great Western Railway for use as a hotel and it has remained so ever since. Staying at Bovey Castle has overtones of spending the weekend at a rich uncle’s country house but its new bistro (named Smiths for reasons that don’t take too much working out) brings the hotel up to date.
Bovey castle also has an Elan Spa, which for once is not kept in the hotel basement but is up on the first floor behind mullioned windows. It’s all very stylish but what makes this spa experience different is its Gentleman’s Quarter, a large treatment room with monochrome pictures of Butch and Sundance and Steve McQueen on his motorbike rather than the ubiquitous sea shells and reclining Buddhas. There’s a dark leather treatment table and an old fashioned barber’s chair where men can enjoy wet shaves and beard trims. Anyone who feels his masculinity undermined by the very word “spa” will be much happier in the Gentleman’s Quarter, where you can close the door on all those fluffy white robes and soft downy slippers and make the January detox a truly manly experience."
"Now if you’re really serious about this romance lark than you should be considering the seriously soppy Bovey Castle in the rolling moorlands of Dartmoor National Park. Whether you’re into Hunter-ing up for heather-strewn walks amongst the gorse or sipping mojitos in your Manolos (and suede brogues please, gents), this divine country retreat does lovey-doveydum in spades (or should I say hearts?). The hotel is offering a Valentine’s break of a two-night stay with breakfast each morning, a bottle of Champagne and a red rose on arrival (delightfully old skool), a couples’ spa treatment, a six-course Valentine’s menu in the Great Western restaurant on one evening and dinner in Smith’s Brasserie the other night, all for £750."
"Set in woodland on dramatic Darmoor this luxurious retreat provides such a vast array of activities you will be lost for choice. From shooting, fly-fishing, deer stalking, gliding, quad biking, a Land Rover experience and even paint balling your stag sojourn can be as energetic as you want it to be. Stay in the hotel or in one of the luxurious lodges on the estate that offer full hotel facilities."
"Driving across Dartmoor is a spectacular sight in all seasons but particularly in the autumn. Take the B3212 north through Postbridge and Princetown and then, just after crossing the Rover Bovey pull up at Bovey Castle for the night. This mock Elizabethan mansion was built in the last years of the nineteenth century for the son of William Henry Smith, who made his fortune from the newsagents, WH Smith. As Viscount Hambleden, son Frederick wanted a country seat and that is what Bovey Castle became. It’s a glorious place to spend the night with a Jacobean-style staircase, oak-panelled dining room and an Adams-style drawing room. In the 1920s the Smith family would arrive here in a fleet of cars that would meet them from Moretonhampstead train station. After a good night’s rest continue north the next day to Castle Drogo, another stately home built by yet another a successful Victorian retailer. Julius Drewe founded the Home and Colonial Stores in 1883, made his fortune and retired when he was only 32. He employed the architect Edwin Lutyens to design this 1920s castle for him and his family. Though incomplete, Castle Drogo is a lovely place to stop for morning coffee."
"Turn up with cardigan clinging cherubs and leave with independent progenies. Bovey Rangers teaches children essential survival skills from building shelters to creating toasty camp fires and all whilst you’re relaxing in the spa with your other half, enjoying fine wine in the bar or cruising over Dartmoor in a hot air balloon. Alternatively make sporting history on their ‘crolf’ course. What do you mean what is it? The love child of golf and croquet, of course!"
Information on Bovey Castle hotel , North Bovey , Dartmoor
|No. of bedrooms:||
Types of room: 4 Single, 15 Classic, 5 Castle, 17 Superior Castle, 9 Valley Castle, 7 Jnr State, 3 State, 4 Grand State & 8 Castle Lodges
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Credit Cards Accepted: Amex, Delta, Diners, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, JCB, Visa
When Closed: Open all year
Child Friendly: Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permitted (in kennels & mews rooms only)
Smoking Permitted: Yes (in designated areas only)
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Accreditation: Part of the Eden Hotel Collection, AA Small Hotel Group of the Year 2014 - 2015.
Direct dial telephone, Flat screen TV with on-demand music & films, Elemis toiletries, bathrobes & slippers, Tea & coffee making facilities, homemade cookies, small fridge with bottled water
Gardens & grounds, terrace, Beauty treatment rooms, Indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Spa, Steam room, Gym, Bar, Restaurant, bistro, Civil ceremony licence, Wedding receptions, 4 meeting rooms, Conference facilities, For up to 120 delegates, Childrens play area, baby listening service
Games room, card table, Snooker room, Table tennis, Wine tasting
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Archery, Boules, crolf, Croquet lawn, Golf, Tennis, Falconry, Dartmoor safari, Fishing, Horse riding, Hot air ballooning, helicopter flights, Mountain biking, Pistol shooting, clay shooting, Walking
Beach (45 mins)
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Exeter (16 miles)
Exeter (25 miles) , Bristol (85 miles)
Exeter (16 miles)
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Bovey Escape Room Offer
Thu 30 Mar 2017 – Fri 30 Jun 2017
Enjoy a luxurious one night stay at Bovey Castle in one of our newly refurbished bedrooms and explore all that Dartmoor National Park has to offer.
Our fantastic getaway includes accommodation, dinner in Smith’s Brasserie and English breakfast.
Prices start from £249 per night, based on a couple sharing a Classic room.
- Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-92481
4 Nights for the Price of 3 Lodge Break
Thu 30 Mar 2017 – Thu 24 Aug 2017
Book a 4 night break for the price 3 in one of our lodges, nestled in the grounds of our 275?acre estate. Lodges sleep up to six adults and two children in three ensuite rooms, with open plan kitchen, living and dining areas.
Prices start from just £371 per lodge per night- based on six people sharing.
T&C's Apply - Valid between 17th April and 24th August 2017.
- Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-92479
Step into Spring
Mon 27 Feb 2017 – Wed 31 May 2017
Welcome in the lighter nights and warmer weather that comes with the changing season with an indulgent two-night stay. Our spring stay includes a cream tea on one day, a three-course dinner in Smith's Brasserie on one evening, and a sumptuous two nights' accommodation with full English breakfast on each morning.
Sunday - Thursday, from £230.00 per night
Friday & Saturday, from £270.00 per night
- Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-92316
Keep Calm and Pretend It's Not Monday
Wed 21 Sep 2016 – Sat 30 Sep 2017
Enjoy our Time to Sunday offer at our country hotel on Dartmoor and enjoy a traditional three course Sunday lunch in the Great Western Restaurant, overnight accommodation, an English breakfast and a lazy 1pm check out.
Time to Sunday offer is based on a daily room rate and as such rates will fluctuate, dependent on time of year and availability, this offer is subject to availability.
- Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-89907
Off Road Stay and Drive Package
Fri 04 Nov 2016 – Sat 04 Nov 2017
Combine a stay and experience the exhilaration of the Off Road Experience at Bovey Castle. Our exclusive Off Road Stay & Drive Package includes overnight accommodation with English breakfast and a 90 minute off road taster experience after an initial briefing session.
Prices start from £399, based on a couple sharing a Classic room.
- Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-90965
Time to Relax
Tue 24 May 2016 – Sun 31 Dec 2017
Enjoy a one night stay with us, including dinner in our Great Western restaurant, English breakfast and either a round of golf per person, or a 25 minute spa treatment per person.
Terms & Conditions
Time to relax offer is based on a daily room rate and as such rates fluctuate, dependent on time of year and availability of this offer.
- Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-90122
Time To Golf
Sun 12 Jul 2015 – Sun 31 Dec 2017
Enjoy a one night stay with us, including two rounds of golf per person and English breakfast.
Terms & Conditions
Time to golf offer is based on a daily room rate and as such rates fluctuate, dependent on time of year and availability of this offer.
- Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-90426
Time to Spa
Tue 24 May 2016 – Sun 31 Dec 2017
Enjoy a 55 minute Espa treatment per person in our newly refurbished spa, accommodation for one night and full English breakfast.
Terms & Conditions
Time to spa offer is based on a daily room rate and as such rates fluctuate, dependent on time of year and availability of this offer.
- Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-89906
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