North Bovey, Dartmoor, Devon, TQ13 8RE
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North Bovey, Dartmoor, Devon, TQ13 8RE
Bovey Castle is located on 275 acres of Dartmoor National Park in Devon, with 60 bedrooms and 22 lodges located in the grounds. The hotel has two restaurants, the 3 rosette fine dining Great Western restaurant and the 1 rosette Smith's Brasserie. Bovey Castle has an Elan Spa and an array of onsite activities and a championship golf course.
What makes a stay at Bovey Castle unique?
The 5 red star Bovey Castle is renowned for its luxurious hospitality, exquisite food spa facilities and activities to keep guests entertained. Guests love the valet parking service on arrival and help from porters to carry luggage.
What are the rooms and facilities on offer at Bovey Castle?
Bovey Castle has 60 individually designed bedrooms split between the main house and the Mews. Bedrooms have recently been refurbished with rooms overlooking the valley or courtyard. Bedroom categories include, Single, Mews, Classic, Castle, Valley, Junior State, State and Grand State. The estate also hides 22, 3 bedroom lodges that sleep up to 8 people and include kitchens, open plan lounges and dining areas. Each lodge includes balconies with views over the grounds, plus housekeeping and hotel facilities are all available to lodge guests.
What can guests enjoy when staying in the Dartmoor area?
Bovey Castle is located on Dartmoor National Park, approximately 15 miles from the Cathedral City of Exeter. Over 10 activities are available at the hotel, including Off Road Driving, Deer Park Tours, Cider & Sloe Gin Making, Archery and more. Being located on Dartmoor National Park, guests can explore all that the National Park has to offer, including many beauty spots and historic locations. Bovey Castle also makes a location for exploring South Devon and the costs and beaches surrounding this beautiful area of the South West of England.
Where can guests enjoy food and drink?
Bovey Castle has two restaurants, the 3 AA Rosette Great Western where guests can enjoy fine dining from the Executive Head Chef, Mark Budd. Smith's Brasserie is a 1 AA Rosette restaurant that offers gusts British Classics at its best. Afternoon tea is a Bovey Castle specialty and is served daily in the lounges, or in the summer on the terrace. The Oak bar is a great spot for a pre-dinner drink, or cocktail.
Bovey Castle also has a Self Catering, Spa, Golf Course, Wedding Venue and Restaurant:
Bovey Castle is part of the following Inspirations:
"Bovey castle was built in 1907 by Frederick Smith, the son of newsagent W H Smith who has amassed a fortune from his retail chain selling books and newspapers on railway station platforms. This massive, modern Dartmoor castle was sold by the Smith family after the death of Frederick in 1928. In 1930 it became a hotel operated by Great Western Railways.
Since 2014 Bovey Castle has been part of Sir Peter Rigby’s Eden Collection. A great deal of money has been poured into refurbishment and into raising the culinary reputation of this resort. In 2017 Bovey Castle was awarded five Red Stars by the AA, its highest possible accolade. Moreover Bovey’s flagship restaurant, the Great Western, has been awarded three AA rosettes under chef Mark Budd.
There is a lot of change going on to the fabric of Bovey too. In 2018 the hotel will finish refurbishing 22 lodges in its extensive grounds The biggest development by far, however, is recreational. In recent years the hotel has offered country pursuits like falconry, cider-making and off-road driving, and in 2018 a new flight experience will be added. Visitors will be taken to nearby Newton Abbott to board a 737-800 jet simulator. Once strapped in, guests will be able to “fly” a specially prepared route over Dartmoor the Devon coast and Bovey Castle itself.
Now that's unusual."
"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
|Room rates guide:||
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 (dogs are allowed in rooms and lodges and Cathedral room.)
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
|Outdoor activities on site:||
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)
|Local directions:||Please see our website for directions.|
Nearest major city:
Nearest major airport:
Nearest railway stn:
Exeter (16 miles)
Exeter (25 miles) , Bristol (85 miles)
Exeter (16 miles)
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Late Availability over October Half Term
Wed 23 Oct 2019 – Fri 01 Nov 2019
Looking for a last minute getaway over the October half term, we have availability in our rooms and lodges. Our family rooms can sleep up to 2 adults and 2 children, or our 3 bed lodges are perfect for a family. Throughout the half term our Bovey Rangers will be running daily and include activities such as survival skills, fawn feeding, apple pressing & pumpkin carving, deer park tours and more.
- Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-96134
Autumn, Winter Luxury Lodge Offer
Thu 26 Sep 2019 – Tue 31 Mar 2020
Enjoy a two night stay in a Bovey Castle lodge this autumn / winter from £375 per night. Nestled in the grounds of our 275 acre estate, our luxury lodges sleep up to six adults and two children in three en-suite bedrooms, with an open plan kitchen, living and dining area, our lodges are a fantastic option for a break over the autumn and winter months.
- Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-96757
Cosy Up with Eden
Tue 01 Oct 2019 – Tue 31 Mar 2020
Our Autumn and Winter offer includes a Veuve Clicquot Kir Royale Champagne cocktail, a two course dinner in Smith’s Brasserie, sumptuous overnight accommodation and a full English breakfast.
From £239.00 per room per night (based on two people sharing a classic room).
- Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-96756
Keep Calm and Pretend It's Not Monday
Wed 21 Sep 2016 – Wed 30 Sep 2020
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
Time to Relax
Tue 24 May 2016 – Wed 30 Sep 2020
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
The Christmas Experience
Fri 26 Jul 2019 – Mon 23 Dec 2019
3 night packages from £2,700 per room based on two people sharing.
Afternoon tea and carols on arrival
Gourmet buffet on Christmas Eve
Christmas Day lunch and evening buffett
Gala dinner on Boxing night
Meals, entertainment and activities included throughout.
Visit our website to view our brochure.
- Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-96561
New Year’s Eve Break
Wed 31 Jul 2019 – Tue 31 Dec 2019
Arrive for a cream tea served in our Cathedral Room. Dress for our black tie dinner and arrive to welcome drinks with a piper, a gala dinner in either our Great Western Restaurant or Smith’s Brasserie, dancing to a live band and fireworks at midnight.
1 night package from £615 per room based on two people sharing.
- Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-96570
Time To Golf
Sun 12 Jul 2015 – Wed 30 Sep 2020
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 – Wed 30 Sep 2020
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
Get Muddy at Bovey Castle this Winter
Fri 18 Oct 2019 – Tue 31 Mar 2020
Although the colder months are upon us, our onsite activities are as good during the winter as in the summer. What’s more we have some special offers on selected onsite activities.
Archery – £20 per person
Air Rifle Shooting – £20 per person
Cider & Sloe Gin making – £20 per person
Clay Pigeon Shooting – £35 per person
Off Road Driving Experience – £100, £25 per extra driver.
- Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-96830
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