North Bovey

Bovey Castle

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Why We Love It

  • The Daily Telegraph praises the hotel’s "jaw-dropping splendour"
  • Tons of traditional activities are included, such as daily falconry displays & croquet
  • The SUNDÃRI spa is the U.K.'s flagship
  • Only hotel in the country to offer LEGO room service during your stay

"A quintessentially English stay" -- Marie Claire
Enjoyed This
(15 Member Ratings)
"Excellent and welcoming staff went out of their way to make our stay extra special. The facilities are amazing and well looked after, while the grounds are really beautiful for a walk surrounded by an incredible landscape. The dog friendly amenities are great and we felt very comfortable with our golden retriever."
Oct 04, 2018
Surbiton, United Kingdom


Map & Directions

The hotel is about a 40-minute drive from Exeter and its airport. Parking is free.

Rooms & Rates

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Bovey Castle is set on the extensive grounds of Dartmoor National Park and was used as a military hospital in World War I. Today, it has a well-deserved reputation for its "jaw-dropping splendour" (The Daily Telegraph) and won a VisitEngland Bronze Award in the Hotel of the Year category in 2012. In spite of its grandeur, the property retains an intimate feel, with a combination of traditional country style and art deco furnishings -- think warming fireplaces, cozy sofas and dark-wood paneling.

There are two restaurants: the Edwardian Grill and the relaxed Castle Bistro. The grill is a smart, glamorous option, with an elegant menu -- expect delights such as duck breast with beetroot boulangere, sea bass with a pine nut and olive crumb, and wild mushroom canneloni. Food Magazine says "it’s very accomplished cooking" from chef Andy Storey, and is "highly recommended". After dinner, sample one of the many whiskeys at the traditional Oak Bar, or one of the 150 cocktails on the menu.

The hotel has 66 bedrooms, featuring huge king-size beds, rich fabrics and views of the valley, the first tee or the courtyard. Three-bedroom country lodges featuring kitchens, dining areas and lounges with views overlooking the lakes and gardens are also available and are good options for families or larger groups. Try the unique LEGO room service, where children can order a complimentary set to borrow during their stay.

Other activities available (some extra charges apply) include sloe gin-making and cocktail-making classes, clay-pigeon shooting, horse riding, archery, rifle shooting, golf at the on-site 18-hole course and fly-fishing at the lake. Guests can take advantage of free croquet and tennis, or use the indoor swimming pool and fitness center. The hotel is also home to the U.K.'s flagship SUNDÃRI spa, which was a finalist in The Good Spa Awards 2012, and has a sauna, a steam room, a gym and an indoor pool.

From the press:
  • "A family-friendly country house hotel" -- The Telegraph
  • "A quintessentially English stay" -- Marie Claire
  • "One of the most comfortable places in Dartmoor" -- The Daily Telegraph



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Kids' club
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Golf course (on-site)
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Tennis courts
  • Pet-friendly


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Bike rental
  • Chauffeur service (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Cot/crib and extra beds available on request free of charge for children under 4. Extra bed available on request at £30 per night for children up to the age of 14, including breakfast. Charges will be added to your bill on checkout. Cot/crib and extra bed only available in the Castle Rooms and upwards. There is no extra bed available for adults.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request (max 2 dogs) and will be charged at £25 per night per animal on checkout.

Fees: Bovey Castle adds a discretionary service fee to the following: 5% on accommodation, 12.5% on food & beverages, 10% on transport, 5% on spa, 5% on activities and 10% babysitting.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: There is a two-night minimum stay required over Bank Holidays, and Christmas & New Year packages are available between December 24 - 26 and December 30 - January 1.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(15 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Bovey Castle over the past 15 months.
4.8 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.9 Rooms
4.5 Quality of Service
4.2 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Excellent and welcoming staff went out of their way to make our stay extra special. The facilities are amazing and well looked after, while the grounds are really beautiful for a walk surrounded by an incredible landscape. The dog friendly amenities are great and we felt very comfortable with our golden retriever.
Other Comments
We would highly recommend it for both couples and families. We didn't have to leave the castle to have an incredibly relaxing break.
Tristan Oct 04, 2018 Surbiton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The pool steam room sauna.
Other Comments
We did not receive a room upgrade & were told it wasn't available even tho it was a midweek booking & we have stopped there many times before so very disappointing. We had late checkout but did not have an early check in. The shower water was not hot nor was there tissues in the room both of which we reported but were not rectified. We ate dinner there but 1 of the main meals was of poor quality. Some aspects were good but a lot of disappointment too!
louisa Aug 10, 2018 Paignton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Relaxing atmosphere, although as you would expect this time of year quite a lot of children.
Other Comments
Having visited Bovey Castle on several occasions, usually Birthdays, Anniversaries or just for a night away, we really enjoy the ambiance. The staff are friendly and helpful, nothing is too much trouble. We dined in the Brasserie and the food was very good. Breakfast is freshly cooked and well presented. We will be going back again soon.
Marita Aug 09, 2018 Torquay, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location and experiencing an upperclass experience
Other Comments
English cooked breakfast not brilliant: scrambled egg tasted like powdered egg and not fresh eggs, hash brown was greasy and although cutlery was in keeping with the castle/era there were no serrations so hard to cut bacon and sausages.
RUTH Jul 13, 2018 Plymouth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Stunning location. Lovely staff.
marie May 21, 2018 Braintree, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The glorious position and ambience and the luxury feel of staying there
Other Comments
We first went to Bovey Castle four years ago and the hotel,was magnificent with the most awsone art deco interior by Peter De savory. We were disappointed this tme to find that refurbishment had taken place and all was removed. The present decor is fine but it has been reduced to just a typical 5 star traditional hotel,found anywhere, when last time it was so interesting and beautiful and had the edge over any other hotel. Bring back the art deco I say then it would be magnificent plus.
Rosemary Apr 22, 2018 Norwich, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Scenery and the many opportunities for different country pursuits.
beth Apr 05, 2018 Santa Rosa, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
We loved the opulent but peaceful & relaxing feel to Bovey Castle. It is such a lovely hotel to stay in, the staff are really accommodating and friendly and there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied if you wish to take part.
Other Comments
We particularly enjoyed our spa treatments and using the pool/sauna/steam rooms during our stay. Everything about the feel of Bovey Castle is relaxing, we didn't want to leave!
Maxine Apr 04, 2018 Saltash, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Amazing staff.
Clair Oct 19, 2017 ST. AUSTELL, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location,and Relaxation
Other Comments
Great hotel you don't need to venture out ..... but we did!
Susan Sep 30, 2017 Hinckley, United Kingdom

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