North Bovey

Bovey Castle

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Why We Love It

  • The 5-AA-Red Star property won Hotel of the Year at the English Riviera and South Devon Tourism and Hospitality Awards 2016 & at the Visit Devon Awards 2016
  • The hotel underwent a £2 million refurbishment and the on-site spa was a finalist in The Good Spa Awards
  • Lots of traditional activities are included, such as falconry displays & croquet 
  • This is the only hotel in the country to offer LEGO room service during your stay

"A quintessentially English stay" -- Marie Claire
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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."
Tristan
04. Oct 2018
Surbiton, UK

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Map & Directions

The hotel is around a 45-minute drive from Exeter International Airport and 40 minutes by car from Exeter St David's Station. On-site parking is free.

Rooms & Rates

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Overview

Bovey Castle is set in extensive grounds within Dartmoor National Park and was used as a military hospital in World War II. The 5-AA-Red Star property won Hotel of the Year at the English Riviera & South Devon Tourism & Hospitality Awards 2016 and at the Visit Devon Awards 2016. The hotel also won two silver awards for the Spa & Wellbeing Experience.

The property was also featured in Condé Nast Traveller's Gold List 2011 and won a VisitEngland Bronze Award in the Hotel of the Year category in 2012. 

The restaurant, spa and public spaces underwent a £2 million refurbishment and this luxurious baronial pile retains an intimate feel, with a combination of traditional country style and art deco furnishings -- warming fireplaces, cosy sofas and dark-wood panelling.

There are two restaurants: the glamorous Art Deco Great Western Restaurant (smart-casual dress required), which serves classic cuisine, and Smith's Brasserie which is named after WH Smith, who previously owned the private house. Think countryside views, roaring fires and cosy seating. We like the sound of the English pea soup, braised blade of Devonshire beef with carrots and red wine sauce, and the sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream. After dinner, sample one of the many whiskies at the traditional Oak Bar, or one of the 150 cocktails on the menu.

The rooms feature queen- or king-size beds and rich fabrics and have views of the valley, the golf course or the courtyard.

Other activities available (some with an extra charge) 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 centre.

The hotel also has a spa, which was a finalist in The Good Spa Awards in 2012 and 2013. It has a sauna, steam room, gym and an indoor pool.

From the press:

  • "A quintessentially English stay" -- Marie Claire

  • "Children are treated like royalty" -- Condé Nast Traveller

  • "One of the most comfortable places in Dartmoor" -- The Daily Telegraph

Amenities

General

  • 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

Services

  • 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

Internet

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout

Bathroom

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

Parking

  • Complimentary parking

Accessibility

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

Policies

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 Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

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.

100%
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.
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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 04. Oct 2018 Surbiton, UK
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 10. Aug 2018 Paignton, UK
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 09. Aug 2018 Torquay, UK
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 13. Jul 2018 Plymouth, UK
Enjoyed Most
Stunning location. Lovely staff.
marie 21. May 2018 Braintree, UK
Enjoyed Most
The glorious position and ambience and the luxury feel of staying there
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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 22. Apr 2018 Norwich, UK
Enjoyed Most
Scenery and the many opportunities for different country pursuits.
beth 05. Apr 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.
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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 04. Apr 2018 Saltash, UK
Enjoyed Most
Amazing staff.
Clair 19. Oct 2017 ST. AUSTELL, UK
Enjoyed Most
Location,and Relaxation
Other Comments
Great hotel you don't need to venture out ..... but we did!
Susan 30. Sep 2017 Hinckley, UK

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