What We Love
- A five-star stay packed with historic splendour – includes breakfast, a spa discount and more The extraordinary variety of outdoor pursuits to try your hand at
- Country views, roaring fires and hearty British food at Smith's Brasserie
- Fancy facilities following an exciting, no-expense-spared restaurant and spa refurbishment
What To Know
- Outdoor activities include archery, clay pigeon shooting, fly fishing and hot airballooning
- Set in the heart of Dartmoor National Park
- There are two elegant restaurants to choose from
In a scenic valley on the edge of Dartmoor, Bovey Castle is a fantastic monument to turn of the century grandeur. The design is executed in Elizabethan style and offers an insight into the bygone lifestyle of English Lords and Ladies. Gazing out over the great, rugged bracken-covered wilderness of Dartmoor beyond there’s a sense of immense scale. High ornate ceilings and vast panoramic windows provide the setting for taking in the landscape views, perhaps over a spot of similarly expansive Bovey Castle afternoon tea.
The AA five-star Bovey Castle boasts a tranquil spa with a wide array of individually tailored treatments to perfectly complement the peace of the area. A gym and stunning Art Deco swimming pool also boast lovely views out over the terrace and River Bovey. The list of outdoor activities available is almost endless and includes archery, clay pigeon shooting, hot air ballooning, mountain biking and fly fishing. Attend a sloe gin-making (and drinking!) session or try your hand at Crolf, the Bovey Castle’s very own eccentric new sport. There’s also a championship 18-hole golf course and a 4×4 off-road track.
How to Get There
Firstly, the hotel itself is beautiful. The gardens are really pretty and its nice to walk around. Also great that dogs are welcome. I bought a Champagne Afternoon Tea Gift Voucher for two online and it was nice and straightforward to buy and to use. The afternoon tea was lovely and the customer service was also very good. The only negative would be the price. Its definitely something you would do for a special occasion, not something you could do often as its just a bit too expensive. Overall a lovely afternoon.
We had afternoon tea with friends what a beautiful place. True country hotel nothing to much trouble and the food and cake fantastic.
We will be back to stay for a weekend break soon it’s that good ! . In the cheap fast world we live in places like this are special and few and far between.
This was our second stay in a lodge, Hound Tor this time. They're all quite similar and to a good standard although the light switch to the ensuite bathroom in the main bedroom had to be jiggled worryingly with some flickering of lights and hissing and fizzing to get the lights to work! It's a great location and we were there with our dogs and it is very dog friendly. Unfortunately there were other dogs there at the same time that barked A LOT and some ran loose (escaped) and it would be sad if such bad dog owner behaviour resulted in dogs being banned. It's a great area for dog walks. Food was probably better this year than last in both restaurants but not cheap - it is a five star hotel though so no more than you'd expect really. We didn't use the spa as we were out and about a lot, gym is getting rather dated. It is a lovely place though, it's relaxing and has the great combination of lovely self catering with a great restaurant and brasserie 2-3 mins walk.
Stayed in one of the lodges in the grounds - very well equipped and comfortable. Eating in the brasserie is good but a little pricey. The main restaurant is less formal than first impressions but is a fine dining experience - especially if you try the tasting menu - which I would recommend
We visited this morning for coffee and were very impressed. The surroundings are beautiful and the staff we met were pleasant, chatty and welcoming. A slight criticism was that the bar was extremely cold and unwelcoming. The hotel was prepared for a function, so some rooms were closed off, they had lovely coal fires burning and were very welcoming. Definitely worth a visit.