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.
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For a 3 year old - she loved it. Loads to do. Awesome playroom. A grand adventure.
The hotel and surroundings are fantastic. Swimming pool was ok. Changing in the shop was a little strange though.
Very clean, comfortable and well maintained.
Breakfast was a buffet and OK for a family. Quite pricey
Dinner meat: good and very tasty.
Dinner vegetarian: the same vegetarian menu is used between restaurants and is not very tasty. My partner didn't even finish her a la carte meal, which was a disappointment, considering the price. Limited choice.
Overall OK, but didn't really live up to a 5* experience.
Stayed for a 2 night stay with friends on a golf break. We were welcomed by the door staff who took care of our car and bags to our superb rooms. A fantastic building and we had the benefit of having a wonderful view of the gardens and golf course. The junior suite had everything you needed, a fridge, complementary water, nuts, apples, coffee, tea with fresh milk and sloe gin. One of the best rooms we have stayed in.
We had 2 rounds of golf on a magnificent course, the facilities were first class. The staff took care of our gear which was ready for our rounds. Lots of challenging holes along a pretty river valley with the river criss crossing the fairways. Great views.
The staff were fantastic and the breakfast in the Great Western restaurant was superb.
Our only disappointment was the Smiths Restaurant which doubled up as the golf clubhouse. When you are eating a special (not cheap) meal with golfers standing round the bar and TV screens, it was certainly not what we expected. In a 5 star hotel, the golfers bar needs to be separate to the dining area.
The hotel, golf course and hotel facilities are something special and if we return will give Smiths a mss.
This was the latest in a number of stays at Bovey Castle over the years and as always we enjoyed a relaxing weekend. Our room was in the recently refurbished Mews House, an annexe across the courtyard from the main building, and everything was immaculate and beautifully appointed. We particularly appreciated the tea and coffee making facilities in the room.
We made good use of the beautiful grounds and leisure facilities including pool and steam room, and enjoyed an excellent meal in the brasserie in the evening.
All in all it's a great place for a relaxing weekend away in the wonderful surroundings of Dartmoor.
Stayed here for 2 nights so many fantastic positives but let down by a few simple issues. Considering the last impression of staying at a hotel is generally breakfast I was surprised at how un organized both mornings were. It's a shame as all the staff, facility's, rooms and restaurants were top notch. Almost there bovey but on a positive thankyou for making our stay memorable
We stayed for 2 nights and loved the service, grounds, walks and location.
Our dog adored the fantastic walking opportunities and huge green outside the cottage for playing ball! Whilst the property accepts dogs, I wouldn’t describe it as a really dog friendly venue. The dog bed was old, the dog policy leaflet was all about what the dog couldn’t do and the 3 dog treats were really basic and unhealthy (we didn’t even give them to our dog!). It’s up to you to make the most of it for your dog.
The cottages are dated and very ‘lived in’. Peeling wallpaper, cracks in walls, and mis matched furniture. They are however clean and comfortable.
Think ‘forest holidays’ style and quality of accommodation (functional but worn) and is a poor 2nd to Celtic Manor Hunters lodges.
Despite having 3 bedrooms there is only 1 TV in the main living area. The kids missed out as the World Cup took precedence! At this price point you expect more...
I’ve still scored this property high, regardless of the above as we valued the service, location and independence that a cottage provides. We would visit again..