Bovey Castle Hotel
Bovey Castle Hotel, the best hotel in the Dartmoor National Park, Devon
Embedded within Dartmoor National Park is Bovey Castle Hotel, emerald hills and moors surround the property, rivers trickle past the golf course while birds of prey swirl above. The high ground on Dartmoor is a giant dome of granite; the surface of peat is superficial supporting only heather and bizarre plant life in the serene deep valleys.
In the evening, watch wildlife while sipping on your favourite cocktail and, just after breakfast witness the falconry show with expert Martin Whitley. Head of with your driver-guide for a day of touring or have a day on-site and take part in archery, clay pigeon shooting and 4X4 driving experience. There is also complimentary deer park tours, cider and gin-making masterclasses. We can also arrange falconry on horseback, fly-fishing and golf.
The hotel has two restaurants. The modern Smith's Brasserie serves European and British classics complemented by small plates and salads. The award-winning Great Western restaurant has three AA rosettes and five red AA stars for hospitality. The chef quite rightly uses as much as possible the fabulous food available from Dartmoor, the Devonshire coast and Cornwall.
The Castle in the Misty Moors
The sixty rooms reflect the elegance and warmth of the hotel in their own uniquely designed way.
Each of the rooms at Bovey Castle seems like a home away from home, featuring a fridge, a Nespresso coffee machine, tea making facilities, a working desk and a safe.
If you want to stay in touch with friends and family, feel free to use the complimentary wi-fi or stay entertained by watching TV in the evening. Some rooms overlook the courtyard or surrounding woodland, whilst others overlook the valley, hotel gardens and Dartmoor.
The Single Rooms (193 sq ft) have a small double bed and a lovely en-suite shower room. The Mews Rooms (279 sq ft) have comfy queen-size, king-size or twin beds. The en-suite bathroom with shower over bath. The Classic Rooms (279 sq ft) have a queen or king-size bed with a modern en-suite shower room.
The Castle Rooms (344 sq ft) feature comfortable double, king-size or twin beds and a modern en-suite bathroom, some with separate shower. The Valley Rooms (376 sq ft) are the most spacious with queen-size, super king-size or twin beds and a sleek, modern en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower.
Each of the suites at Bovey Castle feels like a home away from home, featuring a fridge, a Nespresso coffee machine, tea making facilities, a seating area and a safe.
Stay in touch with friends and family via the complimentary wi-fi or be entertained by watching TV in the evening. After a long day, you can pamper yourself with the Espa toiletries. Some suites overlook the courtyard or surrounding woodland whilst others have views over the valley, hotel gardens and Dartmoor.
The Junior State Rooms (495 sq ft) have an open-plan layout that features either double, super king-size or twin beds. Enjoy the spacious seating area and a modern bathroom.
The State Rooms (559 sq ft) have comfy super king-size or twin beds, a spacious lounge area and a modern en-suite bathroom with a separate shower.
The Grand State Rooms (1001 sq ft) are the most luxurious of the suites. Each one features a spacious lounge area for relaxing and entertaining with a dining table.
The Private Estate Lodges consist of 22 three-storey self-catering lodgings that offer you the perfect countryside escape with the luxury of privacy. Each lodge can accommodate up to eight people in total, with a maximum of six adults. There are three en-suite bedrooms, with a fully-fitted kitchen. The lounge is open plan lounge with a balcony overlooking the fabulous Bovey Castle grounds.
Smith's dining offers guests the Mediterranean influenced dining experience that brings together a welcoming atmosphere and the beauty of the Dartmoor National Park. The Great Western Grill is an award-winning restaurant at Bovey Castle that provides exclusive dining in a relaxed and comfortable setting focusing on locally sourced seasonal menus.
The golf course should be beautiful and challenging; the Bovey Castle Hotel Course is just that. Not surprising when you learn the design is by John Frederick Abercromby, a man with an artistic eye, a revered golf course designer. John Abercromby shunned technical drawings and refused to measure distances; working on-site was his thing.
The fairways at Bovey meander through the valley crossing the river and various challenging levels. This crafted 18-hole Championship course built to rival Gleneagles and Turnberry, it's a favourite for many British golfers.
The Elan Spa is a sanctuary to its guests, offering spa experiences and treatments with ESPA products. There is even a whirlpool, sauna and steam room at your disposal. Or if you're looking for a work-out, spend some time on the full range of Precor, cardiovascular and strength equipment at the state-of-the-art gym.
A brief history of Bovey Castle
Although built-in 1907 Bovey Castle Hotel has a Jacobean style, with architectural features that you would be familiar with in the early 17th Century. The Great Hall is impressive and the panelled rooms constructed to a high standard.
The house was built initially for Frederick Smith the son and heir of William Henry Smith; most Brits are aware of the brand 'WH Smith' a vast chain of stationers, news-agents, amongst other items. William Henry Smith pioneered railway station retail and made a fortune.
The famous Great Western Railway company turned the house into a hotel and introducing their passengers to the idea of leisure travel. We can only imagine the excitement of buying a train ticket and steaming off into another world, far away from smoky London into the fresh air of Dartmoor. The Hotel is now part of the excellent Eden Collection Group. It has 59 rooms, all with different decoration and 22 large country lodges, which we find perfect for families
Bovey Castle is one of those hotels with a marvellous location that gives you endless opportunities to explore. You can experience something new like fly fishing on your trip, or you can go to Cotehele House and Gardens, a Cornish hidden gem on the River Tamar.
The moors have many Neolithic remains and standing stone monuments, making hiking fun exploring the natural stone Tors and ancient settlements. Hiking is varied with wild meadows, lichen woods, river valleys and wild and windy high Tors, all this from the doors of Bovey Castle.
You can meet Wild Dartmoor ponies; they roam the moors and gallop between the rocky outcrops. There is so much to do. We feature Bovey Castle on our suggested The Family Experience of Cornwall and England's South Coast tours.
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Embedded within Dartmoor National Park, the mysterious moors of Sherlock Holmes legend
State Room 3
State Room Two
State Room Bathroom
The Great Hall
The Golf Course
Classic Room 2
Bovey Castle Classic Room
Bovey Castle Entrance
Bird of Prey show at Bovey Castle
Archery at Bovey Castle
Bovey Castle Grounds