Dartmoor Devon United Kingdom
Castle - Dartmoor
Bovey Castle, a 5-Red-Star English castle hotel, sits nestled amongst 275 acres of visually stunning countryside and rolling valleys and offers guests an unrivalled escape from the bustle of city life.
First opened as a hotel and golf resort in 1930 by Great Western Railways, this luxury English castle hotel boasts 59 richly appointed bedrooms, 22 self-catering country lodges, two renowned restaurants, the Elan Spa and an award-winning 18-hole championship golf course designed by golfing great, J F Abercromby.
Whether you’re planning a grand party for hundreds or a more intimate affair with your nearest and dearest, the elegant architecture, stunning landscaped gardens, spa and championship golf course at this English castle wedding venue provide the perfect setting for a truly unforgettable celebration.
Bovey Castle has some of the finest meeting and conference facilities in the country, from stylish contemporary boardrooms to the most outstanding integrated presentation facilities for up to 120 delegates.
With a team that specialise in residential conferences, team building, incentives, board meetings and private functions, this English castle hotel should be at the top of your list.
Activities on/nearby the estate include falconry, golf, archery, clay pigeon shooting, fly fishing, horse riding, hot air balloons, quad biking, gliding, rock climbing and walking on Dartmoor National Park.
When dining at Bovey Castle you are truly spoilt for choice, but the castle must give credit where credit is due…the restaurants at Bovey Castle all use the fresh produce found on their doorstep, to the best of their abilities, and make sure it appears on your menu wherever possible, from local game shot on the moors to Exmoor beef and seafood sourced freshly from the coves of Devon and Cornwall.
Bovey Castle's History
In 1890, William Henry Smith (WH Smith, later to become Viscount Hambleden) purchased 5,000 acres of land from the Earl of Devon for £103,000. The estate consisted of several large ancient manors, including Moretonhampstead and North Bovey, almost thirty farms, extensive woodland and fishing rights on the rivers Bovey and Teign. It was Viscount Hambleden’s son, Frederick, who built the manor house in a lavish neo-Elizabethan style to serve as one of the family’s numerous country retreats. The interior boasted a Jacobean style staircase, plaster ceilings, an oak-panelled dining room, open fireplace with a carved stone chimney and an Adam drawing room. Frederick became involved in Devon life and was a subaltern (a junior officer in the British army) in the Devonshire Yeomanry, leading the regiment in Gallipoli and Egypt in the First World War. During the First World War, the manor house became a convalescent home for officers and as a military hospital when war broke out again in 1939. The Hambleden family rarely visited the manor house during the 1920s, but when they did venture down to Devon, the villages of Moretonhampstead and North Bovey would turn out to watch the spectacle. Lord Hambleden died in June 1928. His estate, consisting largely of the entire ordinary shareholding of WH Smith and his properties, was valued at £3,500,000, but was liable for death duty of £1,000,000. North Bovey Manor House and its estate were almost immediately put on the market to pay the death duty. The property and estate were eventually auctioned to the Great Western Railway for conversion to a golfing hotel for, reputedly, only £15,000. The hotel and golf course opened in 1930 and the hotel entertained many celebrities. Following several successful years, another 17 bedrooms, a cocktail bar, dining room and squash and badminton courts were added between1935-1936. From 1946 to 1983, it was returned to the Great Western Railway and re-opened as a hotel. It then changed owners again in 1991 when considerable expansion took place and the golf course became a top priority. The 18-hole championship course, designed by J F Abercromby, is now one of England's finest. The manor house became Bovey Castle in 2003 and 22 estate lodges, a second restaurant, spa and pool were added, with further refurbishment of the bedrooms undertaken in 2008 by Annabel Elliot and her team. Bovey Castle became part of the award-winning Eden Hotel Collection in June 2014 and underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment of the public areas, spa and restaurants in 2015. In August 2016, Bovey Castle was awarded 5 stars by the AA and in April 2017 all 59 bedrooms underwent refurbishment by award-winning interior design practice NH Interiors, alongside the Eden Hotel Collection’s Design Director, Marian Cartter.
Bovey Castle's table of pricing
|Valley Castle Room||£319||£419|
The prices detailed above are per night for a bedroom, based on two guests sharing (one guest in a Single Room), on a room only basis.
Children up to the age of 4 years are accommodated free-of-charge in a cot or on an extra bed when sharing a room with 2 adults (this is not an option in Single or Classic Rooms).
Children aged 5 - 14 years can be accommodated in a room with 2 adults on an extra bed at the cost of £20 per child per night (this is not an option in Single or Classic Rooms).
Dogs are £25 per dog per night.
How to reach Bovey Castle
Bovey Castle is an English castle hotel situated at the heart of the beautiful Dartmoor National Park, Devon. The hotel is easy to locate, just 45 minutes' drive from Exeter International Airport and 4 hours' drive from central London. If you’re not comfortable driving on the left-hand side of the road, why not arrive in style and arrange for the castle's chauffeur service to collect you?