Facilities at Bovey Castle
As you enter the hotel prepare to be wowed by the history and glamour of yesteryear, with some contemporary edges added for good measure. Enjoy the stunning Spa, indulge in the sumptuous dining experiences on offer or just wander around the beautiful grounds and gardens.
Guests at Bovey can take advantage of numerous activities offered at the resort on a complimentary basis, such as daily falconry displays on the terrace outside the Great Western Restaurant every morning at 10.00am; Daily egg collecting - meet a member of the activities team at reception at 9.00am every morning. Children can feed the chickens, as well as collecting eggs and meet the Bovey ferrets! Croquet /boules/petanque - available mid/late May until mid-September; Table tennis (on request) - available in the Dartmoor Suite (if unoccupied), a childrens play area with swings, slide and climbing frame near to the trampoline. Between the herbaceous border and the archery field there are tennis courts - Hard courts are available for use unless pre-booked for coaching or by other guests (tubes of tennis balls are available from reception at £10.00 each).
There are many more activities on offer throughout the year that are a minimal cost including cocktail making; cider or sloe gin making; hot air ballooning; fly fishing; horse riding and many many more fantastic adventures such as a 4x4 off road track.
The hotel also offers extensive indoor leisure facilities and a beautiful and tranquil spa with many treatments available.
Electric car charging: The hotel has 2x Tesla and 1x Type 2 charger, these are currently provided free of charge.
The hotel do add service charges to guest accounts, £10 per night for bedrooms, 5% for spa activities, and 12.5% for food and beverage. These charges are discretionary and will be removed if you ask.
Good to know
- Hotel check-in time: 4:00 PM
- Hotel check-out time: 11:00 AM
Complimentary parking available
Electric car charging: The hotel has 2 x Tesla and 1 x Type 2 charger.
Within the main hotel building, Bovey Castle offers an accessible bedroom on the ground floor with a level entry wet room for guests in a wheelchair or with limited mobility. Twin and double bed combinations can be arranged, the flooring in the bedroom is short pile carpet and there is an emergency alarm with flashing light. The bathroom includes vertical and horizontal grab rails around the shower and non-slip flooring. Bovey Castle welcomes dogs into its bedrooms and provisions can be made for an assistance dog to stay in the room.
A disabled toilet is located on the ground floor with non-slip flooring, vertical and horizontal rails either side of the basin and toilet, as well as lever taps on the sink. The toilet is also fitted with an emergency alarm.
History of the hotel
In 1890, William Henry Smith (W.H 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 his son, Frederick, who built the Manor House in a lavish neo-Elizabethan style as one of the family's numerous country retreats.
Children from the age of 0-14 are charged at £30 per child per night on a bed and breakfast rate, subject to availability. One extra put up bed can be accommodated in a Castle room
Bovey Castle is a 5 Red Star, family-friendly hotel, offering luxury holiday accommodation in Devon for parents with children of all ages. The 275-acre estate is like a huge playground, with kid's activities designed to ensure everyone has a great time in the Dartmoor National Park.
Parents can relax while their young children, aka Bovey Bears, are well looked after by qualified staff at the Bovey Den (only available during school holidays), which has exciting games and creative activities planned everyday. Bovey Rangers offer an action packed timetable for guests aged 7 -14 years, including survival skills, archery, reptile and owl encounters, laser clays and rock climbing .
They welcome the tiniest guests and all facilities needed for baby care are available. Babysitting services can be arranged in advance to ensure parents enjoy a relaxed evening during their stay.
Bovey Castle is a dog-friendly hotel with dogs allowed in bedrooms, lodges, the Cathedral Room, the hotel reception area and the seated area under the main stairway. Unfortunately dogs are not permitted in the restaurants, Adam Room, Library or the Oak Bar.
Dogs are charged at £25 per dog per night, please call our team for availability. There is a maximum of 2 dogs per room.
The Rooms at Bovey Castle
Classic rooms are located in either the main hotel or in the mews with restricted views over the surrounding woodland. These rooms ooze comfort and all have ensuite shower rooms. Rooms include all the modern facilities you would expect, including WIFI throughout.
Castle rooms feature a larger bedroom and bathroom than Classic rooms, with ensuite bathrooms and shower They are large enough for two adults and a child staying for a longer visit. Located within the main building, Castle rooms offer views of the courtyard and the woodlands beyond. Rooms include all the modern facilities you would expect, including WIFI throughout.
Sizable bedrooms and bathrooms with unrestricted views over the Dartmoor countryside. Valley Castle rooms reflect the chic experience of country house glamour that the hotel is renowned for. Valley Castle rooms benefit from a small but relaxing seating area, which can be enjoyed by a couple or a family with one child.
Maximum occupancy: 2 (some rooms may take an additional bed for a child)
Junior State suite
The Junior State or Family rooms are exceptional open plan rooms reflecting the effortless luxury of Bovey Castle. The size of these rooms make a Junior State room an appealing choice for couples wanting lots of space or families wishing to share the same room. The seating area in this bedroom can be converted into a dining space for a romantic room-service experience, or used to accommodate two children on a sofa bed.
Maximum occupancy: 2 adults and 2 children
Admire the grandeur of a State room, beautifully-appointed and individually-decorated open plan rooms. Each room has a king-sized bed and a luxuriously-large seating area with sofa. Families are easily accommodated in State rooms, with up to two children on extra beds. Guaranteed, uninterrupted views of the surrounding valley are just one of the many appealing aspects these rooms offer.
Maximum occupancy: 2 adults and 2 children
Private Estate Lodge
Each country lodge has three ensuite bedrooms, sleeping up to eight people in total (maximum six adults). They also have a full kitchen with fridge, freezer, oven, dishwasher, microwave and an open plan lounge and dining area, leading out on to a balcony with views over the grounds.
Lodge lounges are complete with cosy fires and TVs, so you can pop a DVD on in the evening whilst relaxing with a glass of wine. Nice weather? You can even have a *BBQ out on your terrace.
Despite the fact that you are based in the grounds of Bovey Castle, the incredible thing about a break away in one of our lodges, is that you have the hotel on your doorstep. You can still pop up to see the falconry displays, get the children involved in collecting eggs from our chickens or use the spa.
*Please note, BBQ's only available during the summer months.
Elan Spa at Bovey Castle
Please note: All visits and treatments need to be pre-booked.
The Elan Spa at the 5 Red Star Bovey Castle is a sanctuary tucked away from the bustle of modern life. Echoing the tranquillity and therapeutic flow of the River Bovey, the bespoke spa experiences and treatments using ESPA products have been created to relax, revive and restore the body and spirit.
The dedicated team of therapists together hold a wealth of knowledge and experience encouraging a respect and understanding of the body that is both rare and valuable.
Bovey Castle is delighted to be using ESPA products, creators of the world's finest spas. Every encounter with Espa brings with it a profound sense of pleasure and discovery. Their award winning skincare range, indulgent body collection and men's essentials combine optimal levels of active ingredients – select multiple actives, fusing essential oils, marine extracts and botanicals – that work in harmony with you and your skin. Obsessive by nature, they are meticulous about every detail of every product they create, providing the very best in luxury skin care, transforming your everyday routine into a pleasurable ritual.
Pool and Gym
Housed in the Orangery, the hotel's indoor Art Deco swimming pool overlooks the sun-terrace and the River Bovey, offering stunning views for miles over Dartmoor National Park.
Bovey Castle's spa facilities also include a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. The hotel gym is stocked with a full range of Precor, cardiovascular and strength equipment.
The swimming pool is open from 7.00am until 8.30pm for adults and 9.00am until 5.30pm for children (accompanied by an adult).
The spa is open at the following times;
Monday 9.30am – 6pm
Tuesday 9.30am – 7pm
Wednesday 9.30am – 7pm
Thursday 9.30am – 7pm
Friday 9.30am – 7pm
Saturday 9.30am – 7pm
Sunday 9.30am – 6pm