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Bovey Castle, Moretonhampstead, Devon
A countryside escape like no other, this grand stately pile in staggeringly beautiful surroundings has had a revival under new owners the Eden Hotel. Bovey Castle offers five AA Red Star luxury in 275 acres of breathtaking countryside on the western side of Dartmoor's National Park. Soak up moorland views on a sporting estate that caters for every whim - from fine dining, an 18-hole championship golf course, off-road driving, clay pigeon shooting and horseback adventures, to the luxury Elan Spa with its hydrotherapy pool. Shaded by lush woodland, the resort becomes your own private sanctuary; a truly unique stay in the heart of rural Devon.
Step back in time and take a wooded river walk to the 13th-century thatched village of North Bovey, one of the Moor's most charming spots.
Bovey Castle is on a 275 acres estate, surrounded by woodland inside Dartmoor National Park. The River Bovey runs through the hotel's 18-hole golf course and picturesque North Bovey and Moretonhampstead are both nearby.
By car: The hotel is 35 mins from Exeter, 2 hours from Bristol and around 4 hours from London. Free parking is available at the hotel
By train: London Paddington to Exeter St David's takes around 2 hours 30 mins. The hotel is a 40-minute taxi ride from the station. thetrainline.com
Plane: Exeter Airport (32 miles)
Style & Character
Bovey Castle offers the perfect escape for both thrill seekers and adventurers of all ages and genders. Beautiful period features along with a generous dose of glamour had us swooning - huge stone fireplaces, ornate plastered ceilings, oak panelling and mullion windows.
Service & Facilities
A stay wouldn't be complete without taking a nostalgic trip in a Shire horse-drawn covered carriage to the picturesque village of North Bovey. Four-legged friends are welcomed with a bed, bowl, toy and chew, and are allowed in all of the bedrooms. There's even a 'Pooch Parlour', including a shower, shampoo, hairdryer, towels and hair combs.
- Swimming pool
- ESPA spa
- Tennis courts
- 18-hole golf course
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
We love the luxurious open plan State Suite, with spectacular valley views across Dartmoor National Park. While away the hours in the gorgeous roll-top bath, taking in breathtaking views of the estate.
Single, Mews, Classic, Castle, Valley, Junior State, State, Grand State, Private Lodges
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with shower over the bath, ESPA toiletries, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, Smart TV, Nespresso coffee machine, fridge
Food & Drink
The afternoon tea menu will leave you fully satisfied - freshly baked scones, dainty sandwiches, homemade cakes and pastries, served alongside fine teas in china cups. Simply delicious! Don't miss the seven-course tasting menu - the estate roasted venison, red leaves and kisses of chutney sauce really stood out.
Smith's Brasserie: AA Rosette, informal dining, British classics, European dishes, small plates, burgers, steaks. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mains from £18.
Afternoon tea: full traditional service and optional choice of champagnes. Children's version available. Served daily in the lounges, 1-4.30pm. From £40 per person.