For those that love walks and trails, Dartmoor National Park is the perfect place to visit. With over 260m² of moorland to cover, hours can be spent exploring the barren terrain and discovering its incredible wildlife such as the Dartmoor ponies that gather across the national park all year round.
Staying at Bovey Castle is a timeless experience.
First opened in 1930 by Great Western Railways it exudes the charm of the glorious decade it was born into. Effortlessly elegant, almost beyond belief, from the period print wall coverings to the vaulted ceilings, intricate stonemasonry and palatial fireplaces.
Breathe deeply outdoors as you take in the unrivalled views of Dartmoor National Park or walk the historic 18-hole golf course. Journey into the deer park; these glades, meadows and woodland trails are home to over 175 fallow deer. The Art Deco pool and the Gentleman’s Quarter of the Elan Spa await indoors.
Run a hand along the wood panelled walls, imagine the scenes this castle has seen; the elegant attire of bygone guests, the gatherings, the friendships formed, the love affairs realised. This is a special place indeed.
We are pleased to confirm that Bovey Castle have achieved the AA COVID-19 Confident Accreditation, plus we now have all our COVID-19 procedures in place.
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Need to Know
Check-in at 4.00pm.
Check-out at 11.00am.
Also Worth Knowing
There is no minimum age at Bovey Castle – families are welcome. Children under 14 years are not permitted to use the gym. Children up to the age of 4 years are accommodated free of charge in a cot or on an extra bed (except in a Single or Classic room). Children aged 5-16 years can be accommodated in parent’s room on an extra bed at the cost of £20 per night, inclusive of English breakfast (except in a Single or Classic room). For two children, interconnecting rooms can be requested, or book a family room.
The Oak Bar boasts an enormous array of whiskies and spirits, with the very best malts and fine Armagnac’s, some dating back to the time the house was built. There are, of course, plenty of wonderful cocktails to sample and our mixologists are constantly developing more.
Complimentary activities include: morning falconry display, meeting the ferrets, egg collecting and seeing the chickens, croquet, petanque , children’s climbing frame, swings, trampoline, brass rubbing trail, tennis courts- hard and grass in the summer season, gym, sauna, steam room, bike riding.
Activities include: Archery, air rifles, clay pigeon shooting, cider and sloe gin making, deer park tours, fawn feeding, falconry, fly fishing, horse-drawn carriage rides, and off-road driving experiences. All of these are bookable online or via phone, and are recommended to arrange prior to your stay.
Join us in ‘The Tasting Room,’ an exclusive concept at Bovey Castle, for a fantastic evening of sophisticated dining. Try our 7-course tasting menu specially created each season with fresh local produce. Our Sommelier has hand-picked a selection of fine wines to complement each course. For the ultimate fine dining experience choose one of our optional wine flights.
Discover the true meaning of ‘fine dining’ where we will be serving cutting edge, refined dishes along with knowledgeable and exceptional service where you will be educated on each course about the dishes and their wine pairing.
We are passionate about providing a professional service, our team is here to create a memorable experience with approachable and friendly faces who will actively engage with you and supply knowledge to enhance your experience.
Opening times – Thursday – Monday
Choose your dining time from: 6:00pm / 6:15pm / 6:30pm / 6:45pm
Dress code: Smart casual. For groups of 5+ a £20 deposit per person is required at time of booking.
The 3 AA Rosette Great Western Restaurant is just a little bit special. We’re not in the market for stuffy dining where you feel like you need to whisper behind your napkin. Great Western Restaurant is relaxed and comfortable, yet upscale and classy. We call it ‘exclusive dining’ actually, purely because it’s an experience you won’t find anywhere else in the South West.
Our roots are firmly planted in classical cookery, recalling the glamour of the restaurant’s Art Deco origins and echoes of a bygone era. They say the first bite is with the eye, so from the very start you are in for a treat as beautifully presented dishes, using locally sourced ingredients, are placed at your fingertips.
The ambience lends itself well to dapper tailoring and a fancy frock so feel free to glam up and feel special for an evening of splendid food and wine.
Image the best pubs in the land, You’ll be thinking countryside views, roaring fires, a welcoming atmosphere, cosy seating and delicious aromas drifting from the kitchen. Got an image in your head? Well Smith’s Brasserie is that, but better.
Relaxed and inviting, bang on trend yet unpretentious and most certainly classic British dining at its best. Smith’s is the kind of place where you can dress up and make it special with a glass of Champagne or dress it down and bring the kids for a family lunch after a day out on the resort.
You can spend some ‘me time’ curled up with a good book and hot chocolate in front of the fire pit or some ‘we time’ catching up over cocktails.
We don’t stand on ceremony here and we don’t want you to either so just chill out and prepare to do some serious relaxing in stylish surroundings.
The ESPA spa
The ESPA spa at Bovey Castle is a sanctuary tucked away from the bustle of modern life. Echoing the tranquillity and therapeutic flow of the River Bovey, our bespoke spa experiences have been created to relax, revive and restore the body and spirit.
Spa opening times:
Spa: Monday to Sunday from 9.00am until 5.00pm
Pool & Gym: Monday to Sunday from 7.00am until 8.00pm
Include a Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. The hotel gym is stocked with a full range of Precor, cardiovascular and strength equipment.
Max Capacity: 124
Cost per night: from £24,000
Min cost per person:
All bedrooms, within main hotel and lodges, full English breakfast, exclusive all public areas (excluding the library, Castle Bistro, spa, pool, gym and golf course).
Guide price: From £179 per room per night
For best available rates call 0800 089 3929
What the Experts Say
“Baronial Bovey has low-key luxury nailed. Muddy boots are welcome in this stately pile which boasts stone fireplaces, mullioned windows, elegant staircases and plush bedrooms. The hotel restaurant is a capacious art deco affair.”
The Observer Magazine
Offers & Packages
Our Best Deal
Relax & reset well-being retreat at Bovey Castle
Rediscover your Zen and reset your equilibrium with a well-being break at Bovey Castle. Surrounded by nature, Dartmoor truly is the perfect setting for wellness and self-care.
We’ll be treating you to a 25-minute spa treatment at the Elan Spa, along with complimentary ESPA products from their ‘Restful’ range, promoting good sleep and restoration. You’ll also receive a 55-minute virtual studio class at the Elan Studio, such as yoga or Pilates.
Unwind with a dip in the pool, where you can experience panoramic views of the stunning moorland countryside. There is also a steam room and sauna, with towels and robes provided.
Sleep should come easily in the comfort of a 5* hotel room. When you awake, join us for an energising cooked or continental breakfast. You can also help yourself to a variety of cereals and freshly cooked pastries.
There are plenty of ways to experience the great outdoors too, embracing the fresh air and boosting your mental and physical well-being. We have many wonderful walking routes, outdoor pursuits, and activities to try, including tennis and boules. Plus, we’re based within easy reach of the rolling moors, where you can explore all the natural wonders that Dartmoor National Park has to offer.
What’s more, if you place your booking during the month of January, you’ll also receive 10% off any of our paid activities during your stay.
Start your 2023 off right. Relax and reset at Bovey Castle!
The Relax & Reset retreat package is available as a minimum two-night stay and includes:
- A Classic Room to sleep 2
- A 25-minute Elan Spa treatment each
- A 55-minute virtual studio class each
- ESPA Restful Pulse Point Oil and Pillow Mist
- Unlimited use of the spa’s pool, steam room and sauna facilities
- Many wonderful free and purchasable activities including falconry displays, tennis, and more
10% ‘Early Bird’ discount on any paid activities when you book during January 2023
Prices from £399.00 per room per night (Based on a midweek escape for 2 people, sharing a Classic Room)
* T&Cs apply valid until 31st March 2023, please book treatment and studio times on booking. Offer subject to availability. Not available during peak times, including valentine’s day and Mother’s Day.
Available until 31/03/2023
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February Half Term Adventure Lodge Offer
What better way to celebrate the end of term than an action-packed adventure break, fit for the whole family?
Join us this February half term holiday and take part in a host of exhilarating activities. Come and meet our furry and feathered residents. Spend your morning with our friendly ferrets and help our team feed the Bovey Castle chickens. Then, head to the terrace for the Bird’s of Prey Experience, held by our resident falconer (you’ll even get to fly one of our birds!).
Next, a day full of adventure and activity. There’s plenty to choose from – why not challenge your family to a round of croquet, or an energetic tennis match? Take a dip in the Elan Spa pool, where the adults can enjoy the steam room and sauna. Or explore the wonders to be found throughout the beautiful Dartmoor National Park.
Plus, included in your stay, you’ll also get to choose an extra special activity to take part in – summon your inner Robin Hood with an archery session, practice your aim with a spot of air rifle shooting, or explore our brand new KidZone and TechZone for some interactive indoor entertainment!
After a busy day of adventuring and making memories, you’ll retire to your very own luxury, self-catered country lodge. Here you can relax by the fire or take in the beautiful views, all in the company of your nearest and dearest.
Each lodge sleeps families of up to eight (based on six adults and two children), and boasts:
Separate lounge and dining room
Three en-suite double bedrooms
Fully equipped open plan kitchen
TV and household appliances
Laundry facilities, including dryer
Infant cots available on request
Dog friendly (cage available on request)
A designated carpark for lodge guests
But wait, there’s more! On the morning of your first stay we’ll be delivering you a delicious continental breakfast pack, to energise you for the day ahead. Enjoy a selection of quality, locally sourced produce delivered right to your door. Goodies include freshly squeezed orange juice, chilled melon and berries, Teign Valley sour dough bloomer, Bircher muesli and much more! During your visit you’ll also have access to all the facilities and bookable experiences available here at the hotel, as well as everything the rolling Devon moors have to offer.
With much to see and do at Bovey Castle Hotel, the entire family will be spoilt for choice. So come and enjoy a fabulous February half term getaway with us, here in the heart of the beautiful Dartmoor countryside.
Your February Half Term Adventure Lodge Offer includes:
Two nights’ self-catering accommodation in your very own luxury lodge
A complimentary continental breakfast pack on the first morning of your stay
Access to the hotel facilities, including the Elan Spa and dining (book in advance)
Chicken and ferret handling, falconry displays, tennis, croquet and more!
Plus, your choice of exciting, extra-special activity to enjoy:
Air rifle shooting session
An archery session
A day pass to the PlayZone
A 2-hour pass to the TechZone
*Age ranges apply to certain activities. Rifle shooting session (aged 10 & over), archery session (aged 8 or over), PlayZone (up to 8 years), TechZone (aged 8 – 18 years)
Prices from £886.00 per lodge, per night (based on 6 people sharing a self-catering lodge)
Offer valid from Saturday 11th February – Saturday 18th February 2023.
T&Cs apply. Subject to availability. We know plans can change so this offer also has flexible cancellation terms.
Available until 11/02/2023
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Winter stay at Bovey Castle
Put your feet up and relax with a luxurious Winter Stay at Bovey Castle.
Spend a winter break away in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, the perfect destination for a UK Winter Stay with so much to see and do at Bovey Castle. Explore our 275 acres and take part in our daily activities, or discover the wonders of Dartmoor National Park with plenty of winter walking routes. After a wintery day exploring the area, return to Bovey Castle to relax and indulge in a dinner in Smith’s Brasserie, or a delicious sweet treat with our afternoon tea.
Look no further than Bovey Castle for a cosy winter break….
Our Winter Stay offer includes:
- Two night’s accommodation
- Dinner on one evening*
- Afternoon tea on one day
- Full English breakfast both mornings
Prices from £349.00 per room per night (based on two people sharing a Classic room)
Book by 8th January and we will include some special treats, a bottle of Prosecco in your room on arrival and 10% discount
T&C’s apply. Subject to availability. Flexible cancellation terms.
*£45.00 per person dinner allocation for use within Smith’s Brasserie.
Available until 28/02/2023
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Winter stay in a Self-catering Lodge at Bovey Castle
Banish those winter blues with a luxury winter lodge break at Bovey Castle…
Set in the stunning Dartmoor National Park, these stunning properties are the perfect hub for exploring the wild and wonderful Devon countryside. Swap the hustle and bustle for leisure and pleasure, visiting the spa, taking long walks, spotting the local wildlife, and trying new action-packed activities, all before retiring to your very own, fully equipped, home-from-home.
There is so much to do for guests of all ages! We have chicken and ferret feeding, daily falconry displays, tennis courts, a croquet lawn, swimming pool, sauna, and steam room, all of which is available to lodge guests. Plus, we run a number of exciting activities*, perfect for the avid adventurer, including archery, rifle shooting, deer park tours, indoor interactive play zones, 4×4 driving experiences, horse and carriage rides and so much more!
Our self-catered lodge accommodation is traditional countryside luxury. During your stay you and your fellow guests can enjoy open fires, beautiful balcony views, three en-suite double bedrooms, TV, free Wi-Fi, and laundry facilities, as well as a spacious living and dining area. Sleeping up to 8 (max 6 adults and 2 children), the lodges are perfect for families and groups alike. Dogs are welcome too, and there’s some fantastic local walks within easy access.
You will also be spoilt for choice for food, as we take the stress out of self-catering. You’ll receive a £150 dining credit; with which, you can indulge in some delicious menu choices crafted by our award-winning chefs. Dine with us in the hotel at Smiths Brasserie or visit the Tasting Room, for the ultimate in gastronomic delights. Would you prefer your meals to be delivered straight to your door? Simply browse our lodge menus, where you’ll be equally spoilt for choice at both breakfast and dinner. The ‘Indulgent’ Menu is a real winter favourite, featuring ‘Fillet of Dartmoor beef “wellington”’ followed by warm, gooey, decadent chocolate brownie!
Your self-catering Winter Lodge Stay includes:
- Two nights’ private, luxury accommodation
- Access to all the hotel and spa facilities
- Many complimentary activities suitable for all ages
- £150.00 dining credit per lodge, per stay*
Prices from £784.00 per lodge, per night (based on 6 people sharing a self-catering lodge)
Book by 8th January and we will include a 10% discount!
T&Cs apply. Subject to availability. Flexible cancellation terms. *Activities should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment, costs may apply. **£150.00 food credit per lodge per stay. Can be redeemed towards lunch and dinner in Smiths Brasserie, afternoon tea or breakfast and dinner in the lodges.
Available until 28/02/2023
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Embracing Nature at Bovey Castle
Located within the spectacular Dartmoor National Park, connect with nature in this immersive experience.
Arrive to an Indulgent Afternoon Tea enjoyed either by the lake on the estate or in one of our fabulous public rooms.
After a delicious Breakfast, choose one of our suggested revitalising itineraries including wild swimming on Dartmoor, forest bathing in the tranquillity of ancient woodland, or soaking up the stunning view from one of the Tors.
Return to Bovey Castle for a relaxing Full Body Inner Calm Aromatherapy Massage, enhance your relaxation with Restful Pulse Point Oil and Pillow Mist before drifting off to sleep.
Details: 2 night package, £467 per room, night based, on double occupancy, including breakfast each morning, 2 x 55minute Full Body Inner Calm Aromatherapy Massage, 2 x Full Afternoon Tea.
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Join the M5 South to Devon and the West Country. From M5, take J31 signposted A30 Okehampton. Stay on A30 for approximately 16 miles exiting at Whiddon Down and the junction signposted Moretonhampstead, A382
Stay on the A382 for approximately 7 miles into Moretonhampstead, and turn right on to the B3212 towards Postbridge. Stay on the B3212 for approximately 2 miles. Bovey Castle is on the left hand side marked by large wrought iron gates and a Gate Lodge.
25 miles from Exeter International Airport
Attractions Near Bovey Castle
Just a short drive from the coast visitors often spent a day or two out at local beaches, namely South Sands, Dawlish Warren, Bantham and Teignmouth. During the summer months the Devon beaches emulate a Mediterranean climate and also have lifeguards on hand to keep beach safety secure.
Located in the quaint city of Exeter is the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and is just a half an hour’s drive from Bovey Castle. The museum is home to a number of fascinating collections that include local archaeology, an assortment of rock and fossils, decorative arts, and much more. Entry to the museum is free and can be visited between the hours of 10am and 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
The Eden Project in Cornwall is a great day out for the whole family: explore the largest indoor rainforest in the world and explore how we can all work with the land towards a better future. The charity and social enterprise has stunning gardens, fantastic arts and music events as well as environmental projects on their doorstep. Some of the projects they work on go towards bringing about environment, social and economic regeneration with the main purpose to inspire people about the world we live in.
Weddings at Bovey Castle
Bovey Castle is a historic manor house transformed from a long-forgotten railway hotel into a luxury five red star resort, set within 275-acres of estate on Dartmoor. Upon arrival at Bovey Castle, guests pass through the imposing iron gateway, down the long sweeping drive, through the championship 18-hole golf course and there at the end is the hotel. There are countless wedding venues in Devon, but Bovey Castle is the only five-star and truly luxurious wedding venue in the county, set within a privileged location on Dartmoor.
Need to know
Facilities & Features
For fairy-tale romance, the groom can arrange with Bovey Castle’s falconer, Martin Whitley, for the rings to be delivered by Archimedes, a white-faced Shops owl, who swoops down the aisle and lands on the glove of either the best man or page boy. A truly amazing spectacular for the bride and her wedding guests! Entertain guests with a ‘nearest the pin’ golf competition, ferret racing, cocktail making in the Oak Bar, clay pigeon shooting or a falconry display with the hotel’s two eagles.
Cathedral Room – max 150 guests.
A beautiful, regal style room with balcony area, roof high ceilings and feature fireplace, with stunning views over the valley from every window. There is direct access to the South Terrace, which overlooks the estate, making this room ideal for a civil ceremony or welcome drinks
Adam Room – max 40 guests.
Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful rooms at Bovey Castle, with its iconic chandelier and period décor complemented by spectacular views of the hotel estate and countryside
The Library – max 20 guests.
A warm and intimate room, ideal for small civil ceremonies. The room features a large fireplace with views over the valley and has access onto the South Terrace – perfect for celebratory drinks following the ceremony
Summerhouse – max 100 guests.
Set in a quiet corner of our grounds and flanked by tall hedges and herbaceous borders, the Summerhouse is your opportunity to have your civil ceremony outdoors at Bovey Castle. Drinks can follow on our croquet lawn, overlooking the picturesque lake
Portico/South Terrace – max 70 guests.
The Portico on the South Terrace is one of the most desirable wedding locations at Bovey Castle. Seating is typically arranged in a semi-circle so as to emphasise the grandiose flight of stairs that lead from the lawns of the South Terrace up to the Portico, taking in panoramic estate and
Please call Bovey Castle for more information.
With exclusive use of Bovey Castle, the hotel becomes yours for the day. Your guests are greeted upon arrival and ushered into the luxurious hospitality of your very own country home, where your wedding celebrations begin in the utmost style and privileged ambiance.
Bovey Castle is licensed for civil ceremonies.
Planning services are not available directly through Bovey Castle.
Meetings at Bovey Castle
Day delegate rate: from £49 per person, including meeting room hire and equipment, pastries or bacon rolls on arrival, unlimited tea and coffee, lunch and an afternoon pick me up of cup cakes, tray bakes or Devon cream tea.
24-hour delegate rate: from £225 per person, including all the above with dinner, bed and breakfast
Max no of delegates:
50 (boardroom style)
130 (theatre style)