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North Bovey, Dartmoor National Park TQ13 8RE England
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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4.6
Service
4.4
Value
3.9
Set within its own private estate on the dramatically-beautiful Dartmoor National Park, Bovey Castle is a 5 AA Red Star country house hotel and an unrivalled destination for a luxurious rural retreat. Built at the turn of the century, Bovey Castle has remained loyal to the subtle vision of grandeur upon which it was founded, and the understated-elegance of this bygone era continues to echo throughout the hotel. Within the 275-acre estate sits the 60 bedroom hotel and 22 granite lodges, both offering luxurious accommodation for family breaks, activity holidays, romantic escapes or corporate and incentive team building. The championship 18-hole golf course surrounds the historic manor house, while the estate lends itself perfectly to Bovey Castle's extensive selection of on-site resort activities. Immerse yourself in the luxuriously-appointed decor and outstanding service, relax in the holistic spa and indulge your taste buds with decadent food and fabulous wines.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Archery
Bicycle rental
Babysitting
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Sauna
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Golf course
Hiking
Tennis court
Fishing
Walking tours
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Salon
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Non-smoking hotel
Picnic area
Sun terrace
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Electric kettle
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Private bathrooms
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suziesouth2018 wrote a review Aug 7
Guildford, United Kingdom5 contributions4 helpful votes
We went to Bovey Castle to celebrate a significant occasion. We were greeted by a " chipper chappy" in the car park who watched me lug my cases from the cat, then when we were virtually at the entrance asked if I needed help. I said I had made it so far and was balanced so no thank you....the reply,..."Far be it for me to upset your balanced!" And he walked off. Once inside, lovely reception staff acknowledged the special occasion and gave us porter, Sam, to take bags to our room. Bedroom was lovely but bathroom paint was peeling badly on walls and around the window. My husband asked for another room and was met with surliness by the duty manager. While they were organising this, we went for a look around. As a celebration gift they had left us just two very melted truffles on a plate! The lift was v dirty and for some reason housekeeping & maintenance were using the same lift. At every floor we got out to big blue bins of sheets or maintenance men etc. The swimming pool in the basement was not good...very old fashioned and badly in need of an update. It wasn't too clean. The ladies changing rooms were littered with damp towels and it was generally reminiscent of the ancient swimming baths we went to from school as a child! I decided I'd give it a miss...as did my husband, an avid swimmer. There is no outside sitting area to the pool which is disappointing. We were told by a member of staff that, "you can wedge the door open with a chair if you like, you aren't supposed to so that the temperature stays hot but it's what you will need to do because the door will lock behind you and you'll be left outside in your swimsuit...ha ha." I looked around the spa and waited at the desk for 15 minutes, listening to 2 staff loudly discusing their workload, weekend, love lives etc. I couldn't see where they were but shouted hello loudly several times. In the end I left unnoticed. There is a nice relaxation area but it is in the spa entrance which wouldn't be relaxing after a treatment. We were moved to another room...down many " housekeeping corridors" of cupboards, through winding corridors to another room which was dark and really not as nice. They'd moved our luggage and the empty plate the chocolates had been on!!! By now, we were feeling upset that our celebration would be spent somewhere so NOT luxurious. Yes, it's a lovely old building but it needs much TLC and regular cleaning. The duty manager kept saying sorry but in the way a child does when caught out!! He said there were no more rooms so that was the best he could do...end of discussion basically. We decided, very reluctantly to go home...a 4 hour drive. The duty manager didn't look too bothered, disappeared once we'd told him and he'd sorted the repayment on the credit card. The highlight of the visit was Porter Sam...he was v apologetic, courteous and more embarrassed than the duty manager. He even managed to find a bottle of champagne to apologise for the room move...we left it behind! We also met a lovely lady measuring outdoor chairs for covers who told us the history of the building...otherwise there was poor eye contact and little courtesy from staff. Def not 5 star service...overpriced, understaffed, in need of customer service training, investment in the property and a good maintenance overhaul...they are relying on the grandeur of the building....and that's just not good enough. We drove home really sad that our special occasion was ruined! Gave 1 star for Sam!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Amie Leigh wrote a review Aug 4
Worcester, United Kingdom84 contributions40 helpful votes
I attended Bovey Castle for an Afternoon Tea, which was not cheap. The service was horrific, there were 2 servers for the whole room. I had 1 cup of coffee and we were there for 2 hours, I practically had to beg for water ( i asked twice and got none then finally a tiny glass appeared). We had someone in our party with allergens, who had an allergic reaction. Not that any of the staff noticed. Honestly, so disappointed , I travelled a long way for that and it was ridiculously bad.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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merryknights wrote a review Aug 3
Wales, United Kingdom1 contribution
This is long overdue as our first stay was in April, and on the strength of how much we enjoyed that, we have just visited again! The tone of our stays on both occasions was set from the moment of our arrival - the warm welcome and hospitality of the porters and reception staff was second to none. Our room was comfortable and beautifully appointed with break-taking views of the surrounding countryside. The food was delicious and plentiful, and we found the restaurant and bar teams to be efficient, friendly and helpful - nothing was too much trouble. The tranquility of the grounds allowed plenty of opportunity for relaxation, and we also enjoyed many of the activities offered onsite, such as cider and sloe gin making, clay pigeon and air rifle shooting, archery, the deer park tour, meeting the chickens and ferrets, and feeding the baby goats, as well as the golf and being pampered in the spa. Thank you to everyone who is part of the amazing team at Bovey Castle for making our stay on both occasions so memorable - we will be back!
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Sharon B wrote a review Aug 2
Ashford, United Kingdom13 contributions6 helpful votes
Have just returned from a little break at Bovey Castle first the positives, the setting is beautiful and the grounds and golf course are immaculate , the castle itself is outstanding the rooms clean with everything you need, the door staff and reception team could not have been more helpful, unfortunately she same could not be said for some of the catering staff, having worked in Leeds Castle myself on the catering side i know how it should be done and im afraid some of the staff were seriously lacking. When you are paying £25 per head for a very basic breakfast im afraid, you should at least have good service. We waited for ages our toast didnt turn up. When we asked for it they brought white but said they had run out of brown no apologies we sat there ages no one asked if we wanted any more tea coffee etc felt ignored to be honest. Room service was just as bad ordered 2 sandwiches told didnt have beef (which was on menu) then my sandwich didnt turn up, but i received a salad which i didnt order but was charged for then 10 mins later my missing sandwich turned up. Sorry but for the prices being charged this is not up to scratch.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Jonathan F wrote a review Jul 2022
Singapore, Singapore60 contributions21 helpful votes
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Beautiful castle in Dartmoor. Excellent interiors with great British service. Nearby to hiking and small villages with historic pubs. Beautiful grounds and views all around. While most of the activities are meant for adults, this is also a good place for children. There is a playground and a trampoline, and plenty of space to play on the lawn (and explore inside).
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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P2NA wrote a review Jul 2022
Umberleigh, United Kingdom58 contributions19 helpful votes
Lovely setting, popped in for lunch food was ok, service was farcical, seriously drop the attitude, it’s a best western….. shame as could be amazing with a little bit of humility from the staff, did make us giggle as could hear other guests complaining, won’t be staying again…
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Jamie B wrote a review Jul 2022
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If you're looking for a lovely venue for afternoon tea, Bovey Castle delivers. However, the service was 'bog standard' at best. We were celebrating a family member's 79th birthday, and my simple requests for staff to at least acknowledge that this was a special occasion for her went completely ignored. Afternoon tea was OK, with the egg sandwiches and the scones being the highlight. For £45 per head though, it wasn't any better than I've had for half that price elsewhere. Finally, the staff were not in the slightest bit attentive. When charging £45 for some sandwiches and cake, you'd like to think that the staff would be directed to make the guests feel special and have their experienced enhanced - not so. Requests for extra tea were met with blank begrudging faces, and the service is general was just functional at best. We went to a 3 star pub for lunch the next day and the staff were an absolute delight. If Bovey Castle want to charge 5 star prices, they need to train their staff to deliver a 5 star experience. Simple as that.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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David W wrote a review Jul 2022
Woking5 contributions1 helpful vote
I stayed here with my wife for our 30th anniversary last weekend. The hotel upgraded us (thank you, the room was lovely). The food was good, but took much longer than it should in the brasserie and was particularly bad for both breakfasts. On the Sunday morning, it took 30 minutes and 3 requests before we could get a pot of tea! The food itself was good, but the service is simply unacceptable for a 5 star hotel. We did report it to the manager before we left and he said he'd look into it. When we went to check out, we had to queue behind 2 other people each of whom were making complaints (I didn't hear what about, just heard the receptionist apologising and discounting their bills). I've rated this 4 out of 5 because of the upgrade, without that the mark would have been lower.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Helena wrote a review Jul 2022
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Booked this 'Serenity' Spa for a friend's birthday treat. Beautiful location, 5* hotel what could possibly go wrong? No complaints with regard to the 55 minute treatment - the girls in the treatment rooms were great. The afternoon tea part of the package was good - not many staff around but the food was well presented and tasty. What it doesn't state when booking (and paying a lot of money for the experience) is that the pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and 'quiet' space aren't a separate spa but are part of the main hotel and used by all the guests. Children dive bombing into the pool, noisy, distressing, not de-stressing as it was claimed to offer. If you want a nice quiet, de-stressing spa experience then don't bother wasting your money here.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Martin S wrote a review Jul 2022
Exmouth, United Kingdom272 contributions157 helpful votes
A welcome reception by the staff at the door on arrival. In the dining room however, the central heating was still on - our table was adjacent to a big warm radiator. The outside temperature was easily 24 degC! The waiting staff were nice enough, but the table service could not be called attentive. Just average and not good enough for a luxury brand. The cakes with the cream tea were good, but the slices of bread used for sandwiches was too thick for the delicate amount of filling. Disappointing for just over £50 per head.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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$265 - $365 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandDevonDartmoor National ParkNorth Bovey
NUMBER OF ROOMS
60
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bovey Castle
Which popular attractions are close to Bovey Castle?
Nearby attractions include Moretonhampstead Motor Museum (1.5 miles), Miniature Pony Centre (1.7 miles), and Fernworthy Reservoir (3.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Bovey Castle?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Bovey Castle?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Bovey Castle?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Bovey Castle?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bovey Castle?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Gateway Restaurant, The Old Forge Caffè & Restaurant, and The Cross Street Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Bovey Castle?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Is Bovey Castle located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.7 miles away from the center of North Bovey.
Are any cleaning services offered at Bovey Castle?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Bovey Castle?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Bovey Castle offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.