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Devon, United Kingdom
Why Stay At Bovey Castle
Sprawling English manor on impeccably groomed grounds in the heart of arcadian Dartmoor National Park.
Built in 1906 as a lavish neo-Elizabethan private residence with high ceilings, stuccoes and wood-paneled walls on 275 rural acres, Bovey Castle embodies the typical English country getaway. Activities include golfing, fly-fishing, archery, horseback riding and clay pigeon shooting. The castle's bright, cozy rooms are furnished in bucolic chic, but don't lack for modern touches such as flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi access. Need to recharge your batteries? The on-site spa's unique SUNDÃRI concept created by Christy Turlington (yes, the supermodel) is based on Ayurvedic treatments using products rooted in age-old Indian healing methods. Notably, a range of services is offered for kids 12 and up. You may also opt to take a dip in the large Art Deco-style swimming pool housed in the Orangery, which overlooks the sun deck and River Bovey. Despite the dignified surroundings, the estate expressly welcomes families with children and offers a staffed well-equipped playroom; outdoor adventures like rock climbing and raft building plus the world's only LEGO room service. Upon returning from the day's adventures, shed those tweeds and wellies for dinner at The Edwardian and dress up for a refined culinary experience. The restaurant is decorated with hand-painted chinoiserie wall coverings and bathed in candlelight.
Ever wanted to emulate Tom Cruise in Cocktail? The hotel's resident mixologist teaches you about the history and creation of famous mixed drinks and invites you behind the Oak Bar to concoct one of your own. (£30 per person.)
Do as the British do and order an Afternoon Cream Tea—the Devonshire specialty comes with scones, clotted cream and jam. Seating is limited so make sure to pre-book.
Arrive at Exeter International Airport (EXT) which is approximately 24 miles from the castle. Anticipate about 40 minutes of travel time.Dartmoor National Park, North Bovey, Teignbridge District, United Kingdom
Hotel FeaturesBack to Top Property Amenities
- Sauna+Steam Room
- Indoor Pool
- Sun Deck
- Fitness Center
- Championship Golf
- Croquet Lawn
- Range of Activities
- Kids' Playroom
- Family Amenities
- LEGO™ Room Service
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Sitting Areas
- Flat-screen TVs
- Desks + Chairs
- En-Suite Bathrooms
- 2 Restaurants
- Afternoon Tea
- Rates are based on two people. Up to 1 child may share the Valley Castle Room for an additional GBP 20 per night
- English breakfast
- VAT is included in the rates
Why We Love Devon
Pastoral marsh and moorland, lone boulders and ancient stone circles comprise 370 square miles in England's South Devon. The protected park is rich in archeology and antiquities, best explored through walking tours or horse trekking.
Gidleigh Park Hotel, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park
Where to Drink: Walk down to the nearby village of North Bovey and have a drink at quaint B&B Ring O'Bells. The proprietary pub serves local favorite brews like Teignworthy Reel Ale and St. Austell Tribute and also offers up a well-rounded wine list. Drinks for two £8.
The Village, North Bovey, Dartmoor National Park.
+44 1647 440375
Best Day Trip: Located on the edge of Dartmoor, stop at 700-year-old Buckland Abbey—seafarer Sir Francis Drake's former home. Take a self-guided walk through the woods and gardens (with prime picnic spots) and visit the interactive museum.
Yelverton, Dartmoor National Park.
+44 01822 853607
Outdoor Excursion: Think outside the box and learn hands-on about the art of hawking. Falconer Martin Whitley coaches participants to fly a variety of birds of prey and encounter their different personalities. £65 per person.
Sessions held on the herbaceous border surrounding Bovey Castle's summerhouse.
Why Go Now
October 16 - 20, 2013
Lowender Peran Celtic Festival
Showcasing Cornwall's distinctive heritage through traditional music, ceilidhs, storytelling and a large Celtic craft market and the link to Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Tickets £5-10.
Ponsmere Hotel, Peranforth, Cornwall.
November 11-16, 2013
Cheltenham Comedy Festival
Line-up of top comedians and new rising stars performing at numerous venues.