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Bovey Castle

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Arrived at the hotel and first impressions were impressive. Beautiful drive from the A30 and lovely long driveway up to the hotel. Greeted very well by doormen. We had our 3 month old baby and were made to feel very welcome by all. Our room was available a little early which was nice and it was a beautiful room (Castle) with a particularly nice bathroom. Nice touches included double amounts of mini toiletries, a coffee pod machine, complimentary water, complimentary sloe gin and snacks (nuts and apples). We booked through secret escapes which meant we got a glass of prosecco in the lovely bar overlooking the stunning valley. Delicious prosecco it was too, served with olives and nuts. The hotel offer a walking guide which we used for an afternoon walk. The spa / leisure facilities were sadly a bit of a let down. We are very much spa goers and must be honest in that we have had much more luxurious facilities at hotels of equal or less £ per stay. We had dinner at Smiths brasserie which is a lovely light and contemporary space. Excellent food. Prices a little steep but perhaps what you’d expect. We didn’t sleep well as it was so warm - but the radiator was not on ? We opened the window but this still didn’t remedy it. It was very nice having a real coffee in bed the next day however and the hotel do put fresh milk in your fridge. Worth also noting some delicious fudge was given at turn down and there were also some homemade style granola cookies with the tea set. Bovey had very thoughtfully put a child’s towelling robe and slippers in our room and there had been the offer of a cot, which we refused in favour of our own travel cot. Breakfast was very enjoyable. Lovely room (the fine dining restaurant) and courteous staff. It was the most waited on hotel breakfast I’ve ever had. Juices poured for you at table along with tea / coffee. Toast and warm pastries are also brought to you. The hot options were plentiful and our breakfasts were delicious (inc perfectly poached eggs). There wasn’t as much on the Continental offering as I was expecting but we had some fruit salad which was fresh and tasty. I don’t believe breakfast is included in the standard rate - some constructive feedback would be at the rates charged it really should be, and given its location, one isn’t going to go anywhere else for breakfast so a customer has little choice. Hot drinks in lounges (there are several) are served with generous amounts of biscuits which was nice. I’ve Given it 5 stars overall as it is a delightful hotel, with good, friendly staff and I would love to return (albeit on a breakfast inclusive deal, like we did on this occasion).

Visited Bovey Castle for a short 2 night inclusive break (DBB).SatNav completely foxed and took us a roundabout route, including some parts where the car clearance was about 12 inches each side. Eventually rolled up through the beautiful but deserted golf course to the reception area. Smooth welcome from the costumed staff who took our luggage and parked the car while we checked in. Delightful Reception staff, welcoming and helpful. This was a feature of our entire stay - without exception the staff were friendly, helpful and obliging. Room large with lovely views and massive bed beautifully presented. All the usual facilities you would expect at this price - with some quirky exceptions I'll come to later. Afternoon relaxed in the lounge and watched the world go by until we went in to dinner in Smiths Brasserie at 7 pm. First wake up call was the price of drinks which were exorbitant whichever you selected - beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks. Way beyond what was reasonable at this level. The surprises continued with the food prices - in the end I had a small starter and a decent fish pie. My wife had different but similar courses. When the bill arrived, it was over £100 for 2 courses for each of us and then a 12.5% 'discretionary' tip was added. This theme continued for the rest of our stay - pleasant enough but substantially overpriced for what it was. We both had 1 hour treatments in the Elan Spa which were very nice but cost over £200 with gratuity. Now - we are seasoned travellers and have stayed at some of the finest hotels in the world -- e.g. La Mamounia Marrakech; Golden Eye Jamaica;The Peninsula Hong Kong. Clearly from their offering and pricing Bovey Castle seem to be bracketing themselves with that level of competition. Unfortunately they have some way to go before they can match those players. You can't just price yourself at a similar level to those establishments without raising your game to their levels to justify the premium they charge. Couple of specifics: at breakfast we requested 'well done/deep brown toast' and got flaccid white bread marginally coloured; also (a niggle) - who thought it was a good idea to put teaspoons to serve yourself with fruit, conserves etc ? Fiddly and annoying. Last thing (there were more but you get the picture) who on earth decided that cafetiere coffee was OK ? It is a throwback and is as bad now as it was then.Vile flavoured hot water - the only similarity to 'real' coffee is the colour (not sure about that either). Any 5 star hotel will by now have installed a coffee facility that makes fresh coffee from beans ground at the time. The aroma and flavour are incomparable compared to cafetiere coffee. So - lots of things we liked but not really a 5 star hotel. If the Bovey Castle aspires to that, they have some 'tuning' to do to bracket themselves with the competition.

Its become a very corporate place to go and that was quite evident as it had lost a bit of it's charm. The afternoon tea however was still very nice and very good value. Perhaps it would be better for large groups than for an intimate afternoon tea for two!

We had a short break with our three children and were super impressed by the staff's ability to accommodate them thoughtfully while not importuning other guests. There's a play and crafts room attended by the extremely friendly Tracey. Ferrets and chickens to visit. Wellies provided. Clever, funny and thoughtful staff (Osian in particular was wonderful) who won over the children immediately. Falconry! Enough said. And the castle parrot, Beaky, was extremely patient. The hotel had all the thoughtful measures in place to make the children feel at home, without every seeming like a consciously "family hotel". Thank you - we will be coming again. Storer family, Sydney.

I was unsure what to expect as this was my first visit. When you arrive to valet parking you know that the bar is set high. The quality of service in this hotel is exceptional from everyone you meet. All staff we encountered were a credit to the hotel. We were upgraded to a Junior Suite and the room was classic elegance. The bed was extremely comfortable and we slept soundly for our stay. We had booked spa pedicures and the girls who performed it were again a credit to the hotel. It was a pleasure to be pampered and engage in quality chat. The food was of a high standard and lots of detail were put into each dish. If I were being uber critical it was a lottery to portion sizes. My friend and I ordered different meals and the sizes on the plate were markedly different for lunch and dinner. But this does not detract from the quality of what we were served to eat. We did not use all the facilities, as this weekend was all about relaxing and taking time to unwind. Bovey Castle certainly hit the spot and I loved every minute here.

This is a beautiful hotel in amazing grounds. The hotel has many facilities and offers lots to do. My husband and I booked the hotel for one night as a treat, and we where not disappointed my it’s setting. We arrived, and where immediately greeted. The hotel provides valet parking. The reception team where friendly and efficient. We stayed in room 2, the room was lovely with a gorgeous bathroom. This room is directly next to the restaurant, but was not noisy. We booked the Great Western for dinner as a treat. My opinion of the restaurant is mixed. The waiting staff, where very professional and efficient. I did not enjoy my main course, I had fish, which I felt was over cooked. I was asked if I enjoyed my dinner and I did explain that I felt the fish was slightly overdone. I promptly was visited by the Maitre’d. Who informed me that my fish was not over cooked, it’s meant to be like that! I felt like I was being told off! Apart from the fish the meal was delicious. Would we go back? Yes to the hotel but we would try Smiths the brasserie! I don’t want to get told off again, especially at my age!

First visit to Bovey Castle. Had heard from friends that it was a wonderful hotel and it lived up to expectations. The standard of service was exceptional. Equally, the staff were extremely friendly and the atmosphere was very relaxing. The rooms were well equipped with all the amenities you would expect from a 5 Star establishment. Breakfast, which was served in the main restaurant was of the highest standard. We were very impressed with the beautiful well maintained gardens, and of course, Dartmoor National Park is right on their doorstep. Brilliant hotel if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle ( but excellent wi-fi as well - just in case!!!)

My husband and I were given vouchers for Bovey. We used these to purchase a three day stay. We were very lucky to be upgraded to a suite. This had a beautiful view was very comfortable and everything you could wish for was provided. The grounds of this hotel are lovely and we were here when the snow forced us to stay one more night. Mid March. The management kindly allowed us a snow rate as we had no choice but to stay and several guests were in the same position. We ate in the Bistro which was attractive and we enjoyed our food. Although this is an elegant hotel the staff are not stuffy and very friendly. I hope to stay again.

We stayed here for a 2 day family break and must say how impressed we all were with this gorgeous country hotel. There is so much to do from wonderful country walks to outdoor pursuits such as Clay Pigeon shooting etc,,From the minute you arrive you are welcomed and feel as if you are arriving at a private country house, We stayed in 2 castle rooms in the main house and had interconnecting rooms with the children. The large rooms were beautifully furnished. There is even a fridge stocked with complimentary water plus all the tea/ coffee making amenities. a lovely touch is the sloe gin and fudge. This hotel prides itself on a traditional service , with turn down each night , they replenish your soft fluffy towels and replenish tea/ cofee/ water. We ate both nights in Smiths Brasserie and the quality was excellent. The breakfasts each morning in the main restaurant were the best we have ever eaten. A special mention to our Activities instructors. Quentin, who took us for Archery/ Rifle shooting was so patient and a great teacher and Jason who took us Clay Pigeon shooting was an amazing instructor , a real asset to the hotel. We are now all looking forward to our next visit, hopefully a weekend this summer and then Xmas period. Thank you Bovey for making this a memorable stay!

Second visit to wonderful Bovey. Faultless... almost. Attentive staff - but not to the point of obsequiousness: genuinely friendly and endlessly professional. My only slight gripes are that the spa/pool is perhaps a little "tired" and could use some TLC, and that the cocktails are perhaps on the expensive side... That said, you pay for a degree of pampered luxury and exclusivity: in terms of value for money Bovey is excellent in this respect. Can only give Bovey our highest possible recommendation. Your dog will love it, too. Nice touches include wellies for those who left their Hunters at home. We were granted an upgrade nice touch. The breakfast - vastly improved from our previous visit - rates amongst the finest that I have ever sampled. You will not be disappointed!

North Bovey Newton Abbot England

Hotel highlights

  • Free in-room wired Internet
  • Free valet and self parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Bovey Castle is located within a 15-minute drive of Grimspound and Dartmoor. This 82-room, 5-star hotel has a golf course, a full-service spa, and 2 restaurants. It's on a river and also within a 15-minute drive of Castle Drogo.


Enjoy the garden views at Great Western Restaurant, one of 2 onsite restaurants. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service, or entertain your taste buds with a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café. English breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM.


Bovey Castle's 82 rooms are individually decorated and provide refrigerators, coffee makers, and free bottled water. Guests can expect free wired Internet and flat-screen TVs with digital channels and pay movies. Pillowtop beds sport Egyptian cotton sheets and down comforters, and bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries. Other amenities include safes, phones, and desks.

Property features

A local mainstay since 1907, Bovey Castle offers a golf course, a full-service spa, and an indoor pool. There's free valet parking if you drive. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a health club, a spa tub, and a sauna.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

81.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 2518 reviews