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Bovey Castle

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I have always wanted to stay at least one night in a real castle, see it from the inside and know I did not have to leave after the tour. We had a lovely room with a high box bed, very comfy. The view from our room was alas, of the front courtyard, beautiful with the fountain, but not the parked cars. Our son-in-law a room with a view out towards the lush green hills and a small lake on the property. Ladies, I swear Mr Darcy would emerge from the water in his wet white shirt..... We ate in the informal restaurant. My Fish Pie was sublime. Breakfast is not included, but I opted for the continental, which was very good, son-in-law had the full English, which looked unreal but too much for me. The hotel sports golf, falconry, sloe gin making course, many lovely walks in the area, which we could not check out .....and naturally, a spa. The various sitting rooms would make Mr Darcy and his aunt proud. Friendly service?

My friend had her hen here and from the start to the end the service was perfect. Bovey is expensive and we managed to get an advanced booking but even so was pricey. However we all seemed to have a lovely time. I thought the lodges were much better than the photos, the photos don't do the rooms justice. The rooms are large with large bathrooms. We had ordered an online door shop from Waitrose and due to running late staff had put this away for us. The staff were lovely, they gave us lifts around in the golf buggy when it was raining and were really friendly. Afternoon tea was lovely, although cocktails a little overpriced. But staff were accommodating with our many dietary requirements. The spa was not as good as we hoped, I think a few more rooms such as fire and ice rooms would make this better, however I would go again because the staff in the treatment rooms were exceptional. My massage was amazing and since having it I have had no back pain. I've been for quite a few massages and none have been as good as this. The cider making was fun, although more drinking than making! But we all loved it. I think it was good for a hen. Overall I thought Bovey was very good, and the drive from the motorway is very picturesque too.

The staff are very friendly. The food also excellent. The service throughout the site was excellent and the grounds are good to walk around. Plenty to do. The golf course well worth playing. Other things available include archery, croquet, tennis.

Stunning location, beautiful rooms and impeccable service from the whole team at Bovey Castle on our wedding day. Nothing was too much effort even though we only had a small wedding for 14. If you're thinking of a wedding venue, I couldn't recommend it highly enough.

We recently stayed in a lodge at Bovey castle Devon. The weather wasn't great but the hotel was lovely. There was plenty for all the family and the scenery and grounds were superb. The staff were friendly and helpful. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

We came here for a weekend treat to celebrate a birthday and on the whole Bovey Castle didn't disappoint. The staff are absolutely faultless, the hotel is beautiful and the setting is stunning. We stayed in one of the Lodges and it was a great place to stay as a family. And to be frank given the prices of the food in the restaurants it does seem to be better value to be able to prepare some meals if you are a large family. We loved the pool which - unlike many spas - welcomed children for most of the day. We would have loved to stayed longer as we hadn't explored even the castle grounds as much as we would have wanted. One really disappointing note was the dreadful Smiths brasserie. Whilst the food in the other restaurant - the Great Western - was good, the brasserie was an expensive disappointment and given the lack of choice at the hotel leaves you somewhat stymied. The other small disappointment was that despite my husband contacting the hotel to tell them it was my birthday they made no mention of it all. It wasn't a huge deal but not noting details like that is somewhat concerning in a hotel of this class. I would absolutely recommend this hotel, especially for families but would suggest finding a way of eating elsewhere until they sort out the quality at the brasserie.

Stayed for 2 days with Secret Escapes to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and wish we had booked a few more days. We and our 2 dogs were made to feel welcome right from the start, with an upgrade to a castle valley view room. It was tastefully decorated in shades of grey, with a huge incredibly comfortable bed, and views over the beautiful gardens. I loved the little extras of home made fudge, granola cookies and fresh milk in the fridge. They also provided a dog cage, bedding bowls and dog towels, so we didn't have to bring our own. Bathroom was huge, with roll top bath, double shower cubicle, and lots of top quality shampoos etc. Good water pressure and always plenty of hot water. Breakfast in the Great Western restaurant was fine-- buffet style but some hot choices cooked to order. My eggs Benedict were sublime. Fresh fruit was a little disappointing with turnip like melon, but otherwise everything was okay, with friendly prompt service We had the tasting menu with matched wines in the Great Western for one evening meal. It was a little expensive, but worth it for a special occasion as the food was delicious, and beautifully presented. The wine portions were very generous too, with your glass refilled which isn't always the case. We also ate in Smith's Brassiere, serving much simpler fare but also delicious. I had fish and chips which were wonderful There are lots of activities available in the hotel ground as well as golf, including falconry displays, sloe gin making classes etc etc. They also have a booklet of circular walks from the hotel from 2 miles to 10, and we really enjoyed a couple of these. The spa and pool looked lovely too. All in all a beautiful hotel ( a Victorian mansion built by W H Smith) in lovely grounds with great staff. A bit expensive but worth it for a treat. We hope to return

We spent two nights at Bovey to celebrate my birthday. My husband picked a grand suite which was very spacious. You entered into the living area with a door to the bedroom both generous in size. From the bedroom you moved into a quirky little area with a roll top bath and from here to a good size bathroom with a double walk in shower. Plenty of bathroom products and spotlessly clean. The food was very fresh and tasty but a little expensive. The staff were all highly trained but also friendly and approachable. Three restaurant staff well worth a mention Branca (lovely smiling waitress) Nozgret (lovely Spanish lady) and last but not least Andre (Supervisor). Hope the names are spelled correctly. Many thanks to all for a lovely break.

We recently spent 3 brilliant days at Bovey Castle and can't recommend the hotel highly enough. Our initial concerns about taking a 3.5 year old to this type of hotel were immediately put to rest as the staff all made our daughter and ourselves feel completely welcome. The property itself has been refurbished to a high standard and the surrounding grounds are magnificently maintained. We particularly enjoyed exploring the gardens as a family with each beautiful area leading onto further hidden / exciting spaces. The food in the Great Western is first class (as are the waiting staff) and our wifi linked baby monitor worked fine whilst dining there. The golf course looked pretty special too but sadly I didn't get a chance to play as Dad duties called!

10 of stayed here on a golf break to celebrate a friend's 60th birthday. The course is terrific-and demanding-and the hotel top class. Service was impeccable. Expensive but you get value for money. Lovely setting.

North Bovey Newton Abbot England

Hotel highlights

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

Located in North Bovey, Bovey Castle is within a 15-minute drive of Grimspound and National Park Visitor Centre Postbridge. 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 20-minute drive of Becky Falls and 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. Start each morning with English breakfast, available for a fee 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.

Room options

Classic Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Family Room

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Room, 3 Bedrooms, Kitchen (Castle Lodge)

King 3 | Sleeps 6

Superior Room (Castle)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

81% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 2237 reviews