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Bovey Castle

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Our daughter bought us a voucher for a cream tea at this hotel, on arrival it was obvious that there was an event on. We went to reception to check in for our tea, we then realised that there was a wedding being held in the hotel. We were practically ignored so that the wedding guests could be dealt with. After a while someone took us to a table next to the end of the bar, our 2 scones arrived, but we were constantly being pushed by wedding guests trying to get to the bar, the scones were tiny and once served no one came back to ask us if everything was ok or if we needed any more tea. We left feeling like we should never have been there, it might have been a better experience if the wedding wasn’t on. But we will never know.

From the minute you arrive you are drawn in by the beautiful surroundings and the wonderful location overlooking the Valley and the river. The hotel is absolutely wonderful, the staff are incredibly attentive, the service is exceptional the food is excellent and the rooms are perfect, as are the facilities throughout. Everywhere is beautifully decorated this place is pure class and we were totally relaxed, the only problem is we didn't stay long enough.

My family spent a post Christmas break at Bovey Castle, 3 adults, 3 children 4+8 and 10 plus a 2 year old black labrador who couldn't believe his luck! We booked a 3 bedroom lodge (all en-suite and fully equipped). Rain, sleet, ice and snow plus glorious blue skies all magical. Wonderful walks, activities galore. My youngest grand-daughter loved stroking the ferret and chickens and we all enjoyed wonderful walks especially climbing the Tors. Staff excellent, helpful and friendly. A memorable visit and would love to return in the summer. Highly recommend with one proviso - take the main roads not the narrow lanes!

Stayed here for 2 nights recently. Perfect. The service was outstanding. Spa is beautiful with pool looking out to the landscape and sauna/steam also. The oldschool gym could be refurbished but wasn't too busy and therefore could find what we needed easily enough to sweat out all the wine and cheese from the previous night. Hopefully we will be back again soon.

First time in 5 years all the family were together for Christmas so we spent it at bovey castle the waitress service was fantastic really pleasant staff the beef Wellington was perfect as was the desserts really had a nice 3 hours with drinks in the bar afterwards A special mention to Sylwia and Daniela for their attentive service

I visited today with a friend and had a lovely afternoon tea. There was lots of choice and the cakes were divine! It is in the most beautiful setting. The staff were very friendly and attentive. Would highly recommend.

We were a large party of 19 adults and 2 toddlers booked for a 3 night stay over New Year. I don't think that any one of the 19 of us had one complaint. The service was exceptional, the food was wonderful, the rooms exceeded expectation and all in all it was an absolutely wonderful stay.

We booked a fantastic deal for a short stay at the hotel through Travelzoo right before Christmas (within the Christmas holidays). We can both honestly say that this hotel has got their service standards down to a tee. We were both very impressed and hats off to the staff and leadership. When we arrived, we had a very warm welcome from reception and headed to the bar where we had a glass of fizz surrounded by lovely country chic furnishing and a huge, tastefully decorated Christmas tree in the warmth of a lovely, crackling open fire. Their choice of whisky was huge, as were gins and cocktails. We headed to the Smith’s Brasserie for lunch. Nicely decorated with lovely views over the well kept grounds. The food was good. The drinks were in my opinion over priced. I believe a coffee was £6 and my glass of wine was around £13 and was a fairly standard New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. After lunch we checked into our room - a castle room. Views were over the car park but due to the incredible deal we had got I did not expect to have a grounds view room! The room was spacious with very tasteful in-keeping decor. The bed was huge. It was two beds together so there was a ridge in the middle but this didn’t bother us, but might some people. Complimentary nuts and sloe gin was a homely touch. The bathroom had a bath (with a shower head - very handy for washing your hair in the bath) and also a separate shower cubicle. Espa miniature products were also provided including; shampoo, conditioner, shower gel. Reception called about 15 minutes after we had been taken to the room to check we were happy which is a first for us and showed the care they have for their customers. Again, when we arrived our car was valet parked for us and our bags were taken to the room on our behalf by the porters. This was repeated when we left so we really didn’t lift a finger! Moving on to the spa - the spa is one of the highest priced spas I have ever been to, and I use spa’s regularly. Infirtunatelt the prices did not reflect the experience in this case. I had a facial and a pedicure. Whilst the work ethic and the enthusiasm along with her obvious enjoyment within working at the hotel was clear to see, my beauty therapist was very newly qualified. Therefore there were errors in both treatments; my facial was a bit sloppy and my pedicure felt a bit rushed and I chose a colour and got a different one painted on my toes - by the time I realised it was too late to mention and I didn’t dislike the colour to be fair. Whilst she is clearly going to be a fantastic Beauty therapist through experience I felt it was extremely poor practice for the hotel to be charging top rate prices (£80 for a 55 minute facial) when they are being delivered by a junior. I did mention when I left that this had happened and I was offered 20% off my treatments which I accepted but I made it clear that they should look at a different rate card for juniors as they need the experience to improve and it may even boost their bookings as the high prices could put people off using the spa. We used the pool which was lovely and clean, again full length windows over looking the grounds. Great sauna and steam room. The jacuzzi is at one end of the swimming pool, so although the bubbles are good, the temperature is the same as the pool, whereas I personally prefer a warmer temperature when relaxing in a jacuzzi! Towels are provided and lockers do not require a token or pound coin to lock which is handy. Moving on to arguably the best asset to the hotel (besides the beautiful grounds and building) the Great Western Restaurant. The food, service and full experience in this restaurant was truly excellent. We were served by a very pleasant and witty Spanish waitress who explained all of our courses and amuse bouche between every course in great detail and was attentive to our every need. The male restaurant manager was a little strange and cracked a few jokes with us that perhaps got lost in translation, so that was a little awkward, but nevertheless did not affect our experience as a whole. We opted for the beef wellington (for two) which was served table side, it was absolutely beautiful. Worth every penny. Extensive wine menu with prices starting from approx £30 per bottle - we had a nice Chablis and a red Zinfandel which cost £90 together. This hotel also offers all sorts of different activities such as birds of prey displays (free) to slow gin demos and clay pigeon shooting at cost. You could certainly stay here for a longer stay and not get bored! We would certainly visit this hotel again or one of it’s sister hotels without hesitation.

The location and the property is stunning. We have been here for Christmas lunch twice before and been very disappointed but this year under new management the experience was totally different from the time the car was taken away and parked until it was bought to the door on leaving. The food was good and plentiful and as it was a set menu we were pleased that they were more than happy to come up with alternatives if what was offered was not to our liking. All the staff were very attentive and were friendly and obliging. All in all a happy Christmas

I have often heard good things about Bovey, so one weekend went for a drive from London to Dartmoor. The experience from arriving and being met by a porter, to the seamless check in with room tour made the stress of the long drive disappear. I soon freshened up and went to the bar for a well deserved g & t where the service was outstanding and after a couple more was given the menu for dinner in the highly recommended Great Western restaurant. The newly renovated room was well thought out and the great bed made for a lovely nights sleep. I will be back.

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. 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.

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

Room (Valley)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

81% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 2451 reviews