This was our first visit to the West Country, and we were delighted we were staying in such a grand hotel set on the eastern edge of Dartmoor National Park. We opted for a special break offer which provided afternoon tea on our day of arrival. We were not disappointed by the quality and quantity of the sandwiches, cakes and scones or the magnificent setting in a baronial style grand hall with a real fire in the huge fireplace. We had chosen to pay a little extra for a Castle Valley room with views to the grounds and golf course and to the moors beyond. We ate in the more relaxed setting of the bistro and also the grander main dining room - and it's great having a choice of eating places. Bistro has fantastic views and a fine terrace and the food is good value for money. A quality burger came with a firm textured ciabatta roll and not an overly soft hamburger bun. And it's little touches like that that made the bistro meal enjoyable. The main dining room (and also the breakfast service) was overseen by a most attentive and helpful maître d' called David. I am convinced he never stood still during breakfast service on any day he was on duty and was always welcoming and friendly. Breakfast was good with a selection of hot freshly cooked options as well as a cold breakfast buffet. I thought it would be a fine location for keen golfers with a quiet golf course in the grounds (well, it was quiet on June weekdays). And it has activities for children such as egg collecting at breakfast time with a daily falconry display for any guest. As with any large hotel we encountered the odd glitch but the friendly helpful service and the desire to put things right immediately meant we will definitely be back and would recommend a stay there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set within its own private estate on the dramatically-beautiful Dartmoor National Park, Bovey Castle is a five-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 64 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 décor and outstanding service, relax in the holistic spa and indulge your taste buds with decadent food and fabulous wines. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bovey Castle North
- Hotel Bovey Castle
- Bovey Castle Hotel North Bovey, Devon