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Reviews - Bovey Castle

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North Bovey Dartmoor National Park, North Bovey, Dartmoor, TQ13 8RE
Bovey Castle sits majestically high on the edge of the valley overlooking all that surrounds her. Below the beautifully restored Edwardian gardens, the championship golf course meanders along the valley and the burbling River Bovey sparkles and glistens as it makes its way down from the high moor. On the opposite side of the valley beyond the woods, Easdon Tor stands imperiously, glinting in the morning sunshine, a part of this ancient landscape since time began and today perhaps England’s last true wilderness. Dartmoor is truly a magical place and Bovey Castle the jewel in its crown. Every advantage has been taken of its unique setting to create a truly special resort. There is a vast array of activities available for young and old alike, so there will never be a time when you have nothing to do, unless of course that is what you want. The Hotel has been awarded the 2010-11 Large Hotel of the Year at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards and is also proud to feature in the 2011 Conde Nast Traveller Gold List.

The bedrooms in the Castle are designed with comfort in mind. They were created as part of a great home and they retain the flexibility to meet the most demanding requirements of Bovey Castle’s present day guests. Heavenly beds, delicious duvets, wonderful views through leaded panes, lofted ceilings, and family suites are all part of the Bovey Castle experience. There are modern touches as well, from flat screens televisions to high speed wireless internet access, and movie channels. The house staff are constantly on hand to tend to your needs, so all you need to do is relax and unwind.

Great food and wine are very much entwined in the Bovey Castle experience. Regardless of whether one is enjoying a relaxed dish on a summer terrace or soaking in the experience of a tasting menu at high table, you will experience the same attention to detail and the same commitment to making your experience the best it possibly can be. Ingredients are constantly being reviewed, with a consistent focus on freshness and quality. Fresh fish is delivered daily from nearby Brixham, beef is sourced from native Dartmoor cattle, bred on a farm only a few miles from the estate and Lamb from Launceston on the edge of the moor. Wine as one might expect is also at the heart of the dining experience at the castle. Guests are encouraged to enjoy and experience excellent wines throughout their stay. Each day the sommelier conducts tutored wine tastings in the Castle cellars, where guests have the opportunity to experience, compare and contrast different wines and explore the very extensive cellar list on offer. The Oak Room bar is a varitable treasure trove of fine Champagne Cognacs, whiskies and spirits. There are many malts and fine Armagnacs, some dating back to the time the house was built and if these don’t tempt you, the mixologists are constantly developing the most wonderful cocktails to tantalise even the most demanding taste buds.

The fact is, whatever the weather or reason for your visit, there’s always so much to see and do at Bovey, both on the estate and within the area. As one would expect from a property set in 400 acres and situated in the heart of the dramatically beautiful Dartmoor National Park, the list includes almost every country and sporting activity imaginable; including croquet, cricket, mountain biking, table tennis, archery, rifle shooting, fishing, riding, ferret racing, tennis and even the more simple pleasures of beekeeping or cider making. For more adrenalin fuelled activities, guests can take up the challenge of power kiting or canoeing, clay pigeon shooting or the Land Rover 4x4 off-road experience. Those wishing to take in the wonder that is Bovey at a more passive pace also won’t be disappointed.

Take a step back and really make the most of the regal surroundings with the daily falconry displays, art classes, wonderful woodland walks, hot air ballooning and even an early evening swim or yoga session overlooking the moor. For those really looking to treat themselves or a fellow guest to the ultimate relaxation experiences, you can indulge in a host of stress-defying treatments offered in the Castle’s critically acclaimed Spa. Whatever you decide to do, Bovey Castle is a national treasure when it comes to unforgettable, quality country breaks. A unique resort offering an unparalleled lifestyle and experience, just 2 hours from London it is the perfect property for any number of occasions, be it family get together, sporting holiday, romantic escape, or just a break away from it all.
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90% recommended this accommodation to a friend 87% would stay again
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Fantastic Location but very poor service
We had a two night visit and expected to be pampered a bit. The service was awful. There was not enough room in the bar and staff did not check to see if we wanted to be served elsewhere. We wandered around and sat for a while trying to get a drink before dinner but eventually had to ask three staff, the last one did eventually get us drinks menus.
The bistro was not full but staff were not very attentive but did take plates away before both of us were finished.
Going into the bistro the staff turn away to fill in their forms so we have a view of their backsides until eventually they finished colouring in their sheets and taken to a table. Turn the table around guys so at least we are looking at your faces when you are doing the paperwork. Better still - take us to the table and then do the paperwork. The food was ok but not special but not value for money.
Some tatty carpets in the piano bar and elsewhere, it looked like a big hotel in staff chaos - spilling drinks as they took breakfast up stairs and really was painful (funny) to watch staff flounder.
One guest ordered drinks and had to come back 30 mins later because staff had "forgotten all about it".
Although the service charges were not currently earned they staff are so disorganized that when checking my bill today, they forgot to add drinks to our room we bough on the first night ... so I guess it balances out ... however, check your bill carefully as you may end up with somebody else's purchases!
The location and hotel building were excellent however but that has more to do with the guy that built the place in the early 1900's than the current owners.
I will be recommending to my friends that if they want a stunning location and 20th century building then go to the Bovel but don't expect stunning service or pampering from staff.

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D Green

From Bristol, UK
Who stayed in August 2014

Couple

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Lovely stately home/Castle and exceptional service

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Sara D

From London, UK
Who stayed in May 2013

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Beautiful Hotel
Bovey Castle is a truely beautiful building in a simply stunning location. The staff are very attentive with no request ever too difficult, being completed quickly and effciently. Food was delicious with a good choice from both restaurants & great wine list. We relaxed and read and drank - a wonderful weekend away.

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Christopher Rose

From Worthing, UK
Who stayed in May 2013

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Awful, my partner for food poisoning and we paid nearly £500 for a small room - disgusted !

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B Brandon-quick

From Christchurch, England
Who stayed in October 2012

Couple

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