After a busy first term back at school, spend some quality time together as a family with an action-packed February half term holiday at Bovey Castle.
Our 5 Red Star hotel is nestled in 275 acres of beautiful countryside within Dartmoor National Park, making Bovey Castle a perfect base to explore all that Devon has to offer.
There’s also so much to experience together on-site at our hotel. From archery to fly fishing, falconry to bike riding, we’ve chosen a few of our favorite family-friendly activities we think you’ll love.
For the animal lovers
If your little ones love getting close to animals, then they’ll love meeting our resident chickens and friendly ferrets. This complimentary activity for hotel guests runs every day and begins with the chance to learn more about the animals’ life at Bovey Castle, before watching a fun ferret race and collecting the chicken’s eggs straight from the coop.
Then there’s also our falconry displays where our experienced falconer provides an educational commentary on these breath-taking birds of prey as they soar through the sky. Running every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday this complimentary activity is a magical experience for those young and old.
If your family would like to combine meeting our furry friends with learning more about the estate’s history, then why not try a deer park tour? Guided by one of Bovey’s deer keepers, this activity is priced at £30 per person and will see you spend an hour with these magnificent animals. Learn all about their lifecycle, nutrition and how deers fit into the conversation model on the Bovey estate.
For a more majestic tour, discover our carriage rides to the village of North Bovey. Step back in time at Bovey Castle and enjoy a picturesque ride on our shire horse and covered carriages, taking in the stunning Dartmoor scenery and local history.
From £250 a 6 person carriage or £70 per person, make memories together to cherish forever on this nostalgic carriage ride.
For family-friendly sports
If you’re a family who has a competitive side, then we’ve got a whole host of on-site sporting activities you can get stuck into.
Our complimentary activities include the traditional garden game of Croquet and the use of our Tennis courts.
One of our most popular activities here at Bovey Castle is our archery range, where eager archers can find their inner Robin Hood testing their aim shooting different targets. Lasting for approximately one hour, this activity is priced at £35 per person.
For the adventure seekers
If your family loves to explore, make the most of our complimentary bike hire for an adventure around Bovey Castle’s grounds together.
If you wish to venture further afield and try the local cycle paths or visit the neighbouring villages we recommend the local Dartmoor Bike Hire centre, who also offer tandems, trailers & tagalongs!
For a clue-led adventure around our hotel grounds, children will love our brass rubbing trail. It also offers a perfect opportunity to explore what other activities around the estate you might like to try.
February half term offer for families
This February half term, we are giving your family the ultimate comfort experience with a stay in one of our scenic private estate lodges. Our lodges are nestled in the beautiful grounds of our hotel, and have breathtaking views of Bovey Castle!
Along with fantastic views, our lodges also include:
- 3 separate ensuite bedrooms with king or twin bed
- Open plan kitchen, lounge and dining room
- Each lodge has their own individual design, and all are built over 3 floors! No need to worry about space!
- Bring your furry friend along – we are dog friendly!*
Our Winter Escape Lodge Offer, with availability on selected dates during February half-term includes:
- Two nights’ accommodation in our self-catering lodges
- Welcome basket and bottle of Champagne in your lodge on arrival
From £699.00 per lodge, per night (based on a two night stay)