Whether you’re staying in one of our luxurious rooms or you’ve opted for a self-catering UK luxury family break in one of our spacious lodges, we’ve got you covered with a useful itinerary for each member of the family. Let us map out your visit to Bovey Castle for you, so you can sit back, soak up the glorious weather and enjoy spending quality time with the family.

A day for dad 

10.00am: Start your UK luxury family break by arriving at one of our luxurious private lodges, designed to help you escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Kick off your stay with a selection of breakfast hampers delivered straight to your door, or make it a family affair by preparing breakfast together in your self-catering kitchen.

12.00pm: After breakfast, step outside for a leisurely stroll around our beautiful grounds, soaking up the morning sun. If you prefer, take a guided Dartmoor Tour to explore Devon in all its glory, or experience the true art of falconry with expert guidance from our internationally-renowned falconer. 

1.00pm: Enjoy lunch at our award-winning Smith’s Brasserie, then challenge your family to a round of golf on our 18-hole championship course, where you can test your swing. For younger or less experienced players, we also have a putting green and driving range.

6.00pm: End the day with a home-style dining experience in your lodge. Watch the sunset while enjoying a classic summer BBQ on your balcony or decking, with all ingredients provided by us. From Teriyaki Mediterranean prawns and scorched lime skewers, to our succulent Bovey Castle burgers, this is a meal you won’t want to miss. Finally, unwind and ready for another day of adventure.

A day for mum

10.00am: As our luxury private lodges provide the perfect blend of privacy and access to top-notch amenities, why not start your morning with a refreshing swim in the Elan Spa pool with your family. If you manage to get some alone time, indulge in our spa packages and treatments, there to help you relax, unwind and ground you. 

1.00pm: In the spirit of ‘me time’ during your next luxury family break in the UK, treat yourself to our Afternoon Tea experience, featuring sweet and savoury treats paired with quality tea or Champagne. Spend the rest of the relaxing afternoon in your scenic lodge, shaded by woodland and bordered by lakes and manicured lawns.

6.00pm: For dinner, indulge in the award-winning cuisine at the newly reopened Great Western Grill. Our relaxed, yet elegant atmosphere is the ideal spot to enjoy the finest dishes, made from local produce. As the evening slips into dusk, stroll back to your luxuriously furnished lodge and enjoy a well deserved sleep in your comfortable bed. 

A day for young children 

9.30am: For those children who are real animal lovers, there’s the chance to meet our friendly chickens and ferrets, available to enjoy right on your lodge doorstep in the morning.

12.00pm: After a hearty breakfast and a friendly meeting with our chickens and ferrets, let the kids dive into our summer adventure activities during your luxury family break in the UK. From swimming and tennis, to falconry displays, there’s plenty to keep them entertained.

3.00pm: Later on, explore Dartmoor National Park and all the natural beauty it has to offer. Visit Canonteign Falls, home to England’s tallest waterfall, or enjoy the panoramic views at Burrator Reservoir. After a busy day, retire to your room as a family and indulge in a delicious home-style cooked meal. 

A day for older children

1.00pm: Give yourself a child-free afternoon by signing the older kids up for Bovey Bushcraft, where they can channel their inner Bear Grylls. Meanwhile, you can relax at the spa or enjoy a drink on the South Terrace. 

3.00pm: In the afternoon, choose from a variety of on-site activities. From bike riding and archery, to off-road driving and beekeeping experiences, there’s something for everyone. 

6.00pm: Wrap up your family holiday with an intimate evening meal in your home from home style luxury lodge. 

Planning the perfect summer family holiday in Devon has never been easier. Spend your summer days exploring our beautiful grounds, creating everlasting memories with your family in our luxury lodges, and enjoying a range of unique onsite activities that promise fun, laughter and good times. 

Book your family summer stay today or call us on 01647 445007 to speak with a member of our team.

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What’s included

With your secateurs at the ready, be guided through our estate to gather foliage before creating your personal wreath for the festive season.

£50.00 per person.

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Thursday 28th November | 10:30am – 12:30pm

Cost: £50.00 per person.

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Our alternative Halloween celebrations with marshmallow toasting, traditional apple pressing, and stargazing guided by our professional Astronomer.

(Weather permitting) 

£15.00 per person.

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Thursday 31st October

Cost: £15.00 per person.

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Try your hand at a variety of summer crafting workshops within the stunning grounds of Bovey Castle. With individual sessions tailored to adult or families, there’s creative fun for everybody throughout August.

£30.00 Adult | £20.00 Child

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This event is running throughout August

Cost: £30.00 Adult | £20.00 Child

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Join us for our annual open day, with guided tours of the hotel and Kitchen Garden, BBQ, live music, country pursuits and children’s crafting.

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Sunday 22nd September

Cost: Free

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Join us for an elegant evening of fine dining and musical entertainment! Guests will be welcomed with a glass of Prosecco before indulging in our delicious 4-course menu.

£95.00 per person.

Book event

Thursday 17th October

Cost: £95:00 per person.

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Meet our expert wedding team whilst enjoying cocktails and canapés. Explore our fabulous estate, the perfect venue for your dream wedding.

Pre-registration required.

Book event

Monday 4th November

Cost: Free

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A ferret from Bovey Castle is in the running to become the oldest of its kind as it gears up to mark its 15th birthday this summer!

Say hello to Suki

Suki, who is a female silver ferret, is preparing for her major milestone in the grounds of Bovey Castle, where she has lived for the past six years greeting families with her furry friends Henry aged two, and Lilly and Grace, both aged three.

Ferrets live for around six years, but can live up to ten years if in good health, according to the RSPCA.

Suki’s age has been revealed ahead of National Ferret Day (April 2) by Hannah Bathard, Activities Manager at Bovey Castle, who has helped to care for Suki since 2009.

She said: “While I don’t know Suki’s specific birthday, I have a photo of her from September 2009 when she was around eight weeks old, which means she will be at least 15 this July – which is phenomenal.

When we found out there was a National Ferret Day, we felt it was a fitting time to share Suki’s amazing life with the world.

She used to be a working ferret and was given to Bovey Castle around six years ago after she retired by her then owner Martin Whitley, who runs falconry displays at the hotel, and has nurtured ferrets since he was a child.

Suki has always thrived off socialising with both humans and her fellow ferrets, which I think has been the key to her longevity – along with a healthy mixed diet of high protein ferret nugget and off-cuts of meat!”

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Meet Suki and her friends

Suki and co have a dedicated structure packed full of hay and tunnels in the grounds of 5 AA Red Star manor house hotel, Bovey Castle, where visitors can pay them a visit.

Hannah added: “Every day at 9am a member of our activities team hosts a 30-minute session where visitors can get hands-on with our ferrets and then go on to feed breakfast to our rescue chickens.

“The sessions are very popular, so we’d urge families to book in advance – especially now that Suki has had her moment of fame!”

For more information about visiting the ferrets at Bovey Castle, head to www.boveycastle.com/meet-the-chickens-and-ferrets

Bovey Castle has won the gold award for Large Hotel of the Year in South West Tourism Excellence Awards, with over 300 delegates attending the event in the Great Hall at the University of Exeter.

The hotel, which is part of the Eden Hotel Collection, fought off stiff competition from the regional finalists in Gloucestershire and Dorset to claim the top prize, with a £1.2m kitchen refurbishment, significant investment in employee development, a commitment to local produce and an unforgettable guest experience all contributing to the winning entry.

The award comes after Bovey also claimed gold in the Large Hotel category at the Devon Tourism Awards.

The ceremony capped a 12-month selection and judging process, with cafes, pubs, karting centres,schools and distilleries up for a total of 89 awards alongside attractions, camping and glamping sites, holiday parks, B&Bs and cottages.

As well as its 3AA Rosette Great Western Grill restaurant and 1AA Rosette Smith’s Brasserie, Bovey Castle has 60 bedrooms throughout the historic manor alongside 22 self-catering country lodges, as well as on-site activities from archery and golf to 4×4 driving experiences and deer park tours.

Dean Gunston, General Manager of Bovey Castle, said: “We are extremely proud of this award as there has been a monumental effort from people throughout our team to raise the bar in terms of the visitor experience and further establish Bovey as a special place to visit.

“It was fantastic to see so many great businesses and venues in the region being recognised for the brilliant work they do in creating such a strong tourism offer in the South West.

“To secure the national award would be an amazing achievement both for ourselves and the wider region, and would set us up nicely for an exciting year ahead.”

Experience Dartmoor’s lively transition to spring, as the beautiful landscape bursts with vibrant colours and energy as the season shifts. From an ancient woodland walk, to a scenic picnic and even a visit to Dartmoor Zoo to spot the local animals, there’s plenty of things to do on Dartmoor National Park this spring…

Rolling Dartmoor hills on a clear, sunny day

1. Things to do on Dartmoor: Wistman’s Wood

If you’re looking for things to do on Dartmoor National Park that gets you stuck into the great outdoors, why not visit Wistman’s Wood. Embark on a journey through one of Britain’s last remaining ancient temperate rainforests during this long, but beautiful, trail. This is also perfect for botanists to discover the diverse flora while soaking in the tranquil atmosphere.

Ancient trees in Wistman's Wood

2. Things to do on Dartmoor: Bovey Castle

Explore the rugged beauty of Dartmoor at the luxurious Bovey Castle, with years of history to uncover, make the castle your home during your visit to Dartmoor and book a stay. With the chance to indulge in award-winning meals, exhilarating outdoor activities, and serene walks, our hotel, located in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, is the perfect home away from home. 

The hotel is also open to visitors who want to explore everything the castle has to offer. 

3. Things to do on Dartmoor: Foggintor Quarry

What better things to do on Dartmoor National Park  than uncover its rich history at Foggintor Quarry of all places. This abandoned quarry offers a glimpse into the region’s industrial past, set amongst the stunning natural surroundings.

Scenic Foggintor Quarry as the sun sets amongst things to do in Dartmoor national park

4. Things to do on Dartmoor: Dartmoor Zoo

Create unforgettable family memories at Dartmoor Zoo, and get up close and personal with a variety of exotic animals, while learning about their fantastic conservation efforts.

Lions at Dartmoor Zoo in front of an admiring audience

5. Things to do on Dartmoor: Buckfast Butterfly Farm & Otter Rescue

Experience the wonder of nature at Buckfast Butterfly Farm & Otter Rescue. Where you will have the chance to witness a variety of butterfly species in their element, and spot the playful antics of rescued otters.

An excellent blue butterfly at Buckfast Butterfly Farm

6. Things to do on Dartmoor: Buckland Abbey

Great for history buffs looking for things to do on Dartmoor National Park, step back in time at Buckland Abbey. This historic estate offers fascinating insights into Dartmoor’s rich heritage, with family-friendly activities.

Buckland Abbey provides great things to do in Dartmoor national park

7. Things to do on Dartmoor: Picnic by Cadover Lakes

Perhaps you’re looking for things to do on Dartmoor National Park that are a little bit more romantic for you and your partner. The picturesque Cadover Lakes is the ideal base for indulging in a peaceful picnic, taking in the stunning lake views that are surrounded by Dartmoor’s natural splendour. 

A traditional picnic next to Cadover Lake

8. Things to do on Dartmoor: Spa retreat at Bovey Castle

Talking about romance and peace, treat your significant other to a relaxing and rejuvenating sauna or spa treatment at Bovey Castle. Our award-winning spa is perfect for couples seeking a tranquil retreat amidst breathtaking scenery.

Bovey Castle spa retreat showing a person walking by a large pool and windows overlooking Dartmoor

9. Things to do on Dartmoor: Lydford Gorge and Canonteign Falls

Discover the tranquil beauty of Canonteign Falls, and the hidden landscape at Lydford Gorge, with both offering a refreshing escape and unforgettable adventure for nature enthusiasts and explorers alike.

10. Things to do on Dartmoor: Alder Vineyard

With the weather perking up, savour the sophistication of Alder Vineyard on a warm spring day. Sample exquisite wines amidst scenic vineyards, offering a unique and memorable experience.

Two glasses toasting red wine

11. Things to do on Dartmoor: Castle Drogo

Castle Drogo is a beautiful 20th century castle that overlooks the Teign Gorge, and is a popular choice with tourists and locals alike. The walk to Fingle Bridge is only 5 minutes from our hotel, with an amazing view and a lovely walk to the river where you can cool off and enjoy a wild swim.

From thrilling outdoor adventures, to wholesome family outings and romantic getaways, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during their visit to Dartmoor National Park. Don’t miss out on all the fun this season, book our exclusive spring offer now at Bovey Castle or our luxury lodges, and unearth the natural beauty and charm of this captivating destination this spring.

Up for some family fun this spring? If a unique, luxurious and unforgettable family spring break in the UK is what you’re looking for, you’re in the right place. Our beautiful hotel in Devon is the perfect paradise for your family to soak up the long-awaited warmer weather and fully embrace the spring spirit, whether that’s lacing up your boots and enjoying the outdoor activities, admiring the blossoming flora and fauna, or simply spending quality time together… 

Beautiful floral field with the sun setting in the background

1. Say hello to our animals and insects

With the days getting longer and warmer, many of our resident animals and insects around the grounds are coming out of hibernation, and soaking up the sun for themselves. If you’re an animal lover, this is the perfect chance to get up close and personal with some of nature’s friends during your spring break in the UK. 

Choose from our exclusive Deer Park Tour, where you’ll learn all about the deer life cycle, nutrition and how they fit into the conservation model on the Bovey Castle estate. Or perhaps, you’d prefer being introduced to Suki, Lilly, Grace and Henry, our friendly ferrets alongside the chickens, who love meeting and interacting with children. If you’re a honey lover, why not book our Bee Keeping Experience, to see the bees in action, alongside our fantastic bee keepers.

Children interacting with ferrets on a spring break in the uk

2. Outdoor activities galore

A visit to Bovey Castle wouldn’t be complete without checking off an outdoor activity or two. Liven up your spring break in the UK and discover our range of on-site activities that promise to keep the whole family entertained. From our air rifle shooting experience where you can practise your aim using an array of targets, to one of our guests favourites, archery, where you can embrace your inner ‘Robin Hood’. Whether you want to learn a new skill, or get competitive with your family, our on-ground activities will keep you busy this spring.

Man and woman aim air rifles at targets in the distance during spring break in the uk

3. Indulge in our delicious treats

There’s nothing better than indulging in some delicious treats on a well-deserved spring break in the UK. We invite you to enjoy an array of award-winning dining experiences with us here at Bovey Castle. From our quality, classic meals served in the Great Western Grill, a traditional Sunday Lunch fit with all the trimmings, to an unforgettable Afternoon tea experience full with sweet and savoury delights, ready for you and your family to tuck into. What’s not to love about all these delicious dining experiences in Devon this spring?

4. A fun family day out at Canonteign Falls

Discover Devon’s hidden gem, Canonteign Falls, and experience fun for all the family. Nestled at the edge of Dartmoor, these breathtaking waterfalls and lakes reopen March 18th… explore 90 acres of rolling Dartmoor scenery, abundant with adventure play areas and a brand new family of willow dinosaurs to find. If that isn’t exciting enough, you can also experience a one-of-a-kind encounter with the many alpacas from April 9th.

This family-fun day out is the perfect place to relax, laugh, play and embrace the quality time you spend together. 

Waterfall under a bridge at Canonteign Falls

5. Explore Dartmoor with your best friend

When we say the whole family can enjoy this spring break, we really mean it. As a dog-friendly hotel, we welcome your four legged friends, so you don’t have to leave them behind. Treat them to a trip to Dartmoor National Park, a beautifully unique location all year round, the open moorlands, deep river valleys, and rare wildlife are in abundance during spring, making it ideal for your dogs to explore the great outdoors and for you to soak up the glorious views too. 

Long furred dog stands in a floral field during spring break in the uk

Spring offers at Bovey Castle

Your spring break in the UK begins here, with our exclusive two or three night stay offer or our relaxing spring lodge retreats. Make the most of your spring getaway, and escape the usual hustle and bustle of life on a fun-filled break with the family. Our spectacular Spring offers and lodge stays are available from 1st March 2024 – 30th May 2024. Book your stay and offer today.

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Whether you want to enjoy the New Year in style, keep the festivities going or treat yourself to a relaxing break, our winter hotel break has something for everyone to look forward to and enjoy. Sit back and let us create a magical and memorable winter experience for you and whoever you choose to spend your wintertide break with.

For the adrenaline junkies

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If you have an appetite for adrenaline you’ll love our exhilarating off road driving activity. This experience gives thrill seekers the chance to drive one of our Land Rovers around the timber extraction tracks in the outer-estate woodlands and test out your driving skills. Take in the beautiful views of our golf course and the vast countryside whilst you travel up the Moor Field for a true challenge.

If you’re still looking for more to get your heart pumping, why not try out our air rifle shooting experience? Use one of our 22 gas powered rifles and enjoy perfecting your aim with a range of targets from scored target sheets to rubber ducks. What’s great about both of these activities is that they take place on our grounds and surrounding areas, meaning you can reach them easily and quickly from your room or lodge doorstep when you choose a winter hotel break with us.

During your winter hotel break you can choose to wind down in one of our luxurious rooms or cosy up in one of our intimate and lavish lodges.

For families

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Explore the natural beauty of Bovey Castle on a winter hotel break with the whole family. If you’re a family of animal lovers our on-site Deer Park tour experience is perfect for you. You’ll be given the opportunity to learn all about deer, from their lifestyle to their incorporation at Bovey Castle. Spot our wonderful deer dotted around the snowy winter grounds when you embark on the tour and enjoy a truly magical experience with the family.

Sticking with the animal theme, step back in time and enjoy a magical carriage ride to North Bovey. Learn about the local history, explore the magnificent scenery and do it all in a comfortable carriage that will make for a memorable experience. The February half term is a fantastic opportunity for you and your family to whisk yourselves away on a winter hotel break, in one of our contemporary and intimate lodges. Keep the whole family occupied, enjoy unique experiences and make long-lasting memories together.

Together, as a family, you’ll have the choice to enjoy one of our luxurious rooms or cosy up in one of our intimate and lavish lodges.

February Half Term Adventure Lodge Offer

Fancy a fun-filled February half term winter hotel break instead? We’ve got just the thing for you with our half term lodge offer that will bring you and your family closer. If you’re looking for adventure, wanting to create long-lasting memories and experience action-packed activities, this offer is perfect for you.

From £886.00 per lodge per night.

A two night stay in one of our lodges includes:

– A Continental Breakfast pack for the first morning of your stay

– Access to the hotel facilities, including the Elan Spa and dining (book in advance)

– Chicken and ferret handling, falconry displays, tennis, croquet and more!

– An activity for adults and children, choose from:

Our February Half Term Family Adventure offer is available from Saturday 11th – Saturday 18th February 2023.

Call 01647 445000 to book or BOOK ONLINE

For couples

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A winter hotel break is the perfect way to spend some quality time with your partner and soak up Bovey Castle in the winter. Brave the winter outdoors and visit our stunning 18-hole championship golf course and challenge your partner to a friendly or competitive game of golf or enjoy some golfing lessons together with a beautiful backdrop that will even cheer the loser up.

From sports to spa days, during your winter hotel break slink off to our Elan Spa. The perfect tranquil sanctuary where you can enjoy a treatment each and take advantage of our quality spa facilities from the indoor Art Deco swimming pool, whirpool to the steam room. Take the whole day to soak up the serenity of our spa with your loved one and refresh your skin, ready for this winter.

After a fun-filled and relaxing break, enjoy a meal at Smith’s Brasserie, a luxurious dining experience like no other. With a menu full of delicious dishes, a welcoming atmosphere and exquisite views, your romantic winter hotel break at Bovey Castle just got even better.

Enjoy your couples winter hotel break in one of our luxurious rooms or cosy up in one of our intimate and lavish lodges.

For friend and family get togethers

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Enjoy an extra special friend and family get together this winter with us. To really get your heart racing and explore the grounds, why not hire a bike at our reception and enjoy a group bike ride. If you’d prefer to discover more of Devon and its natural beauty we recommend the local bike hire centre in Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor Bike Hire.

For large groups our private estate lodges are the perfect base for you to enjoy the ultimate winter hotel break. Stylish, contemporary and unashamedly indulgent, our fully-kitted out lodges give you control over your own winter break and ensure a truly intimate experience can be enjoyed by everyone. With gorgeous views, cosy furnishings and the hotel on your doorstep, your group won’t have to worry about a thing during your wonderful winter stay. If you’d prefer your group can stay in our luxurious rooms with exquisite furnishings and great facilities to make your stay special.

The Bovey Winter Stay Offer

Enjoy our Bovey winter hotel break with a difference when you choose to stay with us and make use of our winter stay offer, so you, your family, your friends or your partner can enjoy a fun-filled, luxurious and unique winter break.

Rooms Offer

£349.00 per person, per night. Based on Classic room type.
2 nights accommodation
Dinner on one evening*
Afternoon Tea on one day in the Great Western Restaurant
Full English breakfast both mornings from

This offer is available from 01/01/23 – 28/02/23

*£45.00 food allocation towards dinner in Smith’s Brasserie or The Tasting Room

Lodges Offer

£784.00 per lodge, per night
2 nights accommodation with a £150.00 food credit*

This offer is available from 01/01/23 – 28/02/23

*£150.00 food credit per lodge, per stay. Can be redeemed towards lunch and dinner in Smith’s Brasserie, afternoon tea, or breakfast and dinner in the lodge.

Call 01647 445000 to book or BOOK ONLINE

From animal friendly family fun, spa date days for couples and exhilarating activities for those daring individuals, Bovey Castle has so much to offer. Start the new year off right with a fun and unique winter hotel break. Wind down, enjoy new experiences and treat yourself to a stay with us this winter. Book your winter stay today.

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