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!”

Children interacting with ferrets on a spring break in the uk

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

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.


Devon is renowned for its spectacular coastlines and beautiful beaches, making it a popular destination for both holidays and day trips.

But with so many idyllic spots to choose from, which beach is right for you? Discover the sandy sights we would recommend soaking up at one of these best beaches in Devon…

1. Perfect for families: Exmouth Beach


For a great family day out splashing in the waves and building sandcastles, head to Exmouth Beach. Pack a picnic, your towel and your swimming things and make a day of it! There is plenty to occupy the whole family in the seaside town, from exceptional fish and chip shops and ice cream parlours to crazy golf, arcades, bowling and soft play. The beach is also life guarded and suitable for swimming, surfing and water sports. Exmouth also has plenty of eateries and evening entertainment, so you don’t have to rush back!

Is this a dog-friendly beach?

Dogs are allowed on Exmouth Beach all year around. In the winter the whole beach is open to dogs, but during the summer months designated dog-friendly zones apply.

2. Perfect for relaxation: Meadfoot Beach


Nestled below some spectacular cliffs, Meadfoot Beach offers a quieter beach to escape to. Steeped in history – this grand beach has links to Charles Dawin and Agatha Christie – Meadfoot is a popular retreat for those who love diving and fishing.

Grab your towel and a good book to while away a peaceful afternoon on the shore of the triple award-winning Meadfoot Beach. Why not hire one of the modern chalets and have access to your own seating area and kitchenette?

Is this a dog-friendly beach?

Your pet pooches will be allowed to enjoy a day out with you on the northern end of Meadfoot Beach, however they are not permitted on the south western section.

3. Perfect for water-sports: Teignmouth Town Beach


Located on the mouth of the River Teign estuary, Teignmouth Town Beach is a traditional seaside resort. Its sheltered position means it’s a beach popular with kayakers, paddleboarders and other water-sports activities, as well as providing a safe space for a leisurely swim.

The grand Victorian pier, built over 150 years ago, offers an amusement arcade packed full of games to keep all the family entertained should the weather take a turn for the worst. Also, keep an eye out for dolphins, which have often been spotted just offshore!

Is this a dog-friendly beach?

Dogs are allowed on Teignmouth Town Beach outside of summer season, but between 1 May – 30 September they are not permitted.

4. Perfect for everyone: Dawlish Warren Beach


Regularly chosen as one of the top beach resorts in the UK, Dawlish Warren Beach ticks many boxes. With one and a half miles of sandy shoreline, award-winning clean waters and an internationally protected nature reserve, it’s a perfect place to spend the day soaking up the views.

With family amusements nearby and a stretch of cafes and seaside shops, there’s plenty to keep everyone happy at Dawlish Warren Beach.

Is this a dog-friendly beach?

Your four-legged friend can also join you, with dogs permitted on selected areas on the beach all year round.

From Bovey Castle to the beach

Nestled in the rolling valleys of Dartmoor National Park, the luxurious Bovey Castle Hotel & Spa is the ideal destination for those who love the great outdoors. Set in 275 acres of striking countryside, you are spoilt for choice with an array of nature trails, river walks, and outdoor pursuits for you to enjoy, plus the wonders of Dartmoor National Park on your doorstep. Meanwhile, you are just a one-hour car journey from four of the best beaches in Devon.

Our exclusive Summer hotel offer

Make the most of your Devon holiday this summer and enjoy a family hotel stay at Bovey Castle, complete with dining and activities credit! While you’re here you can also explore our top 10 things to do in Devon.

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