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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
£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
£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.
Happy Birthday Dartmoor! 70 years ago, Dartmoor was designated as one of the the UK’s first National Parks, on 30 October 1951! In the same year, the Peak District, Lake District and Snowdonia were also awarded the designation. Dartmoor is a beautiful, wild, and incredible place to visit and explore, why not visit for yourself and find out why we love it here so much.
To celebrate Dartmoor’s 70th Birthday we have come up with the top 7 things to do on Dartmoor in 2021 (there’s so much to do here it was hard choosing just 7), keep reading to find out more…
The rich history of Dartmoor dates back to around 10,000 years ago, where people were visiting Dartmoor to hunt for food and then, from about 4,500 years ago people who were known as the Bronze Age Farmers began to settle down and farm the land. In medieval England, roughly 1,000 years ago the improving climate and increasing population brought many new settlers on Dartmoor. And even today you can still see the medieval landscape the same as it would have looked 700 years ago.
When visiting why not explore the old manor houses, churches, and medieval fields. You can take a short trip from Bovey Castle to the iconic Hound Tor Medieval Village which is a deserted village from the Bronze Age, consisting of a cluster of 13th century stone longhouses or why not visit the restored longhouse in Higher Uppacott?
The history continues with the Victorians, who brought different industries and lots of wealthy people to change the Dartmoor landscape, inviting steam trains to be built with a train line running over the Wray Valley which can still be visited and explored today!
Did you know? Dartmoor was covered in tropical forests for millions of years! Today, Dartmoor is an important reserve for rare species including different varieties of plants and animals, it also has one of the main concentrations of oak woods in the UK.
Visit Dartmoor are celebrating the 70th Birthday of Dartmoor with their ‘Time for Nature Challenge’. Come and test yourself with this interactive nature challenge which was created to help visitors not only explore the wildlife make new discoveries about the world around us. It’s important to recognise how the small changes we can make as individuals have a great impact on protecting the wildlife around us for future generations. Discover how to get involved with the ‘Time for Nature Challenge’ on their website click here.
There’s so much wildlife to enjoy and the Dartmoor Ponies are a species that are iconic to Dartmoor. So iconic that the pony was chosen as the National Park’s logo in 1951. They are an integral part of the moorland landscape and one of the main attractions for visitors to the area, contributing to Dartmoor’s unique character. There are lots of different types of ponies who reside on Dartmoor today, they have been used for many different jobs including pit ponies, shepherding, taking the family to the market and even sometimes carrying the postman to deliver the mail! The smaller ponies are called Shetlands and were originally used in the mining industry. Click here to read more about the Dartmoor Ponies and how to keep yourself and the ponies safe when visiting.
If you want to spook yourself out, discover the many legends and folk lore’s that reside on Dartmoor! These stories are passed on by word of mouth down the generations and are based on true tales. Discover the stories of the past giants, witches, pixies, and evil ones who have inhabited Dartmoor over the years. Learn about ghost stories of Dartmoor too. Click here to discover myths and legends on Dartmoor and learn about all the strange phenomena’s that have prevailed over the years. Delve deep into your imagination and picture the wicked Vixana peering over the top of Vixen Tor or imagine the body of poor Childe the Hunter lying next to the cross which marks where his body was found.
Moor Otters is a feel-good public arts project that attracts young and old for an amazing journey of discovery and making memories. The Moor Otters Arts Trail consists of 81 stunning sculptures of otters with cubs, all designed by local and national artists creating a total of four arts trails. This fun and interactive arts trail encourages visitors to spot the otters on the moor. Ending on Sunday 19th September 2021, where the otters will then be rounded up ready for auction and be available for collectors to purchase their favourite piece. The funds raised are put towards vital conservation projects for the National Park. Find out more about the Moor Otters Arts Trail here.
The granite that belongs to Dartmoor was produced over 300 million years ago and over the past 10,000 years humankind from the Middle Stone Age have shaped the landscape into a beautiful place to live. People have been living on the moor for thousands of years, explore the moors and you can discover traces of past lives etched into the land itself! Together, Mother Nature and Humankind have joint forces to create a stunning landscape full of varied for beautiful nature and wildlife to inhabit. If you’re into rocks and geology, why not visit the top 10 archaeological sites on Dartmoor, discover more by clicking here.
Rivalling Africa’s infamous ‘Big Five’ wildlife (the lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros), Dartmoor’s ‘Little Five’ are infamous on the moorlands and are rare, secretive and fascinating…
First up, the blue ground beetle. The ancient oak woodlands contain moss-covered boulders and tree trunks where this fierce predator hides. The blue ground beetle is one of the largest and rarest beetles in the UK it grows to a whopping one and a half inches and has long metallic blue legs. Next, the cuckoo bird. The cuckoo is a dove sized bird with grey colouring. They spend summer on Dartmoor and migrate 10,000 miles to the Congolese tropical rainforests in winter. The marsh fritillary butterfly is a rare, medium sized butterfly which can be spotted from May to June in the wet grassland on Dartmoor. Otters are infamous to Dartmoor with a medium-dark brown colouring and grow up to a metre in length. Otters are mainly nocturnal and travel large distances of up to 20km of river habitat. And finally, the ash black slug which is renowned as the world’s largest slug and can exceed 20cm! Another nocturnal animal, it can be found in the woodlands on Dartmoor and will feed on fungi and algae along the tree stumps. Did you know? Slugs are hermaphrodites, meaning they have both male and female reproductive organs. Find out more about Dartmoor’s ‘Little Five’ wildlife and how to find it by clicking here.
Sound like fun? If you need more time to ‘Explore More on the Moor’ why not enjoy a fabulous private lodge break with our exclusive offer. Get either five nights for the price of four or seven nights for the price of five! Discover our fabulous lodge offer and book now by clicking here.
If you’re planning a visit to Bovey Castle, then you will know we have the best range of activities for one of the best adventure holidays in Devon this year. From exhilarating off road driving tracks to peaceful visits to our Deer Park we have something for everyone. You will have so much fun at Bovey Castle, why not come and find out for yourself?
We couldn’t run our activities department without our fantastic team, and we are so grateful to have our very own female Bear Grylls right here at Bovey Castle, meet our Activities Manager, Hannah! We asked Hannah a few questions so you could get to know her before visiting, if you’re interested, please keep reading…
Growing up, what did you want to be when you were older?
A dentist or a dancer which I still do.
How did you get into the activities role you are in now?
I had worked here previously in activities from 2008 for 3 years. I had other jobs in between but was looking for an outdoors activity job again years later and the timing was right as they were hiring again. Have been back about 4 years now.
What season is your favourite at Bovey for activities?
Spring because the flowers are just stunning here.
You are a qualified 4×4 driving instructor, tell us about how you got your qualification?
Other instructors and I go to train up at Honiton with Land Rover Experience on their tracks there. I am BORDA British off-road Driving qualified and passed the ‘higher standard’.
What do you do in your spare time? Any interesting hobbies?
I love dance and performing, horse riding and clay shooting. I am a trainee horse trick rider and our team perform in jousting and trick shows up and down the country.
Favourite animal spotting on the estate?
Little baby stoats playing. I love ferrets so it’s a wild version of that.
If you were a Disney character, which one would you be?
Merida from Brave, as she is a strong character and can handle a bow and arrow!
If you could have dinner with one famous person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Dawn French because she’s really funny and likes chocolate a lot!
What are two items on your bucket list?
Long horse-riding holidays and an aeroplane wing walk.
What would be your dream holiday?
Horse riding across Canada staying in ranches as I go.
If you could choose any superpower, what would it be?
To stop time, as there’s never enough hours in the day!
If you could time travel, where would you go?
VE day on 8 May 1945. There were lots of celebrations and street parties to mark the end of the war, everyone would have been in such good spirits.
If you had a magic lamp, what would your three wishes be?
To have massages every day. Never get old. It not to rain.
Now you know more about Hannah, why not come down and meet her? We have so much to do here and Hannah is very excited to meet you! Discover adventure holidays at Bovey Caslte… Plan your stay here or book your activities here.
The best way to unwind this spring is with a refreshing spring staycation on Dartmoor.
Enjoy fabulous sunsets over the rolling Dartmoor hills, long scenic walking routes visiting the quaint South Devon villages and exciting daily activities to get involved with on site at Bovey Castle.
To help you plan your break, we’ve suggested how to discover the best spring staycation in the UK…
If you’re a nature lover, looking for the great outdoors and some fresh air on your spring staycation, get your walking boots on and discover Dartmoor National Park, we have 275 acres on our doorstep or if that’s not enough we can suggest plenty of scenic strolls around the local villages and beyond.
Explore the nearby village of North Bovey on your walk, with beautiful scenic views of quaint white thatched English cottages and a large village green.
For a more challenging walking route, why not try visiting the nearby Castle Drogo with plenty of walking trails with magnificent views over the Teign Gorge and you can even take your pooch! Castle Drogo was constructed between 1911 and 1930, it was the last castle to be built in England, the rich history of the area can be explored on the many walking routes.
Venture out to Exeter, a 30 minute drive away from Bovey Castle, you will find the Princesshay centre for chain stores and if you look to visit the Castle Quarter you will find independent shops. Fore Street is a haven for hip and historic shops in West Quarter where you will find treasures including vintage clothing and electric guitars.
If you’d rather not travel, we have a wonderful selection of gifts, toys and children’s games, books and outdoor attire for sale in our boutique store on site at Bovey Castle. You can browse high end and designer brands all stocked in our store with no need to leave the hotel!
There’s so much to explore on site at our resort, we have an abundance of activities available daily and suitable for all ages. From deer park tours to horse drawn carriage rides, with so much choice there’s no need to leave the hotel grounds…
If you’re ready to explore all that Dartmoor has to offer, why not make the most of your visit with our spring staycation offer?
Our exclusive offer includes one night’s overnight accommodation in a Classic Room, a refreshing glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne and dinner in Smith’s Brasserie. After a relaxing night’s sleep, you can also dig into a delicious full English Breakfast.
Choose to extend your stay with us and spend more time exploring with a two night trip and enjoy all of the above plus full afternoon tea with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne.
We look forward to welcoming you to Dartmoor on your spring staycation this year.
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