‘Tis the season to be jolly, and there’s no better place to embrace the festive spirit than at Bovey Castle. Our luxurious hotel offers the perfect setting for a memorable Christmas celebration. Whether you’re a guest at the castle or simply seeking some festive inspiration, we’ve got you covered with our top 5 best Christmas ideas to make your winter holiday truly special.

1. Indulge in a stay at the castle

During the festive season, Bovey Castle transforms into a glorious winter wonderland, with rooms illuminated by spectacular Christmas trees and plump armchairs nestled against tables laden with walnuts and oranges. Whether you’re looking to unwind over Christmas in our Elan Spa with a festive pampering treatment, or stay in one of our boutique bedrooms, escaping off to the countryside is one of the best Christmas ideas, with an experience for everyone to enjoy at Bovey.

If you’d prefer a more intimate experience, why not explore our luxury private lodges, perfect for families and groups looking to spend some quality time together this winter. 

2. Explore Devon’s Christmas markets

Venture out to explore the nearby Christmas markets, where you’ll find charming festive markets selling unique gifts, local crafts, and delicious seasonal treats. It’s the perfect opportunity to pick up some last-minute presents and soak up the festive atmosphere of the region.

3. Embrace the festive activities at Bovey 

Christmas is all about coming together and having fun, which is why here at Bovey Castle we have a range of festive activities for everyone to get involved in. From a nostalgic trip down memory lane to the picturesque village of North Bovey on our Shire Horse and covered carriage tour, where you can take in the sights and the local history, wreath making sessions for those who love getting creative, and for the foodies we’ve got plenty of exclusive dining events, including festive afternoon tea, where you can indulge in seasonal sweet and savoury treats. 

And we haven’t forgotten about the golf lovers, spend the day on our championship 18-hole course where you can practise or have a competitive game with some friends or family. Whatever activity you choose to do during your stay, we’ve got the best Christmas ideas and activities to suit a range of guests. 

4. Explore Dartmoor by foot 

Bovey Castle is nestled in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, a fantastic way to explore a wintery Dartmoor is by foot, where you’ll be able to experience the rugged scenery at its finest. Embrace the wilderness on a trail through the tors, such as this challenging 14-mile route around Eastern Dartmoor

Make it a family occasion and bring your dog along to explore the wonderful views, or enjoy a romantic stroll with your partner as you embrace some well deserved peace and quiet together, in one of the most beautiful places in the country. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy some festive dining in our award-winning restaurants, where you can tuck into festive flavours and delightful drinks.

5. Woodlands Christmas grotto

The Woodlands Christmas grotto is a truly magical experience, perfect for families with young children. Walk through a series of interactive rooms, guided by Santa’s elves and get to meet Santa himself to top it all off. With presents, reindeer food, sweet treats and non-alcoholic festive drinks for the adults, this is one of the best Christmas ideas for those looking to enjoy a unique festive experience. 

Christmas at Bovey Castle

We can’t wait to welcome you to our personal winter wonderland this season. Why not make it a Christmas to remember with one of our Christmas packages? Packed full of festive delights, including, carol singing, live music, drinks, dinners and gifts. Unwrap our Christmas offers with us today and download our brochure to find out more.

From indulgent dining to outdoor adventures and exploring nearby Christmas markets, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this season at Bovey Castle. Book your stay.



5 Top Tips for Beating the January Blues

It’s the midst of winter, and as we head into January many of us may be experiencing a drop in our mood. Known as the ‘winter blues’, or in extreme cases seasonal defective disorder (SAD), this phenomenon is not uncommon. Shorter daylight hours and cold weather result in a biological response that can leave sufferers sluggish, tired, and even depressed.

As such, we’ve put together 5 top tips for improving your mental health and wellbeing and getting 2023 off to an up-beat start. But first…

What are the symptoms of ‘Winter Blues’?


Symptoms will vary from person to person, but could include:

If you are experiencing any or all of these affects, then our tips below could really help! (Note: If you are suffering severely, we advise you speak to your GP first.)

Tip #1. Get Outside

Studies have shown that both physical activity and natural light are proven to help sufferers of SAD. Go for an hour long walk at midday, during the peak of the sunlight hours. Why not head to the countryside to get the most out of your activity? Dartmoor National Park has lots of walking routes for the avid adventurer, as well as views that will take your breath away and leave a smile on your face.


Tip #2. Take up a New Hobby

Taking up a new, enjoyable pastime is a great way to exercise your brain and boost mental function. Not to mention, it’s fun too! Be as ambitious and creative as you wish. Read that book you heard about, treat yourself to a leisure club membership, take up golfing in the great outdoors, give archery a try, or take up crafting and get creative, the options are endless.



Tip #3. Eat Healthy

Eating well is another great way to combat those winter mood drops, and January is a common time for health kicks. We don’t promote ‘dieting’ and feel a little indulgence is good for the soul. Instead, seek balance and nutrition. Up those leafy greens and whole grains, and reduce free sugars found in chocolate, biscuits, and fizzy drinks for example.

Foods that may help to lift our moods this winter include:

(Source: healthline.com) We advise you consult a GP before making drastic changes to your diet or exercise regime.


Tip #4. Spend Time with Loved Ones

Feelings of loneliness or prolonged isolation can leave us feeling even lower at this, sometimes bleak, time of year. So, you have a great excuse to meet up with family, friends, or even join a social group or local leisure club and get mingling! Talking, whether to friends or a professional, can be deeply therapeutic and help improve our moods. A problem shared is a problem halved as the saying goes. Why not go for afternoon tea together, or go hiking in the moors to soak up some sunlight and vitamin D together as you shoot the breeze?


Tip #5. Keep Warm

Studies have long demonstrated that being warm (or comfortable) can reduce depression and improve wellbeing. This doesn’t have to mean cranking up the heating and wrapping up in a duvet – though sometimes this can be nice! Here’s some alternative ways to get temperatures rising:



Beat the January Blues at Bovey Castle in 2023

We’re welcoming in a great new year here at Bovey Castle and have plenty on offer, perfect for those looking for a well-being boost. Available to both our residences and day visitors by prior booking, you’ll find a whole host of action-packed activities and mood-enhancing classes and treatments to enjoy. Call 01647 445000 for more information.











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