Bovey Castle is my all-time favorite place to stay in England. Can you say Downton Abbey? I felt like I was attending a shooting party at a country home in about 1910. It was an amazing place, and I really hope to be able to go back some day! This time I will bring my swimming suit for their fabulous indoor pool, and riding clothes to take a hack across the moors.
Bovey Castle is located on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, near Morehampstead, Devon. It is a grade II listed building that is now a hotel with 59 rooms in the hotel and 22 three-story country lodges nearby. It was built in 1907 in Jacobean style, with a Great Hall, high quality paneled rooms, and elaborately carved features. Extensions were built in the 1930s, and a floor was inserted into the Great Hall in the 1980s.
It first became a hotel in the 1930s, operated by the Great Western Railway. It was taken over by the British Transport Commission in 1948. In the 1990s it was purchased by a hotel entrepreneur, and has been a high end hotel since. It is currently owned by the Eden Hotel Collection.
The grounds around Bovey Castle are beautiful. It is set on about 250 acres adjoining the Dartmoor National Park of several hundred acres of moorlands. There are herds of wild deer around the property, and a wide variety of wildlife. There is chalkboard in the entrance of the hotel where people can mark what animals they saw on their walks. I didn't bring any gear for hiking or riding, but a hack across the moors would have been cool! Perhaps next time. I didn't get any pictures of the whole house because I didn't walk far enough away from it. The castle is huge!!