2 miles from North Bovey in a lovely setting is Bovey Castle, built in 1907 as a country seat for the heir to the WH Smith empire and now a renowned hotel. Carefully hidden in the grounds are 22 private, granite-built lodges of which we offer 6. These smart, stylish, comfy properties overlook the Edwardian gardens, lake and tennis courts; parking is a 5 minute walk from the lodges (unloading/loading closer). All the hotel facilities are yours to enjoy, including indoor heated swimming pool (65’ x 19'6' x 4'6' deep; no children before 9.30am or after 5.30pm), gym, steam room, sauna, spa (beauty treatments) and restaurant. Outside are hard and grass tennis courts (lessons available), croquet lawn (seasonal), cricket nets (late May to mid-September) and trampoline.
Supervised playroom for children under 8 (extra, available school holidays and half-terms) with arts and crafts, egg collecting and ferrets. Seven to 14 year olds can join the Bovey Rangers (school holidays only, extra) and enjoy activities ranging from rock climbing to survival skills. Optional activities for adults include archery, rifle shooting, fly fishing, falconry (daily display), riding, clay pigeon shooting and cider and sloe gin making. Wrapped around the hotel and lodges is a championship 18 hole golf course with driving range and pro shop; complimentary round (subject to availability, non-transferable) for all guests over 16. If you’d rather something a little quieter, roam the 400 acre estate (wellies provided). If you don’t feel like cooking, order a restaurant meal or pizza to be delivered to your lodge, or, for a special occasion, book a table at the hotel’s restaurant. The friendly hotel staff will help you arrange any activities you wish. Restricted use of hotel and children's facilities from 24 to 27 December; 30 December to 1 January; 7 and 8 January; 29 and 30 June (pool, spa and golf still available). The golf course is closed from 19 May to 24 May. An exceptional place to stay. Wedding licence. Maid service available (extra). Arrival after 4pm.
Jaystone is detached (in front of A89), with lovely views towards the lake and open moor. Front door into spacious hall wrapped around the central stone chimney breast rising from ground floor to the ceiling, with balcony (sun loungers). Utility room (sink, washer-drier). Cloakroom (loo, washbasin). Double bedroom (6' zip-linked bed or twin) with view to the lake, en suite bathroom (suite plus bath-shower) and door to the balcony. Open tread stairs down to living room with central stone fireplace (‘living flame' gas fire), big bright pictures, comfy sofas, TV/DVD and door to decked area (tables/chairs). Spacious open-plan kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, microwave, freezer, larder fridge, cooker with induction hob) with door to same decking area. Another double bedroom (6' zip-linked bed or twin) with en suite shower-room (suite). From the middle floor, open tread stairs up to the master double (6’ bed, TV) with lovely views across the hotel grounds and en suite bathroom (suite with separate shower).
DISCLAIMER: Please note that we have not finalized details for this holiday home for 2014. The description, prices and availability are therefore still subject to change. You may still provisionally book this property for 2014 and we'll confirm details to you as soon as they have been agreed with the owner. If, for any reason, you wish to cancel at that stage, you may do so without penalty and any deposit you've paid will be refunded to you in full.