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. Spring water. Maid service available (extra). Arrival after 4pm.
Gorselands is semi-detached (next to A155). Front door into large open-plan living/dining/kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, freezer, larder fridge) with light and bright living area (TV/DVD) with central stone fireplace (‘living flame’ gas fire) and doors to balcony (table/chairs) with pleasant view through trees to the lake below. Stairs down to half-landing with loo (washbasin). More stairs down to two double bedrooms (6’ zip-linked beds or twin), each with en suite bathroom (suite plus bath-shower) and door to decked area, both with views from the decking to the lake. Utility room (washer-drier, sink). From the kitchen area, open tread stairs up to the master double with en suite bathroom (suite plus bath-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.