Need To Know
60, plus 22 three-storey country lodges with kitchens.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in is 3pm, although you're welcome to arrive earlier and use the facilities, have lunch and make yourself at home before your room is available.
Double rooms from £139.00, including tax at 20 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 5% per booking on check-out.
Room rates are usually room only. Breakfast costs from £13 for a Continental buffet (£5 for children), a full English spread is £20 (£10 for children). Children stay free in cots and under-14s stay in extra beds for £20 a night – Castle Rooms and above are roomy enough for little ones.
Within the main building, there’s an accessible bedroom with a level entry wet room for guests in wheelchairs or with limited mobility. It has a disabled toilet and an emergency alarm.
At the hotel
Spa, indoor pool, restaurants, bar, crèche, school-holiday kids club, helipad, 275 acres, gardens, woods, falconry school, golf course, tennis courts, putting green, DVD library, free WiFi.
In your room
Flatscreen TV, mini-fridge, kettle, free bottled water, safe, Espa bath products, slippers, bathrobes (plus baby robes and slippers). Lodges have fully equipped kitchens, a DVD player and utility rooms.
Our favourite rooms
Some of the Superior Castle and Valley Castle can take one extra bed or cot, but the suites are much roomier with separate living spaces and dining tables – they’ll all sleep two adults and two children with ease. Rooms are individually designed by Annabel Elliot, with deluxe fabrics, expert upholstery, beautiful wallpapers and specially selected bureaus and armoires; most have baths and showers. One of the Grand State rooms has a decked balcony directly overlooking the countryside. For bigger families, there are the 14 three-storey lodges dotted around the grounds; they each have three ensuite bedrooms and sleep a maximum of six adults and two children (with two extra beds). They also have utility rooms, outdoor areas and enviably kitted-out oak kitchens with microwaves and dishwashers.
There’s a heated indoor pool which features a Jacuzzi at one end; it’s adults-only from 7am–9.30am and again after 5.30pm, but firmly family-friendly for the rest of the day. Free swimming nappies are available – just grab a member of staff. The area contains a scattering of chic deckchairs and is utterly spotless.
The spa itself is quite basic – a reception leading to a few treatment rooms, rather than hammams, Arctic mists or plunge pools, but the service and attention to detail are excellent. Treatments using Espa products include age-defying facials, pre- and post-natal treatments and reflexology. There’s also ‘Nfanga – Angel Bliss for children’, which is designed to ease your child’s nervous system and improve the quality of their sleep.
Bovey Castle is the only hotel in the world where you can ask for boxes of Lego to be delivered to your room. Children can choose from all kinds of brick-building sets, from Lego Duplo to techier kit for teenagers… and that specific sort of grown-up (a deposit is required and then refunded once the set's returned).
During school holidays, the kids’ club is a life-saver and if it’s booked up when you get there, you might be devastated. Call ahead at all costs. Babysitters need to be booked at least two days in advance.
Up to two small dogs a room are welcome (£25 a night, for each dog). Liaise with the hotel in advance if you are planning to bring your pet to stay.
Bovey Castle draws all its water from the Bovey River, cleaning and purifying it before pumping it through the hotel.