Bovey Castle, Devon

Located near the market town of Moretonhampstead in North Devon, the grand Bovey Castle sits amidst 275 acres of unspoiled countryside in Dartmoor National Park. Offering a plethora of activities, from air rifle and clay pigeon shooting to cider and gin making, the estate caters to all interests.

Archery, deer park tours, and hands-on experiences like feeding fawns and goats or beekeeping await nature enthusiasts. For a tranquil break, the Elan Spa beckons with a large swimming pool.

Originally built in 1907 by the WH Smith dynasty, the neo-Elizabethan architecture charms both couples and families. With 60 rooms and suites in the main house and 22 country lodges scattered across the grounds, Bovey Castle provides diverse accommodation options.

Indulge in locally sourced cuisine at Smith’s Brasserie and The Tasting Room, or opt for a rustic gin-tasting experience in the barn. Country Lodges, ideal for larger groups, offer privacy, accommodating up to six with separate kitchens. Enjoy various estate activities, from tennis to clay-pigeon shooting. Organize a miniature golf tournament on the 18-hole golf course for family or friends.

Afternoons can be spent by the log fire playing board games, or venture 40 minutes to Devon's coastline for a day of exploration. The team is happy to arrange gourmet picnics for an added touch of luxury.