Bovey Castle’s location overlooking hills on the western side of Dartmoor National Park is excellent. On the doorstep is 368 square miles of wilderness, dotted with Stone Age stone-hut circles, heather-covered moorland roamed by wild horses, ancient glades and villages lost in time.
Inside, there’s a heated swimming pool and whirlpool with deckchairs overlooking the grounds, plus steam room, sauna and gym, while the ESPA Spa offers an extensive range of treatments. Outside, in the 275-acre grounds, there’s an 18-hole championship golf course, a croquet pitch, tennis courts, putting green, archery and rifle range, helipad and beautiful lakeside walks to be had. Every morning there’s a free falconry display on the balustraded garden terrace. Pay-for activities include sloe gin making, fishing, horse riding and hot air ballooning.
The 60 rooms are decorated in delicate greys, taupes, sage greens and pinks, with sumptuous fabrics, metallic wallpapers and high-spec fittings. Each comes with a big television, kettle, mini fridge, complimentary bottled water, safe, decanter of estate-made sloe gin, slippers and robes.