Bovey Castle – Dartmoor, Devon
First opened as a hotel and golf resort in 1930 by Great Western Railways, Bovey Castle is set in 275 acres of Devon countryside, surrounded by Dartmoor National Park. Choose from cosy, elegant rooms in the historic manor house or private mews across the courtyard. There are also three-storey self-catering lodges in the grounds, ideal for families or friends travelling together who want independence while still being able to dip into all the hotel has to offer. This could include watching a complimentary falconry display, collecting eggs from the estate’s chickens or booking in for a massage at the Elan Spa (the lodges come with fully equipped kitchens, open-plan living and dining, and housekeeping). Executive head chef Mark Budd uses fresh ingredients from Devon and the South West to create seasonal menus for one-AA Rosette Smith’s Brasserie (in the summer, sit on the outdoor terrace that overlooks the River Bovey) and three-AA Rosette Great Western Grill, which reopens for dinner in June. Activities available include everything from golf to archery, and from off-road driving to fly fishing and cider making.
Doubles from £325
+44 (0)1647 445000; boveycastle.com
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