Bovey Castle

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Bovey Castle
North Bovey - Bovey Castle.jpg
General information
TypeEnglish country house
Architectural styleNeo-Jacobean
LocationMoretonhampstead, Devon, England
Coordinates50°38′46″N 3°47′44″W / 50.646092°N 3.795516°W / 50.646092; -3.795516
ClientViscount Hambleden
Design and construction
ArchitectDetmar Blow

Bovey Castle is a large early 20th century mansion on the edge of Dartmoor, near Moretonhampstead, Devon, England. It is a Grade II* listed building[1] and is now a hotel.


The house was built in 1907 to designs by Detmar Blow, for the second Viscount Hambleden (the son and heir of the Conservative politician and stationery magnate William Henry Smith).

By 1930 it had become a hotel operated by the Great Western Railway, known as the Manor House Hotel. In 1948 it was taken over by the British Transport Commission. It was expanded under new ownership in the 1990s, then purchased and refurbished by the entrepreneur Peter de Savary in 2003 and renamed 'Bovey Castle'. In 2006 de Savary sold 'Bovey Castle' to Hilwood Resorts. In 2014 it was sold to The Rigby Group plc as part of their Eden Hotel Collection. In 2017 British diver Tom Daley and American screenwriter Dustin Lance Black got married at Bovey Castle.[2]


The main building was built in 1907 in Jacobean style, with a Great Hall into which a floor was inserted in the 1980s. The interior is of high quality, with panelled rooms and elaborately carved features. Extensions were built in the 1930s.[1] The garden front is set above terraces overlooking a lake and the River Bovey.


The hotel estate includes an 18-hole championship golf course that was designed by John Frederick Abercromby in 1926.


  1. ^ a b "Bovey Castle". Retrieved 2011-09-16.
  2. ^ "Daley and partner marry at luxury hotel". BBC News. 2017-05-07. Retrieved 2018-08-25.