Bovey Castle unveils first phase of £2m transformation


The first phase of an ambitious five-year renovation project to restore Bovey Castle to its former glory has been completed.

Eden Hotel Collection began the £2m restoration project in January, less than six months after acquiring the country house estate in Dartmoor National Park.

The estate includes an 18-hole championship golf course, spa, country lodges and an outdoor-pursuits centre.

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Eden’s multimillion-pound investment includes initial restoration work to the hotel and the renovation of the entire ground floor, transforming the restaurant, bistro and public rooms.

A boutique shop has been added and the spa has also been refurbished.

The Edwardian Restaurant has been gutted and redesigned to introduce a Champagne bar, along with new panelling, drapes and soft furnishings.

It has been renamed Great Western Restaurant in honour of the Great Western Railway, the first owners to open Bovey Castle as a golfing hotel in 1930.

At the other end of the hotel, the Castle Bistro has now become Smith’s Brasserie and now boasts a fire pit at its centre, a theatre kitchen and lots of cosy corners.

All the design and refurbishment work has been undertaken by award-winning interior design company NH Interiors, who worked alongside the Eden Hotel Collection’s own design director, Marian Cartter.

With phase one of renovation work now completed, the bedrooms and bathrooms will now be given a makeover before a programme of investment into the lodge.

Speaking about the renovation project, the Eden Hotel Collection’s managing director, Mark Chambers, says: “Very little money had been spent on the hotel before it was acquired by the Eden Hotel Collection so it looked really tired.

“Bovey Castle is stunning and needed to be brought back to its former glory but we didn’t want to just redecorate, we wanted to make a statement and take the hotel into an exciting new era.

“We now plan to renovate the bedrooms and bathrooms in the main house, then move on to the lodge investment programme. We also intend to invest in the golf course as well as in the normal maintenance works on the estate.”