Bovey Castle, the five-red-star hotel and country estate in Dartmoor National Park, is to be featured on a new TV series documentary called Posh Hotels with Sally and Nigel.
The luxury hotel will feature in the four-part programme on Channel 5, which will see Sally Lindsay and Nigel Havers go behind the scenes to experience life at the hotel as both guests and members of staff.
Havers and his dog Charlie are booked into a lavish (dog-friendly) suite with Bovey Castle’s Very Important Pooch (VIP) service; it includes matching Barbour jackets for them both to wear.
He heads out on to the estate to check out the new Deer Park, while Lindsay helps to prepare venison – part of the hotel’s £500 per head exclusive Deer Stalking Dinner – in the Great Western Restaurant’s kitchen.
Lindsay also tries gin tasting and the less glamorous job of cleaning windows, while Havers lends his hand at French polishing – taking advice from one of the hotel’s expert polishers.
He also tries out one of Bovey Castle’s unique male spa treatments – a deep tissue massage using golf balls – and is on caddy duty while Lindsay enjoys a round of golf on the hotel’s 18-hole championship golf course.
Mark Chambers, managing director, Eden Hotel Collection says: “We are thrilled to be part of Channel 5’s new series highlighting the very best luxurious British hotels. The final episode, featuring Bovey Castle, demonstrates both the meticulous attention to detail and many of the behind-the-scenes jobs which make Bovey Castle what it is today – one of Britain’s most exclusive hotels, providing exemplary hospitality.”
Since the Eden Hotel Collection acquired Bovey Castle back in 2014, the hotel has won numerous awards, the most notable of which is five red AA stars in 2017.
Set in 275 acres of countryside on Dartmoor National Park, the flagship Eden Hotel Collection property has 60 bedrooms, 22 lodges, an 18-hole championship golf course, tennis courts and an Elan Spa – complete with Art Deco swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, treatment rooms and a dedicated Gentlemen’s Quarter.
On-site experiences include falconry, cider and sloe gin-making and 4×4 off-road driving. Last year, the hotel opened its new Deer Park within the estate.
The hotel’s 3 AA Rosette Great Western restaurant is overseen by head chef Mark Budd, who also manages the hotel’s casual dining option, Smith’s Brasserie.