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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Review: A Day at Bovey Castle in the Sunshine


Bovey Castle is a stunning place (or resort as they call it) nr North Bovey in the middle of Dartmoor National Park, Devon.  It is a hotel, golf course, spa plus bistro and restaurant.
We visited on a stunningly hot July day and made the most of it.  You can just see the edge of the Boules pit in the foreground of the photo above.  We spent a lot of the day on those two sun loungers that are almost out of the picture.  And yes, I did get sunburnt....! Grrrrr.
There are many public rooms where you can slurp a cuppa or read a magazine but we were really impressed with the bistro lunch.  There is a beautiful terrace where you can sit in the sun or shade and admire the stunning views.   Above you can see the Lemon Sole that I ordered and the homemade fishcakes that my partner devoured.

Thanks to the generosity of my Australian friend, I had a Spa Experience which meant my first time getting a Hot Stone Massage (this was fairly firm on my back and was preceded by a blissful foot scrub) and a Mini Facial which was exquisite.  The beautician was very skilled and made me feel lovely.  My partner used the gym and then we had the indoor pool and sauna to ourselves as we made the most of them.  There was also a steam room but I am  not a fan of them.  My only quibble was that the Ladies changing rooms had a rack of lockers but they were all locked and had no keys.  I would have liked to use one and the changing room was consequently rather cluttered with everyone's clothes and bags.

Day membership (which my partner used) was £25 which includes all activities and towels excl lunch and golf.  There are some good Groupon deals for the golf at the moment (July 15).  Overall I would highly recommend it.  They say that children are very welcome too - it was during the week and we saw none although we did see the Falconer heading out with his dog and birds.

4 comments:

Choclette said...

Sounds like a well deserved treat. It's good to see you looking so well - if a little pink ....

lolb said...

So nice to see you! Haven't seen your face in such a long time, you're looking well, I just hope you're feeling it too!

Glad you enjoyed Bovey, I'm a huge fan of getting pampered and massaged but have often found the hot stones a bit much.... I
get hot and overwhelmed! Glad they were good for you.

It's so good to see you back blogging again Katy xoxoxooxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxoxoox

Grazing Kate said...

Thank you both of you!

I was more than a little pink - I kept telling myself that it was impossible to burn when I was just having a spot of lunch....

The hot stones were really HOT and my back and shoulders ached the next day...but I liked all of that. I had the hot stone massage and then the facial and went straight for a swim so plenty of chance to cool down. I loved it all. x

Grazing Kate said...

Lol, sounds like your Euro trip was amazing - I have followed all the pics with interest - what was your fave bit?