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£2 million transformation of Bovey Castle unveiled

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

Leading luxury operator the Eden Hotel Collection embarked on the £2 million restoration and refurbishment in January, less than six months after acquiring the award-winning country house estate in Dartmoor National Park.

The estate includes a 64-bedroom hotel, 18-hole championship golf course, spa, country lodges and an outdoor pursuits centre.

Eden’s multi-million-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 been refurbished with a glamorous Art Deco feel.

Great Western Restaurant
The Edwardian Restaurant has been gutted and renamed the Great Western Restaurant

The Edwardian Restaurant has been gutted and renamed the Great Western Restaurant, as a tribute to the glorious 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 been transformed into Smith’s Brasserie – named as a tribute to one-time owner and pioneering 19th Century entrepreneur WH Smith – and now boasts a striking fire pit at its centre, a theatre kitchen and cosy corners for couples.

New menus have been developed under the direction of Eden’s Food and Beverage Director, multi-award-winning chef Simon Haigh.

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

The Eden Hotel Collection’s Managing Director, Mark Chambers, said: “Very little money had been spent on the hotel before it was acquired by the Eden Hotel Collection so it looked really tired.

Cathedral Room
The new Cathedral Room

“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.

“Bovey Castle has long been regarded as the jewel in the crown of the leisure industry in the South West. With the breathtaking transformation of our restaurants, coupled with innovative new menus, we’ve taken it to the next level and introduced an amazing new dining experience which will be unrivalled anywhere in the region.

“We are also absolutely delighted with what we have achieved with our spa. The new spa area is incredibly glamorous with a distinct Art Deco feel, and has a lovely synergy with the rest of the refurbishment.”

the bar at bovey castle
All the design and refurbishment work has been undertaken by award-winning interior design practice NH Interiors

And the new owners have already announced ambitious plans for phase two of the refurbishment.

Mr Chambers added: “Bovey Castle is an iconic structure and it means a great deal to the Eden Hotel Collection to be the hotel’s new guardians. 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.”

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