2 miles from North Bovey in a lovely setting is Bovey Castle, built in 1907 as a country seat for the heir to the WH Smith empire and now a renowned hotel. Carefully hidden in the grounds are 22 private, granite-built lodges of which Fox Tor is one. These smart, stylish, comfy properties overlook the Edwardian gardens, lake and tennis courts; parking is a 5 minute walk from the lodges (unloading/loading closer). All the hotel facilities are yours to enjoy, including indoor heated swimming pool (65’ x 19'6" x 4'6" deep; no children before 9am or after 5.30pm), gym, steam room, sauna, spa (beauty treatments) and restaurants.
Outside are hard and grass tennis courts (lessons available), croquet lawn (seasonal) and children's climbing frame, slide and swings. Supervised playroom for children under 8 (extra, available school holidays and half-terms) with arts and crafts, egg collecting and ferrets. Eight to 14 year olds can join the Bovey Rangers (school holidays only, extra) and enjoy activities ranging from rock climbing to survival skills. Optional activities for adults include archery, rifle shooting, fly fishing, falconry (daily display), riding, clay pigeon shooting and cider and sloe gin making. Mountain bikes for hire. Wrapped around the hotel and lodges is a championship 18 holegolf course with driving range and pro shop; complimentary round (subject to availability, non-transferable) for all guests over 16. If you’d rather something a little quieter, roam the 275 acre estate (wellies provided). If you don’t feel like cooking, order a restaurant meal or pizza to be delivered to your lodge or book a table at the hotel’s restaurant or brasserie. The friendly hotel staff will help you arrange any activities you wish. An exceptional place to stay. Wedding licence. Maid service available (extra). Spring water. Arrival after 4pm. Two-night breaks not available.
Restricted use of hotel and children's facilities 3 and 4 March, 31 March to 2 April, 6 and 7 May, 8 and 9 July, 29 September to 1 October, 24 to 27 December and 30 December to 1 January (brasserie, pool, spa, gym and golf still available). Hotel facilities may also occasionally be restricted at other times.
Fox Tor is semi-detached (to Fingle Tor). Step up into open-plan living/dining/kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, freezer, larder fridge, electric cooker). Light, spacious living room with central stone fireplace (‘living flame’ gas fire), TV/DVD and door to balcony (table/chairs). Cloakroom (loo). Stairs down to two double bedrooms (6’ beds), one with en suite bathroom (suite with separate shower) and the other with en suite shower-room (suite), both with door to decking. Utility room (washer-drier, sink). From the living area, open tread stairs up to the master double bedroom (6’ bed) with en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower and separate shower) and view of the hotel grounds.