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Bovey Castle (Manor House Hotel)

Statutory Designation: 

House, gazebo, gateway arch and lodges listed Grade II*.  Bovey Castle should be added to the English Heritage Register as a Grade II landscape.

District: 
Teignbridge
Parish: 
North Bovey
Grid ref: 
SX 731 844
Map no: 
Landranger 201
Type of site: 
Early C20 house in parkland
Description: 

Bovey Castle is a lavish neo-Elizabethan mansion built in 1906-7 by Delmar Blow for WFD Smith, later the second Viscount Hambledon. The house is comparable to Castle Drogo in scale, but without the sparkle of Lutyens. It was extended in the 1930s. The restrained garden front is magnificently set above terraces overlooking the lake and river. The site is now an hotel.The carriage drive leads from the entrance gates and lodge across the parkland to the house. The grounds are now a golf course with mown grass but retainng the essential parkland landscape character with clumps of trees.

Bovey Castle carriage drive.
The carriage drive leading to the lodge at the entrance to Bovey Castle.
Conservation Area: 
No
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: 
No
Area of Great Landscape Value: 
No
Nature Conservation Zone: 
No
Coastal Preservation Area: 
No
National Park: 
Yes
Scheduled: 
No
Evidence: 
MapView plan, scale 1:2500 Getmapping aerial photograph 1:2500 Historic Maps c1930 scale 1:2500
References: 
Cherry & Pevsner: The Buildings of England – Devon, 1989: 599-600 T Gray: The Garden History of Devon, 1995: 149
Status: 
on Devon Gazetteer