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Brief description of site

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. There is a restrained garden front magnificently set above terraces overlooking the lake and river. The site is now an hotel.

Brief history of site

The mansion was built in 1906-7 by Delmar Blow for WFD Smith, later the second Viscount Hambledon.

Location information:

Address: North Bovey, TQ13 8RE

Locality: Dartmoor National Park

Local Authorities:

Devon; Teignbridge; North Bovey

Historical County: Devon

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 201 Grid Ref: SX731844
Latitude: 50.6454 Longitude: -3.7962


The site is off junction 31 of the M5, following the A30 and the A382.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is now a hotel, please visit the website for information about access.

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: hotel

Site first created: 1906 to 1907

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

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