Bovey Castle could have been conceived by Enid Blyton, such is the scope for West Country adventures at this Dartmoor beauty. You can press apples grown on the estate to make cider, try horse riding, fishing and falconry – plus there’s the 18-hole championship golf course. Better still, the “Bovey Rangers” can teach your kids survival skills like camp fire building, camouflage face painting, den and raft building, pond-dipping and archery – its boy’s own stuff!

Once you’ve washed the mud off, the hotel is a sophisticated affair, but relaxed as all good country houses should be. Dogs are welcome, but you also won’t be out of place in your finery of an evening.

The UK’s flagship Sundari Spa is here, using Ayurvedic treatments and products based on ancient Indian healing practices, using gentle, pure ingredients. The exclusive treatments are tailored to the individual whether you’re looking for a healing, firming, nurturing or revitalising experience. The art-deco style pool is housed in the orangery and overlooks the River Bovey and Dartmoor National Park. There’s also a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym. This is the place to come with the kids, or else re-connect with your own inner-kid before soothing aching muscles in the Spa.

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