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Eden Hotel Collection Unveils Stunning 2 Million Transformation of Bovey Castle

A spectacular sunset ceremony was the highlight of an evening of celebration at Bovey Castle last week (June 18), marking the completion of the first phase of a five-year renovation project to restore the iconic hotel to its former glory.

Leading luxury operator the Eden Hotel Collection, the AA Small Hotel Group of the Year 2014 / 2015, 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.

Sir Peter Rigby, owner of the Eden Hotel Collection, was joined by the group’s directors and 150 guests for the special event, which culminated in a stunning performance by The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, from the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone.

Guests were given a tour of the refurbished areas, including the spa, and enjoyed Champagne and tasting bites from the hotel restaurants’ new menus.

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.

The Edwardian Restaurant has been gutted and redesigned to introduce a Champagne bar, along with new panelling, drapes and luxurious soft furnishings. As a nod to Bovey Castle’s rich history and heritage, it has been renamed Great Western Restaurant in honour of 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.

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.

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

“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 ground-floor renovation project is only the start of the Eden Hotel Collection’s investment in Bovey Castle estate, which includes an 18-hole championship golf course, spa, country lodges and an outdoor-pursuits centre.

Mark adds: “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.”

For further information about Bovey Castle, visit www.boveycastle.com. To find out more about the Eden Hotel Collection, go to www.edenhotelcollection.com



Notes to editors:

  • Event photography supplied by Will Dolphin (www.willdolphinphotography.co.uk)
  • The Eden Hotel Collection comprises eight luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. They are Mallory Court, Leamington Spa; Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel, Devon; The Kings Hotel, Cotswolds; The Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon; Brockencote Hall Hotel, Worcestershire; The Greenway Hotel and Spa, Cheltenham; The Mount Somerset Hotel and Spa, Somerset and Bovey Castle, Dartmoor. The Eden Hotel Collection also recently acquired Tides Reach Hotel in Salcombe, South Devon, which is to be redeveloped to create a 50-bedroom luxury beachfront hotel and spa.
  • The Eden Hotel Collection is part of The Rigby Group Plc, one of the UK’s largest and most successful family-owned businesses. Founded by IT entrepreneur Sir Peter Rigby, the Group’s portfolio spans hotels, aviation, technology, property and investments.
  • The Eden Hotel Collection has evolved over the last 15 years through the acquisition and restoration by The Rigby Group of carefully-chosen hotels, each with unique attributes but all offering the same impeccable standards of service, quality and attention to detail.



Leah Taylor and Jeff Sims at Edwards Harvey PR on 01622 604600 or email leah.taylor@edwardsharvey.com / jeff.sims@edwardsharvey.com