Bovey Castle in Devon and The Mount Somerset near Taunton celebrate new AA Red Star ratings 


The Eden Hotel Collection is delighted to announce that two of its hotels – Bovey Castle, on Dartmoor, Devon, and The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa near Taunton – have both been recognised by the AA in this year’s prestigious awards.

Bovey Castle has been awarded five Red Stars by the AA for its exceptional hospitality. Five Red Stars is the highest accolade awarded by the AA and is only awarded to the most outstanding of hotels. In order to achieve the prestigious five Red-Star AA rating, the hotel has passed a stringent list of inspections covering all aspects of service, food, bedrooms, bathrooms and cleanliness.

The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa near Taunton is delighted to announce it has been awarded four Red Stars by the AA, making it one of the finest examples of a four-star hotel in Somerset.

Says Sir Peter Rigby, Owner, The Eden Hotel Collection, “Since the Eden Hotel Collection acquired Bovey Castle in 2014 we have been on a journey to bring Bovey back to life. We committed to a huge financial investment, encompassing restoration work and a complete refurbishment; we are delighted to achieve our key objective, in that Bovey Castle is now recognised as a first-class destination hotel in the South West. Similarly, we are thrilled that The Mount Somerset continues to perform to an outstanding level and we are delighted to celebrate the hotel’s ongoing success and its newly-awarded four Red Stars.”

The privately-owned Eden Hotel Collection acquired Bovey Castle in 2014 and embarked on a meticulous £10 million investment at the hotel. Set in 275 acres of countryside within Dartmoor National Park, the flagship property has 60 bedrooms, 22 lodges, an 18-hole championship golf course, tennis courts and an Elan Spa complete with Art Deco swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, treatment rooms and a dedicated Gentlemen’s Quarter. Country pursuits on offer include falconry, cider and sloe gin-making and off-road driving. Its flagship restaurant the Great Western is overseen by talented Head Chef Mark Budd and is the proud recipient of 3 AA Rosettes for its culinary excellence.