Situated in the heart of the historic market town of Bovey Tracey, the Dolphin Hotel has been welcoming guests since the 1880s. Originally owned by John Joll the Dolphin Hotel was built as a Coaching House providing food, drink and rest for travellers and their horses.
The town has always been a popular holiday destination due to its location on the edge of Dartmoor and easy reach to the South Devon coast. Dartmoor excursions commenced from the hotel and horse drawn carriages would escort guests up to Dartmoor to see the delights of Haytor Rocks.
The upstairs function room has had several uses over the years. In the late 1800s dance band, the 'Dolphins' entertained here and during the Second World War the room acted as a temporary barracks for our American allies who were training nearby.
The exterior of the building has changed very little over the years and has always retained a Victorian classical look.
Rachel Goodship and her family now run the hotel and look forward to adding a new page to the dolphin story along with the help of her team.