Devonshire Arms

UK England

Bolton Abbey Skipton North Yorkshire BD23 6AJ

Must be a pub, with a name like that? Perish the thought – the Devonshire is an extraordinarily welcoming country-house hotel set among the rolling acres of the Duke of Devonshire's Bolton Abbey Estate, just a few miles outside Skipton. It is grand – of course it is, given that the other Devonshire family seat is Chatsworth – and there are portraits, antiques and mementoes on display that keep the ducal connection much in mind. But what it isn't is stuffy or even particularly formal, and with only forty individually designed rooms and suites there's a genuinely familiar welcome backed up by highly polished service. Rooms vary in size and aspect, but most have lovely rural views. Those in the original eighteenth-century part of the hotel (the "old wing") have handcarved fourposters made by the Chatsworth carpenters, while the Wharfedale wing rooms have been more recently refurbished, but throughout you're talking elegant fabrics, excellent bathrooms, a keen sense of modern country style and classy little extras – like umbrellas at the door and hot chocolate delivered to your room at night (or, at the other end of the scale, the hotel's own helipad out on the lawn). Dining is similarly approachable – seasonal tasting menus in the Burlington restaurant, easy-going in the contemporary Brasserie and Bar – while over the road the Health Barn offers up pool, jacuzzi, sauna, gym, spa treatments, tennis and mountain bikes for guests. The whole thing's a treat and can barely be faulted.

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Fantastic Yorkshire Welcome

Jan 25, 2015 by Elin

We love the Devonshire Arms and have been back many times to stay and we only live 30 minutes away! Afternoon tea in the lounge is a lovely way to relax after a good walk on the Bolton Abbey estate, the bedrooms are extremely comfortable and stylish and the food in the Burlington is a real treat. However, the best thing about this hotel is how at home the team make you (and your dogs) feel. We happily spend rainy days in front of the roaring fire near reception with a newspaper or across the road in the spa and the elegant dog lounge is a great place to relax at any time of day. This lovely hotel has also recently been awarded a gold standard green tourism award which shows they are doing lots to operate in harmony with the Bolton Abbey estate and minimise their impact on the environment. Well worth a visit - prices are sometimes much cheaper especially mid week. Check out there website for latest offers e.g. January and February 2015 stays start at £125 per room per night.

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