Good Hotel Guide Review
The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s luxury hotel has come a long way since starting life as a 17th-century inn. On the 30,000-acre Bolton Abbey estate in the Yorkshire Dales, it features decor overseen by the Duchess which blends contemporary style and comfort with ‘quality period furnishings’. Walls are hung with works from the Chatsworth Devonshire Collection, and some pricier rooms, in the 18th-century wing, have a four-poster. Even the cheapest ‘classics’, overlooking the Italian box garden, have a coffee machine, minibar and fresh milk. An atmospheric spa can be found in an adjacent barn. Our inspector took a drink in the cocktail bar, its walls ‘festooned with canine silhouettes’ (courtesy of Osborne & Little). In the restaurant, Peter Howarth’s tasting menu might be ‘almost curt in its brevity’ (including St Austell Bay mussels, sardine purée, Barolo and, for vegetarians, confit fennel, smoked ricotta, dill, apple, quinoa), but dishes are long on flavour and high in quality. The wine list comes ‘in an enormous folder’. You can eat more cheaply in the modern brasserie. (See also The Cavendish, Baslow.)
Bolton Abbey Estate
40. Some on ground floor suitable for disabled.
Open all year. The Burlington restaurant is open Thursday to Sunday evenings only, serving afternoon tea 7 days a week. The Brasserie restaurant is open 7 days.
4 lounges, brasserie, restaurant, private dining rooms, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, spa (indoor pool, spa bath), gardens, helicopter pads, public areas wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
in public areas.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in most bedrooms, public areas, not spa or dining areas.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single £149–£359, double £169–£379, D,B&B £309–£519. Set menu £75, tasting menu £85 (restaurant), à la carte £35 (brasserie).