The Devonshire Arms

Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s luxury hotel has come a long way since starting life as a 17th-century inn. More

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.)

Hotel details

Address

Bolton Abbey Estate
Bolton Abbey
Skipton
Yorkshire
BD23 6AJ
England

Telephone

01756 718100

Bedrooms

40. Some on ground floor suitable for disabled.

Open

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.

Facilities

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.

Background music

in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in most bedrooms, public areas, not spa or dining areas.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

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).