Good Hotel Guide Review
You can arrive by helicopter at the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s hotel ‘in extensive lawned grounds with a view towards the River Wharfe’. Our inspectors, more circumspect, came by car, to be ‘greeted by both the receptionist and a porter as we offloaded suitcases’. These were ‘whisked’ to a bedroom with ‘quality period furnishing’, a minute bathroom but a garden view. The nicest rooms are in the 17th-century wing, some with a four-poster, overlooking the Italian box garden. All have coffee machine, mini-fridge, fresh milk, a hamper of Yorkshire treats. In the restaurant, Peter Howarth’s menus are a paean to local and home-grown produce. ‘Cooking is of a high order. As amuse-bouche, we had rabbit goujons, salmon rolls and Wensleydale tarts, followed by langoustine, salted beetroot salad, smoked duck, wild mushroom raviolo, cured mackerel with warm apple dressing, a fine cheese selection.’ The wine list ‘has the weight of an ecclesiastical bible’; the sommelier ‘knows his stuff’. You can eat à la carte in the jazzy brasserie from a wide-ranging menu. After breakfast, take advantage of the spa, or the complimentary access to ruined Bolton Abbey. (See also The Cavendish, Baslow.)
Bolton Abbey Estate
40. Some on ground floor suitable for disabled.
all year, restaurant closed Mon eve, brasserie open all week.
4 lounges, brasserie, restaurant, private dining rooms, Wi-Fi, 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, DB&B £309–£519. À la carte £35 (brasserie), tasting menu (restaurant) £85.