“Rambling and full of character, this fine country house hotel enjoys a ravishing setting in natural parkland with a delightful Italian box garden and long views over unspoilt countryside. For dinner, choose between two restaurants (the Michelin-starred Burlington or the bustling, contemporary brasserie) before heading for one of the imaginatively decorated bedrooms. For romantics, there’s a room with a polished steel bath for two; for relaxation, make for the spa. And there's parking for your helicopter too.”
Written by Fiona Duncan
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
The hotel has a unique atmosphere, it is a luxurious country house hotel but completely unpretentious and guests feel immediately relaxed and at home.
We are set in the majestic and picturesque Yorkshire Dales surrounded by unspoilt countryside. With 3 large open fires and several lounges for guests to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet, Combined with our impeccable standard of service and attention to each individual customer requirement The Devonshire Arms is an enchanting and memorable place to stay.
What is there to do in the area or on site?
Within the hotel we have numerous lounges and snugs in which to read, chat or enjoy afternoon tea. All guests receive complimentary use of our Health Barn, which includes a Spa, sauna, steam room, gym and Swimming Pool. In addition there is a tennis court and facility to hire mountain bikes and explore the surrounding countryside. It is a walker's paradise with 80 miles of footpaths on the estate and a choice of both gentle meanders alongside the river, for which fishing is permitted, admiring the ruins of the 12th century Augustinian priory and the flora and fauna or more challenging hill walks to reach awe inspiring vistas which stretch for miles.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
At the Devonshire Arms we have an extensive breakfast ranging from the Traditional Yorkshire, to a Continental Breakfast, however can cater for any dietary requirement.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
We are proud to have two of the most highly regarded restaurants in Yorkshire; the refined Burlington with a Michelin Star and 4 AA rosettes, or the Devonshire Brasserie and Bar which is lively and colourful is a delightful contrast. Common to both is the excellence of the food, a superb wine list and dedicated attention from enthusiastic staff. Fresh local produce including Estate meat and game with seasonal vegetables and herbs from our kitchen gardens are used to offer you an outstanding adventure of tastes and textures in the Burlington restaurant. An experience to savour!
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel and Spa boasts 40 luxury bedrooms, each individual in their character and style. From the affectionately named ‘Old Wing’ which dates back to 1757 in which you’ll find fantastic charm and character. All of the rooms in this wing were refurbished under the direct guidance of The Dowager Duchess. Most of the rooms contain a large traditional four poster bed which were designed and made by the carpenters at Chatsworth, and have sitting areas for you to relax with the view. These rooms are on the first floor, allowing for stunning views over the hills
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
Escape to the Yorkshire Dales this spring with a visit to The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa, spectacularly located on the Duke of Devonshire’s 33,000 acre Bolton Abbey Estate. Alongside the 40 individually designed bedrooms, the Devonshire Health Spa and Burlington Restaurant make for a truly wonderful visit.”