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The Bolton Abbey estate covers more than 30, 000 acres within the Yorkshire Dales. Close to Harrogate, Skipton and Ilkley as well as dozens of pretty villages. The Devonshire Arms claims to be the most dog-friendly hotel in Yorkshire and there is plenty of walking to be done.
Style & character
The Devonshire Arms was originally built in the 17th century and retains the traditional character of a Yorkshire coaching inn. It is split into an old wing and new wing, and decorated in a traditional – sometimes slightly overbearing – style. Lovely artwork from Chatsworth’s Devonshire Collection decorates the walls, one of the finest private art collections in Europe.
Service & facilities
Slick and very smart throughout the hotel. In the spa, housed in an ancient barn close to the hotel, there are plenty of staff on call. A massage is not to be missed.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
- Tennis court
The hotel has 40 rooms split into Wharfedale, Nidderdale, Littondale or Bishopdale, the latter boasting impressive four poster beds. Lovely views, overlooking either river, dale or an Italian box garden. Very generous sized bathrooms, many of which have walk-in showers.
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Food & drink
The Bolton Abbey estate provides head chef Adam Smith (formerly of the Ritz) with plenty of meat, fish, fruits and herbs. One of five Yorkshire restaurants to be awarded a Michelin star, it does demand a slightly formal dress code (men are expected to wear jackets) and offers a whopping wine list. Much more relaxed is the hotel brasserie, serving up traditional Sunday roasts and rather more standard fare.
Value for money
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Double rooms from £160 to £485, including breakfast; rates vary according to availability and are definitely at the pricey end. There are two menus in the restaurant, either at £65 or £75 a head (without alcohol) the brasserie is cheaper at around £35 for a three-course meal.
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