At the Devonshire Arms Hotel it's green wellies in the porch, antlers on the walls, fish in glass cases and logs burning in a mighty fireplace; all the trappings of country house living. Indeed, on arrival everything is calculated to make you feel that the owner, the Duchess of Devonshire will shortly be down to join you for drinks.
She won’t, of course, but you’ll be well looked after. Antiques, deep sofas, thick drapes and log fires feature in the public rooms. Bedrooms are similarly sumptuous. They vary in style and price but all of them come with thick towels, quality toiletries, fine cotton sheets and a hot water bottle. The style is smart. country house though the newly refurbed Wharfedale Wing is a touch more contemporary and the best have fine views across Wharfedale.
There’s a small health spa with a pool, a tennis court, fishing, mountain biking and walking on offer and they make a big deal of welcoming your helicopter or your dog - no limit on size or number of dog, and quite possibly helicopter, too.
There’s Yorkshire’s most recherche dining in the Burlington Restaurant, casual eating in the brasserie. Kids are welcome and if you want to see whether it’s upper middle class aroma is too strong to try a bed for the night or a Michelin star meal then dip your toe in first with afternoon tea in the lounge.
How Much? £119-£249
Kids Stuff?: Children welcome
Well placed? Six miles to both Ilkley and Skipton but why go there with beautiful Wharfedale all around you.
Good grub? When you’ve done with the Devonshire Arms Hotel's Burlington restaurant and the Brasserie, there’s the Angel at Hetton a much loved gastropub or for a traditional Dales pub with no frills go for the Craven Arms, Appletreewick
Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 6AJTel 01756 710441
Part of Stay North Yorkshire
Review by Jill, 18 November 2011blog comments powered by Disqus