Devonshire Fell, Burnsall
When the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire bought the sturdy old Fell in the late 90s their dramatic modern make-over caused a bit of a stir: bold colours, modern art and live goldfish in the lavatory cistern – no one had done that sort of thing before. Now it’s old hat (except perhaps for the goldfish) but the unshakeable wow factor at the Fell remains the view.
Set high up above Burnsall, the first proper stretch of the Dales for anyone coming from Leeds or Bradford, Burnsall Fell and the Wharfe spread out gloriously before you. A lunch in the conservatory sets it off very nicely, thank you. Sausage and mash, fish chips and a Fell burger are lunchtime offerings.
In the evening candles and tablecloths come out for a more sophisticated menu but one that still suits the relaxed vibe at the Fell. Ox cheek, lamb rump and hake feature in the a la carte. Ten smart bedrooms, the use of the Devonshire Arms pool and spa and free parking on the estate make the Devonshire Fell good for a weekend break.