It was a 50th birthday party so what better than to stay the night at The Devonshire Arms Hotel near Skipton. Wonderful setting near Bolton Priory and the River Wharfe but near a main road, busy at weekends.
Good points; excellent attentive staff who all seemd able to speak English, never a safe assumption in many hotels. The pool and gym were first class being in a separate building, a converted barn.
Less good is the overpowing influence of Lady Cavandish (Duchess of Devonshire) whose input and inspiration were the impetus for the upgrading 20 years ago of the hotel from a coaching inn, however her shadow is everywhere from the welcome letter to the information pack.
The hotel has aspirations to being 5* but our room was 4* in furnishings but cramped into a 3* space (too small) at a 5* price of £220 for one night, 2 people B & B. If we had taken dinner that was priced at £57. The room rate was supposedly the discounted conference rate!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set within 30,000 acres of land on the Bolton Abbey Estate, this impressive 4-star country house hotel boasts an award-winning restaurant, an adult-only spa, a gym and an indoor pool. Skipton is just 5.8 miles away and Harrogate is 16.2 miles away. Each elegant room has a spacious seating area and a flat-screen TV with a DVD player ans satellite channels. All rooms offer different views of The Dales, River Wharfe and Italian Garden, and all rooms feature a luxury bathroom. Situated in the very heart of the Yorkshire Dales, The Devonshire Arms Hotel has a luxurious spa featuring a sauna, steam room, swimming pool and whirlpool. A range of treatments and massages are available and the property also has outdoor tennis courts. Clay pigeon shooting, fly-fishing, and falconry displays are all possible within the Bolton Abbey Estate. The award-winning Burlington Restaurant offers a seasonal menu using the finest local produce. Guests can enjoy the ever-popular afternoon tea, and there is also a lounge bar. The Brasserie offers guests a more modern gastro-menu featuring some of Yorkshire's favourite dishes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel Bolton Abbey
- The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel And Spa
- Devonshire Arms Country Skipton
- Devonshire Arms Country Hotel
- The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire