The Devonshire Arms

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The Devonshire Arms – Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire
The North

A luxurious country escape surrounded by glorious and dramatic English countryside. Set on the Duke of Devonshire’s Bolton Abbey Estate – 33,000 acres of prime Yorkshire Dales – this deeply spoiling, welcoming and cosy hotel offers ultimate comfort and relaxation. Arrive to bedrooms with individual touches, richly decorated sitting rooms, warming log fires, attentive hospitality and inspirational cooking. Dinner is a highlight thanks to head chef Paul Leonard whose bountiful fruit, vegetable, herb and flower garden is a natural extension of his kitchen. Choose between the Burlington restaurant or the vibrant Brasserie. Originally a coaching inn dating back to 1610 and extended over the centuries, the hotel stands in open parkland with wings wrapping an Italian box garden. Inside artwork and antiques merge with contemporary comfort in furnishings chosen by the Duchess of Devonshire. Immediately opposite, the Devonshire Spa, in a converted barn, offers pool, gym and beauty therapy suites, whilst outside guests can play tennis in this stunning Dales setting.


Situated on the edge of the pretty Estate village of Bolton Abbey and at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales there 80 miles of footpaths and hiking trails to follow straight from the hotel’s front door, alongside riverbank, through woodland and up on to the fells.  Visit the church and ruins of Bolton Priory – just 15 minutes’ walk from the hotel. The market town of Skipton, with its medieval castle, and the spa town of Ilkley are both within 10 minutes’ drive. A little further afield are picturesque Dales villages, UNESCO world heritage sites, RHS gardens and more.


Two on-site restaurants allow guests to experience a range of dining experiences, from fine-dining in the highly acclaimed Burlington, to the relaxed Brasserie & Bar, a riot of rich colour where original artwork adorns the walls. Both restaurants offer menus filled with fresh, local produce; and anything that cannot be found in the Kitchen Garden is instead sourced from local suppliers.


All guests receive complimentary spa access during their visit, but we recommend one of the luxury Temple Spa treatments for those wanting to truly relax. The unique series of holistic treatments combine traditional European and Eastern Philosophies, releasing tensions and restoring a sense of absolute well-being. Visit the village shop for souvenirs of the Bolton Abbey Estate or pop into Keelham’s award winning farm shop at Skipton.

Nota Bene

On the Duke of Devonshire’s Yorkshire estate, the hotel is steeped in history. It is said the Bronte sisters took tea with friends at the hotel. Anthony Trollope wrote about Bolton Abbey and the hotel in one of his books. The artists Landseer and Turner painted the surrounding landscape whilst Wordsworth immortalised in prose the legend of the White Roe of Rylstone.  When the hotel was reinvented in 1981 Deborah, the Duchess of Devonshire oversaw the improvements and instigated the creation of the Italian box garden. The present Duchess is involved with the interiors as they are today and was instrumental in the bold design of the Brasserie.