THE DEVONSHIRE ARMS HOTEL & SPA
Bolton Abbey • Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 6AJ
44-1756-718111 • thedevonshirearms.co.uk
The Devonshire Arms Hotel was built in the early 17th century as a coaching inn and place of welcome for visitors to this very beautiful part of the Yorkshire Dales. It is part of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s estate, which includes nearby Bolton Abbey, a 12th-century monastery and abbey abandoned when Henry VIII ordered the closure of monasteries, abbeys, priories, and convents. The imposing ruins stand beside the River Wharfe, and the tracks and public footpaths through the wide valley and surrounding parkland are well used throughout the year. After a bracing walk, tea at The Devonshire Arms beside a blazing fire in the lounge rounds the day off perfectly.
The hotel is an inviting warren of a large drawing room, smaller intimate lounges, quiet corners, dining rooms, and a conservatory, so guests can choose an area that suits best. Afternoon tea brings a selection of super-fresh, tasty sandwiches, scones with Stamfrey clotted cream, and tiny French pastries. The hotel garden grows herbs, vegetables, salad leaves, and fruits. Menus include these and other local produce—fresh-caught trout, east coast fish, cheeses, hams, and vivid pink rhubarb, grown here in the Rhubarb Triangle, a 9-square-mile area of West Yorkshire famous for its early forced rhubarb. The tea list offers a great selection from Taylors of Harrogate and Jing Tea.