The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel & Spa

on the B6160 road, Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire, England, BD23 6AJ, United Kingdom | 4 star hotel
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One stone lost in 6 weeks

A travel blog entry by sueshuttleworth

... energy requirements for the day.

Also been out most days litter collecting, plus one morning helping to plant some very small saplings along the bypass. Lots of bending, stretching and carrying heavy bags of litter around - much more energetic/tiring than you might expect when you go looking for old litter, far under prickly bushes and trees.

The stone I've lost appears to have gone of ...

Landing in good old blighty

A travel blog entry by kevinsullivan


... home in what appeared to be no time at all, at about 1030, oblivious to our surroundings. We were both in a sort off Jet lagged trance....It was wonderful to see our garden bursting open it's Spring flowering bulbs, it felt sort of weird though that we had missed a winter, going straight from autumn into spring.....When we entered the house we were pleasantly surprised to find that Debbie, Steven, Leanne, Jordan, Jess, Lucy and Chloe were all there to greet us. We ...

The final day.

A travel blog entry by timellis99


Sunday 23rd. Over Africa. We're on the plane now heading home, Air France this time not KL-bloody-M, so I'm full of Cahmpagne, Cognac and Camembert, feeling mellow. Robbie's watching The Great Gatsby, and I've just been listening to Led Zep on the in flight entertainment facilities. This morning the howling wind still raged across Camps Bay. The Swiss landlady at the B&B said it's quite ...

Inches of fat lost

A travel blog entry by sueshuttleworth

... weather - walked down to the railway station, then l'deep' litter picked along the right hand side of the by=pass as far as the small roundabout. $ very heavy bags of litter to carry back to the collection point in the small lay-by on this bit of by-pass. Then walked up to Roger's workshop. Out for 3 hours - was knackered by it. Didn't know how much energy you can use up with a litter-picker that looks ...

Beautiful day at Bolton Abby

A travel blog entry by estherabroad


Maggie took me to visit her lovely daughter Clare and meet my extended family. We took Clare's two girls, Izzy and Lulu to Bolton Abby. Which was just stunning. Amazing big old building, and we had a great time wandering along the welly walk which has activities and toys to play ...

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This 4 star hotel, located on on the B6160 road, Bolton Abbey, is near Bolton Abbey, Hesketh Farm Park, Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, and Pendle Hill.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel & Spa Bolton Abbey

    Very poor


    Very disappointing. We went as a family group for my father's 75th bday but would certainly NOT go again! Having travelled up from London on a rainy Friday night, we checked into a tired, small room (supposedly one of the more expensive L-shaped rooms). Our pre-booked babysitter didn't show up, and the reception staff were not bothered. In fact, they were supercilious and rude. The bed was queen size ... for 250 per night!! Food in main restaurant good. Next door brasserie staff rude ... moaned when we wanted to book a table for lunch. Splash pool 300 yards across the road was a joke!! Bottom line, if this place was in the Home Counties, it would go out of business. PS Do the Guardian journalists get year-round 'friends and family' discounts?!?

    Overpriced, Amateur Service and Cramped Rooms


    I picked this hotel for one of my wife's significant birthdays as she is from Yorkshire and this is suppoed to be a luxury hotel. The first disappointment was the size of the rooms - at about £250 per night I think you are entitled to a room where it is possible to swing a cat. The second disappointment was the standard of service; the waiters were supercilious (and poorly trained in making their guests feel at home), and when I returned a corked bottle of wine in the very expensive restaurant, the waiter refused to serve me another bottle from the same vineyard, thereby implying that I didn't know what I was talking about. Four people at the table (one a wine a wine expert) had agreed that the wine was corked. The third disappointment was the bistro restaurant attached to the hotel which was crowded, noisy and far from relaxing. The final straw was the bill - extortionate!!

    Overpriced, overated, very disappointing


    Paying £230 for a standard room 1 night B&B we expected something a little special, instead we got something so far into it's own self that, in fact it was a little embarassing. Check in was good and speedy. The room was tatty, and very shabby. Paint coming off the walls. The bathroom was dirty, and not to mention the brown water that seemed to come out of the tap - needless to say the hotel staff were uninterested with this. The cocktail lounge was littered with dirty cups and teapots, we sat at a table for 45 mins with various staff and management pass us, none bothered to clear up - oh and you better like dogs, the hotels dogs sit at your heals as you enjoy afternoon tea.

    Fabulous sevice, fabulous food.


    I booked to stay for one night at the Devonshire Arms. Our room was lovely, four poster bed, lovely views and plenty of space for our one year old baby. The service was fabulous. The staff really couldn't do enough, and were so friendly. It felt as if they were so proud of their hotel, that they wanted to make sure we had a fantastic time.

    Overpriced and under-delivered


    The hotel itself is pretty - the decor of the main rooms is warm and inviting, and you get a real sense of "home" hear.

    Disappointment at the Devonshire


    We had high hopes for this hotel, but were disappointed. On the plus side, it is in a lovely spot, with fabulous walks from the door, although with more passing traffic than you might expect. We didn't find the interior very attractive and our bathroom wasn't brilliant. We found the staff quite friendly, but a little "in your face". The manager rushed up to the table to shake hands right in the middle of a course, which was odd. The worst part was the Michelin starred food, which we found very unappealing. It seems weird for the sake of it. Discussing it in a polite way with the restaurant manager (after the usual "was everything ok for you?") he as good as suggested that we've never eaten out before. All in all, not in the same league as Sharrow Bay for food, comfort or service. Very small portions and no biscuits with the cheese. Modish, perhaps, but daft! Wouldn't go back. We ate in the Bistro on the second night, which was much more enjoyable.

    Absolutely Wonderful!


    My husband and I have just come back from a most wonderful stay at this hotel.

    Luxurious Home from Home


    Satyed at the hotel in April 2004 for our anniversary. This has got to be one of the friendliest luxury hotels I have ver stayed in. Staff are excellent, very attentive and not at all snooty as you would expect from an establishment like this. The resurant is out of this world - completely deserves it's michilin star. The candle lite conservatory is the best part of the dinning room.

    A Treat!


    If you have the chance to visit the Dales, this is the place to stay. I have stayed her 6 times. The location beautiful year round. Each room is individually decorated and features little touches like fresh fruit and coffee/tea/hot chocolate fixings. There are two restaurant options -a casual bistro and a more formal dining room - both offer good atmosphere and food. The fitness center and spa are located in the old converted stable. Sounds strange but you will be surprised how nice it is! There are plenty of activities nearby and the staff is there to help. Of course, it is also lovely to sit in front of one of the many fires and sip a cocktail or cup of tea and read a book. You can't help but feel at home here!

    A Hidden Jewel!


    I have stayed in the Devonshire Arms twice - first in the summer of 1999, and then again on a Christmas package in 2002. Both times my family was welcomed by name like old friends! The staff was warm and enthusiastic. The rooms were comfortable and beautifully decorated. The restuarant food and service was always excellent!

    There is plenty to do within walking distance or a short drive. Great health club!

    We felt more like we were guests in a private home than in a hotel. The Devonshire Arms is a place to be savored and enjoyed for a minimum of several days!

    TripAdvisor Reviews The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel & Spa Bolton Abbey

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding