Situated in the most idyllic of locations, ‘The Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales’, The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa is one of the North’s finest country house hotels, and is renowned for being dog-friendly, as well being champions of ‘green’ tourism (Gold Award winners ‘Green Tourism’)
The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, themselves keen dog-lovers, support sustainability and a dog-friendly ethos throughout their businesses which include this superb country hotel, located in rural splendour on their Bolton Abbey estate.
One of the key attractions for dog owners is the opportunity to walk straight from the hotel, onto the estate without having to go on a road - what a joy, not to mention the quality of country walks and various terrains right on the doorstep; from Dales, rocky outcrops, meadows, woodland paths, meandering rivers, streams and waterfalls.
Dog washing facilities and clean blankets are provided for muddy paws on their return, as well as a ‘pet concierge’ to keep canine friends happy when owners have other plans. When the climate dictates, open fires are lit in the hotel’s Dog Lounge, which are usually flanked by happy canines of various shapes and sizes, all snoozing away after their adventures.
The décor of the hotel is traditional country house style, with individual touches of contemporary chic, influenced by the Duchess of Devonshire herself. Four-posters carved on the Chatsworth Estate have pride of place in the hotel suites, and original artwork is plentiful throughout the property. Spoilt dogs can even have the optional extra of a four poster-bed, at an on-cost of £25 per night.
Foodies will be in heaven. The Burlington Restaurant is renowned as among the best hotel restaurants in Yorkshire, applauded for its modern British cuisine, and a new Michelin-starred Head Chef, Paul Leonard. Paul also directs the hotel’s Walled Kitchen gardens, which as well as supplying fresh produce is home to a couple of hives to supply home-harvested honey, a delicious addition to the breakfast table. The Brasserie is also popular, its convivial, laid-back atmosphere, makes it a popular option as dogs with owners can enjoy ‘al fresco’ dining in the warmer months.
On check in dogs receive a welcome pack with thoughtful extras for their stay such as treats, feeding bowl, pet blanket and other goodies.
Prices start from £107.50 per person per night and dogs stay for £10 per night each (max of two per room).