In bright sunshine Devonshire fell and its garden in full bloom, our pretty hillside home seemed all the more stunning for the night as my wife and I settled down for a weekend of relaxation, pampering and al fresco dining.
Before arriving in Bursall we had already become acquainted with the luxurious facilities of Devonshire by staying at the spain Fell’s sister accommodation, The Devonshire Armsjust minutes down the road at Bolton Abbey.
A blissful few hours in the pool, hot tub and sunbathing in the peace and quiet of the Yorkshire countryside was the perfect way to start the weekend after a 2 hour drive from our home in the Midlands.
Feeling revitalized, we made our way back to the Fell, which stands proud on the edge of a hill and offers all the romance and drama of a classic Bronte sisters novel.
With just 16 rooms, each with its own individual style, the hotel exudes an effortless charm. We were booked into Skyreholme, one of the spacious “Luxury Fell View King” rooms which would have more than enough comfort for a glutted food loving couple like us.
With a comfortable king-size bed, modern bathroom, coffee maker and traditional touches like Yorkshire Tea, guests are well-equipped to unwind, whether they’ve been hiking in the hills or visiting the city’s historic sights Bolton Abbey estate or eat and drink in the Fell’s smart looking AA rosette restaurant.
With the weather being so good, our choice for dinner ended up at the aforementioned Devonshire Arms for an alfresco summertime pop-up experience Champagne and Seafood Terrace.
Familiar with the concept after eating there The Cavendish Hotel in Derbyshire, another of the Devonshire brand, it was a repeat opportunity not to be missed.
As we took our seats at the edge of the terrace to enjoy the scenic views of the River Wharfe and Beamsley Beacon, we were immediately drawn to the delicious menu option of a shared seafood platter.
Arriving at our table on a three-tiered stand, its beautiful presentation made our feast look like “Seafood Afternoon Tea”, with the tea being replaced by a bottle of Laurent Perrier’s La Cuvée Brut champagne. As the restaurant’s name suggests, the two certainly go hand in hand.
Tasty plated dishes included crab, brioche, guacamole and grapefruit; cod croquettes with saffron aioli; Canned prawns with sourdough crouts, smoked salmon, capers, lemon crème fraiche and walnut bread and a traditional potato salad.
It was all delicious but favorites had to be the shrimp on brioche which although savory left a sweet taste on the tongue and the pot prawns which again had a light flavor but came alive when laid on a slice of the lovely walnut bread were distributed .
Now in its third year, the popular terrace offers a dining experience like no other and it doesn’t matter if the weather is bad as the entire event takes place under sail, with plenty of heaters and blankets to keep guests warm.
With the night still young, in dog-friendly coats we joined a group of other guests and their pooches at the bar to sample the hotel’s drinks menu, before sipping on the exquisite flavors of espresso martini and passion fruit margarita cocktails End the evening in style with a Whiskey on the Rocks nightcap.
The next morning it was the local flavors of a full Yorkshire breakfast that helped fuel me for the day. My wife opted for the lighter but equally delicious Eggs Royale, which passed the obligatory “yolk test”.
And our weekend in Yorkshire was over, but as always, Devonshire hotels impress with their exceptional food, comfort, friendly staff and beautiful countryside on their doorstep.
A seafood platter Champagne and Seafood Terrace ‘pop up’, The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, Bolton Abbey, costs £80. The restaurant is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Bookings are possible until the end of August and dogs are welcome. Guests can book on-line or call the hotel reception on 01756 718100.