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The Devonshire Fell Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Burnsall
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“Almost perfect”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

We stayed here on Sunday night (just after the Tour de France had been through the area) and got a fantastic deal via Travelzoo. The package included DB&B accommodation for two, a cream tea on arrival, a five-course tasting menu dinner and a late (12 noon) checkout.

We have stayed at the posher and more expensive Devonshire Arms a couple of times, so we were interested to see what was on offer just six miles up the road.

The staff we met throughout our stay were wonderful, particularly the staff in the restaurant both in the evening and in the morning, super-friendly.

The room (No 7) was on the small side but perfectly kitted out, with a selection of snacks and soft drinks, and a superbly appointed bathroom with complimentary toiletries. Fixtures and fittings are just as good as the Devonshire Arms, as far as I can see.

The food was a highlight - the tasting menu was terrific, with some of my favourites on there, including wonderful scallops. Breakfast the following morning was as good as the Devonshire Arms, with a perfectly cooked eggs benedict brought to the table.

My only criticism - I was woken from my deep slumber twice before my alarm clock finally went off; once by a very noisy wagon/delivery beneath our first floor window and secondly by the (otherwise lovely) cleaning ladies who store their gear opposite Room 7. When you are on a leisure break in the middle of the countryside, these dawn choruses are not very welcome, so perhaps seek out a room on the opposite side of the hotel.

Best of all was the location - the Devonshire Fell is in an elevated position just overlooking the lovely village of Burnsall and the River Wharfe, just five minutes walk from the front door. In short, I can thoroughly recommend it.

Room Tip: Room 7 (on the right hand side of the building) was noisy in the morning
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

We were on a Travelzoo deal which included a tasting menu, and the food was the highlight of our stay. Not to mention the fabulous views, with the exception of our bedroom.
On arrival, the receptionist reminded us of the receptionist at our medical practice, with an air of efficiency, but not in the least friendly or welcoming.
We were allocated, not shown to, what turned out was a "village" room, with a view of the car park, not a "garden" room as promised in the Travelzoo offer. We were settled in the room before we realised this and didn't make an issue of this. But on reflection we should have, as this was just the first of several shortcomings.
We ordered wine with our meal, a 2011 Viognier. The wine was fine, though I did notice that the year was 2012. The following night I ordered a 2009 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. A 2012, opened, was brought to the table by our wine waitress for the night, who was also the receptionist. I pointed out the discrepancy, and the significance of providing the correct year. My comments were barely acknowledged, other than to offer another wine.
The wine list is obviously out of date, and in its current form is essentially mis-selling the wines on the list.
There was no hair dryer in the room, and none was available on the first morning. The manager's excuse was that it was the guests that stole them, which may occasionally be the case, but it was inappropriate to effectively blame a guest for no hair dryer.
The Travelzoo offer included a tasting menu.
This was exceptional, and just about makes up for the other shortcomings. But not so good that we wanted the same menu 2 nights in a row. This was communicated to the waitress, but obviously not to the chef, as the same menu was presented the next night. To his credit, the chef came up with another menu which was also excellent.
So, 5 stars to the chef. The rest of the staff have a bit of work to do.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

We stayed here on a Travelzoo voucher. We had afternoon tea in the conservatory. The service was excellent and attentive. Our room was comfortable though rather warm as it was a hot day, when we mentioned this a member of staff placed a fan in our room. The tasting menu was excellent with an extensive list of accompanying wines. Breakfast was good and well served. The views from this hotel are breath taking.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 June 2014 via mobile

We saw this travel zoo offer and could not resist the chance to try one of the Yorkshire hotels of the Devonshire group, as we have had good stays in both the Derbyshire pubs.
The location is stunning, and we were pleased with our spacious room and bathroom with all the details we expected. Our package included tickets to Parcevall Hall gardens, parking at Bolton Abbey and a Cream tea.
We took tea in the conservatory, all delicious cake and scones with a huge pot of tea, looking out at the view and watching the swifts who had nests in the eaves.
The five course tasting menu was excellent, we found each course a delight, especially the pre dessert and the the main dessert of textures of rhubarb. The wine was fairly priced and service good.
Breakfast was not to the high standard we were expecting, sliced bread toast and all seeming a bit average, but very cheerful service.
We would visit again.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

On arrival we were greeted at reception, given our key to room15 , told it was on the 2nd floor and left to find it ourselves and cope with our luggage although a very half-hearted offer was made to assist with our bags. On finding our room we discovered it contained a babies cot, this was removed at our request but shortly afterwards we were asked to move to a much smaller room. This we declined as we had specifically booked room 15.We can only assume that had we arrived later then we would have been given the smaller room anyway.
Our room was newly refurbished, a nice size with a sitting area, the bathroom was good with bath and shower over, plenty of toilettries and big white towels.
Sadly things started to decline when we arrived for dinner. The menu was extremely limited and did not change in the 3 nights we were there.One would have thought that there might have been a couple of daily specials in a hotel of this supposed quality. The first night we both chose steak. What a mistake! It was tough, dry and tasteless. Subsequent evenings showed a slight improvement but not to the standard we expected. Breakfasts were a little better although it was mostly self-service. The only food the kitchen had to prepare was the bacon etc and coffee. Service was altogether slow and it would appear the kitchen was inadequately staffed.
The final morning was a disaster. Staff failed to turn up,we were all awaiting breakfast and eventually guests helped out. A girl was called in on her day off so one chef and one waitress really struggled to cope with the situation. Worse was to follow. On check-out we were presented with a totally inaccurate bill. It was incomprehensible and in excess of £100 more than it should have been. Once again, the poor girl was left alone trying to cope with check-outs and remaining breakfasts and when we queried our bill she had no paperwork to establish the correct terms. I have never been to a hotel where there is no breakdown of accommodation and food on the bill.
What this hotel needs is a manager in residence to really pull it back in line. This is a lovely position for a hotel and it is a shame that we had so many problems.

Room Tip: Room15 newly refurbished, nice bathroom, on top floor so 40 steps, good size.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

we went to the Devonshire Fell for My cousins wedding it was lovely and set in the most beautiful location, myself and my family ( 4 adults and 2 children) shared a Family suite which was lovely and spacious however myself and my husband has to sleep on the sofa bed which was not comfortable at all and you both roll in the to middle and the matress was very soft and you can feel all the metal underneath, My other adult family members use the two twin beds in the other room which looked lovely and comfortable however due to having two young children with us we had to squeeze a 'put up bed' and a travel cot along either side of the sofa bed and it was very tight. In the main room with the twin beds there is a tv with freeview and a DVD player and plently of wardrobe space, both rooms has their own bathroom in one was a great walk in shower which was lovely and the in the other was a bath and shower overhead, all in all the rooms were great with lovely views.

The staff were all very nice and friendly when we turned up we realised a bed for my son was missing we informed the staff and this was sorted straight away.

The only downside I found was the breakfast was from 8am which I found a little late especially with 2 hungry children, one morning we went down at 8 and nothing was ready they were just starting to bring the food out for the buffet but other than that the food was very nice and you can order a cooked breakfast if you wanted or stick to the buffet.
A member of my family is a coeliac so she has to have a gluten free menu we told the staff who make sure that her meals were all gluten free which she really like.

We stayed for two nights and we all had a great time the wedding reception was lovely and had the perfect backdrop with the amazing views, its a beautiful hotel with friendly helpful staff!!

Room Tip: if your is more than 3 people in your party I would recommend the family suite.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

Went to this hotel for my cousins wedding.
Had the actual ceremony there, reception, sit-down meal for 50 people & disco later.
I have to congratulate all the staff & management who did a first class job of everything.
Every aspect of the wedding day was no less than 100%.
I have spent 41 years in the catering & hospitality business, they all did a brilliant job as I know full well what has to go on for everything to be this good on the day.
Well done to all the staff at this hotel.
Although I did not stay overnight my sister & her husband did & there bedroom was first class & worth the £100 she paid for B&B.

Room Tip: Room 3 has fantastic views & faces the front of the hotel
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Devonshire Fell Hotel
Address: Burnsall Village | Skipton, Burnsall, Yorkshire Dales National Park BD23 6BT, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Yorkshire Dales National Park > Burnsall
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Burnsall
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Devonshire Fell Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the pretty village of Burnsall, The Devonshire Fell Hotel lies in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, nestled among rolling hills, country lanes and dry stone walls. The property has free WiFi and there is free parking. There are 16 bedrooms at the Devonshire Fell, each boasting their own individual character, with many affording breathtaking views of Yorkshire countryside. The reception area and bar is vibrant and cosy, with colourful armchairs where guests can unwind with a drink. Guests can relax in the 1 AA Rosette restaurant and soak up the striking views as they dine on mouth-watering dishes made using locally sourced produce. The local area is a paradise for walkers and their dogs, which are equally welcomed and stay for free. Many ancient castles, country houses and UNESCO World Heritage Sites are within a 30-minute drive. ... more   less 
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