Devonshire Arms Closes For £500k January Makeover


The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, Bolton Abbey is closed for two weeks this January for a programme of enhancement, refurbishment and maintenance across various areas of the hotel, and its two restaurants. The investment will total around £500k, supporting local trade people and professionals, including Malton-based Rachel McLane, an interior designer whose focus is high-end hospitality businesses.

Six guest bathrooms at the hotel are being given a luxury makeover, with five-star facilities including roll top baths, walk-in remote controlled showers, all incorporating marble and glass design finishes, with state-of-the-art Japanese lavatories, which will certainly appeal to the growing base of international visitors to the Dales area.

In addition, work will take place to benefit the interiors of both restaurants. The Brasserie will be enhanced to create a seamless dining experience throughout its whole area, retaining the colourful and contemporary style for which it is renowned. The Burlington Restaurant will have new chandeliers, and a scheme of interior decorating, including new soft furnishings and window treatments to further enhance its elegant ambience.

DABA Ensuite samples

Other areas include the installation of a new heating system, and the re-roofing of the Wharfedale wing, along with general property repair and maintenance, to enhance guest comfort and improve functionality and energy efficiencies.

General Manager of The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, Adam Dyke, commented:

“Our January refurbishment is a great start to our working year at The Dev – we have high expectations for this year in terms of delivering to our guests at the highest possible level, as well as our profitability, so it’s essential that we strive to not only maintain but improve the hotel, to ensure that our reputation for excellence remains intact”.

This project is part of a programme of development and expansion across the various properties in the Devonshire Hotels and Restaurants Group, planned over the next three years. This will include the expansion of the group’s collection of holiday cottages on the Bolton Abbey estate, to seven in total (currently two) by the end of the year.

DABA Brasserie samples

Richard Palmer, Managing Director of The Devonshire Hotels and Restaurants Group, added:

“It’s unusual for us to close The Devonshire Arms for a period of time, and this programme of improvements indicates just one step forward in our investment plans, and complements the Group’s overall vision to become one of the country’s leading privately-owned hospitality operators.”

The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, including The Burlington Restaurant and The Brasserie will re-open on 12 January, with a further six bedrooms in the Old Wing re-opening on the 25 January, which complete the project.

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