Owned by the Dukes of Devonshire since 1753, this 40-room property is set beside the River Wharfe on the extremely picturesque Bolton Abbey estate. The atmospheric Superior and Luxury rooms in the handsome 17th-century main inn, a classically proportioned structure built of golden stone, are recommended, as the modern extension lacks architectural distinction. Comfortable suites are gracefully adorned with heavy floral fabrics, wall-to-wall carpeting, period furniture and living rooms with gas fireplaces. The hotel is decorated with art from the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire’s private collection. Amenities include an atmospheric cocktail lounge, a colorful brasserie and a restaurant serving modern Yorkshire cuisine. Note that the wine list at the restaurant is extensive, but the by-the-glass selection is limited. A historic barn adjacent to the main inn houses a full-service spa with an indoor pool and gym. The timeless, civilized setting of this property embodies the best of the English country house experience.