The Best Hotels and B&Bs to Book Near Bolton Abbey, UK

Bolton Abbey is one place you cant miss in the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Bolton Abbey is one place you can't miss in the Yorkshire Dales National Park | Courtesy of Devonshire Arms Country Inn / Expedia
Jenny Elliott

Bed down in one of these characterful hotels and guesthouses – bookable with Culture Trip – dotted in and around the Yorkshire Dales National Park, a perfect base from which to explore Bolton Abbey in England.

The magnificent 12th-century ruins of Bolton Abbey sit at the heart of a vast estate in the Yorkshire Dales. Once home to an order of black-robed Augustinian monks, it’s now the setting for idyllic family picnics and scenic riverside walks. After a day vaulting across stepping stones and strolling through wildlife-rich woodland, retire to one of these local hotels in what’s deservedly nicknamed “God’s own country”.

1. Hotel Rendezvous

Hotel

Hotel Rendezvous
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Hotel Rendezvous offers a tranquil escape, overlooking the Leeds and Liverpool Canal on the outskirts of historic Skipton. Following a dip in the pool, head to the conservatory restaurant, and watch colourful narrowboats chug by while tucking into classics such as bangers and mash with Yorkshire pudding. Room choices include a suite with a generous spa bath, spacious family rooms, canal-facing doubles and even a one-bedroom apartment. Bolton Abbey is a 15-minute drive from here.

2. Red Lion Hotel and Manor House

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Red Lion Hotel and Manor House
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This riverside pub with rooms exudes charm in the postcard-perfect village of Burnsall, a short drive north of Bolton Abbey through the rugged Dales. Behind the 16th-century facade, guests and locals sit side by side sipping cask-conditioned ales in the oak-panelled bar. Open fires, exposed beams and excellent Sunday roasts add to the cheery countryside ambience. The courtyard holiday cottages make a good base for families.

3. Warren House B&B

Bed and Breakfast

Warren House B&B
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All three rooms in this pretty, stone-built bed and breakfast have far-reaching views across spectacular moor-covered fells. The affable owners, Nick and Katie, have ensured calming colours abound in the spotless bedrooms, two of which are spacious suites. Rise for a cooked breakfast, rustled up on Katie’s Aga and served in the sunny dining room. You’re on the doorstep of England’s most beautiful walking trails here, plus Bolton Abbey is half an hour down the road.

4. Beck Hall

Independent Hotel, Hotel

A gravel path leading to seating in the garden and the ivy-clad buildings that make up Beck Hall Hotel in Malham
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You’ll find Beck Hall across an ancient clapper bridge in the village of Malham, 17 miles northwest of Bolton Abbey. Unwind in genial comfort amongst the limestone landscape and magical waterfalls. Inside, individually designed bedrooms combine earthy tones with pops of sky-blue and bespoke lighting. Dine on locally sourced dishes while sitting on the stream-side terrace, or hunker down by the open fire in the snug. Waggy-tailed guests stay for free, and there’s dog biscuits on tap.

5. Tennant Arms Hotel

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Tennant Arms Hotel
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Once a coaching inn offering salvation to weary travellers crossing the Dales, the Tennant Arms hasn’t lost its knack for easy hospitality. Now more of a gastro-inn, the well-executed menu revolves around local Yorkshire produce. It’s overseen by owner and executive chef Tom Garland-Jones, who brings his experience at Michelin-star restaurants to the kitchen. The crisp, comfortable bedrooms and hearty breakfasts will help set you up a day of exploring, with Bolton Abbey around a 25-minute drive away.

6. Ashfield House

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Ashfield House
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You’ll immediately feel at home at this seven-room bed and breakfast in Grassington. The pretty 17th-century limestone exterior gives way to welcoming lounges with open fires and an honesty bar. Upstairs, many of the comfortable rooms overlook the walled garden. Need more space and seclusion? Hole up in the split-level garden suite with a private entrance. The fine market town of Grassington is within an easy distance of Bolton Abbey and a multitude of scenic country walks.

7. The Coniston Hotel and Country Estate

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The Coniston Hotel and Country Estate
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This sweeping 1,400-acre estate makes the most of its Dales-edge location, just 20 minutes from Bolton Abbey. Choose between a private room or self-contained cottage with its own private hot tub. At the aptly named the View restaurant, chow down on well-cooked Yorkshire produce while surveying the undulating landscape. Alternatively, watch the sun set behind the hills from the enviably located outdoor infinity pools. Adventurous types can shoot, fish or buckle up for an off-road Land Rover excursion.

8. Devonshire Arms Country Inn

Inn, Hotel

Devonshire Arms Country Inn
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Built in the 16th century, this family-run inn sits in the picturesque hamlet of Cracoe, 20 minutes northwest of Bolton Abbey. Come – like the locals do – for a convivial pint in the beamed bar or a plate of well-presented pub grub, served either in the stone-flagged restaurant or lawned beer garden. There are six cosy bedrooms in total, boasting welcome trays loaded with Yorkshire tea and flapjacks. Cyclists will be happy to know that the Way of the Roses coast-to-coast cycle route runs past this inn.

9. Herriots

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Herriots
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The handsome Victorian brickwork of Herriots stands afront the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Inside, you’ll find a smattering of rooms, ranging from snug singles to luxurious superior suites boasting four-poster beds – many of them have French doors overlooking the canal. Downstairs, there’s a restaurant with a landscaped courtyard and a wood-burning fire in the homely bar. A short stroll east along the pretty towpath brings you to the market town of Skipton with its medieval castle, ancient woodland and chock-a-block antique shops. Bolton Abbey is a 10-minute drive away.

10. Lister Arms

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Lister Arms
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There’s an amiable country feel to this ivy-clad, 18th-century inn, located in delightful Malham. Expect exposed stone, wooden beams, muted greys and funky little design touches in the bedrooms – eight of which are in the converted barn. Hang up your muddy boots after a day exploring the Dales, and take a seat by the open fire in the Rosette-awarded restaurant. At breakfast, choose between a Yorkshire grill, smashed aubergine and avocado on granary toast or porridge with cinnamon and honey.

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