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Stepping into Spring on the Bowcliffe Estate

Award-winning Garden

Just a week ago, Bowcliffe Hall Gardens was announced as the winner of The Landscape Stewardship Award within ‘Public Realm and Landscape’ as part of the Leeds Architecture Awards. This is an award that celebrates projects that have made a significant impact on protecting and enhancing a landscape, creatively connecting people with their environment. It confirms what we already knew, we really do have some of the most beautiful, considered grounds in Yorkshire.

Enchanting Spring

As springtime moves ever closer, the grounds become particularly enchanting. Hundreds, or perhaps even thousands of snowdrops fill the borders, beds and woodland in abundance; a welcome sign that spring is not far away. We spoke to Head Gardener, Anna, about what we should look out for as we wander the Estate;- the wildlife, the flowers and what the Garden Teams are currently working on…

Our Wildlife

We are always fascinated by the wildlife that can be found at Bowcliffe Hall. As the seasons change, many creatures continue their hibernation period, but one constant is our bird life. We have common species like blackbirds, robins and wrens, but also rarer residents such as nuthatches, tree creepers, song and mistle thrushes. One tiny individual that is rare (but that we have in abundance here on the Estate) is the goldcrest. At 9cm it is the UK’s smallest bird and is attracted to the Bowcliffe conifers for food and nesting – keep your eyes peeled for these beautiful little birds.

In the gardens we are also attentive to signs of other wildlife such as hedgehogs. We have a suspected hedgehog nest within one of the borders which we have been careful to protect from leaf clearing and ensure it has been left undisturbed. Share your wildlife walks at Bowcliffe with us over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Planting Projects 

We have been busy extending the native tree mix on the cricket field to continue to add to our wonderful backdrop of trees to enhance a wildlife corridor. The mix includes Hawthorn (Crataegus Monogyna), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) Wild Cherry, (Prunus Avium)  Elder (Sambucus nigra) Birch (Betula pendula/Alba) and Holly  (Ilex aquifolium).

We are also about to carry out a big project in the borders along the front of the hall to enhance the arrival experience. Clipped Topiary will offer structural impact and elegance in the form of cones and beautiful standard balls. Watch this space!

See the Gardens for Yourself – Our Spring Garden Tour

If you haven’t already, make sure you book your place on the Bowcliffe Spring Garden Tour, happening on Wednesday 10th April. The Garden Team will lead you through the magnificent grounds to see the Estate in all its springtime glory. After the tour is over, you’ll make your way to the stunning Bowcliffe Room to enjoy an indulgent Afternoon Tea, served with a delicious glass of Prosecco – make sure you join us!

The Yorke Arms Completes Refurbishment on Seven of Eighteen Suites & Bedrooms

As many of you know, The Yorke Arms, a Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms based in beautiful Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, is part of the Bayford Group. We are delighted to bring you news that the refurbishment of seven of the eighteen beautiful bedrooms and suites at The Yorke Arms is now complete. If you’re searching for a luxury stay in the heart of God’s own county, then this is the place for you.

Each of the bedrooms and suites is unique with its own story to tell; intrinsically linked to something the team at The Yorke Arms love about Yorkshire or something they feel makes it one of the most wonderful places on earth. The rooms centre around much-loved Yorkshire pastimes, traditions, the glorious countryside or tributes to the region’s heritage.

Warm and welcoming hospitality is at the heart of everything The Yorke Arms offer, so perhaps most importantly of all, the team has created spaces that allow guests to breathe, reconnect and take some important time out from busy lives to kick off their shoes and enjoy The Yorke Arms as a home away from home.

Indulgent Suites – Rhubarb and Jowett

If you’re after lashings of luxury during your stay, then one of the suites will provide you with a private and secluded sanctuary that you’re unlikely to want to leave. Soak away the stresses of everyday life, sink into a sumptuous super king bed and relax, enjoying the view out onto the softly babbling brook which runs through the delightful garden just outside the window.

Take a closer look at The Yorke Arms Indulgent Suites »

Luxury Bedrooms – Woof, Ey Up, Trigger, Studley and Old Trout

Brimming with inimitable charm, you’ll likely return time and again to experience a stay in each of the divine bedrooms. Expect interiors that evoke feelings of calm and content and features that vary from room to room but include exposed beams, lavish headboards, themed sporting toiles, blissfully comfortable beds and marvellous antiques and memorabilia.

Take a closer look at The Yorke Arms Luxury Bedrooms »

If you’d like to bring your well-mannered four-legged friend along to enjoy the rather beautiful scenery surrounding the Yorke Arms, simply request the dog-friendly bedroom, ‘Woof’. With a headboard adorned with Mulberry’s “Hounds” fabric and paintings of the owner’s dogs; Frank, Buzz and Slinky, this is a comfortable and luxurious room that has a beautiful aspect looking out onto the village green and with quick and easy access to some of the loveliest walks in Yorkshire.

Take a closer look at Woof »

For more information visit or call the team at The Yorke Arms on 01423 755243 or email

The Yorke Arms – Now Open!

Yorke Arms Dish

As you may know, in February, The Yorke Arms closed its doors to give way to a sensitive refurbishment programme. Over the last few months, the team have been busy working with some of the finest craftsmen and women in Yorkshire (and beyond) to fulfil their vision for one of the most iconic restaurants in the region.

The Yorke Arms

What has been created is something really rather astonishing and we come to you with the fantastic news of the restaurants reopening and a first look at some images we simply couldn’t resist sharing.

Want to know a little more about the restaurant’s ongoing charm? Read a snippet from a recent Yorkshire Post Review below or read it in full, here.

Atkins has been back in the kitchen for a matter of days. However, it’s clear she’s not only hit the ground running, but the new arrangement has stoked her fire and she’s absolutely flying. Frances’ flavours are bold and beautifully balanced, presentation colourful and precise without being too artsy – she lets the ingredients do the talking. Like the very best chefs, she makes it looks easy, though you just know there’s a hell of a lot going on under the bonnet. The vibe is formal but friendly; there’s something perfectly poised about this place, and you’re made to feel special. Save up. You’ll have a night to remember for the rest of your life.”

You’ll be received with the same warm welcome by the same unsurpassable team and will experience Frances’ new style of menus, inspired by the elegant and tasteful surroundings.

Although some of the bedrooms and suites are still being refurbished (due to open by the end of August), seven of the bedrooms are available from 7th July and The Little Dining Room, The Yorke Arms Restaurant by Frances Atkins, The Lounge and the Bar area are all complete. The Onion, a private and unique dining experience nestled at the very heart of The Yorke Arm’s organic vegetable garden is also available for up to 10 guests.

We would love you to dine with us for dinner or lunch and be amongst the first guests to see the new-look Yorke Arms.

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Served in The Little Dining Room and The Yorke Arms Restaurant by Frances Atkins.
Served Tuesday – Saturday, 7pm – 9pm.


Served in The Little Dining Room and The Yorke Arms Restaurant by Frances Atkins.
Served Tuesday to Saturday, midday – 2pm and selected Sundays including this Sunday, 8th July.

Make a reservation now by calling 01423 755243 or emailing

The Yorke arms