The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley | The Chatsworth Estate | Derbyshire

The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley | The Chatsworth Estate | Derbyshire
Note to readers: Our stay was complimentary; however, this is an authentic account of our experience and this post was produced without any external editorial control.

The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley is situated on The Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire, across the road from the Estate’s Farm Shop and less than two miles away from Chatsworth House, so it’s an ideal base for exploring this stately home and the surrounding countryside.


You know you’re in a dog friendly pub when...

On arrival we were greeted by Chips & Beans. Now this may sound like an odd arrival snack, but they are actually the names of two of the regular pub dogs that frequent The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley! These beautiful little rescue dogs have definitely landed on their paws and it was a real pleasure to meet them and their lovely owner.

There are six dog friendly rooms, situated in an annex called ‘The Farm’ and the bar area also welcomes dogs of all shapes and sizes so you can enjoy a hearty pub meal with your four-legged friends too.

Dining at The Devonshire Arms

The atmosphere in the pub was very relaxed, most of the customers had come for their evening meal and it was quite busy despite it being a weeknight. We’d definitely recommend booking a table because you won’t want to miss out on the classic English pub dishes including pies, burgers and fish & chips. The Head Chef sources ingredients locally and many of them come directly from the Chatsworth Estate. Everything was cooked and served perfectly.

There is an extensive selection of gins, wines, spirits and cask ales to choose from at the bar and dogs are offered a bowl of water to enjoy at the table.

The Room

Our ‘Four Poster Farmhouse Room’ made me feel like I was in a luxury hotel rather than a pub! The bed was definitely the highest bed that I’ve ever slept on, but it was also one of the most comfortable. There was a choice of a soft or firm pillow and the firm one was perfect for me. Because the rooms are set apart from the pub itself there was nothing to disturb us throughout the night and no early morning deliveries to wake us up either - it was bliss. 

Dogs are not allowed on any of the furniture, but Elsa quickly discovered that she could actually fit under the bed and seemed to really enjoy having a little ‘den’ of her own under there!

The rooms were designed by the Duchess of Devonshire herself and they are furnished to a very high standard. The en-suite bathroom had both a bathtub and a walk-in shower along with Temple Spa toiletries. This is the first pub that we've been to where the room even had its own entrance hallway!

Elsa quickly sniffed out the packet of treats and the toy that had been left for her. A large towel and two bowls were also available for her to use in the room. It seemed like a lot of thought had gone into providing things that would actually be very useful to dog owners to help keep their pets dry, entertained and fed/watered during their stay.

Human guests can relax on the sofa and read a book while enjoying a tea or coffee. We also found some complimentary fudge and biscuits in our room which went down very well!

The next morning we took Elsa for a walk around the small but charming village of Pilsley. The surrounding countryside is beautifully complimented by the stone buildings of The Chatsworth Estate which are all accented with the distinctive azure/ ocean blue paint, a colour favoured by the Duke, according to Country Life. There are plenty of grassy areas right on the doorstep, ideal for guests with dogs. 

For breakfast, we were offered a selection of warm pastries, fresh fruit, smoothies, muffins, granola, cereals and freshly prepared cooked dishes including pancakes and a traditional full-English. Toast and crumpets were delivered directly to the table and there was a selection of jams and preserves from the Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop available too.

We served Elsa breakfast in our room, a tasty bowl of ORIJEN Freeze Dried Dog Food. This is our favourite food to take with us when we travel because it’s light to carry and Elsa finds it very appetising. [Received as a gift from ORIJEN.]

Overall, the service that we experienced at The Devonshire Arms was both exceptional and unobtrusive. We left feeling relaxed, refreshed and very well-fed! The proximity to Chatsworth House makes this dog friendly pub an ideal place to stay if you are visiting the Estate or just looking for somewhere to grab a drink or some authentic pub grub.

With special thanks to everyone at The Devonshire Arms, Pilsley for making our stay so memorable!

Additional information:

Complimentary Wi-Fi for guests.

There are plenty of car parking spaces, including some with facilities for charging electric/ Tesla cars.

There is an additional charge of £10 for dogs staying overnight.

Optional extras can be added to make your stay even more special. These include a bottle of chilled Champagne, seasonal fruit basket, hampers and seasonal flowers. Click here for more information and prices.

The Dog: A celebration at Chatsworth

23 March 2019- 6 October 2019

As soon as I read about the theme for this year’s exhibition at Chatsworth House I just had to make time in our diary for a visit! The concept of celebrating 'The Dog' has been expertly executed and it’s a unique opportunity to view a vast range of paintings, artefacts, sculptures, photographs and literature owned by the Cavendish family, and also items on loan from other private collections, museums and even the Royal Family.

Dogs are welcome in the parkland and gardens of Chatsworth House but must be kept on a lead at all times. They are not allowed inside the house itself so we would recommend visiting as a pair or family group so that you can alternate exploring the house and gardens with someone else and make the most of your day out.

Click here to read Paws across Chatsworth

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The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley

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