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Abbey Cottage

nr Ripon, Yorkshire

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This pretty stone cottage started life as part of a hay barn and stables in the eighteenth century, although much was rebuilt in the 1930’s to create a shop and storekeepers' accommodation. It is now a cosy, well equipped cottage that is ideal for families, where you can curl up in front of the log burner in the sitting room and reflect after an active day.

It is the perfect base for anyone looking to explore the spectacular surroundings of Fountains Abbey or slightly further-a-field destinations like York, The Dales and North Yorkshire Moors. It is situated opposite the river Skell and weir in the picturesque Skell Valley at the original entrance to Fountains Abbey. A shared garden sits alongside the river on the opposite side of the minor village road.

You can access the grounds of Fountains Abbey through the nearby west gates. It is like having your very own World Heritage Site, complete with the ruins of a 12th century Cistercian abbey and a Georgian water garden. Start planning those summer picnics, epic games of hide and seek or quiet walks to watch the deer. Holiday cottage guests have free access to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Estate during opening hours.

Fountains Abbey, Studley Royal Water Garden and the Deer park have events to appeal to all ages throughout the year. Visit the web pages by clicking on the nearby tab, above, to see details of events, nature, walking and cycling trails when planning your holiday.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
sitting room with wood-burning stove, dining room, kitchen and separate lavatory.
First floor
three bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed and 2 twins) and bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Gas central heating included.

Garden: Shared garden with seating.

Parking: Off-road parking for one car and additional parking available in the nearby National Trust car park.

Phones: There is limited mobile phone signal, but a shared pay phone is provided for use by all cottages for outgoing calls.

Please Note: From 10 August 2013 1 dog will be accepted at Abbey Cottage.

Offers: Holiday cottage guests have free access to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Estate during opening hours.

Catering: The team at Fountains Abbey can provide a simple pie or casserole ready for you to pop in the oven. You can choose from:

1) Chicken, Ham, Leek & Potato Pie

2) Seasonal Vegetable & Bean Casserole

3) Fish Pie

A minimum notice of 7 days is required for all food orders.

Pricing is as follows: Adults £6 per head / Children £4 per head. Please note side vegetables are not included.

Casseroles or pies will be delivered to the cottage and left in the fridge ready for your arrival.

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Garden appeal
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Shared telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


Things to see and do nearby

Yorkshire & North East England
Visitors walking to Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland © Arnhel de Serra

In England's spectacular North East, Yorkshire and Northumberland are both counties that offer something for everyone. Yorkshire is world renowned for the beauty of its countryside and its scenery, reaching from the Dales in the west to the Moors in the east. There are also historic towns and cities, a spectacular coastline, much of which is in the care of the Trust, and some of the most magnificent historic houses in the country. The cathedral city of York, where the Trust has two holiday apartments, has a huge variety on offer to visitors - from magnificent York Minster to the medieval Shambles, an area steeped in history and now rich in gift and antique shops alongside fashionable boutiques. Northumberland too abounds in magnificent scenery with wide open stretches of moorland and a long and dramatic coastline. Steeped in history, protecting the border with Scotland since the days when Hadrian's army built the famous Wall, the county also has a wonderful collection of historic houses and castles including Cragside, Wallington and Lindisfarne, all of which are in the care of the Trust. The Trust now has cottages close to Hadrian's Wall itself and in many other spectacular locations including Alnwick and Fountains Abbey, a World Heritage Site.

Yorkshire Dales
The east end of Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire, a Cistercian community of monks from the twelfth century until the Dissolution in 1539. It is the largest monastic ruin in the country, and a World Heritage Site.  © Andrew Butler

Yorkshire is, not surprisingly, England's most popular holiday destination, as this vast county offers something for everyone. The beautiful countryside of the Dales and Moors, a dramatic and unspoilt coastline, a wealth of historic towns and cities, spectacular ancient ruins, and some of the most magnificent houses in the country. The National Trust owns over 24,000 acres of coast and countryside across the county as well as some splendid historic properties. These include Beningbrough Hall, East Riddlesden Hall, Nunnington Hall and the spectacular Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.

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  • York
  • The Shambles
  • York Minster
  • National Railway Museum
  • Light Water Valley Theme Park.
  • Bird watching
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site. Cistercian abbey, elegant Georgian water garden and medieval deer park
Brimham Rocks
Brimham Rocks Dramatic moorland rock formations
Braithwaite Hall
Braithwaite Hall 17th-century farmhouse in beautiful Coverdale
Beningbrough Hall and Gardens
Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens 18th-century house with interactive galleries and National Portrait Gallery paintings. Grounds and working walled garden
Upper Wharfedale
Upper Wharfedale Area of classic Yorkshire Dales countryside
East Riddlesden Hall
East Riddlesden Hall 17th-century West Riding manor house with formal and wild gardens, duckpond and grounds

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Lee Robinson
    • February 2015
    • Cheshire
    Made special by:

    Superb location with the added bonus of access to the Abbey Grounds whenever we wanted

  • Bernard Whyte
    • January 2015
    • Cambridgeshire
    Would recommend

    We would recommend the cottage to others It was in an area we knew and wanted to vivit

  • Vito Banno
    • October 2014
    • West Midlands
    Would recommend

    The cottage was in an ideal location to explore the Yorksire Dales, which we did. Location, traditional approach to decor, unspoilt exterior, very homely, my children settled in immediately. I would and have recommended the cottage to family and friends.

  • Debbie Fothergill
    • February 2014
    • North Yorkshire
    Our toddler and puppy both had a brilliant time

    Thank you very much for setting up the cottage so beautifully, it was lovely and so well equipped. We had a fantastic time, no fights over who had which room - all beautiful and everyone had a view of the river to wake up to. We couldn't believe how warm it was, especially downstairs with the logburner going, no need for all the dressing gowns or onsies we packed! Even the fresh flowers were sad when we left, they'd all fallen down when we came down for our last breakfast. Absolutely fantastic cottage and enough room/facilities for us all to fit, even with our four legged friend, who loved her purple bowl by the way! Thank you so much :) Beautiful cottage and Fountains abbey right on the doorstep, literally!! Our toddler and puppy both had a brilliant time, and so did us grownups!

  • Gaynor Slaney
    • January 2014
    • Hertfordshire
    The cottage was warm and very comfortable

    The proximity and easy access to Fountains Abbey was great, and the local area brilliant for walks and good pub food. The cottage was warm and very comfortable with good standard of equipment throughout. Importantly, the beds very comfortable too, so a good nights sleep ensured. Local staff very helpful and friendly. Very positive response to queries.

  • Gary Pendered
    • December 2013
    • Northants
    Everything you ever needed in the cottage

    Wood burning stove, fantastic location next to fountains abbey, everything you ever needed in the cottage. Everyone we spoke to from the National Trust was helpful and polite. Even in the shop when we flashed our discount card they all asked how the holiday was and if we were enjoyning ourselves.

  • M Ward
    • November 2013
    • England
    It is a delight!

    As always it is a delight to stay at Abbey Cottage – just like coming home! Thanks for the flowers and the card. It is such a comfortable cottage, and clean, and welcoming

  • Malcolm Davies
    • August 2013
    • Dumfries & Galloway
    Privileged to be able to visit the grounds of Fountains Abbey at dawn and dusk

    We felt very privileged to be able to visit the grounds of Fountains Abbey at dawn and dusk - experiences which will stay with us. Abbey Cottage itself is lovely - it's the first holiday cottage where we didn't put away the ornaments! Staff on-site at Fountains were friendly and helpful

  • The Bruce family
    • December 2012
    • Berkshire
    Wonderful location and access to Fountains Abbey was a bonus we all enjoyed

    The cottage was all we could have wanted. We had a mixed party of young and very old and the cottage suited all of us. Wonderful location and access to Fountains Abbey was a bonus we all enjoyed. We will be back! The welcome pack was much appreciated and a lovely touch appreciated by all. Small things make such a difference - Thank you all.

  • Richard & Clair
    • January 2009
    • England
    A lovely warm, clean welcoming place it really is

    Our first time to Abbey Cottage and what a lovely warm, clean welcoming place it really is. Really sorry to be leaving how quick can a week fly!! Thank you for a great week and to all that make it possible here. Happy times to all that come after us.

  • Leonard & Yvonne Best
    • Scotland
    A lovely cottage in marvellous surroundings.

    This is our third visit to Fountains Estate although our first at Abbey Cottage, previously we have stayed at Abbey Stores. We leave having spent a few very enjoyable days – a lovely cottage in marvellous surroundings. Because places like Fountains assist you to live at a pace that nature intended, they become more precious with the passing of years

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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