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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.

Dogs: Whilst one dog is allowed at this property, the garden is shared and therefore dogs have access to a field opposite the property for exercise.

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
  • 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 and the North East
Close view of the sunrise from Pule Hill, Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire © Joe Cornish

From the wild natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales in the west, the purple heather moorlands of the Yorkshire Moors in the east, the magnificent coastline (much of which we care for) and Northumberland National Park to the north a holiday with us will give you the chance to explore some or all of this fascinating area. As if that wasn’t enough, there are also historic towns and cities and stories after stories in the historic houses we care for.

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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place to visit
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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

  • Janet Paxton
    • April 2016
    • ...
    'Home from home'

    Our cottage was clean , comfortable, and extremely well equipped , an absolute 'home from home'. Having access to the grounds out of hours was a great bonus. We all thought that Fountains Abbey was such a wonderful and beautiful place to explore. and the upkeep of both the cottage and the grounds was a credit to National Trust employees and volunteers. We all felt very sad to leave and thought that the time just flew by, which is testament to how well we all enjoyed ourselves. We arranged for a meal to be left in the fridge for us on arrival, and this exceeded all expectations as it was very obviously hand made and extremely delicious. Thank you all so much for making our stay with you so memorable.

  • Hill
    • March 2016
    • ...
    Lovely cottage...excellent setting...

    A lovely cottage in an excellent setting, with three excellent sized bedrooms. The food we ordered Chicken and leek pie) was yet again delicious and more than adequate for 6 very hungry adults.

  • Aust
    • September 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable.....

    We thoroughly enjoyed the out of hours access to Fountains Abbey and free access to the grounds during opening hours.

  • Christine Judge
    • May 2015
    • S Glos
    Well presented cottage

    Proximity to the west gate of the Abbey and out of hours access allowed us some really special morning and evening walks. We'll presented cottage. Shame that the dog wasn't allowed in the garden, which meant we couldn't sit out with a cuppa.

  • Helen Crichton
    • April 2015
    • Oxfordshire
    Clean, comfortable, well equipped cottage

    A clean, comfortable and very well equipped cottage with everything we needed to enjoy a week at Fountains Abbey and the surrounding countryside. The staff and volunteers were always helpful and friendly and were willing to answer questions or deal with any issues. We had a truly lovely week. A wonderful location, on the doorstep of Fountains Abbey. We loved walking around the grounds almost every day of our stay as well as exploring the wider area. There's so much stunning scenery in Yorkshire. We also enjoyed the Abbey when it was closed to the public, so peaceful, beautiful and with a rich legacy. The cottage was very well equipped for self-catering so we had all our meals in, apart from picnics.

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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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