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Abbey Stores

nr Ripon, Yorkshire

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This lovely stone cottage is full of character and perfect for anyone looking for a romantic break. The cottage has beamed vaulted ceilings, a galleried double bedroom and wood-burning stove. Part of the building dates back to the eighteenth century, although much was rebuilt in the 1930’s to create a shop, in use until 1993. It is adjoining Abbey Cottage.

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 are located just steps from the west entrance to Fountains Abbey. During opening hours you have free entry to this breathtaking World Heritage Site, complete with the ruins of a twelfth-century Cistercian abbey, Georgian water garden and deer park. You can explore at leisure, with long walks through the grounds, whatever the season.

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

First floor
open-plan kitchen/dining/sitting area with wood burning stove. Mezzanine: open gallery with sleeping area (1 double with 5' bed) and shower room.
Visitor notes

Heating: Gas central heating included.

Garden: Shared garden with seating.

Parking: Car parking is available next to Fountains Hall.

Telephone: There is limited mobile phone signal, but there is a shared payphone provided for use by all Cottages for outgoing calls.

Please Note: The cottage is located next to a minor road and one of the entrances to Fountains Estate.

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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  • Open fire / stove
  • Romantic
  • Garden appeal
  • Dishwasher
  • Shared telephone
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • 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, to the purple heather moorlands of the Yorkshire Moors in the east, a stay in one of our cottages will give you the chance to explore the rugged landscape and green hills of Yorkshire and the North East. As if that wasn’t enough, there are also historic towns and cities, a spectacular coastline, (much of which we look after) 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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  • 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

  • Aimee Poll
    • May 2015
    • Suffolk
    Out of hours access

    Being able to access the abbey grounds out of opening hours really made our stay special. Very helpful staff at the west gate booth at Fountains Abbey.

  • Sue Burge
    • April 2015
    • Norfolk
    Lovely cottage

    Staff were excellent throughout the site, they were genuinely friendly and the cottage was lovely. Having access to the site outside normal opening hours was completely magical.

  • Ross Pearson
    • February 2015
    • Merseyside
    Made special by:

    The location and the uniqueness of the cottage itself. We are used to the very high standards of NT staff and places but this stay exceeded these expectations. All staff were excellent and the cottage was charming. The Fountains site itself was breathtaking.

  • Christopher Henshaw
    • January 2015
    • West Yorkshire
    Clean and warm

    We've been visiting Fountains for years but never stayed. After a busy family Christmas and New year, we decided to take a few days to relax. So glad we did, it was fabulous and we will do it again next year. Brilliant caretaking team. The cottage was clean and warm on arrival. Perfect.

  • Diana Oblinger
    • November 2014
    • USA
    Spectacular walks

    Being able to walk the grounds when the property was closed was spectacular. Just the 2 of us. It will always be one of our most treasured memories. The staff were very helpful and friendly. They made a very positive impression--and continued to do so throughout our stay. Of the 4 properties we've stayed at, the staff were the most welcoming at Fountains Abbey.

  • Alex Weir
    • November 2014
    • Essex
    Made special by:

    location and building everything was perfect cottage and staff

  • The Conning Family
    • February 2014
    • UK
    One of the best!

    We have stayed in a fair number of NT cottages and this is one of the best! Very cosy, comfortable, and well equipped. Surprisingly quiet considering its location and an excellent choice for a short winter break.

  • Alexander Thacker
    • January 2014
    • Cardiff
    Perfect place for a romantic retreat

    Our cottage was in immaculate condition on arrival. The staff on sight were also very kind, and pleased to provide ideas for local sightseeing. The two of us came by train, not wanting to drive. Fountains is a perfect place for a romantic retreat for couples who like a good walk! There were a huge number of things to see and do in the immediate area, and a lovely kitchen to cook evening meals.

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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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