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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.

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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, 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

  • Shirt
    • February 2016
    • ...
    Made enjoyable...

    Tranquil location of the property. Access to NT grounds outside hours generally open to others. Proximity to other areas of natural beauty, not necessarily NT owned/managed. Standard of the property, fittings, furnishings, information provided, ease of access, briefing from site manager.

  • Anonymous
    • January 2016
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable...

    The staff were lovely and very helpful. It was a very warm welcome when we arrived to see a fresh bouquet of flowers and tea, milk and biscuits. We were in awe of Fountains Abbey and it felt very special that we could visit anytime we wanted. The National Trust Cafe's scones with jam and cream were amazing. Coming from Australia, it was our first time to the UK and we were so glad we chose Abbey Stores in Ripon. We only regret we couldn't stay in another cottage in a different area but we certainly will next time we return.

  • Bostock
    • December 2015
    • .....
    Made enjoyable...

    The walks around the property and the lighting of the abbey in the evening. When we were unable to get out due to severe weather we enjoyed the cottage log burner and the excellent books about the property provided in the cottage. The breakfast provision at the visitor centre from 9.30 was a bonus.

  • Steven
    • October 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable......

    The property was well maintained, well furnished and decorated, and - very important - spotlessly clean, top marks. We loved the access to the grounds, enjoyed visiting the restaurant, cafes and shops, and the exhibition we came to see was excellent (Folly). Without exception, the team of staff (and volunteers) are friendly and helpful and really made a difference to our welcome and feeling relaxed. Have already booked the larger cottage next door for next year.

  • Hilda Van Wynsberghe
    • September 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable by...

    Staff and volunteers were very friendly and helpful. The warm welcome with tea, flowers and welcome card. Beautifull location.

  • Elizabeth North
    • August 2015
    • Unknown
    Excellent location

    The cottage was very well furnished and restored and in an excellent location which made after hours access to Fountains Abbey very easy. It was in a beautiful part of the Yorkshire Dales with a great deal to do close by and excellent walks within a short distance.

  • Anonymous
    • July 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable.....

    Unique cottage, minimal road noise, quiet location away from town. High Standards of cleaning. Visiting nearby NT places and the area of Yorkshire. Keep adding new cottages, especially in some area where there are none or few, eg Cheshire, Lancashire, lake district

  • 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.

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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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