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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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  • Open fire / stove
  • Romantic
  • Garden appeal
  • Dishwasher
  • Shared 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 & 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

  • 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.

  • Paula Watson
    • December 2013
    • Suffolk
    The view up the lane can be quite magical

    We love Abbey Stores and try to stay there every year as it is always well presented and clean and feels like no-one else has been there since our last visit. The one thing I would like to change is the accessibility to a phone and I commented on this on my feedback form left in the cottage. With its high ceiling it is at once spacious yet cosy with the real fire. The view up the lane can be quite magical, as well as knowing that the magnificence of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is just beyond the gate. I feel the cottage seems to give me a hug when I walk in, as if to say "Welcome back!"

  • Rhett Dunford
    • September 2013
    • Bristol
    The cottage is wonderfully located

    Abbey Stores had a unique internal layout and was compact and comfortable. Ideal for the two of us. Everything was clean, tidy and well equipped. We appreciated the welcome tray, milk, card, flowers and the meals ready to heat which we had pre-ordered. We also greatly appreciated the vouchers enabling us to discounts on purchases in the Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal gardens estate cafes and gift shop. The cottage is wonderfully located beside the West entrance to Fountains Abbey estate, enabling us to park our car securely and safely within the estate, right next door to the cottage. The very high standard of maintenance of the cottage and it's location contributed greatly to our first holiday in North Yorkshire being such a memorable experience. In addition to being well situated for the wonderful Fountains Abbey/Studley Royal Water Park, our visits to Ripon, Brimham Rocks, York and Whitby via the North York Moors Railway.

  • Leslie Brown
    • July 2013
    • USA

    We have been returning to Fountains for over 40 years and only in recent years have been able to afford to stay in on-site properties. All three we have tried (Abbey Stores/Abbey Cottage/Vyner) have each been delightful.

  • Peter Faulkner
    • March 2013
    • London
    "Home from home" atmosphere

    Our first experience of N.T. Cottages which definiel will not be our last! A wholly positive experience. Many Thanks! A truly "home from home" atmosphere, in a superb location.

  • The Clems
    • Scotland
    A romantic retreat.

    This was our second visit to this comfortable cottage: a romantic retreat. We'd a wonderful time - again! The cottage is set next to a busy minor road, but this doesn't detract from its unique setting of being right next to the gates of Fountains Abbey. We enjoyed many walks through the grounds of the Abbey - always a delight no matter what season it is, and sitting in front of the fire in the evenings. A thoroughly relaxing break. We hope to be back again very soon!

  • Michelle & Tim Hanley
    • Epping, Essex
    A delightful cottage in a wonderful location.

    A delightful cottage in a wonderful location. Having Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal gardens on the doorstep is a brilliant bonus. Take advantage of the guided tours of the garden and Abbey by helpful and informative volunteers. Our stay here has been a fantastic tonic from the fast London pace of life. A return visit is a definite we wish we’d found the Dales earlier

  • Sheila & Kevin McNeil
    • Burton Joyce, Nottingham
    Our honeymoon!

    Our honeymoon! What a wonderful cottage and a fantastic setting. We’ve had a brilliant stay despite the rain (at times!). Lots of walking, good food and running too.This cottage was recommended by friends Barbara and Arthur to us. Good choice!

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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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