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Choristers' House

nr Ripon, Yorkshire

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Standing proud within an ancient 400 acre deer park, this magnificent Burges-designed property promises panoramic views across the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Built in 1873, its name stems from the fact that it was originally a music school. Today it offers a spacious and unspoiled setting for up to 10 people to stay. The interior captures the Burges style, whilst also reflecting the historic setting of Studley Royal park: a continual home to herds of deer for the past 500 years.

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. There is a small enclosed lawn area to the front of the house, beyond that is the deer park, home to over 400 red, fallow and sika deer.

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
formal sitting room with open fire, casual sitting room, double bedroom with shower, dining room, kitchen, utility room and lavatory.
First floor
four bedrooms (2 doubles- 1 with 5' bed and ensuite bathroom, 2 twins), shower room and bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: oil central heating included.

Garden: Small enclosed lawn to the front of the house.

Parking: There is a large car parking area to the rear of the property.

Please Note: As the house is situated within a deer park it is expected that you will find deer around the property, in the gardens and parking area.

In October the rutting season is underway, and at this time when the stags are gathering together their 'harem' they become particularly vocal and the roaring, whistling and barking will be evident throughout most nights.

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.

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  • Open fire / stove
  • Garden appeal
  • Celebration
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi


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

  • Linda Johnson
    • February 2015
    • East Lothian
    Homely charm

    The friendliness and help provided by the local staff giving information about Studley Water Gardens and St Mary's Church made our trip really comfortable and special. Excellent decorative order and homely charm plus the local deer coming close to the cottage at dusk were an unexpected delight.

  • David Leigh
    • January 2015
    • Monmouthshire
    Highly privileged

    What could be more special than that combination of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, the stunning lakes, the follies, the mill, the Hall and the landscape as a whole? We appreciated the good walking (and buggy) access to nearly all parts of the estate. The seven bridges walk is magical. Our visit was blessed by good weather. (as already emailed to customer services) A group of us have just stayed for a family weekend at Choristers' House, Fountains Abbey. We felt highly privileged to enjoy that fabulous house, maintained and equipped to the highest standards, as well as to have the opportunity to wander freely around that spectacular World Heritage site. Thank you. David Leigh (PS: A dust-pan and brush and a washing-up brush would have been handy)

  • Susan Winter
    • January 2015
    • West Yorkshire
    Impressive house

    Choristers House is an impressive house in a wonderful location. The furnishings, especially the 'mouse man' furniture, were excellent and once the heating had been on for a while the house became warm and comfortable. Complementary access to Fountains Abbey for the non members in our party was very much appreciated. The children enjoyed geocaching using the GPS sets and maps borrowed from the Visitor Centre. Very happy with everything provided in the house. We had a very quick response when the upstairs lights fused on our arrival.We would have been pleased to have the heating on when we arrived as the weather was extremely cold.

  • Rachel Andrew
    • January 2015
    Mouseman furniture!

    Choristers is a very very comfortable house without being too big - the dining room was perfect and we loved the mouseman furniture. The howling gales outside were extremely atmospheric while we sat all cosy in front of the fire. Don't order too much well seasoned wood from the shop! It's so good it takes forever to burn. We have no complaints at all and had a fantastic 80th birthday celebration weekend with the family. Thanks to all the NT staff who made it so. I contacted Fountains Abbey estate office a couple of times before our stay and once during - they were extremely helpful.

  • Julie Ellis
    • November 2014
    • Uk
    Made special by:

    Location and access to walks Excellent a perfect hoilday in unique location

  • Julie Fearn
    • November 2013
    • England
    A beautiful place

    Fountains abbey is such a beautiful place and to stay in the grounds when visitors had gone home was wonderful. The deer made it extra special too. Brilliant.

  • Louise Cast
    • May 2013
    • England
    Whole stay was perfect

    The wide open space within our valued Heritage Site - Amazing location, the whole stay was perfect

  • Penny Wakefield
    • February 2013
    • Nottinghamshire
    Beautiful setting

    Very spacious and comfortable house in a beautiful setting. Very clean and well equipped.

  • Mr and Mrs Brooks
    Stayed at the Chorister's House for the week of our wedding at Fountains Abbey.

    Stayed at the Chorister's House for the week of our wedding at Fountains Abbey. We had an amazing time; the house was absolutely stunning, the setting so peaceful and beautiful. We hope to return in the future.

  • The Naglis clan & co
    A truly magical weekend - celebrating Stephen's 50th birthday.

    A truly magical weekend - celebrating Stephen's 50th birthday. The location, setting, not to mention the fantastic house surpassed all expectations. Walking the park, watching the deer - including a very well behaved 'stag party' and exploring Fontains abbey and the grounds was breath-taking. A guided tour around the abbey with amazing guide Ann was the icing on the cake on our last day. Can't wait to return!

  • Frank Rowe
    The house was the best we'd stayed in anywhere

    A magnificent setting. The house was the best we'd stayed in anywhere and we've (10 of us) been doing the "March Week" for 11 years now. We'll return to this house for sure. A week just wasn't enough time to get everything done in the park, walks and gardens.

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