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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.

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

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

Offers: Holiday cottage guests have free access to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Estate during and outside normal opening hours.

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.

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 £7 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 Location
  • Quirky
  • Garden appeal
  • Celebration
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge


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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  • 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


Comments from past visitors

  • Mrs Lewis
    • April 2017
    • Suffolk
    Fabulous time

    The Choristers House was so full of character and spacious. It was wonderful to be in the middle of the estate yet away from all the crowds around the Abbey and Visitor Centre. It was amazing to be up close and surrounded by beautiful deer, trees and great walks. All 10 of us had a fabulous time with glorious weather.

  • Anonymous
    • September 2016
    • Unknown
    Felt very privileged!

    I felt very privileged to be staying in a listed building on a World Heritage Site. The Mousy Thompson furniture was an added delight! The key to after hours' entry was a wonderful bonus.

  • M Davis
    • April 2016
    • UK
    In the middle of a deer park

    Our stay was made enjoyable by...Beautiful surroundings and outlook in the middle of deer park; knowing we'd have a comfortable, well provided place to stay (many NT stays already and one already booked for next Easter) and lots of scenic places to explore locally.

  • Alison Vickers
    • December 2015
    • West Yorkshire
    Lovely weekend

    Overall we had a lovely weekend at Choristers House. A perfect venue for our party of 7 adults and 2 children to celebrate a 60th birthday. The house exceeded expectations and was beautifully furnished and maintained. We were warm and comfortable and all equipment was plentiful and in good working order. We enjoyed exploring the area around the Abbey and the floodlit evening brass band in the cloisters. The little ones had a great time playing hide and seek in the house! Thank you for such special memories. D I found all staff extremely helpful and pleasant. I had not realised that the visitor centre was closed on the day of our arrival but found a housekeeper outside the centre who did her best to locate a key for the property and opened the public toilets for my daughter to use. (May I suggest that this is made clearer for the benefit of people arriving during winter months when the visitor centre is not open on Fridays.)The key was located in the safe box however as per the written instructions. The deer warden was very friendly and knowledgeable and the cleaners who arrived on our morning of departure were patient and polite as we hurriedly gathered our belongings together . They arrived promptly at 10am and we were not quite ready (our fault).

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