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Curlew is the largest of the five cottages at How Hill; it was originally the threshing barn and the horse engine room for milling the grain. The cottages have been converted from a group of eighteenth-century farm buildings and are situated around a paved courtyard in open countryside.

The cottages have been sympathetically restored using traditional materials whilst incorporating modern green technology such as the use of Ground Source Heat Pump in the heating system. It has lots of character with exposed stone walls, beams and a wood-burning stove. They are ideal if several families are looking to holiday together while still enjoying their own space and facilities.

The cottages are situated less than a mile from Fountains Abbey, a World Heritage site with spectacular ruins of a twelfth-century Cistercian abbey, Studley Water Garden and the deer park, all of which you have free entry to during opening hours. You will have hours of fun exploring these wonderful surroundings. This also makes the perfect base for exploring Yorkshire with the Dales, Moors and York within driving distance.

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
entrance lobby with lavatory, hall area with utility room, open-plan sitting/dining room with wood-burning stove, kitchen area, large twin bedroom with en-suite which can also be a double on request.
First floor
galleried landing, two bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin) and bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Central heating included (Ground Source Heat Pump).

Parking: Designated parking for two cars adjacent to the cottage entrance.

Garden: A shared courtyard to the front of the cottage.

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

Please note: the ground floor double bedroom with 6' bed will be set up as a twin room that can be a double on request.

The water supply in this cottage comes from our borehole which is regularly monitored for quality and purity.

Child hazards: There is a small pond in the field approximately 200 yards down the hill and we advise that young children should be supervised to prevent them approaching this potential hazard.

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
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Shared Telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge
  • Accessible for occasional wheelchair users
  • Accessible for ambulant disabled people
  • 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


Comments from past visitors

  • Mrs Morris
    • March 2017
    • Devon
    Love Curlew Cottage

    We just love curlew cottage. It suits our family. We also love Fountains and Studley Royal,before we moved to Devon every New Year's Day would be spent at Fountains come rain shine or snow!

  • Anonymous
    • November 2016
    • Unknown
    Wonderful cottage

    The cottage was wonderful and well appointed. The surrounding landscape was gorgeous and Fountains Abbey and Studley Water Gardens are stunning. The food in the café was pleasant and most of the service was good. We met a visitor/helper in the grounds who was interesting, informative and pleasant. Overall, we found it excellent. Thank you.

  • Jill James
    • September 2016
    • Birmingham
    Well equipped cottage

    It was a real privilege to walk round the grounds at Fountains Abbey out of normal opening hours. The cottage was very well equipped and very comfortable for 6 adults and a 2 year old. The staff were helpful and responded quickly and efficiently to a minor problem we had at the cottage. The welcome tea tray and discounts for food and the shop were well used. Thank you, we had a wonderful family holiday. Our 2 year old loved the new play area, he wanted to go every day. He also enjoyed the cows, sheep, rabbits and blue tractor at the cottage.

  • Ann Stinner
    • June 2016
    • Winnipeg
    Wonderful holiday!

    We had a thoroughly enjoyable time during our week at Curlew Cottage. The rural setting - in the midst of rolling farmland with sheep and cattle around us - was idyllic. Our six-year-old was fascinated by the many bunnies hopping around the fields and the friendly sheep dog who visited at our patio door. Staff seen around the cottages and at the Fountains visitor centre were very friendly and helpful. Furnishings and amenities were high quality and the 3 bedrooms were spacious, ideal for a family of four. A special highlight was our opportunity to visit the Fountains Abbey property after hours with our special key - magical! Curlew Cottage also served as an ideal headquarters for exploring other parts of Yorkshire, too. Many thanks for a wonderful holiday!

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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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