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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

*******From 03 June 2013 the ground floor double bedroom with 6' bed will be set up as a twin room that can be a double on request*******

Heating: Central heating included.

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

Child warning: There is a small pond in the field approximately 200 yards down the hill and we advise that young children should be supervised.

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

Please Note: The water supply in this cottage comes from our borehole.

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
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • 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 & 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

  • John Dennett
    • February 2015
    • Surrey
    Had everything we needed

    Lovely cottage, lots of space, had everything we needed, beautifully maintained. Great location.

  • Pauline Dickinson
    • February 2015
    • Staffordshire
    Made special by:

    The location and the quality of the interior of the cottage and the facilities. Cleanliness of cottage was very good and it felt homely to walk into on first evening.

  • Mrs Jane Patrick
    • December 2014
    • Norfolk
    Lovely cottage

    Lovely cottage, furnished to a very high standard, everything provided for. Excellent. We love Yorkshire, the dales in particular which were in easy access to us. Fountains Abbey is so special, we love it and the atmosphere there at Christmas time. The Cottage is the perfect place to stay. This was our wedding anniversary, we hope we will be back again next year too.

  • Alison Milligan
    • February 2014
    • Scotland
    Wonderful location

    The house is unique, in a wonderful location very close to fountains abbey. The house has everything that you would need and more. I could not make one complaint about the house, the location or National Trust staff etc. Fantastic house and location, third time we have stayed and would stay again. Cannot think of anything the house is missing, could be in permanantly!

  • Anonymous
    • January 2014
    • UK
    A dream living there

    The entire setup was wonderful! The cottage was beautifully equipped and it was a dream living there. The children loved it and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. The price was very reasonable.

  • Mr & Mrs Patrick
    • December 2013
    • UK
    Curlew is beautifully equipped and furnished to a very high standard

    We have not stayed in an NT property before so didn’t know what to expect. Curlew is beautifully equipped and furnished to a very high standard. Everywhere was cleaned to an exceptional high standard – our compliments to the housekeeping team. We will definitely book further NT breaks in the future.

  • Emma Yates
    • November 2013
    • UK
    Probably the best we have experienced

    Once again we were thoroughly delighted with our stay, this time in Curlew. The standard to which the properties are finished, maintained and kept clean is probably the best we have experienced in all the years we have used holiday cottages.

  • Elizabeth Edwards
    • November 2013
    • Leicestershire
    Cottage was equipped to a high standard

    The cottage was equipped to a high standard and the location stunning. On our second day there was a pre-arranged power outage, but the staff did everything possible to minimise the impact on us: the complimentary lunch at the visitor's centre was delicious! Fountain's Abbey on a glorious November day: stunning! Most cottages (non National Trust) in which we have previously stayed have been stocked with basic commodities - eg oil, condiments, etc - possibly left by previous tenants - there was nothing here, and it would have been helpful. In this particular cottage, the heating was set very high, and was not really controllable: we were far too hot, though the weather was cold.

  • Michael Kenning
    • August 2013
    • Cork
    The cleanest, most spacious and well stocked holiday cottage we have ever stayed in

    This is our first experience of an NT cottage and it was the cleanest, most spacious and well stocked holiday cottage we have ever stayed in - everything had been thought of! The high beamed ceilings and spaciousness combined with it farmyard feel made it special.

  • Elizabeth Flinn
    • July 2013
    • Hertfordshire
    Loved everything

    What a fantastic place How Hill Cottages is! Loved everything about the cottage, the view, the weather and will DEFINITELY come back!

  • Brian and Sue Crossley
    • May 2013
    • Yorkshire
    Can't wait to bring the rest of our family here.

    We have not stayed in a National Trust property before but were bowled over by the workmanship and quality of Curlew Cottage. Very comfortable with all the best facilities. Spent all of the weekend in Fountains Abbey or by the Water Gardens and looked forward to getting back to the cottage in the evening. Can't wait to bring the rest of our family here.

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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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