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Fountains Cottage

nr Ripon, Yorkshire

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Fountains Cottage was built as a farmhouse in 1749 and the exterior of the building remains largely unaltered, with a large part of the building been available as a popular holiday cottage since 1988. This stone-built cottage has lots of character and is perfect for a family get-together with rooms spread over three floors, including a second sitting room in the eaves for those looking for a quiet corner to read.

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 with seating sits alongside the river on the opposite side of the minor village road.

Fountains Abbey is just steps away- go through the western gates and you can explore this World Heritage Site set in 323 hectares. You have free access during opening hours to the magnificent ruins of the 12th century Cistercian abbey, Fountains Hall – an imposing Elizabethan mansion- the elegant Georgian water gardens and the deer park that is home to around 500 deer. With so much to discover on your door step every day of your holiday will be an adventure for all of the family.

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
sitting room with open fire, dining room, large kitchen, laundry room and shower room.
First floor
three bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed, and 1 small double and 1 twin) and bathroom with shower cubicle.
Other floor
Second floor, one double bedroom (with 6' bed which can also be a twin on request) and small second sitting room.
Visitor notes

Heating: Gas Central Heating included.

Garden: Shared garden with seating.

Parking: A garage for one car is alongside the cottage. Additional parking is available in the nearby National Trust car park.

Telephone: There is limited mobile phone signal, but there is a shared pay phone provided for use by all cottages for outgoing calls.

Please Note: From 10 August 2013 1 dog will be accepted at Fountains cottage.

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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Dogs allowed
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Garden appeal
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Shared telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • 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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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

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Nicola Beardshall
    • January 2015
    • West yorkshire
    Exceeded expectations

    We felt that the cottage and NT staff over exceeded our expectations. The welcome hamper/champagne/logs/dog box made the cottage extra special. A bulb went in the kitchen and the young man who replaced it was very friendly and kind. As above the welcome hamper/champagne/logs/dog box/ free entrance and discounts were amazing! Also the xmas touches.

  • Jessica Metheringham
    • November 2014
    • UK
    Made special by:

    Isolated, not being bothered by people. It was lovely, so please don't make changes!

  • Ruth Gibson
    • November 2014
    • West Oxfordshire
    Special place

    The team provides a really great service - we felt very well looked after during our stay. We only stayed for a few night to break a long journey up to Risemoor, but wished we could have stayed longer Wonderful location, being able to go into the grounds of fountains abbey and studley royal before the other visitors was magical. very special place

  • Dr Ian Robinson
    • February 2014
    • UK
    Best cottage we've stayed in

    Lovely cottage. Enjoyed the log fire. Excellent pies on the first night. This is the best cottage we’ve stayed in in the UK, beautifully equipped and a pleasure to stay in. Thank you.

  • Jackie Claridge
    • December 2013
    • Hertfordshire
    I cannot fault this cottage

    Absolutely fantastic experience all round. Form the moment I met the caretaker to the moment I handed the keys back to the visitors centre. What a fantastic team. Well done NT. The goodie bag and laid out tea tray on entering fountains cottage most welcome after 4 hours driving. The cottage was so cosy and spotlessly clean. I really felt like I was staying in a classic period property. Very well stocked kitchen and walks from the doorstep. I cannot fault this cottage and thank you very much for a seamless Christmas with my family.

  • Alison Clode-Baker
    • November 2013
    • Leicestershire
    We had a really lovely stay

    The stunning location with yards of the beautiful abbey! Also, to arrive and find all you need without having the usual panic of buying kit whilst away in order to make a meal. I would also like to say the everyone we came across from the NT during our stay was incredibly friendly and helpful. Many thanks! We had a really lovely stay at Fountains Cottage. The property was really warm and comfortable and clean. My only two improvements would be to let people know when booking that the open fire is for coal and not logs. I also wonder whether it would be a good marketing initiative to offer life members a discount or added value item when booking a cottage. Although I am not a member both my husband and daughter are life members.

  • Ruth Gibson
    • November 2013
    • Oxfordshire
    The location right by the abbey and water park was superb

    Fantastic location. we chose the cottage to break a long journey with our dog, but it turned into a wonderful addition to our holiday. The cottage was warm and comfortable and the location right by the abbey and water park was superb. We were reluctant to leave and could have happily spent much longer in the cottage. Our only negative comment is that we didn't think guests should be advised to park in the 'garage' unless they have a very small car and nerves of steel - it is tiny! not really knowing much about the Abbey and Water gardens beforehand, we found them unexpectedly stunning. We really enjoyed being able to walk straight from the door of the cottage. All the NT staff were really helpful and pleasant to deal with. it was a bonus to be able to take our dog around the whole estate, and as a dog owner, it was a relief to know that other dogs would all be on leads too!

  • Erin Orme (aged 10)
    I enjoyed all of the holiday I would have liked the holiday to be longer

    We went to fountains cottage for new year and we went to the deer park and saw the deer and the white stag. On the second day we were there (before we saw the deer) we went on this christmas walk where you had to find these pictures and match them to the christmas carol. When we were at the cottage we did a jigsaw only to find out that two jigsaws had been mixed together so we spent a while sorting them out but it was quite funny when we found out. If I had to rate fountains cottage I would give it * * * * * . I enjoyed all of the holiday I would have liked the holiday to be longer but it could not because of school. I hope we could go again sometime.

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  • 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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