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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.

Dogs: Whilst one dog is allowed at this property, the garden is shared and therefore dogs have access to a field opposite the property for exercise.

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
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 1
Cottage ref
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Garden appeal
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Shared telephone
  • 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 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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Current cottage
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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

  • Robert Smith
    • November 2015
    • .....
    Made enjoyable...

    Everything about the experience was superb. The cottage was comfortable with every facility you would need and set in a glorious location. The NORTH staff we expect encountered were without fail friendly, courteous and very friendly.

  • Bolger
    • August 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable....

    Having out of hour access to the ground at Fountains Abbey. Our cottage boiler broke during our stay and the NT staff were so helpful and friendly and got the problem fixed quickly and efficiently.

  • Mangold
    • July 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable....

    We had the most wonderful holidays at Fountains Abbey and we felt privileged to be able to actually stay in such wonderful surroundings.

  • Joan Zitzelman
    • May 2015
    • Athens, Georgia, USA
    Friendly and helpful people

    Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal are unique in history and natural beauty. It was the most delightful surprise to be allowed a key to the West Gate, so that we could come and go as we pleased through the site beyond regular public access hours. We used this feature nearly every day of our stay, and we always loved the experiences we had while doing so. In all personal contacts with staff at Fountains Abbey, we found friendly, helpful people who wanted us to have the best experience possible.

  • Andrew Harris
    • April 2015
    • UK
    Highly recommend

    We were meeting friends travelling from Scotland, Yorkshire was a good location to have a holiday with them, I have stayed at the cottage before and knew it would meet our criteria by way of location and comfort, the Abbey and Studley Royal are beautiful with lots of history and walks, I would highly recommend this for anyone looking to holiday within the UK. We found all the staff at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal to be very helpful and friendly, nothing was too much trouble.

  • Anonymous
    • April 2015
    • Unknown
    Made special by:

    Location, birthday celebrations, fitting all family into 2 cottages! Being able to let yourself into the grounds by the gate was fantastic and made you feel really special. All the team at Fountains, especially the caretaking team, made us very welcome and we had a wonderful few days there. Annette Tulip was particularly helpful in arranging our buffet so thank you.

  • 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.

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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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