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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.
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.
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 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.