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The cottages have been converted from a group of eighteenth-century farm buildings and are situated around a paved courtyard in open countryside. Lark Cottage was a cow shed used for housing the dairy herd, built of brick with a pantile roof. Providing water for the cows the farm well was situated in the courtyard and is now marked with a plaque.

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, open-plan kitchen/sitting/dining room with wood-burning stove, two bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed and 1 twin) bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Central heating included.

Parking: Designated parking for two vehicles in car park next to the main entrance, approximately 25 metres from the cottage.

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.

General: Please note that the water supply in this cottage comes from our borehole.

Laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer shared with Swallow and Wren.

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
  • Single storey
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Shared tumble dryer
  • Shared washing machine
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi


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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  • 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

  • Pauline Morris
    • March 2016
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    Made enjoyable...

    This is our 5th time at How Hill it's now home from home ,we already live in a barn conversion. Usually stay in Curlew. Particularly love walking in Fountains and Studley Royal and visiting the wonderful Yorkshire Dales but shush don't tell everyone as they will all want to go !!!

  • Martin Stevenson
    • December 2015
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    Made enjoyable...

    Quiet location, cosy property, woodburner, close proximity to Fountains Abbey. The flowers, biscuits and handwritten welcome card were a nice touch.

  • Anonymous
    • October 2015
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    Made enjoyable...

    Lark Cottage was just what we were looking for - a real cosy, rural retreat. We enjoyed being able to explore the grounds of Fountains Abbey out of hours.

  • Harbut
    • September 2015
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    Made enjoyable...

    Super cottage, extremely well prepared and in lovely surroundings. Very good position for touring round North Yorkshire. When we had a problem with the heating someone came out within a very short time to look at it.

  • J Anderson
    • September 2015
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    Made enjoyable by...

    Friendliness of all the NT team. Local walks. Guided tour. Wood burner.

  • Anonymous
    • June 2015
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    Well maintained cottage

    A wonderful stay at Lark - our second, and we will be back to the How HIll cottages again, I'm sure. The cottage is well decorated and maintained, and the equipment provided for our infant daughter was of a good quality, and a real bonus to not have to bring our own. We enjoyed the remote setting, seeing cows at the kitchen window each morning was a treat, as was the access to the Abbey and gardens. A memorable first family holiday.

  • Mr Unwin
    • June 2015
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    So enjoyable!

    “This was our first stay at an NT cottage but it certainly wont be our last. The standard of the cottage overall exceeded our expectations and the welcome flowers, biscuits and milk were a lovely touch. Thanks to everyone at Fountains Abbey who have made our holiday so enjoyable.”

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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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