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Enjoy the opportunity to stay in part of a grand house that dates back to the late-sixteenth century. This stylish apartment is on the third floor of Fountains Hall. The furnishings are inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the famous Scottish architect and designer. The elevated setting allows wonderful views across the river Skell and open countryside.

Using stone from the abbey, Fountains Hall was built between 1598 and 1611 in the style of Robert Smythson, the architect of Hardwick Hall. Occupied until the 1960s, this oak panelled hall has played host to prestigious guests such as the infant Charles 1st, and more recently Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother.

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. The Hall is within easy walking distance of the ruins of the 12th century Cistercian abbey and Georgian Studley Royal Water Garden, which you have free access to during opening hours. There is no private garden but guests have the use of the summerhouse and Elizabethan walled gardens at the front of the Hall, by the river, out of hours and when not required for an estate function.

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

Other floor
Third floor: entrance door, entrance lobby with cupboard, open-plan sitting/dining room with kitchen, wonderful views from the enormous south facing window. Master bedroom with iron framed 5' bed, bathroom with shower cubicle, bath, lavatory and washbasin. The 'add on' bedroom is designed for use by one extra guest, as it is adjacent to the apartment entrance, a single iron-framed bed with armchair, small table and wash basin.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating included.

Garden: Guests have use of the Elizabethan Walled Gardens, out of hours and when not required for an estate function.

Parking: One car parking space is allocated at the side of Fountains Hall, additional car parking available in the National Trust car park.

Telephone : There is no mobile phone signal at this apartment, but there are payphones provided in the entrance lobby for guest use.

Accessibility: Please note that the apartment is located on the third floor. There is no lift and the only means of getting into and out of the apartment is by six flights of steep stairs. As such, this accommodation might be unsuitable for some disabled visitors and anyone who is likely to find climbing up and down steep steps regularly difficult. However, if requested, assistance can be given with luggage.

Please Note: The single bedroom is completely separate from the main apartment and has a door which opens on to a steep staircase. Supervision is not possible from within the main apartment, so occupation of this 'add on' room is only suitable for children over the age of 14.

Functions: Fountains Hall does host weddings and small receptions. Guests may be aware of wedding guests going up the main stairs in Fountains Hall as this passes by the end of the bedroom corridor. All weddings finish at around 9pm and no music is allowed.

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 placed in the fridge.

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  • Garden appeal
  • Shared telephone
  • Shared tumble dryer
  • Shared washing machine
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • 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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  • 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

  • Bryce
    • March 2016
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    Warm and cosy

    It was a privilege to stay in part of a World Heritage Site. All home comforts were provided, warm and cosy in winter. Good base for visiting North Yorkshire.

  • Dixon
    • February 2016
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    Made enjoyable...

    The apartment in Fountains Hall was charming. The grounds and surrounding countryside were stunning. The staff were attentive and helpful.

  • Morley
    • November 2015
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    Amazing place

    The place is amazing, it is very restorative and enjoy the freedom of the grounds and the location of the apartment. it is a special place to us having got married here 11 years ago and having visited as a child. The apartment is very clean, stylish and comfortable and warm and the building is wonderful. We love the walks around the grounds and the opportunity to walk further afield to enjoy the North Yorkshire countryside. It is very easy to stay here and forget about everything for a couple of days. Thanks again for offering an opportunity to stay in such a historic place.

  • Sheila Bryant
    • November 2015
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    Nice apartment

    All the staff we spoke to were friendly and helpful. Nice apartment in an historic building in an outstanding area. It would have been helpful if the information on the complete closure of the Fountains Abbey Estate on Fridays and the reason for it had been included in the confirmation email. We found it remarkably easy not to spot the signs around the property and didn't appreciate the situation until (very pleasantly) informed by NT Staff on the Friday.

  • Evert Ditzel
    • November 2015
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    Made enjoyable...

    We choose the weekend that we did because of the "Fountains by Floodlight" event. We have been to these many times in the past and have always had to drive home after the event. It was so nice to stay as long as we liked and then to simply walk to Fountains Hall after the event. It was also great being able to wander around in the grounds out of hours, especially on the Sunday night when the "Floodlit drive through" was in progress. Seeing the floodlights on foot without crowds of other people was great.

  • Millard
    • October 2015
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    Made enjoyable...

    We have stayed in alot of the NT properties with family and friends (large and small properites/parties) and the holiday/break has always been fantastic. NT website is always my first port of call!

  • Whittamore
    • October 2015
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    Made enjoyable...

    Nice location and access to Nat trust property out of hrs was a great bonus.

  • Lori Shaffer
    • September 2015
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    Made enjoyable...

    To stay in an Elizabethan property with access to the monastery ruins was magical. I can't wait to take my brother there next summer! The staff were all so friendly, too!

  • Marion Senior
    • September 2015
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    Made enjoyable..

    Access to the abbey grounds out of hours. Stunning location We started our 'tour' in Proctor with the great Charles Rennie Mackintosh design furniture and ended in Choristers with the magnificent Mousey Thompson dining table and chairs - it made us feel very special! Discount vouchers were much appreciated. Early morning and evenings were magical at Fountains Abbey.

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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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