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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 not recommended for children under 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
  • 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 & 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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  • 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

  • Anonymous
    • March 2015
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    Made special:

    The beautiful, amazing grounds and the ability to walk in them during the quiet evening times I was delighted with my stay. The location was perfect for all the areas I wanted to see. The grounds were so peaceful - enjoyed myself greatly - so much that am going back next year for 1 week - think an annual trip is essential! ;)

  • Elaine Crisp
    • January 2015
    • Tasmania, Australia
    Made special by:

    Fountain's Abbey is one of my favourite places in the world, the Hall is exquisite, and the little decorative touches in the apartment make it feel like home rather than rented accommodation. For a few days, I felt like a character from a historical drama - everything was perfect. The staff were wonderful, particularly Brian and the lovely young man from Richmond, whose name we didn't get but who was absolutely terrific and very helpful

  • Anonymous
    • December 2014
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    Made special by:

    The peace, tranquillity and ability to switch off from the outside world, we had the whole of Fountains Hall to ourselves at night - how good is that?

  • The Roberts Party
    • December 2013
    • Cheshire
    We were wowed the minute we walked through the door!

    Décor is incredible and very unexpected. We were wowed the moment we walked through the door! The chairs – what can you say about the chairs!! A wonderful stay in beautiful surroundings. Thank you to the National Trust for providing the unique and unforgettable experience of staying in a 16th century house.

  • The Civil Family
    • September 2013
    • Suffolk
    Comfy and cosy as ever!

    Our third short break in Proctor in 18 months and it was as comfy and cosy as ever. The weather was kind to us so we were able to explore the estate fully and take advantage of the 20% discount voucher! We will be coming again.

  • John & Vivien Hancox
    It's a fab place

    We've had two mini breaks at Proctor in the last 12 months it's a fab place I don't just want to keep coming back I want to live there all the time. Everything is gorgeous I can't praise it highly enough. We're coming back with our family in Nov (2008) so staying at Abbey Store as it's larger. Fountains is the best place on earth.

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