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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. Swallow 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, open-plan kitchen/sitting/dining room with wood-burning stove, three bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed and en-suite shower room, 1 twin which can also be a double on request and a further twin), bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Central heating included.

Garden: Shared courtyard to the front of the cottage.

Parking: Designated parking for two cars adjacent to the cottage entrance.

Utilities: Laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer shared with Wren and Lark cottages.

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.

Please Note: The water supply in this cottage comes from our borehole.

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

  • Cook
    • October 2015
    • .....
    Beautifully restored rooms

    As soon as we entered Swallow Cottage, we felt warmly welcomed to Yorkshire and Fountains Abbey/Studley Royal (FASR). The beautifully restored rooms were well furnished and we couldn’t resist exploring all the kitchen cabinets and drawers as well as the wardrobes and closets. The kitchen appliances and equipment were so nice and plentiful! We appreciated the artistic touches, from the tile decorations in the bathrooms to the vases full of fresh flowers. Tea-making things were set out on the table and we felt right at home. Over the next two weeks, we truly felt that Swallow was our home. The maintenance staff were attentive when we had a problem and worked to find a timely resolution. The housekeeping staff deserve a word of praise, too, for having everything sparkling clean. Thank you, National Trust for the environmentally responsible way you converted this old dairy barn! We know that it wasn’t the easiest or cheapest way--only the superior way. Thank you, also, for the discount coupons and gate key, all of which we used as generously as time allowed. There’s nothing like having FASR all to yourselves for a romantic moonlit stroll! The only downside to staying here was that, when it came time to leave, we were deeply sorry to be leaving this slice of heaven on earth. I guess the only cure for those tears is to plan a return visit in the not-too-distant future! If we could venture one suggestion, it would be to increase the strength of the overhead lighting to favor older eyesight.

  • Clitheroe
    • September 2015
    • ----
    Made enjoyable....

    the beauty of the location and the efficiency of the total package. Also there was a plumbing problem which was promptly and effectively resolved.

  • Drury
    • August 2015
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    Made enjoyable...

    The quality and standard of the property, helpful staff, location (Fountains Abbey). No. We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay.

  • Peter Foss
    • May 2015
    • Nottinghamshire
    Made special by...

    Beautiful location, peace and quiet, comfort and cleanlines. A warm welcome from the man with the key at the Visitor Centre was followed by finding the cottage to be perfect. The welcoming tea tray and beautiful flowers added to this and was the perfect start to the birthday we were here to celebrate. The cottage was extremely clean, the towels plentiful as well as white and fluffy; plenty of crockery, cooking equipment etc.made life very relaxed. The two young men who arrived to strip the beds at 10.00 am were very friendly and pleasant.

  • Katie Smith
    • April 2015
    • Berkshire
    Really special

    Everything was thought through, the little touches made it really special. I cannot thank the team enough.

  • Anne Gold
    • March 2015
    • Hertfordshire
    Certainly recommend

    We were very impressed with the quality of the furnishings, decoration and facilities of the cottage. We particularly liked the layout of the living accommodation as it suited our purposes very well and provided private facilities for two couples, we also had our son with us so he had a private bedroom too. The wifi at the cottage was an added bonus and although we didn't use it the addition of a woodburner with fuel and firelighters was a lovely and if the weather had been colder would have been very cosy! The lovely card and flowers, also the scrumptious biscuits and tea added to the wonderful welcoming feel. I met Mandy on the day we left she was very friendly and showed me around Curlew Cottage - I will probably be booking that next! We certainly would recommend the cottages to our friends and family. I loved the fact that the cottage was surrounded by gorgeous countryside and I think that Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal are one of the best National Trust properties I have visited so far. I think the area would have something new and exciting to offer whatever season you visited.

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  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
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