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Located on the second floor of Fountains Hall, Vyner apartment boasts oak doors, panelling, polished wood floors and stone mullions, reminiscent of the 16th century. The furnishings are inspired by the early-twentieth-century English architect Lutyens. The apartment faces south with views across the Yorkshire 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 I, 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
entrance lobby, open-plan sitting/dining room, kitchen, master bedroom (half-tester 5' bed), bathroom with shower, roll-top iron bath and lavatory. 'Add on' bedroom (single bed) with washbasin adjacent to apartment entrance.
Visitor notes

Heating: night storage heating included.

Garden: Guests have access to the Elizabethan walled gardens out of hours.

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

Telephone: Please note there is no mobile phone signal at this apartment, but there is a payphone provided in the entrance lobby for guest use.

Accessibility: Please note that the apartment is located on the second floor. There is no lift and the only means of getting into and out of the apartment is by four 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 then end of the bedroom corridor. All weddings finish around 9pm and no music is allowed.

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.

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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

  • Elaine Crisp
    • January 2015
    • Tasmania, Australia
    I love Vyner!

    Everyone, from the grounds people to the cleaner, to the caretaker, even the painter who was there to make some refurbishment, were wonderfully friendly, helpful, and considerate. I love Vyner, it is perfectly decorated, perfectly located, and makes me feel like a lady from a novel when I stay there!

  • Tristram Hill
    • December 2014
    • North Yorkshire
    Exactly as anticipated

    This was a Christmas spent away from home and the location of the self-catering flat in an old house on a site (Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal) was almost a magical place to spend such a special occasion. Totally beautiful; we can think of nothing that could be improved. The atmosphere of an apartment in the early17th century Fountains Hall was exactly as we had anticipated. It was very enjoyable and we liked direct access to NT site facilities; so good that our car remained parked for the entire stay!

  • Martin Murphy
    • October 2014
    • UK
    Clean and well presented

    The apartment was very clean and well presented and the card and flowers on arrival were lovely and very welcoming. I have loved Fountains abbey and studely royal since I was a child and actually staying in the grounds and being able to visit the abbey early before the crowds was magical.

  • Jessica Hall - Aged 14
    • April 2014
    • UK

    You know when you see something beautiful and unique and you think ‘wow’? I thought that when I first saw Fountains Hall. The building is irreplaceable and the gardens which surround it are beyond breathtaking.. “Couldn’t find a fault with anything – apart from the stay not being longer

  • K and H Rollings
    • September 2013
    • Wiltshire
    All in all, a wonderful week's stay

    A beautiful and peaceful place to stay. The accommodation in the hall is wonderful. All in all, a wonderful weeks’ stay. I would thoroughly recommend it and would love to come back.

  • Mel and Bernie
    Just come back from a wonderful weekend

    Just come back from a wonderful weekend spent in magical surroundings.Vyner was cosy and perfect for a romantic weekend which was enhanced by the friendliness of the staff on site and the ambience of the abbey grounds. Thankyou NT our first visit of many we hope to NT properties.!!

  • Tricia & David
    • Chester le street, Co Durham
    Nice to feel like lord and lady of the Manor!

    Nice to feel like lord and lady of the Manor! Fantastic setting and accommodation – nothing like a few flights of stairs to keep fit and work up an appetite. We feel we have only ‘scratched the surface’ and have no doubt we will return (hopefully sooner rather than later!!).

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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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