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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 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 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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Special offers
  • Late Availability 15% 2016 - Offer from 26/05/2016 to 24/06/2016 Save 15% Late Availability 15%
  • 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

  • Jamieson
    • March 2016
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    Made enjoyable...

    Staying in Vyner - listed building - feeling of being part of history.

  • Kinloch
    • January 2016
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    We stayed for Christmas and the welcome Christmas pack was very generous and lovely way to start our stay! The heat was on and our apartment was very inviting. The access to Fountains Abby was magic - the apartment was great, the staff and volunteers were friendly we had a really good stay.

  • David L. Smith
    • December 2015
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    Very special

    Our family, from Seattle, has stayed at Fountains Abbey on five occasions, and each time has been so very special. The spirit of those early Cistercian monks, seeking to draw closer to God (and, through this, gain a greater love for both God and humankind) seems still present. We love being able to walk the grounds when they are both open and closed--walking and observing/listening, taking a tour, reading about, sitting quietly, or writing/drawing (in the cottage if the weather is a bit too wet or chill). We have special memories of meals shared with loved ones, of laughter as our daughters (when very young) would explore the abbey grounds with wide, curious eyes--and now, (as university students) see Fountains through a greater knowledge and appreciation of faith, history, and craftsmanship/art. We also have been blessed, on three occasions, to have our close friend (who also happens to be a former Cistercian and is a current parish priest) join us on holiday. His insights have been illuminating, and it has been a particular joy to take him to a place that is such a 'part' of his past (his monastic community, in Oregon, have a large photo image of Fountains Abbey on a wall) and being. We hope to return again. Wishing all at the NT a blessed Advent and joyous Christmas! Thank you, National Trust!

  • John Beale
    • September 2015
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    Made enjoyable....

    Appropriately furnished accommodation in a fine building, with out of hours access to beautiful surroundings.

  • Withey
    • August 2015
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    Romantic getaway

    We love this apartment (Vyner) for a romantic getaway in the grounds of one of our favourite locations. Well done to the National Trust for offering such a great, quirky, apartment within the grounds and all of Yorkshire seems to be only an hour away.

  • Anonymous
    • April 2015
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    Freedom to wander!

    We were very pleased to receive a voucher giving us a 20% discount in the NT restaurant and a 10% discount in the NT shop. We used it a lot! Have loved the Fountains Estate since first seeing it about 30 years ago! It was lovely to be staying on the actual Estate and to have the freedom to wander around at any time of day.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

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

Special offers

  • Late Availability 15% 2016 - Offer from 26/05/2016 to 24/06/2016 Save 15% Late Availability 15%
  • 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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