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Discover Rievaulx Abbey
Step out of the cottage and you're in the abbey grounds, where the Cistercians were part of the greatest ecclesiastical organisation ever seen and where Rievaulx Abbey owned lands all over Yorkshire. So, it's no wonder Henry VIII wanted to get his hands on it. The abbey was founded in 1132 and when St Aelred became abbot 15 years later, there were 140 male choir monks and 500 lay brothers. And what a life they led - rising at 1.30am in summer (an extra hour in bed was allowed in winter) they would work and pray for 10 hours before enjoying their first meal. The walk from Rievaulx to Helmsley Castle, another English Heritage property, can be done in less than an hour and taking your time is the best way to walk along the three-mile trek. Author James Herriot lived near Rievaulx and described the view over the Vale of York as: "the finest in England".Find out more
Great few days and we will use English Heritage cottages again
The house and location were wonderful.
The proximity to Rievaulx Abbey was wonderful and it was a really good welcome pack.
Lovely hamper on arrival and the roses on the table were a nice touch. This property is just beautiful. It’s so peaceful, the stars are amazing in the dark sky and you really do feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere.
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