Refectory Cottage, Rievaulx Abbey, Yorkshire
Located in the grounds of Rievaulx Abbey
Sleeps 5 + cot
Prices from £390
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Explore the cottage

Living room, ground floor

Living room, ground floor

Living room, ground floor
Living room, ground floor
Kitchen, ground floor

Kitchen, ground floor

Kitchen, ground floor
Kitchen, ground floor
Double Bedroom, first floor

Double Bedroom, first floor

Double Bedroom, first floor
Double Bedroom, first floor
Living room, ground floor

Living room, ground floor

Living room, ground floor
Living room, ground floor
Bathroom, first floor

Bathroom, first floor

Bathroom, first floor
Bathroom, first floor
Twin Bedroom, first floor

Twin Bedroom, first floor

Twin Bedroom, first floor
Twin Bedroom, first floor
Living room, ground floor

Living room, ground floor

Living room, ground floor
Living room, ground floor
Private garden

Private garden

Private garden
Private garden
Private garden with outdoor seating and BBQ

Private garden with outdoor seating and BBQ

Private garden with outdoor seating and BBQ
Private garden with outdoor seating and BBQ
Private garden

Private garden

Private garden
Private garden
Private garden and access

Private garden and access

Private garden and access
Private garden and access

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".

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This was our first stay in an English Heritage Cottage and it was an excellent experience. The Welcome Hamper was wonderful, even bowls for the dog!
S. Widdowson

April 2021

We had a wonderful stay in a delightful cottage. We were very impressed with everything having stayed in National Trust and Landmark Trust properties we had low expectations - you surpassed all expectations by a country mile!
P. M. Vaughan

November 2019

Lovely cottage in a stunning location - our second visit and hopefully not our last
P. Canham

October 2019

We really enjoyed our second stay at Refectory Cottage we particularly enjoy the access to Rievaulx Abbey after hours and think the welcome hamper is spot on.
M. Thornalley

October 2019

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