Refectory Cottage, Rievaulx Abbey, Yorkshire
Located in the grounds of Rievaulx Abbey
Sleeps 4
Prices from £370
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Explore the cottage

Living room

Living room

Living room
Living room
Kitchen

Kitchen

Kitchen
Kitchen
Double Bedroom

Double Bedroom

Double Bedroom
Double Bedroom
Bathroom

Bathroom

Bathroom
Bathroom
Twin Bedroom

Twin Bedroom

Twin Bedroom
Twin Bedroom
The garden

The garden

The garden
The garden

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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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

Have stayed here many times. A lovely location and a privilege to have access to the grounds at all times.
M. Hustings

September 2019

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