Refectory Cottage, Rievaulx Abbey, Yorkshire
Located in the grounds of Rievaulx Abbey
Sleeps 4 + cot
Prices from £350
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Built in the early 20th-century the cottage is made from reclaimed stones from the abbey and was previously the home of the abbey's custodian. Spacious and comfortable, the cottage is perfect for watching the spectactular sunsets through the abbey's ruins.

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

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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