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Refectory Cottage at Rievaulx Abbey
Refectory Cottage s a two-bedroom holiday cottage that comfortably sleeps four people. The cottage is sat within the grounds of Rievaulx Abbey amidst the rolling North Yorkshire countryside and in the valley of the ancient River Rye. The cottage was bullt using reclaimed abbey stone and close inspection reveals the medieval masons' marks on many of the blocks used in its construction. The interior of the cottage is spacious and comfortable for a family holiday so you may be tempted to simply stay at home and catch glimpses of the abbey through the cottage windows. Access to the abbey is through a gate from the cottage's private garden. It is adjacent to a cottage belonging to a local working estate. Included in your booking is a luxury hamper, as well as entry to all English Heritage sites and most events, 10% off in our shops and cafés during your stay. To view the floorplan of this holiday cottage and to discover the full list of available facilities, view the layout and facilities.
Take a Virtual tour
To get better feel for the space at Refectory Cottage holiday cottage, take the below virtual 360° 'walk-around’ to discover all rooms. See where steps and level-changes are in the property and discover features and fittings to make your stay more comfortable and enjoyable. Click on the hotspots and spin around to see right into each room.
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
This was our 2nd visit and it did not disappoint. We all had a fabulous time and enjoyed our stay very much. We will be back.
Having access to Rievaulx Abbey was wonderful. This was a very special holiday.
I’ve stayed here many times and have already booked next year. I absolutely love it.
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!
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