Cottage in Appletreewick with Front Garden

High Hall

2050 ft² Cottage

Overview

7 bedrooms
14 guests max.
Cottage
2050 ft²
6 bathrooms
No pets

Amenities

Dishwasher
Washing machine
WiFi
Fireplace
Microwave
No pets
Kitchen
Family-friendly
Hot tub
Heating
Fridge
Parking
Games
Smoke alarm
Carbon monoxide detector
Bed linen

What's nearby

Outdoor

Garden
Rooms
7 bedrooms
1 extra large bed
Description

A remarkable Grade II* listed country house, built around 1535, and extended later in the 16th Century by Sir William Craven, whose career is widely regarded as one of the inspirations for the story of Dick Whittington.It is set in one acre of fabulous grounds on the edge of the delightful village of Appletreewick, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. In 1548, William Craven was born to a pauper's family in Appletreewick, in a cottage subsequently modified to be part of St John's Chapel, directly opposite the recently constructed High Hall.The Rector of Burnsall found him an apprenticeship in London, and he travelled by draper's cart to be apprenticed to a Merchant Taylor in the City of London. He thrived and rose through the ranks of the Merchant Taylors' Guild, and making his fortune (estimated at eight billion in current terms).He was knighted by James 1st in 1603, and finally became Lord Mayor of London in 1610. With a fondness for his roots in Appletreewick, Sir William acquired and enlarged the High Hall that had stood opposite his childhood home for his own use.He built the road bridges at Barden and Burnsall, paved the road from Appletreewick to Burnsall to ease his attendance at St. Wilfrid's Church, paid for the Church's repairs, and built and endowed Burnsall's Grammar School, whose foundation stone still lauds his contribution. As befits a country home of this stature, High Hall exudes history, character and authenticity, and provides ideal holiday accommodation for friends and family to get away from it all and enjoy this charming and historic home - High Hall wears the cloak of history lightly, like a favourite coat rather than a formal dress uniform. This imposing building is a real throwback to bygone days, with moulded stone copings, wood panelling, mullioned windows, flagged floors, old oak beams, original plasterwork, yet its sympathetic evolution and restoration have equipped it with every convenience expected of modern family life, whilst preserving its gentle and familiar character. Providing spacious accommodation, the ground floor offers the centrepiece of the building, the Great Hall, featuring a 16ft ceiling, a diamond-shaped stone flag floor, large stone inglenook, wood-burning stove, baby-grand piano, and enormous south-facing mullioned windows that flood the room with sunlight.Overlooking the Great Hall is the Minstrels' Gallery, a great place to sit and read and take in the storied history of this impressive yet welcoming room. The original oak Screens Passage leads through to a delightful south-facing sitting room overlooking the rear garden, and featuring a mantelpiece with an original decorative plasterwork "tree of life" motif; it also provides access through the original iron-studded front door to a stone porch with stone bench seating and a glazed door overlooking the gardens beyond. The spacious dining room boasts a large inglenook with beehive oven, original salt-box, wood-burning stove, original oak-panelled walls and ancient studded entrance door, this room is equipped with a substantial refectory table comfortably seating 14. The well-appointed adjoining kitchen is equipped with Aga and electric hobs and ovens, premium appliances, and also contains a spacious informal dining area. A split "stable" door leads out to the kitchen garden where guests can help themselves to homegrown produce and enjoy the plentiful birdlife attracted to the feeding table. The main staircase is a dogleg oak stair adorned with original panelling, rising all the way up the four storeys of the house in half-flights to the seven bedrooms and upstairs reception rooms above. On the first floor, the master bedroom is a real delight with superking bed, a magnificent ornate plasterwork ceiling, and original plasterwork chimney frieze featuring the Craven heraldic crest (the only recorded surviving instance of this version, before the family's subsequent elevation), all topped off with elevated views over the gardens to the surrounding Dales countryside. The adjoining bathroom features a free-standing cast iron claw-foot bath and separate shower unit. The first floor also features a further large bedroom with king-sized bed and ample wardrobe space, overlooking St John's Chapel and the village main street. This room can optionally be combined with the master bedroom to form a sumptuous private master suite equipped with both bathroom and dressing room. The beautiful staircase leads higher to a further bedroom located at the mid-floor landing level, equipped with king bed and en-suite shower room, and then higher still to the second floor landing where there is access to a 32' x 28ft sitting room/games room above the Great Hall, with leather sofa, 12 ft ceilings, commanding views over the gardens and beyond over Wharfedale, a large flat screen TV, and a supply of traditional games - an ideal place for the kids to relax and unwind, and most importantly to get away from the parents.A further short staircase off the main 2nd floor landing leads to a further small landing with access to:
-a spacious bedroom with super-king bed, ensuite, and beautiful open-beamed high ceiling, overlooking the gardens and the fields beyond down to the River Wharfe.
- a spacious second-floor bathroom featuring a double bath and separate shower unit.
-a further large bedroom with king bed, overlooking the village rooftops and main street.
-a staircase leading to a loft suite, with king bed, ensuite, sitting area, and elevated views up Wharfedale towards Burnsall Fell. Heading back down to the main 2nd floor landing, the central oak staircase then rises a further level to access a charming split-level loft bedroom, equipped with king bed, ensuite, and a private seating area, and elevated views to Simon's Seat and Howgill. This wonderful Dales holiday home has the added benefit of a walled cottage garden, formal topiary gardens, folly, a water garden bordered by yew hedging and lavender beds, a delightful cobbled entrance courtyard, and a well-stocked kitchen garden with vegetables and culinary herbs. Spend some time in the morning sunlight over breakfast in the front garden as you plan the day's activities, or wander down to the koi pond and feed the fish. A large level lawn provides a great spot for an improvised kick-about, or a game of badminton or croquet. The large summerhouse has been set up as a relaxation area with music system and mirrored studio space to practice Yoga or Pilates, with french doors opening directly to the gardens. The gardens offer ample traditional bench seating and plenty of spots to linger in peaceful contemplation, as well as facilities for outdoor dining. The hot tub is set just above the kitchen garden, and provides a great place to relax after a day out on the local fells or public footpath walks along the river to nearby Burnsall or Grassington. Enjoy excellent cycling trails and footpaths right from the doorstep; explore Bolton Abbey and the infamous Strid- a notorious stretch of deep water where the River Wharfe is forced into a hidden, thundering channel; or enjoy the unique botanical gardens at nearby Parceval Hall and explore the mysterious Troller's Gill. Experience the history of a bygone age and relaxed country living at its finest in this truly wonderful holiday home.
The Dales village of Appletreewick is set in Wharfedale, just 9 miles north of the market town of Skipton. It is set close to a river and is home to two award-winning pubs'. The many walks include the Dales Way following the banks of the River Wharfe, whilst the nearby Parceval Hall Gardens offer woodland walks and quiet gardens with views of Simon Seat.

House rules
Pets not allowed
Host
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High Hall Appletreewick

BD236DD Skipton, United Kingdom

5.0
Outstanding
‘We arrived at High Hall after a week of uncertainty - would everyone be able to make the trip, given the new Covid variant of concern? So just getting there felt like an achievement. We had high expectations of High Hall and we weren't disappointed. A fabulous historic building with a wonderful mix of old, characterful elements and modern features. The hosts provided many special touches that really enhanced our visit, in particular, for our arrival: Warm rooms, welcome basket, even coffee beans for the machine! The gardens were particularly beautiful and extremely well cared for. And watching the wide variety of small birds at the generous number of feeders from the kitchen gave additional pleasure. A perfect place to relax and unwind. Being here in the run-up to Christmas added to the magic, with a fabulous Christmas tree and the village full of twinkling lights. We hope to return! Recommend both pubs in this village - the Craven Arms and The New Inn; very different but both very good.’
Reviewed on 20/12/2021
1.0
‘Would love to be able to leave a great review but unfortunately I’m not able to do that after what has happened to us. We had a lovely stay at High Hall couldn’t fault it in any way, we got married over at Bolton abbey and used High Hall for all our guests. The house and facilities are out of this world but unfortunately it has left a very sour taste, me and my husband accidentally got a tiny blob of fake tan on the carpet in our bedroom and in a result of that it has cost us £1200 as the owner felt it was nessasary to replace to whole carpet for a tiny mark, we didn’t take out the insurance which I want to let anyone know in future who books to stay here make sure you take the insurance out. I told the owner I couldn’t afford to pay after he kept our £500 bond and he then said if I didn’t pay in 14 days he would take me to court and to retrieve all money. So please either take the insurance or walk round on eggshells as the owner will claim for anything. We wanted to return to the property as we have amazing memories there but unfortunately this has not been made possible. We know we was a fault and admitted liability but the owner had it cleaned and I was told it didn’t come out and then the day after he ordered a new carpet, he didn’t try any other resources or give us an option. Very disappointed with the whole experience and it has upset us highly. Very sad that such a beautiful home has the owners that it does!’
Reviewed on 12/11/2021
5.0
Outstanding
‘High Hall is a perfect place for a large family holiday. It’s so homely and we’ll equipt, it made the stay so easy, and we settled straight in. The owners have obviously gone the extra mile to provide a luxury feel to your stay from the super comfy beds with crisp white sheets, fluffy towels and quality toiletries, to the china crockery and quality glasses. High Hall has such a warm, friendly feel and the whole family enjoyed playing with the games inside, and out, in the incredible garden. We loved our stay so much, and will definitely be returning!? ?’
Reviewed on 03/09/2021
5.0
Outstanding
‘High Hall is an obviously well loved family home and the world is a better place for the generous owners opening it up for others to share! For such a huge (and it is huge!) place it managed to retain a homely feel that is so easy to get in to the swing of when you stay. The facilities and equipment are 5, with more than enough of everything for the week, including things that we didn't even know we needed! Who knew you could toast bread on an Aga! We visited just before the 2nd Covid Tiering happened in England and was a hugely welcome break from a phenomenal 2020. The attention to detail to keeping guests safe during this time is a tribute to the owners and the helpfulness during the week with any minor matters was hugely reassuring. The briefing pack before arrival contained everything needed and it all went without a hitch. The quality of fixtures and fittings really were 5 quality including the bedding/towels which often let a place down. The location, at the top of the hill in Appletreewick is a great place for a number of circular walks and to be able to return cold and wet and quickly get the log burning fires on, or stand in front of the Aga or jump in the hot tub always lead to a great end to the day! Cannot wait to go again!’
Reviewed on 01/12/2020
5.0
Outstanding
‘It is hard to put into words just how special High Hall is. This is not a run of the mill holiday home. Quite apart from the magnificence of the building and the incredible location overlooking the Wharfe Valley, the level of detail that has gone into making the holiday experience unique is astonishing. The accommodation is majestic yet very comfortable; the bedrooms and bathrooms are sumptious with rainforest showers and a high tech spa bath. (The master bedroom has a door on to the Minstrels' Gallery - how cool is that?) The kitchen is extremely well equipped and the two dishwashers are a godsend. The dining hall is grand enough for a celebration dinner but comfortable enough for an informal supper on other nights. We were particularly thrilled to be able to use a really special dinner service on the Saturday evening which featured an artist's impression of High Hall; I have never come across a holiday home that allows guests to use such precious items. We were also delighted to find that there was enough glassware to cater for our event. We were lucky that the weather was hot and sunny and we made good use of the expansive garden, the hot tub and the summer house. Again, the attention to detail was second to none; the owners had even provided yoga mats in the studio. It was a truly special holiday for all of us and I am sure that I will never again enjoy my birthday as much as I did at High Hall. Can I give it 6 stars?’
Reviewed on 11/10/2019
Appletreewick, Craven District, United Kingdom
Appletreewick, England
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