Choristers' House

Nr Ripon, North Yorkshire

At-a-glance details

  • Sleeps 10
  • Bedrooms 5
  • Preferred changeover day Friday
  • Minimum stay 3 nights
  • Number of dogs welcome 0
  • Acorn rating 5 What's this?
  • Reference 020022

About Choristers' House

A large house located on the Fountains Abbey estate designed by a famous name, with a unique style.

This striking house has an interesting history; it was designed by the acclaimed architect William Burges and its name stems from its use as a music school. Inside you’ll find a careful restoration that captures much of Burges’ unique style. With five large bedrooms and beautiful communal areas, it’s ideal for those special family get-togethers. 

It sits within the 400 acre deer park of the Fountains Abbey estate, so it’s not unusual to see red, fallow and sika deer grazing on the parkland just outside. Watch the deer from the enclosed garden at the front of the cottage before heading out to explore the grounds. You’ll have free access to the Studley Royal Water Gardens as well as the ruins of Fountains Abbey. 

Further afield, the historic town of Harrogate is just a 10-mile drive from the house. Enjoy an afternoon tea in one of the many cafes and tea rooms that populate this fashionable spa town. Or for a slightly wilder day out, head to the North York Moors for hikes through its large expanses of heather moorland. 

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Features and facilities

  • Cot & high chair available
  • Microwave available
  • Fridge available
  • Freezer available
  • Dishwasher available
  • Washing machine available
  • Tumble dryer available
  • Telephone not available
  • Television available
  • DVD available
  • WiFi* available
  • Open fire / wood burner available
  • Garden available
  • BBQ not available


Ground floor facilities


  • Ground floor

    Formal sitting room with log burner, casual sitting room, double bedroom with shower, dining room, kitchen, utility room and lavatory.

  • First floor

    Four bedrooms (two doubles, one with 5' bed and ensuite bathroom, two twins), shower room and bathroom with shower over bath.

Notes for guests

Access: If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the team on 0344 800 2070.

Heating: Oil central heating included.

Garden: Small enclosed lawn to the front of the house.

Parking: There is a large car parking area to the rear of the property.

Please note: As the house is situated within a deer park it is expected that you will find deer around the property, in the gardens and parking area.

In October the rutting season is underway, and at this time when the stags are gathering together their 'harem' they become particularly vocal and the roaring, whistling and barking will be evident throughout most nights.

Offers: Holiday cottage guests have free access to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Estate during opening hours and after hours once the public have gone home. This is with the exception of Fridays in November, December and January. 

*WiFi: This is now available, but please note that intermittent connection problems can sometimes occur and should not be relied upon. We are pleased to provide free WiFi at this cottage which is supported by BT.

Catering: The team at Fountains Abbey can provide a simple pie or casserole ready for you to pop in the oven. You can choose from: Chicken, Ham, Leek & Potato Pie, Seasonal Vegetable & Bean Casserole or Fish Pie. A minimum notice of 7 days is required for all food orders. Casseroles or pies will be delivered to the cottage and left in the fridge ready for your arrival.

Pricing is as follows: Adults £7 per head / Children £4 per head. Please note side vegetables are not included.


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About the Acorn rating

We have applied a 1-5 acorn rating to each cottage to be used only as a guide that covers location, style of interior and facilities you may be looking for. The range runs from 1 Acorn at a more basic level such as Bird How which due to its stunning yet remote location doesn’t have a caretaker through to 5 Acorns at the highest level – such as Shute Barton.

Cottage pricing is not judged on the Acorn rating alone and as all our cottages are of an individual nature we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice.

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