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High Hall

(Ref. 969711)

Appletreewick, Yorkshire Dales - South Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 14 Guests

  • 7 Bedrooms

  • 6 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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60 Customer Reviews

  • "We had an absolutely fantastic stay at High Hall!"

    The facilities are immaculate, the rooms are beautifully furnished and every detail is perfect. Fantastic!

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Apr 2024

  • "My family had a great stay at High Hall, enjoying the house and its lovely location."

    The property and local information provided by the owner was also great and helped made our stay relaxing and enjoyable. High Hall is a unique and special place, that myself and my family will fondly remember.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2024

  • "Fabulous property for a group stay."

    Very comfortable. Lots of bathrooms. Our castle for the weekend.

    Reviewed by Christina5.0Feb 2024

  • "Lovely well equipped property…a real home from home!"

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Jan 2024

  • "What an amazing house."

    We had such a good stay at High Hall - everything was perfect. The Christmas tree was stunning and really made us feel festive.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Dec 2023

  • "High Hall is a wonderful place."

    We had a great time, lots of space, all rooms are lovely and well equipped. Lots of stairs!! Garden lovely and a welcome hot tub after being out all day. Beds are comfy and bathrooms great, no problems with water or pressure despite so many bathrooms. We loved the historic feel of the main rooms and corridors, it is a beautiful building.

    Thanks. Very happy you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Sep 2023

  • "We have loved staying at High Hall."

    The house is very well equipped. Wifi strong and reliable too. We particularly enjoyed eating in the dining room and making the most of the galleried hall and cosy sitting room. The gardens are beautiful and well cared for.

    Reviewed by Prem5.0Jul 2023

  • "A truly excellent property which caters for all needs."

    We can highly recommend High Hall.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2023

  • "High Hall is a fabulous house with a depth and aura of history."

    It is beautifully maintained and equipped providing luxury and comfort to those who visit. We all had an excellent time during our stay enjoying the comfort and space. An ideal house for a family gathering. One tiny gripe was that we felt the signage slightly OTT but fully appreciate the reasons for it.

    Reviewed by Timothy5.0Apr 2023

  • "A historic old property sympathetically restored and with all "mod cons"."

    A beautiful, warm and comfortable home which the owners used to live in and now ideal for a large family holiday.

    Reviewed by Shelagh5.0Apr 2023

  • "Excellent, period property."

    Very luxurious , great location. Only issue for me was a lack of hot water for one shower but it was ok the next time.

    Thank you for your kind comments Anthony, our sincere apology about the hot water at the property, we hope this did not spoil your stay. I hope you will be back to stay with us again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anthony4.7Mar 2023

  • "Yet another fantastic stay at High Hall."

    You think of everything to make it an excellent holiday property. This has been our fourth visit, but the first time I have booked independently.

    Thank you for being exceptionally loyal and returning to us for a 4th time, we’re incredibly happy you enjoyed your stay with us again, hopefully, we will see you a 5th time, and we look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Virginia5.0Feb 2023

  • "We was a group of ladies between the age of 57 to 80 celebrating a 60th birthday and we where blown away by High Hall, it certainly exceeded our expectations."

    Thank you for allowing us to stay. Not a criticism just a suggestion, it would be good if when you next change the beds (not that they need changing) consider them to be able to go into singles.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback, we're very glad you had a great time celebrating. I value all feedback and appreciate your recommended improvements. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dorothy5.0Jan 2023

  • "Fantastic venue, couldn’t recommend it enough to others!"

    Thank you for your fantastic feedback, we really do appreciate that you’d recommend us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by A5.0Jan 2023

  • "Our stay at High Hall was a terrific success - we hoped for comfort, space, and a touch of luxury, and we found all three in spades."

    You know those estate agent's pictures taken with wide-angle lenses that leave you feeling disappointed when you arrive? Well, High Hall is the opposite - you walk in through the front door and it unfolds and reveals itself as you explore, with a sense of spaciousness everywhere. The owners have refurbished and equipped the house sensitively, finding just the right balance between preserving its historic character and providing comfort and modern convenience. There's something to enjoy in every room, often in every nook and cranny, and much to enjoy in the outside space and facilities too. Our party enjoyed the hot tub on a freezing winter night, for example. It's a great place for a family or friends gathering - enough large well-equipped rooms for everyone to gather together, but also with enough space, and large rooms, for anyone to find peace and quiet in a corner when they need it. Be prepared for a bit of quirkiness (it's been standing a long time, and it's Grade 2* listed for good reasons), pay attention to the incredibly detailed care and guidance prepared by the owners, and the house will repay you. It's in a beautiful location, too, and we were blessed with glorious winter weather, but there's no chance you'd feel claustrophobic if bad weather kept you indoors. We were praying we'd be snowed in at the end of our week, but alas, we had to leave.

    Thank you for your comments, and very pleased you enjoyed High Hall. We hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Dec 2022

  • "The nine of us in the group thought High Hall was fantastic, marvellous and all that everyone has said in the reviews on the Sykes web page BUT - the sofas in both lounges are shot at, done, finished and are in urgent need of replacing."

    None of us were comfortable sitting on them and this was disappointing and in complete contrast to the quality of the rest of the house. The only other problem was the lack of privacy in the ensuite room where there isn't a door on the bathroom. If a door is too difficult to fit what about a curtain on a pole which would go some way to separate the room from the bedroom?

    Very sorry to hear that you felt there was an issue, and sincerely hope it didn't tarnish your stay. On the back of your feedback we have explicitly talked to the several guests either side of your booking to ask whether they had encountered any similar issues, and have tried the sofas ourselves. Comments from guests were unequivocally positive. and we couldn't detect any issues ourselves. The sofas in the Sitting Room are recent items, and are of modern construction from a reputable mainstream supplier, designed for "heavy duty" use and for relaxed informal seating. Those in the Great Hall are traditional bespoke items made to order and of extremely high quality, made entirely from natural materials. The upholstery is entirely from hypo-allergenic down and feather, with no added foam. This does mean they lack "bounce" and the sofa cushions benefit from being"fluffed" on a regular basis, as once compressed they mould to the body and stay that way. But prior to your feedback, we have had nothing but positive reports, and remain a little bewildered by this feedback, as it has never come up before, and our subsequent investigation do not corroborate the observations. A matter of personal taste, we can only assume? As for the en-suite privacy observation, we will take that feedback into account and consider fitting a curtain as suggested. The construction and positioning precludes any kind of door. The room is a king-sized double, typically occupied by couples, but whilst the en-suite shower cubicle and toilet are "shielded" from view by the adjacent walls, I can understand why it might not afford the ideal degree of privacy if occupied by two people who were not intimate. We will endeavour to come up with a solution that addresses this without otherwise compromising the aesthetics or comfort of the room. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne4.4Nov 2022

  • "Such a privilege to stay in a unique property clearly much loved by the owners, in a beautiful area of the countryside."

    Reviewed by Judy5.0Oct 2022

  • "Fantastic historic property."

    Ideal for a large party of friends or family. We had a wonderful time and we're blown away by the character and space in the house.

    Reviewed by Laurence5.0Oct 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at High Hall."

    It is a beautiful building and must have taken a lot of effort and expense to restore it to its present standard. All bedrooms are extremely well furnished and each room has its own individual character. The kitchen is very well equipped and the reception rooms are very comfortable. It has a very well maintained garden with fantastic views. Quite rightly, the owners take great pride in their home and went out their way to ensure that we had an enjoyable visit.

    Many thanks. Hope to see you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a wonderful week at High Hall."

    The house and gardens are beautiful, the facilities are excellent, it's in a lovely location and the owners were very helpful and responsive. I would gladly stay there again.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 2022

  • "This property is amazing everything you could want in life 3 generations of my ..."

    This property is amazing everything you could want in life 3 generations of my family stayed here they did not want to go home George the youngest age 4 said he doesn’t want any more toys he will save his money to stay here again bless him clean comfortable easy walking to burnsall welcome pack when you arrive honestly no words can describe how lovely this house is thankyou so much Mrs D Watkins

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Jun 2022

  • "This is a wonderful home and property and we were very happy with everything!"

    Modern kitchen and bathrooms but the history of the house is preserved beautifully. Wonderful views and gardens and we enjoyed yoga in the studio, croquet on the lawn and beautiful walks in the countryside! Would highly recommend this house and we would love to stay there again!!!

    Reviewed by Martha5.0Apr 2022

  • "It’s hard to put into words how beautiful High Hall actually is!"

    We got married at the Tithe barn & booked to stay at High Hall with our immediate family for a few days after. The house is absolutely beautiful, so clean, extremely well equipped & every room was finished to a very high standard, I’ve honestly never stayed in a holiday rental as beautiful as High Hall everything about our stay completely exceeded our expectations. Communication with the owners before, during & after our stay was brilliant & prompt nothing seemed too much trouble & Ken was always on hand to answer any questions. Thank you for letting us enjoy your beautiful home it will hold a very special place in our hearts & hopefully we’ll be back again soon!

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Feb 2022

  • "Once again a fabulous weekend for our group of 12!"

    Fun times and great memories were made, both local pubs are wonderful and as always the house and gardens were to die for!

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Jan 2022

  • "Excellant weekend break."

    All went very well. Superb hall.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jan 2022

  • "Ken and Elizabeth have managed to transform a wonderful ,grand old house into a welcoming comfortable home with all the modern amenities without losing any of the wow factor and period features, quite an achievement."

    This beautiful house in such a lovely village made our special weekend truly memorable.

    Reviewed by Brenda Victoria5.0Jan 2022

  • "Staying at High Hall was such a wonderful experience."

    We had the best Christmas we've ever had as a family. Built in 1535, High Hall has a rich history, including links with Sir William Craven, who's career is widely regarded as one of the inspirations for the story of Dick Whittington. From its huge fireplaces, to its characterful beams... we loved every inch of this amazing house. And it snowed ⛄️❄️ It was lovely to live in a time capsule for a few days. Shame that eventually, we had to go back to reality. Can't wait to book this again!

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Dec 2021

  • "High Hall was a superb place for a week-long celebration for my 60th."

    The facilities are incredible....indeed the photos don't do justice to the unique historic nature of the property. The kitchen and all the bedrooms are superbly equipped. The garden is wonderful although in mid-winter we only really made best use of the hot tub. The owner had decorated the house for Christmas and there was a plentiful supply of logs for the fires...we were even too hot! It's in a great position for bracing walks along the Dales Way and up Simon's Seat, two great pubs and access to market towns like Grassington, Skipton and of course Harrogate. We and all our guests absolutely loved it and the owners were extremely helpful on the odd occasion we needed them.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Dec 2021

  • "Amazing house."

    Every detail considered. We had such a fabulous week with three generations in ones house from 15 months to 71. Stunning location with lots to do. Great hosts. Would love to stay again sometime.

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Nov 2021

  • "The perfect retreat in an outstanding Yorkshire Dales setting."

    High Hall perfectly blends an unrivalled sense of historic country living with modern comforts and luxurious touches. In one place, you can choose whether you want a getting away from it all experience or an intimate one with others.

    Thank you for your kind comments. Look forward to seeing you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Nov 2021

  • "Absolutely amazing!"

    We stayed here with our families for our wedding which was at the tithe barn Bolton abbey. It was the perfect setting to get ready, photos, and relaxing after the wedding. The house itself is beautiful and the owners had really thought of everything. We didn’t want to leave! Thank you for being great hosts!

    Delighted you enjoyed your stay, and thank you for your kind comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Annah5.0Oct 2021

  • "Am absolutely beautiful home (not just a house)to stay in with lots of space for everyone."

    Loads to do both inside the house and nearby (even without using a car at all) .

    Thank you for your kind comments. Very happy you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Oct 2021

  • "A lovely second stay at a very special place."

    A privilege to use such and old and historic house as a large family base for our son's wedding in Burnsall a year later than first planned! We will be back for another visit for sure . The McCorkells, Scottish Borders.

    Very happy you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to seeing you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Sep 2021

  • "The house was exceptionally well equipped and the beds were extremely comfortable."

    High Hall has a lovely feel to it- very homely and the gardens are beautiful with plenty of space to relax or for the children to play. There are plenty of walks nearby and easy access to the river which is a lovely spot to paddle and enjoy the peace and quiet of the surrounding countryside.

    Happy you enjoyed it! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicky5.0Sep 2021

  • "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! ❤️

    Very pleased you enjoyed your stay, and hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Suzy5.0Aug 2021

  • "We have most happily and willingly booked the property again for the same weekend next year and hopefully then will be able to have the large family party there around our son's wedding we planned for this year rather than the meagre gathering of 6 and no wedding which was our lot this time!"

    Delighted with the house, it is a privelige and a pleasure to be able to come and use it, please thank Ken and Elizabeth for that chance. I do have some thoughts offered constructively and in a friendly manner. When you take this sort of premium property and are happy to pay the premium rate it rightly commands you dont want to keep finding notes saying this and that costs extra . To be honest if the owners want £5 for the logs ( we used about 5!) or £12 for futon laundry why dont they just add say £ 25 to the rent and so everything is all in. I found these extras and notes rather petty. I dont mind paying for them but I prefer an all in service and price. Also if you leave a pot of jam as a welcome gift dont ask for the jar back! We didnt open it but couldnt take it away as you wanted the jar!! It's either a gift or it isnt ! Finally we couldnt find ( for love- or money!) a jeyes or other wiping cloth or similar anywhere. We loved our time there but hope this feedback, which please pass on to the owners, is received in the spirit of making a truly great experience EVEN better! Kind Regards, Dr Lucy McCorkell.

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Sep 2020

  • "Excellent facilities maintained to a high standard in beautiful surroundings with many walks from the doorstep."

    The hosts were attentive and made sure we were looked after during our stay. Particular highlights were the piano, croquet, the hot tub and dining in the fine dining room.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Aug 2020

  • "High Hall was stunning, surprisingly the photos do not do it justice, it really takes your breath away on arrival."

    The property was immaculate and luxurious and had everything we needed. Our family had an amazing time at High Hall and the village and surrounding areas were absolutely beautiful and we would no hesitate to return in the future. I cannot recommend it more.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Aug 2020

  • "High Hall is an absolutely stunning home , surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and fabulous grounds to explore."

    Even during the pandemic we had everything we needed and were in great comfort. We loved watching the giant Koi, playing hide and seek, a game of chess whilst my youngest played the grand piano, dinners on the terrace and snuggling up in the snug. Would highly recommend and cannot wait to visit again .

    Reviewed by Katie4.7Aug 2020

  • "Absolutely brilliant find, will be looking for a return visit in the future."

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Mar 2020

  • "The house is magical."

    We were lucky enough to spend three days here for our wedding. Every room was gorgeous, the facilities were perfect and everything was of a very high standard and quality. We loved everything about our stay.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Feb 2020

  • "We spent Christmas at High Hall in 2019 and what a wonderful house for this festive event."

    The huge tree in the Grand Hall with its amazing fireplace was a great place to convene. We had various friends and family come to stay over the week while we stayed there with my husband’s parents. Great pub The Craven Arms just a few minutes’ walk away and great walking from the door as well. The owner was readily available and helped us when we needed it. Cooking a goose in the Aga was interesting but after our “pie night” a couple of days before we soon understood the need for using both the roasting and the warming ovens! Highly recommend High Hall and we will be back, hopefully in the summer sometime for some sunshine!

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Dec 2019

  • "Magnificent house in a beautiful setting."

    Usually when staying elsewhere I miss my bed, but not in this house - high quality bed linen also enhanced the sleeping experience. The Aga was a little tricky when cooking for 13 but that was perhaps due to inexperience of using one. The owners were on hand in the event of any difficulties but not intrusive. They also provided a very welcome basket of goodies (including Prosecco!). Overall it was a fantastic place to celebrate my 60th birthday and I would highly recommend staying there.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Dec 2019

  • "We chose to stay at High Hall for a week, as our son was getting married in the area, and this property could accommodate a large number of our family."

    We were absolutely delighted with our choice. High Hall is an outstanding historical property, sympathetically maintained, yet also designed to provide all guests with a luxury experience. The hosts have gone to extreme lengths to ensure comfort is guaranteed, especially in the bedrooms, where natural linens dressed the relaxing beds. Tasteful and authentic interiors throughout this amazing property added to our holiday experience, and as we were staying during the Christmas season, we were privileged to see the glorious tree, which reached high up to the gallery landing, in the main hall. Whilst we did not make use of the landscaped gardens, due to the time of year, we could admire the incredible details created within it, such as the yoga room, carp pond, hedging, lawns, herb gardens and sculptures. Some of our party very much enjoyed the hot tub, which was positioned close to the house. The host provides a detailed booklet of processes and procedures, to ensure guests can easily understand how to operate the various systems and therefore get the best from their stay. High Hall offered us an incredibly unique experience. Thank you Ken.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Nov 2019

  • "An absolutely outstanding property - a pleasure to stay in this incredible old hall."

    Really good attention to detail means instructions are clear, facilities are all easy to use. Excellent standard of accommodation, comfort and cleanliness. What a treat! Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Nov 2019

  • "With 14 people to accommodate, there are not so many houses to choose from."

    But we were well pleased to discover High Hall in Appletreewick. It was so well equipped: every bedroom and bathroom had its own particular style, and there were extra decor features everywhere. It was fascinating to explore and discover the maze of passages and stairs, but we sorted it in the end. The garden was beautifully cared for and looked lovely, but we were invited to help ourselves to vegetables and fruit from the gardens. The central heating provided a very pleasant temperature, but there was additional heating from log fires for extra comfort. Talking of comfort -- the beds were very comfortable and snug. The house is set in a lovely part of Yorkshire with walks all around the Wharfe valley. The two nearby pubs in the village did us proud with good facilities for our big birthday celebration. I could think of nothing lacking or needing adding for us. Everyone was very satisfied.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Oct 2019

  • "A very special place 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 such a historic building, and the incredible location overlooking the Wharfe Valley, the level of detail that has gone into making the holiday experience unique is astounding. The accommodation is majestic yet very comfortable. The bedrooms and bathrooms are sumptuous with rainforest showers and a high tech whirlpool bath. (The master bedroom has a door on to the Minstrels’ Gallery - how cool is that?) The kitchen is extremely well equipped and a beautiful room to spend time in, especially in the morning. (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 thrilled to be able to use a very special dinner service on the Saturday evening depicting 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 really pleased that there was enough glassware to cater for our event. We were lucky in that the weather was hot and sunny and we were able to make good use of the expansive garden, hot tub and summer house. Again, the attention to detail here 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.

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Sep 2019

  • "We had a fabulous time at High Hall."

    It was the perfect break for a family holiday in the dales. It was great to stay in such an interesting period property. There is lovely garden space, and lots of areas for sitting and playing outdoors. The house is huge - so plenty of room for when the weather isn't great too! The communication before and during the stay from our hosts was great, and really clear. The house is exceptionally well appointed - I've never stayed in a rental before with such good quality kitchen equipment, technology and appliances. They clearly do a great job on cleaning and turning it around. We had a great time, and thoroughly recommend a stay at High Hall.

    Reviewed by Charles5.0Jul 2019

  • "We had a wonderful week at High Hall around our daughter's wedding at the Tithe Barn at Bolton Abbey."

    We hosted family, bridesmaids and partners for the weekend, and wedding guests for coffee and cake the morning after the wedding. The house is incredibly interesting and it was a delight to stay in such a historic building. It was ideal for our needs - spacious and comfortable - and the garden and views of the surrounding hills are equally lovely. We had some difficulty with the barbecue arrangements, and couldn't find a colander in the kitchen! Other than that, everything was perfect!

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jun 2019

  • "What a great place."

    High spec throughout with a great history. Love to go back

    Reviewed by Angus5.0May 2019

  • "High Hall is a very impressive building and a wonderful place to celebrate my 40th with friends."

    The house was spotlessly clean and you can tell everything is new and well cared for. There was plenty of space for everyone and plenty of chill out spaces. The beds are very comfortable and the kitchen was well equipped. The garden is beautiful and we'd love to come back when it's warmer to enjoy it more. We loved the surrounding countryside and the fact you could walk / run along the river to some wonderful pubs such as the Red Lion in Burnsall. There were baby lambs that came to say hello along the path to Burnsall and it is truly unspoilt and very interesting countryside. The Craven Arms in Appletreewick is also excellent - great food and service and far better than your average pub grub. The hot tub was an added bonus and we really enjoyed warming up in this on an afternoon with some prosecco!

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0Apr 2019

  • "This is an amazing place to stay and words cannot do it justice."

    Cannot wait to go back

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Mar 2019

  • "We've just returned from a wonderful 60th birthday celebration weekend at High Hall."

    The Hall is a truly fantastic place to stay and it oozes history! The grounds are also beautiful & interesting - and of course there's the fabulous hot-tub! Inside, every room is special, with its own unique features and beautifully appointed. Everywhere was spotless and there was a magical mixture of old world & hi-tech. Everything you could possibly wish for (including a Jura espresso machine!) was there. It was lovely to meet the owner when we arrived. He was very welcoming and told us some more about the hall's history. Appletreewick and the surrounding area is beautiful - with great pubs, cafes and super walks! Thank you for an amazing weekend!

    Reviewed by Ros5.0Mar 2019

  • "Our visit to High Hall was an amazing experience."

    A family reunion was the reason and the house was perfect. Care and attention to every detail was marvellous. From the electric firefighter to the super soft towels. Catering for a large group was eased immensely by the variety of kitchen equipment and the seating arrangements. The quality and personal touches were impressive from the bed linen to the family paintings adorning some of the walls. What made the experience unique was the personality of the house, the history evident was inspiring yet there was this friendly atmosphere. One came away privileged and fulfilled to have stayed at High Hall. The overused phrase of ‘wow factor’ is completley apt for this special home. Unforgettable! Carol and Company

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Mar 2019

  • "An amazing house in a beautiful village, highly recommended"

    Reviewed by Tanya5.0Feb 2019

  • "What can I say about High Hall."

    We’ve just returned from spending the weekend there and it’s just truly amazing. It exceeded all expectations with communication from Ken, the owner, also being excellent. The ‘house’ itself, from first stepping into the dining room is just beyond belief, and furnished to an extremely high standard. You wander from room to room repeating ‘wow’ and this is just beautiful/amazing/ awesome. Words just cannot describe this beautiful home. I would highly recommend High Hall and we will hopefully be back next year for another celebration.

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Feb 2019

  • "Our party of 11 family and friends have just come back from an amazing weekend at High Hall!"

    This outstanding house oozes with charm and history, from the beautiful grounds to the exquisitely decorated rooms, it is as fascinating as it is fun to spend time in....we all hope to come back again soon!

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Feb 2019

  • "We had the most wonderful time here, the owners had thought of everything, and have renovated this beautiful piece of history, thinking of every luxury."

    We absolutely loved it, and will be back.

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Dec 2018

  • "Spent a weekend celebrating a 50th Birthday at High Hall."

    The property was very well equipped and beautifully decorated throughout, it has great outdoor spaces and would love to return during Summer to take advantage of the lovely garden. The village is idyllic with a couple of great pubs within walking distance. Everything in the property is top Quality. Everybody loved it. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Nov 2018

  • "An amazing property with everything you need for a great holiday."

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2018

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  • Over four split-level floors
  • Seven bedrooms: First Floor: Landing and Minstrels' Gallery
  • 1 x kingsize,1 x master bedroom with super king-size
  • Large bathroom
  • Upper first floor: 1 x kingsize with ensuite (shower, basin and WC)
  • 2nd floor: Games room / sitting room with large flat screen TV, traditional games
  • Upper Second floor: 1 x king-size, 1 x super king-size (zip/link, can be configured as twin on request) with en-suite (shower, basin and WC)
  • Top Floors: 1 x kingsize, with ensuite (shower, basin and wc), 1 x kingsize room with small dressing room/snug attached
  • Sleeps 14
  • Ground floor: Great Hall with wood-burning stove
  • Spacious sitting room
  • Kitchen/diner with electric AGA, Separate large dining room with wood-burning stove and refectory table seating 14
  • Screens Passage and glazed Entrance Porch to gardens
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Lower ground floor: utility area with washing machines and dryer
  • Oil central heating with two wood-burning stoves
  • Infra-red panel radiant heating to the top floors
  • Electric AGA, double oven, electric hob, microwave, drawer fridge, drawer freezer, large fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, 2 x dishwashers
  • Smart TV's with Freeview, DVD, Bluetooth speakers, radio, WiFi, selection of books, games, toys
  • All fuel and power incl in rent
  • Supply of logs on honesty box basis
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Off road parking for 7 cars
  • Lockable bike storage and maintenance facilities
  • Enclosed, lawned garden with patios, folly, koi pond and furniture
  • Summerhouse with music system and studio space available for yoga and pilates
  • Hot tub
  • No dogs sorry
  • No smoking
  • Two popular pubs within 5 minutes walk
  • Shops 5 miles
  • Note; Check in time 4PM. Please note: No hen or stag parties.

The property

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.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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About the location


Skipton 9 miles; Grassington 5 miles.

The delightful Dales village of Appletreewick is set in a picturesque part of Wharfedale, just 9 miles north of the popular market town of Skipton. Its single steep street climbs from Low Hall at one end to High Hall at the other, and the surrounding meadows and pastures merge with wooded hillsides and bracken clad valleys to make wonderful walking countryside. Appletreewick is set close to a river and is home to two award-winning pubs’. The many scenic 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 glorious views of Simon Seat. Appletreewick boasts two pubs and an unassuming little church which was converted from three cottages! A sleepy little village with great Dales appeal, Appletreewick makes a perfect base for a memorable holiday.

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Note: This property has an Owner Managed refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas