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High Hall

Appletreewick, Yorkshire Dales - South (Ref. 969711)

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  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
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  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
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32 Customer Reviews

  • "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 NatalieNov 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 MichaelNov 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 AnnahOct 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 AmandaOct 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 LucySep 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 NickySep 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 SuzyAug 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 LucySep 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 ElizabethAug 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 MatthewAug 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 KatieAug 2020

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

    Reviewed by JillMar 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 LauraFeb 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 AnneDec 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 JulieDec 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 RichardNov 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 JennyNov 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 PhilipOct 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 DeniseSep 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 CharlesJul 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 CarolineJun 2019

  • "What a great place."

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

    Reviewed by AngusMay 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 GordonApr 2019

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

    Cannot wait to go back

    Reviewed by RachelMar 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 RosMar 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 CarolMar 2019

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

    Reviewed by TanyaFeb 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 DeniseFeb 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 AndreaFeb 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 VictoriaDec 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 RichardNov 2018

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

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2018

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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 jacuzzi 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.

Summary

  • 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.

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

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About the location

APPLETREEWICK

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.

Region Information

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
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