HISTORY

The Hall was built on land which once belonged to Bolton Priory and is Grade II*
Listed, its oldest part dating back to 1586.

Records show that Persevall’s Ferme was bought by Sir John Yorke and occupied
by his two sons at different times before coming into the possession of Christopher
Lowson and his wife Elizabeth, who made additions to the house in 1671.

For the next two hundred years the house was occupied by a succession of farmers
and tenants, including the Yorke family who returned for a short period in the
19th century.

Sir William Milner, the eighth baronet of Nun Appleton, bought the house in 1927
from a Skipton antique dealer, Frank Laycock. Sir William was a godson of Queen
Mary and an architect by profession, and having acquired the house he set about
restoring it with great skill and vision, taking care to preserve its original features.
He reproduced these faithfully when he extended Parcevall, salvaging timbers
from 17th-century buildings and employing local master craftsmen to cut and
dress the stone, supply suitable leadwork, re-cast plaster mouldings and create
the door latches and hinges of the period which are still in place.

He had a passion for plants and a strong aesthetic sense, which he expressed in
the design of Parcevall’s gardens, the planting of rare species collected in Western
China and Tibet, and in his co-founding of Harlow Carr Gardens near Harrogate.

The work on the Hall took place during the time of the 1920s depression. For local
labourers, the generous wages paid by Sir William and the secure employment
he provided earned him their immense gratitude and respect. In her history of the
Milner family, Dr Heather Beaumont notes that ‘…Parcevall Hall is probably one
of the last country homes to be created by an English Gentleman’.

He was a deeply religious and shy man. He never married, and when he died in
1960 he bequeathed Parcevall Hall to the Guardians of the Shrine of Our Lady of
Walsingham of which he was a significant benefactor. The Guardians now manage
the estate and gardens, and the Hall itself is leased and run by the Church of
England Diocese of Leeds.

Our Guests Tell Us...

"As close to heaven on earth as is possible - I think!  Wonderful in every way"
 
“The welcome at Parcevall is so warm that you feel part of an extended family. The unobtrusive way in which we are looked after is always appreciated; the attentive care for our every need being a hallmark of Parcevall hospitality. The house and gardens are delightful, the location idyllic. The quality of the food is excellent with more than sufficient. The house is very accommodating with its distinctive rooms and rare sense of peace. As a small group we appreciate being offered a place in which we can study, think and reflect together as well as the use of various spaces within the house and gardens and we value the ability to find quiet even when the Hall is busy.”
 
"Thank you for all your kind, generous, thoughtful and excellent hospitality."
 
“We only come once a year & keep coming because we just love to come! Everything is perfect for our group! You seem to supply all our needs!”
 
"Thank you for the camaraderie and food!"
 
"The meal was very good indeed and the dining room was a delight. I think that people shared my thrill in being in such a memorable old building for the celebration; thank you very much indeed for making this possible."
 
"Arrived frazzled, left peaceful again.  Thank you"
 
"The most special of times.  No other days match this unique occasion"
 
“We all enjoy being looked after, nothing is too much trouble”
 
"Time spent at Parcevall is uplifting, restoring and very precious."