HISTORY

The oldest part of what was originally Persevall’s Ferme is believed to date back to at least 1586. It was bought by Sir John Yorke, lived in by his son Peter and then left to his second son, Thomas, in 1589.

In 1671 additions were made by Christopher Lowson and his bride Elizabeth who lived in the house until his death in 1695.

For the next two centuries, the house was occupied by a succession of farmers and tenants, including the Yorke family again for a brief spell in the 19th century.

Gradually, however, the house fell into a state of virtual dereliction until, in the depths of the depression of the 1920s, it was bought by Sir William Milner.

Sir William was the eighth Baronet of Nun Appleton, a godson of Queen Mary and an architect by profession, renowned for his meticulous attention to detail in restoring old buildings and with a love of gardens and plants. He had inherited the title and status of the Baronetcy but no family seat, as Nun Appleton had been sold by Sir William’s father, Sir Frederick, to pay off gambling debts (totalling £175,000) of his elder brother, the sixth Baronet, whom Sir Frederick had succeeded to the title in 1880.

Sir William Milner bought Parcevall Hall in 1927 and, using local labourers and materials, restored the original house and extended it substantially to create spacious living accommodation, distinctive guest bedrooms, a staff wing and magnificent cruciform terraced gardens.

Paying his labourers a shilling an hour, Sir William was remembered with gratitude and held in high esteem by his workers for providing secure employment during the years of the depression.

A deeply religious but very shy man, Sir William never married and, on his death in 1960, bequeathed Parcevall Hall to the Guardians of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. The Guardians now manage the estate and gardens and the Hall itself is leased to and run by the Church of England Diocese of Leeds.

Our Guests Tell Us...

“From the first time I visited Parcevall Hall in 2001 it has for me remained the favourite retreat house of all those our group has stayed at.”
 
"Better than ever!"
 
“The peaceful surroundings, great food and comfortable accommodation have always ensured a most beneficial time for study, sharing ideas or just relaxing.”
 
“I have been visiting and staying at Parcevall Hall for over 10 years and have very much appreciated the warmth of welcome and hospitality shown by every one of the staff that I have met over this time.  There is a real culture of hospitality which pervades the place.  The way the gardens are managed so that even in the depths of winter they are accessible and beautiful is a real blessing. As well as visiting as part of a group, I have often stayed on an individual basis and have been able to find a peaceful part of the house even when there is a lot going on.”
 
“Parcevall Hall keeps getting better and better!”
 
"Many thanks for a wonderful experience.  What a beautiful house.  The staff are marvellous."
 
“Parcevall Hall is a place of prayer but definitely not fasting & having such meals for any woman who has to plan, shop, cook and wash up normally put in front of her regularly is a holiday in itself. They also cater for any need. It is wonderful to have homemade food created just on the spot.”
 
“The house allows you to ‘be’ in God’s presence & you are uninterrupted especially in silent retreats. The house itself ministers to you, as I discovered on my first ever visit when all the ‘God’ bits went over my head.”
 
"A wonderful peaceful place. Very gentle and kind companions in every way."
 
“I've been to a couple of organised Quiet Days and they have been super.  Good welcome, freedom to use a great deal of the house (so helpful) and the garden is just wonderful.”