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 eigth 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...

"What an absolute treat it is to spend time here at this beautiful Hall. The peaceful setting and friendships made here will stay in the memory for a long time."
 
“The staff are exceptional, they always make you so very welcome and the delicious homemade meals are a real treat, not to mention the homemade biscuits and cake with coffee and afternoon tea. I always look forward to returning to the peace of Parcevall Hall, it’s a privilege to be able to enjoy this unique place.”
 
“It is such a treat to be away from the telephone, the TV, the menu planning, the washing up and there’s no-one needing a clean shirt.”
 
"A wonderful peaceful place. Very gentle and kind companions in every way."
 
“We have always been delighted with everything provided and the weekend is a definite highlight in our church life.”
 
“The peaceful surroundings, great food and comfortable accommodation have always ensured a most beneficial time for study, sharing ideas or just relaxing.”
 
"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."
 
"Your staff have always been wonderful and have become more than just staff – they are friends."
 
“I appreciate the homely atmosphere, the good food and the fellowship.  It is that sense of relaxation that comes upon you when driving towards the Hall – the roads get narrower and the anticipation builds until you arrive – wonderful!”
 
“I have always found the atmosphere there so warm and welcoming, as if I am being given space to refresh myself without undue intrusion.  The care given by all the staff is exemplary.  I love the 'family-feel' home cooking that seems to be very much a mark of the special kind of hospitality at Parcevall.”