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...

"Many thanks to the Hall for a truly wonderful weekend"
 
"With much thanks for all the care you have given us throughout our stay."
 
"Such a beautiful place. Thank you for your great hospitality and warmth."
 
"A feast of delight in every respect. Thank you."
 
“The food has always been first class, the bed linen and rooms spotless, and the staff so helpful. The gardens are always a delight and give us inspiration for our paintings.”
 
“We had visited Parcevall Hall when we first visited the lovely gardens not knowing about staying there. Later we received a personal recommendation from a friend who had stayed there many times. We were so impressed with everything on our first stay during June 2014, we immediately booked again for 2015.”
 
“Parcevall Hall offers a lovely warm welcome in beautiful surroundings and the ambience of the hall adds to this, and as a regular visitor for many years to this place I feel that that in itself is a compliment. I look forward to each of my visits knowing that I will, when the time comes, once again leave feeling relaxed and refreshed after being looked after by staff that have become more like friends.”
 
"One feels that God is at the centre of things here.  Some unexpected joy for me."
 
“I find the atmosphere of peace and prayer very uplifting and leave feeling refreshed. Its quite nice to have no mobile signal! The food is excellent and it is a privilege to stay in such a beautiful house and grounds.”
 
"Your staff have always been wonderful and have become more than just staff – they are friends."