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...

“Parcevall is a rarity in the modern world. It is a home from home; a 'stately' home; a place for recharge and refreshment; a beautiful 'window' on the seasons of time.”
 
"Arrived frazzled, left peaceful again.  Thank you"
 
“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.”
 
"So great to be back in this very welcoming environment - the house, the gardens, the hills - and most importantly, the staff!"
 
"Thank you for the friendly welcome, the food, the gardens, the wonderful atmosphere and everything which makes Parcevall such a special place. I had a lovely weekend and didn't want to leave."
 
"Absolutely beautiful!  We have felt so at home here. Thank you."
 
"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."
 
"Thank you once again.  You take such care of us.  A lovely tranquil start to the season.  Smashing food!"
 
"A wonderful place for space to think and reflect. Amazing hospitality. Thank you."
 
“We have always been delighted with everything provided and the weekend is a definite highlight in our church life.”