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...

"Our first visit and hopefully not our last. A beautiful place and a wonderful experience."
 
“Somehow, the house is greater than any one individual, yet all the individuals are needed to supply warmth and care. It is a soulful place where people have the time to listen; and the 'lost, low and lonely' have the time to speak and be heard without interruption.”
 
"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."
 
"Arrived frazzled, left peaceful again.  Thank you"
 
“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.”
 
“We all love the tasty comfort food and it does help us feel looked after”
 
“I have always enjoyed the wonderful food, the relaxing ambience of the house and the friendly and very helpful staff. It is a wonderful place to come and find some space to really relax and to reflect.”
 
"Thank you for offering such a beautiful, warm and hospitable environment for rest and restoration."
 
“I feel it is my second home! All staff are welcoming and cope with everyone's foibles. The food is great and there is plenty of it - even for vegetarians. There is always a big bowl of fruit.”
 
"Time spent at Parcevall is uplifting, restoring and very precious."