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...

"Many thanks to you and your lovely staff for looking after us so well - the food just gets better each time - the welcome special - the sense of deep peace within the house amazing."
 
"I came laden with sorrow and the load became lighter. I felt safe and protected and I leave with a glow, a sense of serenity and peace."
 
"We have been privileged again to spend creative time in this beautiful place. We have been well cared for and very well fed. Thank you. The house, the gardens and the views have worked their magic bringing peace and rest and delight. Who could ask for more?"
 
"A wonderful and relaxing experience that will never be forgotten.  Thank you to all the staff."
 
"A lovely place to find oneself."
 
“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.”
 
“The Staff who remember everyone, their families names, their problems etc. There are not enough words to appreciate & praise them all enough, nothing is too much trouble, the care & feeling of being enfolded into your family at PH is beyond compare.”
 
“It is possible to arrive at Parcevall in any state of mind, happy, ill, burdened, confused, or just tired out and what you receive turns out to be what is needed.”
 
"A feast of delight in every respect. Thank you."
 
“The staff have always been welcoming, supportive, and non-intrusive. They seem to appear whenever you need them!”