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...

"Your staff have always been wonderful and have become more than just staff – they are friends."
 
“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.”
 
"A lovely place and we have many happy memories of church weekends there"
 
"A wonderful and relaxing experience that will never be forgotten.  Thank you to all the staff."
 
"With much thanks for all the care you have given us throughout our stay."
 
“I always feel when there that it is so special that it is almost part of a different world as it is so beautiful and relaxing. Plus of course the staff are great, the food wonderful and the peace inspiring. I am always telling other people about the place.”
 
"I have only praise for beautiful Parcevall Hall – it’s been a haven for me at times"
 
"What a glorious location in sunshine and snow! Far away from the city, a place of peace to be returned to. Thank you."
 
"A feast of delight in every respect. Thank you."
 
"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."