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...

"A wonderful peaceful place. Very gentle and kind companions in every way."
“The welcome at Parcevall is so warm that you feel part of an extended family. The unobtrusive way in which we are looked after is always appreciated; the attentive care for our every need being a hallmark of Parcevall hospitality. The house and gardens are delightful, the location idyllic. The quality of the food is excellent with more than sufficient. The house is very accommodating with its distinctive rooms and rare sense of peace. As a small group we appreciate being offered a place in which we can study, think and reflect together as well as the use of various spaces within the house and gardens and we value the ability to find quiet even when the Hall is busy.”
"Absolutely beautiful!  We have felt so at home here. Thank you."
"Thank you all so much for your hospitality, help and kindness. A mixture of peace and excitement."
"Our first visit and hopefully not our last. A beautiful place and a wonderful experience."
"Wonderful as ever.  Peaceful, inspirational retreats both, and looked after by staff superbly well."
"A haven of warmth and hospitality. Many thanks."
"Such a beautiful place. Thank you for your great hospitality and warmth."
"A wonderful and relaxing experience that will never be forgotten.  Thank you to all the staff."
"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."