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...

“So great not to have to cook and to eat such great food”
 
“Parcevall Hall keeps getting better and better!”
 
“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.”
 
“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.”
 
“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.”
 
“I've been to a couple of organised Quiet Days and they have been super.  Good welcome, freedom to use a great deal of the house (so helpful) and the garden is just wonderful.”
 
“From the first time I visited Parcevall Hall in 2001 it has for me remained the favourite retreat house of all those our group has stayed at.”
 
“Parcevall is a place where the wells of God’s peace and presence are open and flowing”
 
“We have been visiting the Hall for a number of years and have always received a very warm welcome from the staff. The home cooked food is very enjoyable and the staff will always prepare an alternative dish if required for whatever reason”
 
“Underpinning all this is the tangible presence of the Lord; the mysterious factor that makes PH a retreat house, not a hotel, undefinably different. This I believe is due to PH being steeped in prayer, the dedicated staff & not forgetting the Chaplains. This tangible presence I know is felt by non-Christians who come for non-Christian meeting/conferences etc. They have asked ‘What is it that is so different about this place?’”