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Markenfield Hall

A61, Ripon HG4 3AD, England
+44 1765 692303
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A wonderful house, and a privilege to visit

I was fortunate enough to visit Ripon during the few weeks when Markenfield Hall is open to the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sara F
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Rochester, England, United Kingdom
A moated manor & farmhouse

This is an early 14th century house , which is still lived in today & the farm is still active. It... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Susan P
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Markenfield Hall – tucked privately away along a mile-long winding drive, just three miles south of Ripon, has been described as Yorkshire’s best-kept secret. Not visible from the road, a glimpse of the imposing east wall cannot be seen until visitors reach the old Mediaeval road near to the top of the drive. But for a quirk of fate – and the turnpike act of 1777 – Markenfield would be one of the most recognisable houses in Yorkshire and the nearby A61 would run along this now-Bridleway just 100m from its façade.As it is, the house is approached from the A61 Ripon to Harrogate Road along a humble farm track, past agricultural buildings and farm workers cottages. Parking at the side of the moat, visitors approach the building on foot – walking over the bridge that now serves the house in place of the former drawbridge – and the moment the Mediaeval Courtyard opens up as visitors pass beneath the Tudor Gatehouse never fails to astound. Open to the public for just 28 days each year - or to groups by appointment at virtually any other time - the Hall is still privately owned and in the hands of dedicated custodians.
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“black swans” (13 reviews)
“moated house” (9 reviews)
“family home” (11 reviews)
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A61, Ripon HG4 3AD, England
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+44 1765 692303
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I was fortunate enough to visit Ripon during the few weeks when Markenfield Hall is open to the public, and warmly recommend visiting: it's a delightful moated manor house, with a long history, a lovely library, a black cat, two black swans, and lots of...More

Thank Sara F
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an early 14th century house , which is still lived in today & the farm is still active. It is built in stone & parts of original building can still be seen . There is a lovely chapel within the building. There are...More

Thank Susan P
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

The property is only open for 2 weeks in May, and I visited on 30/04/18. It is a buiding from 1310, with connections to the nearby Fountains Abbey, inhabited by the current owners, therefore only a portion of the property open to the public. On...More

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Reviewed 18 April 2018

This is a private house and is only open at certain times or by special arrangement so check up before you go. I went as a member of a group by special arrangement. The house is surrounded by a moat and is approached via the...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

We stumbled on information about this Hall and because of the limited details that we could find, we questioned whether we should travel 40 miles to visit. How pleased we were that the house was open. It only opens for limited periods of the year...More

Thank Andy R
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

We went to a wedding at this place. was totally blown away did not no it was there totally beautiful.

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Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

If you like visiting old houses, really old houses, then make sure you see this one. It is not a 'museum' like many similar properties, but a lived in home with a lived in feel. And lived in for a very long time. What makes...More

1  Thank Geoff D
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

This is a Privately owned house, reached by a 1 mile winding drive. As one of Yorkshires most romantic houses. It certainly lives up to expectations. You are greeted by a medieval house which is completely moated. A rare find indeed. Passing over the bridge...More

2  Thank Nigel G
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Reviewed 4 July 2017

The guides are great, and local knowledge helpful. It is quite unlike any other I have seen in England. The guides are friendly and well informed. It is on a working farm, and the old barns are quite in keeping with the stone castle. Well...More

Thank Simon C
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Reviewed 3 July 2017

Possibly a cliched title for my review but one which is very appropriate, I think. Well hidden away and not broadly advertised in the locality but so worth a visit! Such a wonderful example of a medieval moated property and if you walk round the...More

1  Thank Outroamin
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Carol H
13 June 2018|
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Response from Gatehouse1310 | Property representative |
Hello - yes of course. Entry is £6 per adult, £5 per senior and £3 per concession. Kind regards, Sarah
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honeysrascal
13 August 2017|
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Response from Nigel G | Reviewed this property |
Hi, if you look up my review, I think I will have covered everything you would need to know to make your visit enjoyable. Kind Regards Nigel
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Emme M
21 June 2017|
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Response from Gatehouse1310 | Property representative |
Hello - it is reasonably... Dogs are welcome in the grounds inside the Courtyard and on three sides of the moat walk - the fourth side of the moat walk is through a field that contains cows and we would ask that you don't go... More
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