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Markenfield Hall

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Address: A61, Ripon HG4 3AD, England
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+44 1765 692303

Markenfield Hall – tucked privately away along a mile-long winding drive,...

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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Lovely peaceful home

This property is only open for a few weeks a year. It is very much off the beaten track. We walked from Ripon to the property via Studley Royal. It is first and foremost a home... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This property is only open for a few weeks a year. It is very much off the beaten track. We walked from Ripon to the property via Studley Royal. It is first and foremost a home. The volunteers are helpful and informed and it is even possible to sit on the chairs and settees in the rooms where you can... More 

Thank susanellis2016
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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281 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see house. A moated house still in original condition, lovingly and sensitively restored and still being used as a family home. This is a highlight but needs planning because it is only open on certain days. A guide is essential and we were lucky to have the main guide who is also a family friend. So... More 

Thank daddytommy
Fairfax, Virginia
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177 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I hiked here one morning from the main road, enroute to Fountains Abbey. It was a very nice stop and well worth the trip. Markenfield Hall is the oldest surviving manor house in England. It has the full "manor house treatment," with a moat, crenelated walls, arrow slits, etc. While the house was closed during my visit--it is only open... More 

Thank Tim G
Bellerby, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Markenfield Hall is stunning yet as it is lived in has a very homely feel. In each room there is an information sheet and very knowledgeable stewards. This is definitely not a 'don't touch' property, we were made to feel very welcome and sat for quite a while in the Grand Hall reading several books placed on various tables in... More 

Thank 521barbaraj
Radcliffe on Trent, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Only open 32 days a year and then only from 2.00 to 5.00 pm. but don't be put off as it really is worth waiting for. It isn't easy to find either as it lies a mile from the public highway up a single track private road but seek it out and you will find it worth the effort. It... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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295 reviews
134 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Wonderful moated Manor House in farmland, a little way from the main road. It has been converted into a family home but still retains lots of character. Information available and also attendants in the various rooms. Wonderful fireplace. Outstanding chapel, still in regular use. Pleasant walk around the moat. Well worth a visit.

Thank poggy11
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

Markenfield Hall is well worth a detour. The house is a historic gem in an interesting setting. Check on opening times before you visit!

Thank aokane
Skipton, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

What a privelige to be able to visit this house of historic interest. When you consider this is still a private home, and occupied, it is easy to understand why viewing opportunities are limited and by appointment only - but don't let that put you off! We were fortunate enough to visit as part of a group and enjoyed tea... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Firstly we could not even start to write a review without thanking Sarah Robson who could not have been more supportive in helping us organise our special day. We knew that the venue was magical inside and out, but on the day the atmosphere was mesmerising for not just ourselves but for each and every one of our guests. The... More 

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29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

We did the 'Tea and Tales' tour this week - prompted by discovering my great grandfather worked on the Markenfield Hall farm in the mid 19th century - and we had a thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating visit. There are limited places on the tour, booked in advance, which is led by Dr Keith Jones ( excellent detail on the history... More 

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