HPB’s holiday booking service has been rated 4.7 out of 5
based on 14720 customer reviews on Feefo.
Feefo Platinum Award Feefo logo

Rievaulx Abbey, North York Moors

Posted by Luci Ackers on 16 April 2015
Related property: Bell End Farm, Rosedale
Rievaulx Abbey, North York Moors

In a remote valley nestled within the picturesque North York Moors National Park is the stunning ruin of Rievaulx Abbey.

Our charming holiday property is just half an hour away and provides an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding beauty spots.

Originally founded in the 12th century, Rievaulx was the first Cistercian abbey to be established in the North of England and to this day remains one of North Yorkshire's largest and most spectacular abbeys.

Rievaulx was built in the 1130s though many of the buildings that are still standing today date from the 1140s when the most famous abbot Aelred expanded the abbey to accommodate the growing community of monks and lay brothers that were living there. A monumental church was constructed and over the ensuing years more expansion and alterations took place such as the completion of the large cloisters and a 13th century shrine in the church. The site was a large one that housed 650 people at its peak and had dormitories, infirmaries and even a water-powered ironworks forge.

The 14th century saw many of the lay brothers leave the abbey and it was in 1538 that Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries saw the decline of Rievaulx. These incredible ruins have been inspiration for many poets and artists of the Romantic period and, now protected by English Heritage, are greatly appreciated by all who visit the peaceful site.

Rievaulx looms up from the valley it sits in. Though traditional churches had their altars facing east, Rievaulx was built facing north, allowing it to fit perfectly into this idyllic position. The high buildings and beautiful arches are awe-inspiring and it isn't difficult to imagine this incredible place and its various clusters of buildings back in its heyday, all those centuries ago.

A remarkable portion of Rievaulx Abbey still stands and visitors can wander through the old arches, admire great stone architecture and picture how it would have once looked. The tranquil position in a wooded valley is the perfect area for exploring or taking a gentle stroll.There is a café and visitor facilities onsite too with plans to expand and improve them during 2015 and 2016. The idea is to have a newly refurbished museum, tea room and shop.

To see ticket prices and opening times, have a look at the English Heritage website here.

Our charmingly converted farmhouse properties are located just half an hour away in the village of Rosedale Abbey, which has been inhabited since the 12th century and is the site of a former Cistercian nunnery. It provides a fantastic base for exploring the surrounding National Park setting. To find out how you can stay here, simply follow the link below. You can also read more about other stunning locations near our properties. We recommend you check the Three reasons to visit Saltburn-by-the-Sea.

Luci Ackers

Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

How can I find out more?

The Holiday Property Bond could do as much for your quality of life as it has done for many thousands of families who have already invested. That's why we invite you to get in touch with us in any of these 3 ways and please don't forget our unique 'Money back promise' and 'interest free loan' options.

Request our brochure Speak to a representative Explore one of our UK sites

Please request our fully illustrated holiday property brochure

Please read "How HPB works" and then we will be delighted to send you our brochure, including our property portfolio, and your FREE copy of Insight Magazine. See the beautiful holiday homes and magnificent locations where you can spend your holidays as a Bondholder and learn how impressed Bondholders have been by our handling of the problems caused by coronavirus.

Please complete and submit the form or, alternatively, telephone our FREE brochure request line on 0800 230 0391

Request a brochure
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address *
Postcode *  
Telephone number
How did you hear about us?

We will use the details you provide above to send you our detailed HPB brochure and keep you updated about HPB holiday offers. Details of how we use the information you provide are in our privacy policy.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

* Indicates required fields
HPB’s holiday booking service has been rated 4.7 out of 5 based on 14720 customer reviews on Feefo.

You can speak to one of our representatives

Your local HPB representative will be happy to call or video call you at a convenient time for an informal chat. Simply fill in your details and we'll do the rest.

Most of our representatives are Bondholders themselves and all have visited a number of Bond sites.

The representative will give you all the information you need and then leave you to make up your own mind. He or she will talk to you about your holiday requirements and what level of investment is needed to secure the kind of holidays you want.

Video chat now available with a local representative

This request is for new enquiries only, if you are an existing Bondholder please contact us via myBond.

How should we contact you? *  
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address *
Telephone number *  
Post code *  
Preferred Date/Time
Preferred Date/Time 2
Preferred Date/Time 3
Please contact me to arrange a date

Your local representative will contact you to confirm the date and time.

Date/Time *  
How did you hear about us?
Chosen date (choose above) *
Chosen time (choose above) *

We will use the details you provide above for a representative to contact you. Details of how we use the information you provide are in our privacy policy.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

* Indicates required fields

Receive a free £20 M&S gift card when you find out more...

Have a Private Tour, Personal Presentation, Video Call or Home Appointment between 1st - 31st May 2024 and we’ll give you a free £20 M&S gift card to thank you.

...And you could double your Holiday Points for your first year!

Become a Bondholder by 31st May and we’ll enter your details into our Prize Draw for your chance to double your Holiday Points for your first year.

These extra points are for one use only. You can redeem them on holiday accommodation where and when you wish, but they will not be renewed once you have used them. Your local representative will give you full details of this offer.

See our stunning holiday properties for yourself

Having a Private Tour at an HPB holiday location is an enjoyable way to see the high standards of furnishings and facilities you could enjoy with HPB. One of our representatives will show you around the site and answer any questions you may have.

Alternatively, you are welcome to book a Personal Presentation at a hotel near you. You can chat to one of our representatives, ask your questions and view the complete portfolio of HPB locations.


This advertisement is issued by HPB Management Limited (HPBM), the main UK agent and the property manager for HPB, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, registered at HPB House, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8EH. HPB is available exclusively through HPBM. HPB is issued by HPB Assurance Limited (HPBA) registered in the Isle of Man and authorised by the Financial Services Authority there. The Trustee of HPB is Equiom (Isle of Man) Limited, registered at Jubilee Buildings, Victoria Street, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 2SH. The Securities Adviser is Stanhope Capital LLP of 35 Portman Square, London W1H 6LR. No medical examination is required.

HPBM promotes only HPB and is not independent of HPBA. Holders of policies issued by HPBA will not be protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme if the company becomes unable to meet its liabilities to them but Isle of Man compensation arrangements apply to new policies.