A unique venue for all occasions...
Weddings, Parties, Conferences,
Meetings & Accommodation.

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Welcome to

The Priory Barn & Cottages


Our History

Priory self-catering holiday cottages are named as such because of their close proximity to Syningthwaite Priory and are owned by the Rawlings family who have farmed the area since the grandfather of the present David Rawlings rented it from Lord Hawk in 1920. Consequently, he bought the Farm including the 12C Priory in 1948 and over a period of time his family did live in the Priory itself.

The Farm 

We are situated on a private secluded farming estate of Syningthwaite in North Yorkshire. Situated near Wetherby which is central in the golden triangle – Leeds, York and Harrogate.

The farm is mainly arable growing wheat, potatoes and oil seed rape, but there are also a few sheep which can sometime be seen grazing in the fields. You can see the harvesting of the oil seed rape at the end of July, the wheat in August and the potatoes in October/November. The cottages are near to the working farm and there is activity as such during these periods, but we are sure that you will find the farming programme both interesting and fascinating to watch.

Did you know, we even make our own award winning Priory Vodka and Gin, made from potatoes grown on the farm and distilled here onsite. For more information click here 

The Venue

The venue itself is made up of The Barn, The Marquee and 7 beautifully decorated cottages all centered around our private tranquil courtyard.

The cottages are available all year round for individual cottage stays or to hire exclusively with the barn for any event whether it be a wedding a 21st birthday party or a corporate away day. The cottages are made up of a mixture of 3,2 and 1 bedrooms which surround the tranquil courtyard. The stylish and spacious accommodation at Priory Cottages in North Yorkshire have been individually designed and decorated with a different eclectic theme to each stunning cottage, ensuring no stay is the same. Whether its business or pleasure, Priory Cottages can cater for every need you and your party have.

We also know how important it is for you to be able to bring your pets along with you when you go away, so we are happy to tell you we are a pet friendly venue!


Serena and Amy are onsite and in the office day to day (except for Tuesdays) to answer all enquires and any questions you may have. 

Just want to say a massive thank you for all your help on our wedding day. Everything ran smoothly leading up to and on the day- and that is thanks to you. The venue was perfect for our special day. We had a wonderful day followed by an amazing honeymoon! Thanks again for all your help and support.

Rachel & Ian


Where do we start?? With the deepest, sincere heartfelt thank you for all you have done to make our special day outstanding.

Paul & Jason