Crief Lodges

Crief Lodges are set in a spacious, attractive site within the North York Moors National Park with spectacular views out to the Vales of York and Pickering.

The nine Scandinavian pine holiday lodges in our grounds are run by the community as a business. However, people have found the tranquil location and proximity to the monastery helpful for making retreats, and you may wish to explore that possibility until the new retreat facilities are built.

Designed for privacy, the lodges blend into the natural landscape. There is easy access to hundreds of acres of land managed by the Forestry Commission with many walks and trails suitable for all ages and where dogs may be walked.

Crief Lodges provide an ideal base for exploring the rich heritage of ancient monastic sites in the area – Byland Abbey and Rievaulx Abbey are close by – as well as many places of cultural interest and, of course, of natural beauty. The National Park Visitor Centre at Sutton Bank is ten minutes drive away.

All have been recently re-roofed and insulated to a high standard so are cool in summer and cosy in winter.

All our lodges have the following facilities:

  • electricity cost included
  • full electric central heating
  • linens provided but a £50 reduction if you bring your own
  • microwave oven
  • conventional oven and hob
  • fridge freezer space
  • kettle and toaster
  • Freeview TV/DVD
  • dedicated BBQ space
  • table and benches on every veranda
  • plenty of parking space.

We have two types of lodges, all sleep 4/5 but the sleeping arrangements vary between our:

Kite Lodges

(Byland, Fountains, Jervaulx and York) which have:

  • hall to 2 double bedrooms, one bedroom has an extra single bed
  • open plan sitting-dining area-kitchen
  • bathroom with bath (York has a shower instead), wash hand basin, WC and shaving point.

Merlin Lodges

(Ampleforth, Mount Grace and Whitby) which have:

  • half-heck stable door to hall
  • open plan sitting/dining room and kitchen area
  • 1 double room
  • 1 chambrette with triple bunks (full-length) and ladder
  • shower room with WC, wash hand basin and shaving point
  • play/meditation/storage area above sitting room.

A warm welcome awaits you!

Most of the lodges are dog-friendly, however, York, Byland and Rosedale are kept as dog-free lodges.

£545 pw flat rate all year (set to increase to £575 pw from 1 Jan 2024).

Nearest shop: Ampleforth, c. 3 miles
Nearest supermarket: Thirsk, c. 12 miles

For more information and to book, contact Sr Laurentia at
Tel:01347 868931