Kilnwick Percy Hall – historic building & grounds
Historic Kilnwick Percy Hall is a stunning Grade 2* listed building set within 47 acres of grounds with woodland walks, parkland and a lake. It is located just outside Pocklington, near York.
The Hall has been the home to Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre for 30 years and is a relaxing place of peace and tranquility to rest and reflect.
Everyone is welcome to visit Kilnwick Percy Hall and the grounds are open every day dawn – dusk for you to enjoy. You are also able to visit the World Peace Cafe, Gift Shop and Wolds Retreat bed and breakfast. You can also come on a Guided House Tour to find out more about the history of the Hall. Free entry and parking.
History of Kilnwick Percy Hall
In 1574 Thomas Wood, a member of the East Yorkshire gentry, began building an Elizabethan Hall at Kilnwick. The Hall remained incomplete for over 100 years. In 1720 the Hall was completed by Sir Edmund Anderson, a collector, particularly of musical instruments. During 1790 the estate was bought by Denison Esq and six years later he began building the present hall in front of the Tudor house. It took ten years to finish.
During the second world war the army took over Kilnwick Percy Hall, sorting service mail and engaging in training. Following this period, two-thirds of the building was demolished and became a family home until it was purchased by Madhyamaka Buddhist Centre.
The man-made six-acre lake is a beautiful feature of the wider parkland surrounding Kilnwick Percy Hall, landscaped in the 18th Century.
Restored in 2011 following a drain collapse which left the lake empty for months, this once again beautiful feature is the perfect addition to the parkland and woodlands of the Hall. Follow the circular walk around the lake and enjoy for yourself the relaxing surroundings this beautiful site has to offer.
The site is also home to the beautiful St Helen’s Church which served Kilnwick Percy. The church is not currently open to the public.
There are beautiful woodland walks, in the spring the whole area is carpeted in wild garlic and bluebells.
The walled garden features two ornamental ponds and orchards.