The oldest part of Monk Fryston Hall Hotel dates back over 900 years where the original building contained vaulted ceilings, a wealth of stonework and inglenook fireplaces. The building was a monastery around the 12th / 13th Century when land was given to Benedictine monks by the Bishop of York. As the centuries passed, later additions included stone mullioned windows, oak panelling and stone terracing around the main house; elegant gardens were added to enhance the enjoyment of the residents who were always pillars of the local community.
In the 18th Century the owners established a zoo with a collection of animals, an aviary and boating on a lake in the grounds. A folly was added in the form of the famous 'Lucerne Bridge', with carvings from 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'.