This stunning townhouse, with origins going back to 1080, was built for the Treasurers of York Minster and simply drips with history: Kings have dined here, princes stayed here, dukes lived here. Now, after a stunning refurbishment, any Thomas, Richard or Harold can put up here in one of its seven beautiful bedrooms.
The Cumberland Room (after Prince William, Duke of Cumberland) is the grandest room, with a magnificent bow window and views across the garden to the city walls. It’s furnished with silk drapes, acres of carpet, antique furniture and an Italian walnut-veneered, bow-fronted bed stacked with snowy pillows and white cotton duvet. And a killer bathroom. Join your loved one in the walk-in double shower or take our advice and run the teardrop bath till it’s hot and deep, add a drop of Clarins bath oil, order the Champagne and soak away an hour or two with some escapist trash on the flat screen TV above the mantelpiece. Your choice entirely.
The six other bedrooms at Gray’s Court are equally gracious. Willoughby has the four poster; Aske has twin French beds, etc etc. Credit John Edwards and Helen Heraty for the classy makeover. There are no evening meals but it’s located in the heart of the city with plenty of good restaurants in easy walking distance then take a nightcap in the sumptuous Jacobean long gallery’s late night bar. In the morning there is English or continental breakfast with lunches, light meals and afternoon tea throughout the day.
How Much? £133-190 per room per night inc. breakfast. Midweek deals
Kids Stuff? Children welcome
Well Placed? Are you kidding? It’s perfectly placed, tucked into a quiet haven between the medieval walls and the Minster just a spit away from everything York has to offer.
Good Grub? It’s B & B with lunch and tea and an easy step out to Ambiente, Le Langhe, Wagamamas, J. Baker and any number of city centre restaurants.
Chapter House Street, York, North Yorkshire YO1 7JH,Tel 01904 612613
Part of Stay York
Review by Jill, 15 March 2012blog comments powered by Disqus