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“This hotel not only oozes history - the building dates from the 11th century - but is in an enviable location, between the Minster and the medieval walls. Bedrooms are light and gracious, the food elegant, and few tourists know it's there.”

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“This hotel not only oozes history - the building dates from the 11th century - but is in an enviable location, between the Minster and the medieval walls. Bedrooms are light and gracious, the food elegant, and few tourists know it's there.”

Hotel Overview

“Despite being slap-bang in the centre of York - tucked behind the Minster - this place is so discreet, that it avoids the crowds of tourists. Which, together with the fact that it is possibly the oldest lived-in house in the city, dating back to Norman times and built for the Archbishop of York's first Treasurer, makes it arguably the No 1 address in York. It's steeped in history, from its medieval stone-flagged entrance to its Jacobean oak-panelled gallery.
Bedrooms differ in shape and size but share the same understated elegance with carefully chosen antiques - often French - mixing with bold feature wallpapers, neutral-coloured carpets and original features of leaded windows and fireplaces. Choose from garden, Minster or courtyard views. Bathrooms are sharply modern - perhaps with a copper bath or glitzy tiles.
Dinner is an elegant five-course affair - possibly too hushed and formal for some - though you really must leave room for afternoon tea, which means you must do a quick sprint around the walls first. Luckily, you can climb up onto them straight from the hotel's garden. A rare privilege.”

Recommended for
  • Local exploring
  • An atmospheric base to explore the historical city of York.
 

Written by Helen Pickles

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Bar
  • Fireplace
  • Meeting Room
  • Library
  • Wifi
  • Four poster beds
  • Restaurant
  • Garden
  • Child friendly
  • Room service

Activities

  • Hotel boats for hire
  • The hotel can organise boat trips on the River Ouse.
  • Other Activities
  • Spend a thrilling day at York races.
  • Great walks
  • Discover the rugged beauty of the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.
  • Sights nearby
  • Visit the majestic and neighbouring York Minster.
  • Museums
  • Visit the Jorvik museum, an interactive re-creation of Viking-age York.

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“Why do people love staying in your hotel? Being an independent, family-run hotel means that we see our guests as an extension of the family. We understand the importance of a warm welcome, and our staff are well-trained in delivering a highly professional and friendly service without being too overbearing.

What is there to do in the area? Our fantastically central location – we are less than a minute’s walk to York Minster – means that the city of York is on our doorstep. Guided tours of the Minster, a visit to York Chocolate Story, Clifford’s Tower, the Castle Museum, the Yorkshire Museum and gardens, York Dungeons, Jorvik Viking Centre are all less than fifteen minutes’ walk away from us.

What kind of breakfast do you offer? We offer a full cooked-to-order breakfast as well as a cold buffet selection and complimentary mimosas.

Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally? Our recently rebranded restaurant, The Bow Room, is gathering praise from near and far. We offer a fantastic a la carte menu for lunch and dinner, as well as the classic afternoon tea.

Which are your most popular room types, and why? As we only have eleven rooms, we have had the luxury of styling each one as individual spaces. For this reason, we find that each guest has a favourite room, which isn’t always reflective of the biggest or the best view. Of course, Somerset and Mortimer have incredible views over York Minster and the Chapter House, which makes them the best choice for travellers that enjoy a landmark view, whilst Edwards – which is set over two floors - appeals to those who like something a little bit quirky.

What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms? We are child-friendly and can provide a travel cot and/or an extra bed upon arrangement. Our half-acre garden is a fantastic space for children in the summer, and our central location means there is no shortage of activities to keep the little ones busy on rainy days.

What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers? Grays Court is a truly unique hotel. Dating back to 1080 in part, and nestled in the heart of the exclusive Minster quarter of historic York, we are able to offer guests the best of both worlds – a country house in the heart of the city.”

Other Reviews

Grays Court

Guests are almost entirely repeat bookings and no one seems in a hurry to share this wonderful secret. The property drips with history; a highlight is the wood-paneled long gallery where Kings have dined. Breakfast and afternoon teas can be taken in the garden.

Originally published by The Telegraph (view article)

Grays Court

Grays' seven bedrooms are secreted in one wing. I stayed in Willoughby, a spacious suite, dressed with handsome antique furniture. It delivered all the upmarket amenities you would expect: separate bath and Grohe shower; big fluffy towels; flatscreen TV, iPod dock. It was efficiency itself.

Originally published by The Guardian (view article)

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11 rooms from £211 per night

Hotel Overview

Recommended for
  • Local exploring
  • An atmospheric base to explore the historical city of York.
Activities
  • Hotel boats for hire
  • The hotel can organise boat trips on the River Ouse.
  • Other Activities
  • Spend a thrilling day at York races.
  • Great walks
  • Discover the rugged beauty of the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.
  • Sights nearby
  • Visit the majestic and neighbouring York Minster.
  • Museums
  • Visit the Jorvik museum, an interactive re-creation of Viking-age York.
Other highlights
  • Romantic
  • Quiet
  • Full of character
  • Four poster beds
  • Luxury
  • Restaurant
  • Historic
  • Antiques
  • Child friendly
  • Traditional
  • Charming

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