York’s dramatic past – from Roman settlements to Viking invasions – has created one of Britain’s most beautiful historic cities, home to the world-famous York Minster and the most complete medieval walls in the country.
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Grays Court Hotel
York, Yorkshire, United Kingdom (UK)|www.grayscourtyork.com|
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It might be a cliche, but Grays Court genuinely is a hidden gem; wander down the cobbled lanes behind York Minster and it’s easy to miss this elegant 11th century building. It’s only when you turn into a gated courtyard that the hotel shows itself.
Once inside it’s a tasteful oasis of calm, with antique furniture sitting beneath contemporary black and white pictures, taken by local photojournalist David O’Neill.
There’s a feeling of a country hotel that just happens to be in the middle of the city, heightened by a large garden that snuggles under the city walls, which you can access privately. Even the head chef’s background is from time spent at a pub near the North York Moors.
Tucked away down a quiet cobbled lane, there’s a feeling of stepping away from the city’s hubbub at Gray’s Court – even though this is the historic heart of the city.
In spite of being such a central location, most visitors get as far up the lane as the Treasurer’s House and don’t venture further, giving the hotel a quiet, sanctuary-like feel. It’s surrounded by a lattice of pretty cobbled lanes.
The Treasurer’s House – a National Trust-owned Grade I listed mansion and garden – sits next door and the Minster is in sight. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops nearby on Goodramgate and Low Petergate.
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