2 Precentor's Court

York, Yorkshire
Self-catering


Painted floorboards, cool blue walls, vintage and modern furnishings make for a calming retreat in the city centre; secret courtyard, too

Bed

8 beds

Bedroom

4 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 8

The
Experience

A three-storey house with peaceful courtyard garden only skipping distance from York Minster? This 18th-century, terraced townhouse is so discreet, locals may not know it’s there. Once used by Minster clergy, it’s had a cool makeover that has retained its ecclesiastical calm: colours are soft and muted, rooms uncluttered and light. Painted floorboards emphasise the space while a mix of modern and vintage gives a quirky charm. Step off the quiet street into a bright-white hall and elegant rooms, cool in blues with a hint of French style. The sitting room has striped sofas and modern art while the spacious dining-kitchen is sleek with Shaker-style units and church-pew seats. Useful pantry, too. Up painted stairs to two floors of bedrooms, all harmonious slate-blues, creamy kilims on wooden floors, and well-chosen antiques. Headboards and funky lamps add splashes of colour. One double, and a single with sleigh-bed, are tucked in the eaves while crisp, modern bathrooms are squeezed between the bedrooms. York’s sights – walls, Minster, museums – are ridiculously close then return for tea in the tiny courtyard; a secret oasis.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
3.30pm
Check out
11am
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £256
Weekly price
from £1980
Surcharges
Short breaks £249 per night.
1 House for 8
From £2568 beds4 bedrooms

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Boxing Hare Ltd

  • A hidden gem occupying a unique and enviable position in the heart of York, just yards from the Dean's Garden and the 800 year old Gothic cathedral that is York Minster (#5 in Lonely Planet's top ten list of 'Sights to make you feel small').
  • The property dates from the early 18th century, though it is sitting on foundations that date back nearly 2000 years to a time when there was a Roman fort on the site. Until very recently (2008), it housed the Precentors who led the singing in the Minster.
  • Sympathetically restored and modernised, yet still retaining a wealth of original features dating back over 300 years. Featured in 25 Beautiful Homes magazine (July 2014) and awarded a Five Star Gold rating by Visit England.
  • Ideally placed for exploring and enjoying the wonderful city of York, together with the beautiful county of Yorkshire (#3 in Lonely Planet's Top Ten Places to Visit in 2014). Visit the 'Galleries' section on our website for more inspiration.
  • A superb base for exploring the rest of Britain. York’s famously curved Victorian railway station is just a few minutes walk away with connections all over the country including London and Edinburgh in just under two hours!
  • On a lectern is a large red book entitled, 'The Knowledge'. Compiled by the owners, it is a constantly updated distillation of the best in and around York - including restaurants, pubs, shopping, sights, entertainment and day trips. Invaluable.