2 Precentor's Court

York, Yorkshire

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


8 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8


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.


  • 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


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


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

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


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


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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.