The Coal Shed

York, Yorkshire
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)7787 401438

Vibrant, artistic barn conversion in the heart of York, a five-minute walk from the Minster. Convivial place with helpful, friendly hosts


4 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

This hidden gem is tucked down a side street just outside the city walls. Originally a 1930s coal merchant’s store, now light floods in through glass ceilings and the huge windows of the open-plan hall/living space and walls are adorned with an eclectic collection of modern art – which is constantly changed and also for sale.

Colourful, hugely comfortable bedrooms are two up, two down. Charmian and Mike live next door and they bring over warm croissants to accompany a generous continental breakfast. Each of the four rooms has a coffee machine and a kettle, and something bubbly in the fridge. Doors open out to a tiny central courtyard that’s been cleverly fitted in, and you can take your breakfast out here on sunny mornings.

Walk to everything: the station, a massive choice of restaurants and bars, interesting shops, evensong – your hosts have all the best tips.

The Coal Shed - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • The stylish blend of loved antiques, contemporary pieces and zingy colours
  • All the artworks - you might even take one home with you
  • The culture right on your doorstep - York has theatre, museums, art galleries and history aplenty
The Coal Shed - Gallery

You should know

  • The four rooms can all be let to different parties - breakfast time is staggered if needs be
  • The downstairs rooms are smaller


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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

Check in
3pm or flexible
Check out
10am or flexible
Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs/restaurants 5-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £100
Damage deposit
Reduced rates for longer stays and large groups.
3 Doubles
From £100
1 Twin/double
From £120



We booked the entire bnb for a couples holiday and were absolutely blown away! The accommodation is stunning with 4 equal sized bedrooms each containing an en-suite and little treats in the fridge. The location was perfect for walking into York city centre, with the Minster bells audible in the morning. We couldn’t have asked for better hosts-Charmian & Michael was so helpful and we couldn’t say Thank you enough! They also put on a beautiful breakfast spread which was delicious and had variety so there was something for everyone. We will most definitely be staying here again!

James, Chesterfield

Michael and Charmaine have turned coal dust to diamonds! Maybe because she's a jeweller? It's certainly a gem of a place, with light and colour sparkling throughout. Who would ever think sleeping in a coal shed could be so luxurious. I loved it!

Julie, Sawday's inspector

Linda and I had a great stay there last year. It’s a fabulous place to stay and very relaxing. We highly recommend staying here.

Ken, Edinburgh

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The neighbourhood

The Coal Shed is in a quiet residential side street, very close to the cathedral. You won't need to drive at all, but there's off-street parking if you do come by car. It's a short stroll to the centre of York: wander the city walls, walk down the Shambles, dip into all the culture, visit gardens and museums.

Local points of interest from Charmian Ottaway

  • York Minster and the City walls are a short stroll away and we are happy to advise on City guides and walking tours
  • We have parking for two cars in a secure yard with locked gates and can provide further parking for additional vehicles on street with a visitors permit (Parking can be very expensive in York especially so close to the historic core of the City)
  • One of the downstairs rooms has been carefully adapted for people with restricted mobility.
  • We offer a substantial continental breakfast including croissants, toast, yoghurt and fruit. Please let us know in advance of any extra dietary requirements
  • We have negotiated discounts with several local independent restaurants and cafes - a list of which is available in your room.


Charmian Ottaway

Mike and Charmian live next door. They’re passionate about giving guests a unique experience in the Coal Shed and all their insider information about getting the most out of the city they know and love so well. They put lots of thought into the conversion as they were keen to provide a non-corporate, artistic place to stay. Mike is a planning consultant; Charmian is an artist.