If you’re looking for the perfect pied-à-terre in York, you’ll find it in the light-filled basement of 22 St Mary’s. Down private stairs from a quiet street of elegant Victorian houses, the studio is so chic it’s almost Parisian. A French carved bed, Persian rugs on oak floors, a pale grey linen chesterfield and flowing cream curtains… it’s not just David’s paintings that are artistic. Off the sitting room, a top-notch kitchenette gleams in stainless steel and reclaimed slate; you eat at a little round table hugged by the front bay windows, which catch the evening sun. Sleeping and living areas are separated by three sets of glass-paned château doors, so light floods through the apartment from both sides and you can close off or open up the space depending on your mood. A rainfall shower cascades in the brand new wetroom. David and Anita, who live above, exemplify the studio’s artistic feel and laid-back charm and can provide a gourmet breakfast in a basket. It’s a scenic eight-minute walk through Museum Gardens to the softly chiming York Minster, restaurants, tea rooms and shopping along the Shambles.