My friend and I booked to stay here last minute and were a little concerned after the mixed reviews given but as we wanted somewhere with free parking that wasn't too far from the centre of York we felt this was the best option. The lady was lovely and asked if a room at the top of the house would be ok. We are relatively young so this didn't bother us. On arrival the place was easy to find with plenty of spaces round the back to park (not to mention spaces at the front too just incase) We were greeted straight away by the owner, who was lovely, and she checked again that we were ok with a top room and even offered to carry our bags for us because it was a long way up. To be fair it was a long way up but the views were great. We had 3 hug windows that looked out over the top of York. The room was lovely. Clean, spacious and welcoming. While the style is a little bit ott for me, it was nice for something a little bit different. Breakfast was good. I liked all the different jars of jams, cereal etc.. and staff were so friendly.
The thing that made this place for us though was the owner. I can't praise her enough, she was just fantastic. She was around quite a bit and if there was anything we wanted she would help us. On one night it was quite hot and my friend and I wanted some Ice for some drinks we had bought so we went down to see if there was any chance of getting any. Unfortunately there was none so the owner went across to her own house and brought us a huge glass full back.
On the practical side, the distance into York is short. 5 minutes to the wall and then about 10 more into the centre. There are also good links to other places from there so not at all difficult to get to and from and the train station is only about 10 minutes away (although you can hear the annoucements early on if you leave all the windows open). If you want a little escape for a few days with a friend I'd definitely recommend staying here.
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