I stayed at the Black Swan at the beginning of October to celebrate my 30th birthday and was not disappointed at all. This is a stunning 'olde worlde' inn, no more than a 10 minute steady stroll from the Shambles.
We arrived at midday, which was a couple of hours before our official check in. We'd been told previously that we'd be fine to arrive early and leave our bags if we wanted to, but upon arrival we were told that one of the rooms were ready for us (we had two rooms for two nights) and that we could leave all of the bags in there until the second room was ready. We were shown up the wonderful old staircase and even had help with our bags. We were shown to 'The Cottage' room which is the room shown on their web site. Truly stunning. As you walk into the room, there are two single beds, toe to toe and to the left, the main room, with the beautiful four-poster bed, cute little lead window, dressing table, closet with iron and ironing board (also there was a hair dryer in the room too). The tea/coffee supplies were very generous, including cookies!
The shower-room was large, spacious and just as clean as the rest of the room, with generous supplies of Nivea shampoos, conditioners, body wash & lotions.
Within 15 minutes, there was a knock on the door to say that the secondary room was now ready, the 'Turpin' room. I went down to view the room with my two cousins who would be staying in there. It was smaller than 'The Cottage', but just as lovely & clean!
That night, we ate in the restaurant. This is a lovely little room. We sat by the window, next to the fireplace. The staff were just as attentive as they had been earlier on in the day and even though we couldn't open a tab in the bar for our drinks, the barman brought us our drinks and just charged us at the table, to save us having to keep popping to the bar. The food was beautiful and home cooked. Very generous portions too.
That night (the night before my 30th birthday) I laid in bed and I'm photography mad. I love unique angles, patterns etc and as I laid under the four-poster canopy, I decided to take a photograph. I was in complete darkness and only had the light from the flash on my camera lighting the room. As the light lit the room up, through the screen on my camera I saw something 'fly' across the screen. It was an orb. I couldn't see anything with the naked eye or even sense/feel anything in the room, but it lead me to start filming to see exactly what I might capture inside this building dating back to 1417. If you follow the link, you'll see what I captured, the best 'orb' being 37 seconds into the clip:
The next morning at breakfast, there was cereal and orange juice on the table and then a member of the kitchen staff came out to ask if we'd like a full English breakfast and toast. Tea & coffee was also provided. Again, extremely generous portions, so be warned!!!
On the day that we left, which was a Sunday (check out is at 12pm), we'd planned to have Sunday lunch there before catching our train. However, we were still so full from breakfast that we decided to go for a nice leisurely walk instead. The staff were more than happy to keep our bags for us for a couple of hours and these were left underneath the stairs, in a locked cupboard (again, very clean). On our return, we had a drink in the bar area, that up until then, we hadn't actually been in and it was lovely. A large fireplace and overall 'olde worlde' feel.
This was exactly what I had wanted out of my stay in York. I searched online, high and low, for somewhere like this and it seems that most of the truly old buildings don't offer accommodation. I was toying between staying at the Black Swan or the Golden Fleece (where I had eaten previously) & I 100% made the right choice without a shadow of a doubt!
I would stay at the Black Swan again in a heart beat and have already recommended it to so many people.
- Also Known As:
- Black Swan Hotel York