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No. 2 Precentor's Court is an exceptional 4 bedroom townhouse, with a courtyard garden; it can accommodate up to 6 guests. The rental comprises of the entire house, thereby offering privacy and space, and is arguably the best located holiday property in York. It suitable for families and mixed groups of friends. It has been awarded the highest rating of 'Five Star Gold' by Visit England for 6 years.
A comprehensive refurbishment of the entire house was completed, and care was taken to retain the original features, many of which date back nearly 300 years. This sympathetic restoration, when coupled with an eclectic mix of high quality antique and contemporary furnishings, has resulted in an elegant yet relaxed and comfortable residence, it featured (Ju...No. 2 Precentor's Court is an exceptional 4 bedroom townhouse, with a courtyard garden; it can accommodate up to 6 guests. The rental comprises of the entire house, thereby offering privacy and space, and is arguably the best located holiday property in York. It suitable for families and mixed groups of friends. It has been awarded the highest rating of 'Five Star Gold' by Visit England for 6 years.
A comprehensive refurbishment of the entire house was completed, and care was taken to retain the original features, many of which date back nearly 300 years. This sympathetic restoration, when coupled with an eclectic mix of high quality antique and contemporary furnishings, has resulted in an elegant yet relaxed and comfortable residence, it featured (July 2014) in '25 Beautiful Homes' magazine.
Location, location, location: Placed at the entrance to Precentor's Court, this hidden gem occupies a unique and enviable position in the heart of York, just yards from the 800 year old Gothic cathedral that is York Minster. Not only is the property ideally placed for exploring and enjoying the wonderful city of York, together with the beautiful county of Yorkshire**, but it is also 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.
Accommodation: Living accommodation is arranged over 3 floors. The house is centrally heated with fully adjustable cast iron column radiators in every room. At the back is a courtyard garden offering private outdoor space in the heart of the city, whilst to the front it is just a few steps to the Dean's garden - a great place for a picnic. WiFi broadband is available throughout the house.
Ground Floor: Lounge - plenty of comfortable seating and a high definition TV with Netflix.
Kitchen / Pantry / Diner - modern kitchen meets vintage dining area.
Tiled Hallway - a tiled hallway with an array of coat hooks and a tourist information cupboard.
The Knowledge: On a lectern in the dining area is a large red book entitled 'The Knowledge'. Compiled by the owners, to ensure that their guests have the best experience, it is a constantly updated distillation of the best in and around York - including restaurants, pubs, shopping, sights, entertainment and excursions. Invaluable!
The Bedrooms: All bedrooms have wonderful views of the Minster and adjacent Dean's garden. All are equipped with - hairdryers, towels, mirrors, luggage racks, and bed-side tables and lights. All bedding and linen is high quality cotton.
Middle floor: Bedroom (1) - original fireplace, large king-sized double bed and walk-in wardrobe, furnishings include antique cabinet, antique George III chairs , gilded trumpet candelabra.
House Bathroom - bath, shower, hand-basin, toilet, and heated towel rail.
Bedroom (2) - very similar to bedroom 1. but with a free-standing wardrobe and dresser.
Top Floor: Bedroom (3) - in the eaves of the house, original fireplace, a double bed, rare walnut knee-hole dresser with shield mirror.
Second Bathroom - small but perfectly formed wet-room with an electric shower, toilet and hand-basin.
Bedroom (4) - single wooden sleigh bed, folding single bed (will be made up on those occasions when there is a full compliment of 8 guests), walk in wardrobe with cupboard to stow luggage.
Cellar: Laundry facility - washer, dryer, ironing.
Boring but important. Safety: The safety of all our guests is of paramount importance to us and whilst we ensure that the house is a safe as is reasonably possible, it is not 'toddler-proof', and we caution parents against bringing very young children (below the age of 4) who would need constant supervision on the stairs and in the kitchen.
The Elderly: There are 2 sets of winding wooden stairs to reach the upper floors which might prove difficult for the elderly and infirm (and hazardous for the very young).
Parking: For those guests arriving by car there is a free car-parking space for one vehicle, 5 minutes walk from the house. Additional spaces are available in the York City Council car parks which are also close by. Further information on parking and directions will be given in our 'Welcome Package'. It is possible to load and unload directly outside the house before parking up.
Single gender stag/hen parties: Standing in the precincts of York Minster, Precentor's Court is in a quiet and residential part of the city. Out of respect to both the Church, and our other neighbours (many of whom have young children), we will not accept bookings from stag/hen parties. Sorry.
* April 2014
** Yorkshire came third in Lonely Planet's 2014 top ten world destinations!
This house, a stones throw from York Minster, was outstanding. We often do vacation rentals, and this was by far the best we’ve ever had.
Every detail was perfect, from the cleanliness to the decor to all the little details niceties Coralann organic milk and champagne in the fridge, cookies and a small cake on the kitchen table, shampoo and conditioner in the bathrooms, blankets and games in the sitting room covered, and so on.
The one issue that might be a problem for some people is the wonky stairs. And I have balance and mobility problems, and it was okay for me, but it might not be for some people with more severe issues. There is no ground floor bedroom or toilet.
That said, everything else was just delightful, and all three families intends to come back to the property in the future. If you want to go to York, and you are five or more people, this is the house for you.
Visited January 2023
Written January 31, 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Copperas Cove, TX9 contributions
My family, including 2 children, stayed for 3 nights just before Christmas. The property was spotlessly clean and well equipped and the owners very responsive to the minor questions we had. The entire family was impressed with this historic property with its prime location. York was lovely dressed for the holidays and the Christmas market a real treat. Thank you for the wonderful experience!
Visited December 2022
Written January 2, 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Oxford, United Kingdom11 contributions
Wonderful location, very well equipped
We could see the front of the Minster from the front door and thus very easy to pop across for Evensong or for the children to have a little run on the grass of Dean's Park. We had travelled to York by train and I had an Ocado food ordered delivered soon after our arrival and later used the Sainsbury's Local to top ups (thank you, Jane, for very clear directions).
The Betty's cake and biscuits on arrival were very welcoming ..and on another evening we drank the prosecco in the little courtyard garden and toasted the Boxing Hare. The house was spotlessly clean and the beds very comfortable indeed. We made sure the children were careful on the stairs and everything was fine. I liked the hare and rabbit touches and the decor was just the right balance..retaining the old combined with practical modern
Just a couple of suggestions..I would have liked a small sharp veg knife
and it would have been nice to have had an additional light in the sitting room fro reading. Having stayed several times in Landmark Trust Properties..it made me think that it would have been interesting to have some note on the history of the house. e.g. the Court on old maps, engravings etc. What's a precentor? Who lived there before the church sold the property? Were they single? Did they have a house keeper?
A perfect place for a York holiday! Thank you
Visited August 2018
Written September 2, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Dear Felicity, thank you for your lovely review. I have intended to research the history of the house for a long time - but unfortunately it is still on my 'to do' list! I will try harder! Thank you for the other suggestions - much appreciated. Best wishes, Jane
Written September 19, 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
I'm going to give this review in two parts: location and the house itself.
The location is breathtaking. Central to the city, it is literally 15 yards from The Minster itself. It is history actually on your doorstep. The main parts of the city, including the river, are all within a 10-15 minute walk of the house - so access to restaurants, river trips, shops, historical sites are so easy.
The house itself is a mixture of historical and modern. The main door security keypad, kitchen, bathrooms and beds form the modern - the rest of the house is typical 18th Century architecture. Apparently a three story building, you then find a cellar level. All rooms are a good size and many of the rooms have doors that, when opened, reveal storage of some description. Some of these are used as dressing rooms/walk in wardrobes, another in the hall contains tourist information and one is used as a butler's pantry. The house is quirky and entertaining - few of the floors are level; so when you get out of bed to head to the door, you often detour to the wardrobe! We loved it!
We were a party of eight women whose ages range from late 60s to late 20s and our favourite place in the house was the large kitchen table where we drank tea, gossiped, laughed and played board games - oh and occasionally ate!
Thank you for having us - if we ever return to York, I'll make sure to book well in advance.
Visited May 2018
Written May 9, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Dear Mary, thank you for the lovely review - much appreciated. I am delighted you enjoyed your stay and hopefully will return.
Written May 13, 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Norwich, United Kingdom6 contributions
Expertly renovated town house with enough mod cons to make the stay comfortable without detracting from the history and quirkiness of the historic property. Literally a stone's throw away from York Minster and the Shambles so no need to use your car to get around (so leave it in the single, secure car parking space provided a short stroll away). Top floor single bedroom/beds not really suited for adult use and some might whinge about the tiny tv but please don't let this detract from a wonderful property which is clearly well-managed and ideally located.
Visited April 2018
Written April 29, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
2 Precentor's Court, York Minster
2 Precentor's Court is an amazing house. Beautifully fitted out with everything provided for a luxury stay.
Immaculately clean too. Thanks for a wonderful break.
Visited March 2017
Written March 15, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thank you for the review - delighted you enjoyed your stay
Written March 22, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom49 contributions
Made a fantastic Birthday Celebration
Stayed with my family at this house celebrating 2 Birthdays, but an important age one for a Daughter. FABULOUS house, few steps from the historic Minster, immaculate and full of everything a family needs, including books/games and even amusements for our 4 year old Grandson. Thoughtfully found cake/shortbread and a bottle left as a welcoming gift.Can only confirm my family had the best 4 days in York, and really do recommend this house to everyone who wishes to stay in York and want something that lets them choose their own agenda but is definitely unique. The Wi-fi was excellent at all times as well, an added bonus.
Minster bells stopped ringing at 8pm, but Tuesday must have been practice day as it continued for longer, and a good alarm clock for 8am next morning.
Visited August 2016 Traveled with family
Written August 12, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Luxury & elegance in the heart of York - I want to catch the bus back now
A beautiful historic house, just a stone's throw from York Minster. The perfect spot for exploring one of England's finest cities. Rooms are big, clean and immaculately furnished, complete with all mod cons. Everything you could possibly need is provided - from free wifi to a free parking space just a short walk away. There was even cake & biscuits from Bettys and prosecco as a welcome gift - nice! A great place to stay, would definitely recommend. Driving home, my 3-year-old nephew told his parents: "I want to catch the bus back now"!
Visited August 2016 Traveled with family
Written August 5, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Leawood, KS8 contributions
Living in York
We felt like we were part of the York community. We were near everywhere we wanted to visit in York. The house is very quiet even though it is a few steps around the corner to the Minster. We used the house as a base to travel to the Yorkshire Dales, Moors and many National Trust properties. We were on a Richard III history excursion. Visited his tomb in Leicester, the Richard III experience in York, Middleham CAstle and found his pictures in other historic sites. The owners were very quick to answer any questions we had.
I would stay here again.
Visited June 2016 Traveled with friends
Written July 11, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Southampton, United Kingdom2 contributions
A truly lovely house throughout. Very well equipped and boasts some incredibly comfy beds!! Great attention to detail and feels very homely. The bells from York Minster also make for a cracking alarm clock!
Visited December 2015
Written December 13, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay. Thank you very much for the review. Hopefully we will see you again.
Happy Christmas, Jane
Written December 15, 2015. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
The Property is situated right next to York Minster, Northern Europe's second largest Gothic Cathedral and listed in Lonely Planet's top 10 global 'sights to make you feel small'. It is on a small and quiet street most of which dates from the early eighteenth century. Precentor's Court is a dead-end (though there is a small 'Snickleway' that comes out by the Hole in the Wall pub), and therefore is almost traffic free apart from the occasional van or resident's car.
The historic and picturesque City of York crams an awful lot into its medieval walls. It is a very compact city, much of which is pedestrianised, and most places can be easily reached on foot (which is by far the best way to explore a place). When you get tired there are always buses and taxis to fall back on.
It is almost impossible to list all the things to do in and around York, but here is a just taster - walk the city walls, take a trip on the River Ouse, explore the Minster and go to one of its choral Services, take a Ghost Walk, go horse racing at the Knavesmire, browse the excellent shops, dine in one the many cafes/restaurants/bars, picnic in the parks and gardens, visit National Trust properties like the Treasurer's House, visit a museum (e.g. National Railway Museum, Fairfax House and the Castle Museum), go to a play at one of York's two theatres, play golf in one of the area's championship golf courses (Fulford, Strensall and Ganton), or just wander aimlessly and chillax.
Local excursions include - visit a stately home like Castle Howard (famous for its part in Brideshead Revisited), take a trip to the seaside at Whitby (where Captain Cook meets Dracula) and the Yorkshire Coast, buy some antiques in Harrogate or fashion in Leeds, go hiking in the Yorkshire Dales or even the Lake District, thrill your children in the Forbidden Corner, catch a steam train in the North York Moors, feel the history at Fountains Abbey (a World Heritage Site), cycle the Route of the Tour de France (Le Grand Depart 2014). Further afield London, Manchester and Edinburgh are only a couple of hours away by train.
York's classic Victorian train station is a few minutes walk away, it is one of the main hubs of the UK's railway network, giving access all parts of the country. The nearest international airports are Leeds/Bradford, Manchester and Teeside. Ferries to the Continent leave from Hull on the east coast.
There is no parking directly outside the house but it is possible to drive directly to the property to load and unload. There is a reserved bay for one car about 5 minutes walk away which is free and for the exclusive use of our guests (directions will be given in the welcome pack which is sent out about a week before the booking is due). Additional parking is available in one of several of York City Council's car parks which are also within a few minutes walk of the house.
Car not needed
100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
No refund available if you cancel thereafter
*Booking fee is excluded from refund amount
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