England: Grays Court, York


Guests are almost entirely repeat bookings and no one seems in a hurry to share this wonderful secret. The property drips with history; a highlight is the wood-paneled long gallery where Kings have dined. Breakfast and afternoon teas can be taken in the garden.

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Flanked by York Minster to one side and a delightful acre of mature garden on the other, Gray’s Court enjoys one of the finest locations you’ll find anywhere. And it even has a few parking spaces. Surprisingly, it’s also blissfully tranquil; the Minster precincts create a secluded enclave in the heart of the old city.

Address: Grays Court, York YO1 7JH, England.

Style & character

There is a palpable sense of history in the wood-paneled long gallery where Kings have dined and in the grand formal rooms; other features include a collection of rare Gyles painted glass, leaded windows, thick wooden doors and limestone fireplaces. The vibrant and diverse history of Grays Court provides the opportunity to stay, dine and relax in a building that has seen knighthoods bestowed, played host to kings and has the privilege of being the only privately owned building in York with direct access to York’s City walls

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Service & facilities

Owner and manager, Helen, is friendly, considerate and dedicated to ensuring everyone gets the most out of the hotel. Her policy is “go anywhere where the doors are open” which is great for enjoying the space, but can be a bit confusing when trying to find staff.
  • Bar
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Wi-Fi


Expect quality carpets and wallpapers and period furniture – as well as Clarins toiletries in the modern en-suite bathrooms. The rooms at Grays Court have been lovingly restored to provide a mix of ageless character and modern comfort. From the William IV poster bed of the Willoughby to the double monsoon shower in the Cumberland; delight in the luxury of a stay at Grays Court. From a wonderful family get away to a romantic weekend for two, we have something to suit every occasion.

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Food & drink

The hotel’s range of breakfasts, lunch and afternoon tea is getting a reputation, not least for the fact you can enjoy all of them in the garden. Food and drinks are served inThe Parlourby day (think afternoon teas, lunches) and in the restaurant ‘1617’ by night. And it’s impressive stuff. The bar does a great line in very nice wine and haslocal brews (York Brewery)to satisfy ale fans. Breakfasts are exemplary and involve omelettes, kippers, pancakes and traditional fare. Plump for the black pudding full English served outside with the sound of blackbirds and the Minster bells and you will be in seventh heaven.

Access for guests with disabilities?

The nature of the architectural restraints placed upon Gray’s Court mean that some steps are inevitable and there is no disabled access to the top floors.


Children are welcome, although it might be a good idea to bring some board games for the long nights in the library.

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