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Outstanding historic townhouse in city centre next to York Minster (sleeps 2-8)

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Beautifully restored 300 year old townhouse in unbeatable location

Awards to date:

1. 5 star gold award by Visit England.

2. Nothing less than 5 star reviews on tripadvisor.

3. Selected by Sawday's as a 'Special Place'.

No. 2 Precentor's Court is relatively new to the holiday market (April 2014) and has only just been listed with Owners Direct (September 2015).

It is suitable for families and mixed groups of friends. Please be aware that Precentor's Court is in a sacred and quiet part of the city, and out of respect for the Church and our neighbours, we do not accept bookings from single sex parties. Thank you.

The property is a 4 bedroom townhouse, with a courtyard garden; it can accommodate up to 8 guests. The rental comprises of the entire house, thereby offering privacy and space, and is arguably the best located holiday property in York.

A comprehensive refurbishment of the entire house has just been 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, recently 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 secretaire, 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 sex 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.

*Yorkshire came third in Lonely Planet's 2014 top ten world destinations!

More Details

Jane and Steve (Boxing Hare Ltd.)
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
24 May, 2018

About Jane and Steve (Boxing Hare Ltd.)

Boxing Hare Ltd. is a small family company based in North Yorkshire. It is owned by Stephen and Jane who have lived and worked in the very middle of York, for nearly 20 years. They have two young children and the family home is a small farm about 20 miles north of York, which means that they are nearby should any problems arise.

Jane and Steve (Boxing Hare Ltd.) purchased this house in 2013

Why Jane and Steve (Boxing Hare Ltd.) chose York

” Both Jane and I are enormous fans of York and its people. At No. 2 Precentor’s Court, our intention is to provide our guests with a unique and comfortable home from which to explore our wonderful City and its surroundings. We want them to have the very best of times, and leave with many happy memories that will linger long after the holiday has finished. It is what we would want for ourselves.”

S & J (April 2014)

What makes this house unique

Why should you choose No. 2 Precentor’s Court, York? In a nutshell, it’s because…….

unbeatable location, s p a c i o u s, courtyard garden, five star gold award (Visit England), stylish & comfortable, historic listed building, m o d e r n bathrooms, the ‘Knowledge’ (insiders guide to York & Yorkshire), free parking, 2000 years of history, atmospheric, high definition TV with Netflix, laundry, four double bedrooms

, fully equipped kitchen, period features, eclectic and quirky, magnificent surroundings, excellent base for exploring Yorkshire, near mainline station - london/edinburgh 2 hours by train, glorious c o u n t r y side, dramatic coast, inspirational, Wi-Fi broadband, beautifully furnished, calm & relaxing ...........

which is why it is a Sawday’s Special Place!

Nothing less than 5 star reviews on tripadvisor - so far!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in York in England

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Outstanding historic townhouse in city centre next to York Minster (sleeps 2-8)
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews


  • 5 of 5

What a find. It was like being in a Dickens novel. Right next to the Minster, our four bedroom / two bath accommodations were simply charming. We met in the kitchen each morning to plan our day and the parlor across the entrance hall each evening to discuss our adventures. The flat was neat and clean, with up to date appliances and furnishings. The next time we are in York we will definitely give Jane a ring.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous, fabulous...

  • 5 of 5


  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We rented the apartment to celebrate 🙌 a 70th birthday 🎂. We found it very welcoming and extremely comfortable. An excellent location for the Minster, shopping and pubs and restaurants. York is a lovely place to be and having somewhere nice to stay was the icing on the cake.. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A beautiful home in the equally beautiful York

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful stay. It was the perfect setting for pre-wedding photos, and I'm going to treasure the memories of getting dressed on my wedding day in this glorious house. The owners are superb, swiftly answering any queries and providing us with everything we could need for a comfortable stay. The location could not be better, with the exquisite Minster on the doorstep. This house is highly recommended as an extra special base for a visit to York. Thank you so much for your hospitality. You made a dream day utterly perfect.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great property in a fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

The apartment couldnt be located in a better place for visiting York. There are so many resturants, cafe's and bars within a 10 minute walk that it was easy to find a new place to experience dinner in each night. The apartment also also comes with a parking permit so that we were able to rent a car and easily explore Castle Howard, the moors and the beaches. We also enjoyed the little food and wine gift on arrival and thought that the apartment had everything you need to make a great holiday even better.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property with the absolute best location!!

  • 5 of 5

The owners have done a wonderful job mondernizing the house to bring their guests luxury including the kitchen and bathrooms as well as providing such comfortable beds. The location next to the Minster is unbelievable and we loved York!! Wonderful house and we would love to return and stay, again and again!!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Leeds /Bradford
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
York Station
Car: not necessary

No. 2 Precentor’s Court nestles right in the very heart of York, next to The Minster, Northern Europe’s second largest Gothic Cathedral, and listed in Lonely Planet’s top 10 global “sights to make you feel small’. Precentor’s is a quaint and narrow street, overlooking the Minster and the Dean’s garden. It is a dead-end (though there is a small ‘snickleway’ allowing walkers to access High Petergate by the ‘Hole in the Wall’ pub), and therefore is almost traffic free apart from the occasional van or resident’s car.

York is in the North of England, and is equidistant between London and Edinburgh being exactly 209 miles (336 kms) from each of them.

York’s famously curved Victorian train station is a few minutes walk away. It is one of the main hubs of the UK’s rail network, giving access all parts of the country, e.g. London, Manchester and Edinburgh are only a couple of hours away by train.

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!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in York, Yorkshire

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Standard Week 2018
8 Apr 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas & New Year 2018-19
21 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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