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



Updated: 29-Nov-2016
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
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

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.

Speaks English

4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


Stunning property in superb location

  • 5 of 5

This stunning house with beautiful architectural and historic features is the perfect place to stay in York. We picked up the parking permit, got rid of the car and thoroughly enjoyed spending the week exploring on foot. It's so conveniently located that you can enjoy York at quieter times like first thing in the morning or early evening. I'm sure we'll visit York again and I won't be wasting time looking for hotels or rental properties. This is where we'll be staying from now on! Thank you for a lovely week.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the lovely review. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Precentors Court and look forward to welcoming you again.
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  • 5 of 5

The rental was in an excellent location. The house was comfortable, clean and well laid out.

Highly recommend to anyone looking for a get away to York

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful House! Central to everything!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed in this Beautiful house for 4 nights with my Husband and 2 sisters and her Husband. The location is fantastic! Located in a quiet street just beside York Minster. Within easy walking distance to all the shops and restaurants. The house is very comfortable and I would definitely go back.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spectacular celebration in York

  • 5 of 5

We booked this property to celebrate my husbands 60th birthday with our 3 adult children and their partners. We have stayed in various properties having spent many holidays over 30 years in York and this property surpassed all our expectations.

Everything was perfect very good quality accomodation, clean, spacious and most of all warm given this was early January. We had concerns regarding 8 adults and having our own space but we needn't have worried. The property is over 3 floors so not for the elderly or infirm but great for our family affording plenty space to relax and spend time together. The only thing I would say is that the sitting room could perhaps have more comfortable chairs and brighter lights for reading. This did not deter from us enjoying our stay as we spent most time congregating in the very large and cosy kitchen.

The location was perfect and instructions given was easy to find, right next to the Minster meaning we could leave our cars and pop back to the house anytime during the day after sightseeing. On Sunday morning the Minster bells rang from 8am until midday but it was so beautiful we didn't mind the early wake up call.

The special touches of buscuits,cake, milk and prosecco on our arrival was very welcome and we bought some cake and buscuits to take home too as they were so delicious.

Plenty restaurants and bars for all tastes. We had an absolutely fantastic time here which made the occasion even more special. York is my husbands favourite place and our children often visit too but this has been the most spectacular accomodation overall.

Visit the house of the trembling madness for various beers and great atmosphere.

Thank you for all the hospitality and a very special time in York

I would have no hesitation recommending this accomodation.

Shirley hamilton

  • Review Submitted: Feb 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

” 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)

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Leeds /Bradford at 30 Miles Nearest Train : York Station at 0.5 Miles 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!


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Standard 2016
3 Apr 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas/New Yr 2016/17
19 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Standard Week 2017
2 Jan 2017 - 13 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Easter 2017
14 Apr 2017 - 22 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Standard Week 2017
23 Apr 2017 - 19 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas / New Year 2017-18
20 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

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.
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From the Owner

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!

Property Type

  • house


  • 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


  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • city centre


  • 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


  • 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


  • Garden


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

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