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Elegant Georgian Townhouse Near York Minster

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Townhouse in York, Yorkshire, England - Very Central Near All The Sights

Minster View is an elegant Georgian townhouse superbly located in a conservation area adjacent to the city walls at Bootham Bar and only 2 minutes walk from York Minster and York's bustling city centre with its many places of interest, cafes, restaurants and boutique shops. Minster View consists of 3 floors of a 4 storey 18th century townhouse. (The ground floor is a bookshop). All windows have views of the Minster or Gillygate. The rooms are elegantly proportioned with high ceilings and original doors and mouldings. This stylish holiday home has been decorated and furnished with great care and attention to detail to combine a period style and antique furnishings with comfort and practicality. Decoration and furnishings are to a high standard and have been chosen with an eye to character and ambiance. Crockery, linen etc are of good quality and were selected to complement the decor.

Anna Ward and John Willer
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

About Anna Ward and John Willer

Anna Ward and John Willer both have long links with Yorkshire. Anna was born in Hull and John has run marathons over pretty much all of it. We keep up our connection by spending some time every year here at Minster View in York. We really enjoy strolling round the city, we get to go to the cinema on the river on a near daily basis and we top up our marmite supplies. (If you're puzzled by the last point it's because we live in Granada in Spain the rest of the year.)

For us, spending time between Granada and York is pretty much perfect - and we know how lucky we are...

Anna Ward and John Willer purchased this house in 2002

Why Anna Ward and John Willer chose York

What we love about Minster View is pretty much summed up in the name! We have views of York Minster from all of the rooms at the back of the house, which is lovely. I particularly like looking at the Minster when doing the washing up. (Don't worry - we also have a dishwasher.)

What makes this house unique

York is a great city for strolling, with everything easily accessible within a few minutes walk.

And because we are right in the centre we can pop out, have a look around, and then nip back for a cup of tea….. Perfect.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thank you so much. The flat is perfectly located, very comfortable and restful. We have all had an excellent stay."  Turner family, London, April 07.

"We loved this flat and have had a lovely time in York - my daughter is ready to move in permanently!"  Hicks family, California, June 06.

"Lovely flat, well decorated and well stocked with the little things you need and often forget! Interesting selection of books and videos much enjoyed by our son. York has so much to do and is very compact to walk around."  Moran family, Inverness, August 07.

"Back again. Another super week. Hope to come again." Atkins and Steptoe, Bristol and Bromley, October 07.
May 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in York in England

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • The art deco style bathroom has a rose head shower over the large bath.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Main bedroom with 4 poster bed - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , 4 poster
    Twin bedroom with view of Minster - 2 Single Bed
    Single bedroom with view of Minster from in bed! - 1 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: There is a large double bedroom with four poster bed, a spacious twin loft bedroom and a pretty single bedroom. The twin and single rooms have views of York Minster. The latter from in bed!
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
Notes on accommodation: The apartment is centrally heated. Please note that the fire in the lounge is decorative only and does not function. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Ironing facilities and travel cot are provided. Linen, electricity, gas and heating are included in the tariff.


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Elegant Georgian Townhouse Near York Minster
average rating of 4.357143 based on 15 reviews
Taunton, Somerset, UK

Comfortable, elegant townhouse, brilliant location

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived we knew we were in for a wonderful stay. The house had everything we needed, with caring, helpful touches like office supplies in the desk, shampoo and conditioner in the bathroom, cooking foil, olive oil and vinegar in the kitchen. A really interesting selection of books, films and music in the living room, for when we needed to catch our breath with a cup of tea or coffee in between sampling the delights of York. The view of the Minster over the city walls at the back of the house was a constant delight. Beds were very comfortable, there was always plenty of hot water and we felt very pampered.

Our car was safe in secure parking nearby, and there were so many delights within a really short walk. We had a wonderful time in York, with street markets, museums, churches, Jorvik viking centre and the York Dungeon and really enjoyed just walking around the picturesque streets and visiting the number of small, independent shops. York is small enough to feel you can walk everywhere in the centre, has a very friendly atmosphere and is busy without seeming unpleasantly crowded. We were impressed with the range of independent stores - the big names are there if you want them, but there are lots of fascinating smaller shops with a much more interesting range of goods.

The house is really well organised; spacious and attractive. The owners have obviously put a lot of care into it, so guests feel very cherished. With five adults we never felt crowded: we have stayed in places where it's a bit of a squeeze to all sit at the dinner table or relax on the sofas, but at Minster View, everything feels spacious and comfortable. We thoroughly recommend it and look forward to another visit when we have the chance. Thank you very much.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, thank you for your kind words, Helena and family. It's always gratifying to hear not only that guests have enjoyed their stay, but also that they can appreciate the care we have tried to exercise in making a visit to York something of a home-from-home experience. We'd like to take the credit for everything that York is and offers, but that would be unfair; we do however consider ourselves privileged that Minster View is part of it. Please do come and stay again!
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Lovely home full of art and light.

  • 5 of 5

York is great the museum is a treat.

  • Review Submitted: 21-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Terrific stay

  • 4 of 5

Great location! Walked everywhere. Had everything we needed inside

  • Review Submitted: 11-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Flat Conveniently Located

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four adults thoroughly enjoyed our week at Minster View. The Minster can be seen from all the rooms on the back side of the flat and is most beautiful at night when it is lit up. When the bells ring it feels like Christmas morning!!

The flat includes all amenities that a traveler would need- stove/oven, microwave, washer/dryer, dishwasher, full sets of dining and cooking utensils, great shower and comfortable beds. The wifi was very good and easy to set up.

The front bedroom can be a little loud at night since it is next to a busy road but most nights I was so exhausted from sightseeing that it was no bother at all.

One thing to keep in mind is that this is a four story unit. The entrance is on the first floor, kitchen and living on second, bath and two beds on third, and another large bedroom on fourth floor. It was no issue with my family but those with smaller children or those that cannot navigate many stairs may find that helpful to know in advance.

Overall our stay at Minster View was wonderful and the next time we are in York on holiday we will stay there.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. I agree that Minster View isn't suitable for anyone with limited mobility. I've add some more notes to the property details to make it clear. Please do come again - we always feel York grows on you the more you come.... Regards Anna
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Lovely place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Minster View is a lovely place to stay as we visited with our son at university. The location was superb for all of our travels about the city and connections with friends there. We found the space clean and ready for upon arrival. Our family enjoyed cooking and baking in the kitchen. We loved hearing the sounds of the city and seeing people walk on the streets and wall. The owners and manager had excellent communication, and our son was easily able to get the keys for our arrival. We cannot wait to return!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review. Thank you very much and we're really pleased to hear that you had a great time. Anna
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Great flat, nice & warm & clean. York is a wonderful city.

  • 3 of 5

Great flat but the location was incredibly noisy. It is constant - sirens, horns, vehicles, people! Appreciate there’s nothing you can do about it but it really spoilt it for us. That and the dodgy memory foam mattresses! Sorry! Some brighter bulbs would really improve the lighting as it was quite dingy. The flat itself was nice & clean, warm & well equipped but I’m afraid we wouldn’t stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From York to Scarborough (a lively seaside town with attractive double bay and castle) is 40 miles (and takes about an hour by car). It is also accessible by bus and train. There are plenty of other appealing seaside destinations within reach, for a day trip including Flamborough Head, Robin Hood's Bay and Whitby.


The nearest airports are:

East Midlands airport (96 miles or 2hrs by car).

Leeds/Bradford airport (31 miles or 1hr by car).

Manchester airport (82 miles or 1hr 45m by car).

The airports are also accessible by bus and train. A car is not necessary for exploring York. Everything is nearby and accessible on foot. A car is useful, although not vital, for further afield sights such as the Yorkshire Dales or the coast.


York is ideally placed as a base to explore the beauty and tranquillity of Harrogate and the Yorkshire Dales (about a 2 hour drive) and the North York Moors National Park (approx 1.5 hours drive).

Further Details:

Local shops such as the supermarket, chemist and a wide selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants are all available within a few yards of Minster View. The majority of the sights of York are available within a 5 - 20 minute walk.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:
Week breaks normally start on a Friday and short breaks on a Friday or a Monday, but other start dates are usually possible.

Notes on prices:
The minimum booking is for 3 nights (i.e. a weekend booking). Easter and Christmas are at high season (i.e. August) rates. For 2 week bookings the second week will get a 10% discount. Please contact us for longer term booking prices.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.