Grays Court Hotel and the Bow Room Restaurant
Majestic and historic hotel with views across the city walls
Bounded by the city walls to the rear and entered through a quiet courtyard, Grays Court Hotel has hit the nail on the head for seclusion, opulence and originality. Interestingly, the owner continues to live in the hotel and you can see evidence of this in the library, where guests are welcome to browse her private collection of books, and in the first-floor wood-panelled Jacobean gallery where her collection of antiques are set among modern sofas, creating an inviting and elegant atmosphere.
You don’t have to stay here to enjoy one of the city’s smartest venues; non-residents can book in for afternoon and cream teas or dinner in the restaurant, enjoy a drink in the hotel or gardens, and the venue frequently hosts a number of functions throughout the year. The interior’s smart enough but head outside to the garden, complete with the restaurant’s allotment, to enjoy the liberty of being able to access the walls directly – it’s the only privately-owned residence in the city from which you can do so, after all.
“As one of York’s independently owned hotels, Grays Court is delighted to be a member of Indie York. The organisation provides us with an opportunity to work with a variety of different independently owned businesses in York and the surrounding area. I am delighted that Indie York is going from strength to strength and look forward to enjoying the privileges of being a part of it.”