A warm welcome since 1091

One of the most historic buildings in England; Grays Court is the oldest inhabited house in York. Archaeologists believe the remains of a Roman gate - the Porta Decumana – lay buried just inside the grounds. The house has passed through the hands of many famous York residents including Lord Fairfax, John Aislabie (Chancellor of the Exchequer) and the Squire family. Eventually providing home and sanctuary to the illustrious Gray family for two hundred years.

Host of Kings & Knights

Witness to political favours courted by medieval Minster Treasurers and three royal visits. The house was riginally built, probably toward the end of the 11th century by Thomas of Bayeux’s Treasurer . The Treasurer acted as Guest Master for visiting dignitaries; three Treasurers went on to be Royal Chancellors and a further two, Archbishops of York.

This acts as a good illustration of the social lustre of the house.

Host of Kings & Knights

Witness to political favours courted by medieval Minster Treasurers and three royal visits. The house was riginally built, probably toward the end of the 11th century by Thomas of Bayeux’s Treasurer . The Treasurer acted as Guest Master for visiting dignitaries; three Treasurers went on to be Royal Chancellors and a further two, Archbishops of York.

This acts as a good illustration of the social lustre of the house.

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Proprietor

Helen Heraty

Helen bought Grays Court in 2005, with the aim of creating York’s premier destination for food and hotel rooms. Starting her career in hospitality at the age of 22, running a small B&B on the outskirts of York, Helen and her small team have put Grays Court on the map.

The house is her entire life – being both a business and a family home for her seven children – and despite the hard work, she says there is no greater satisfaction than guests leaving having had a wonderful time.

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Head Chef

Sam Wilson

Head Chef Sam Wilson’s relationship with food and hospitality started very early growing up in his family’s restaurant The Java. Raised in a vegetarian household his professional career started at age 16 in 2001 cooking vegetarian food in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

In 2008 Sam moved to London to work at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze and since then has worked in a string of the UK’s most prestigious Michelin-starred restaurants including working for Phil Howard and Tom Aikens.

After joining Grays Court in August 2017 Sam has been working closely with local suppliers to source the best of local seasonal ingredients to produce some of Yorkshire’s finest cuisine.

With Yorkshire's finest produce in our kitchen the menus will write themselves.

A truly walled garden

Guests can also make use of our landscaped garden tucked away at the rear of the house. Overlooked by the medieval bar walls and planted in keeping with the history of the house, the garden provides a perfect setting on a balmy summer’s day.

A truly walled garden

Guests can also make use of our landscaped garden tucked away at the rear of the house. Overlooked by the medieval bar walls and planted in keeping with the history of the house, the garden provides a perfect setting on a balmy summer’s day.

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Grays Court Hotel, Chapter House Street, York, YO1 7JH

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