In 2005 the Dean & Chapter of York Minster decided to sell Grays Court, this historic building had been leased by them to the College of Ripon & St. John since 1947. The building had become somewhat neglected and had an institutional feel. John & Helen immediately recognised the potential to breathe new life into the house as an exclusive retreat for discerning visitors.
Their different backgrounds made them ideally suited to take on the mammoth task of restoring one of York's finest buildings, a real hidden gem. John, who sadly passed away in 2012, was an award-winning conservation architect whose "day job" was working for English Heritage. He was able to draw on his years of experience to restore Grays Court, respecting its historic fabric whilst ensuring all modern comforts in the bedrooms. John's vision for the design and conservation of Grays Court is a silver thread running through all future works.
Helen brought her years of experience in hospitality to Grays Court, where she personally oversees the day to day running of the business. She is personally committed to making sure that everyone who arrives at Grays Court will have an unforgettable stay.