Welcome to Grays Court, York

The vibrant and diverse history of Grays Court provides the opportunity to stay, dine and relax in a building that has seen knighthoods bestowed, played host to kings and has the privilege of being the only privately owned building in York with direct access to York’s City walls. We sincerely hope that you enjoy your time with us, whether this be an overnight stay in our luxurious hotel, a dining with us in The Bow Room Restaurant or visiting us for drinks.

Covid-19 Statement

Grays Court – A Warm, Clean and Caring Welcome

Welcoming guests to Grays Court providing a warm, clean and comfortable stay is our top priority. We are taking all necessary measures to mitigate the risk caused by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We have stepped up precautionary arrangements throughout the hotel to help guard against the spread of Covid-19 and the safety of our guests and employees is of paramount importance to us. We take the utmost care to ensure every stay with us is safe, clean and comfortable.

We work closely with our cleaning product suppliers to ensure that we have industry standard cleaning materials in use throughout the building to keep all areas of the hotel sanitized and hygienic.  We have produced a comprehensive risk assessment to mitigate against the risk posed by Covid-19 and accompanying method statements for tasks carried out by staff in the hotel.

Guests are welcomed to Grays Court with our usual warmth, eagerness and friendliness and our employees stand united and are fully committed toward overcoming these trying times together.

In order to care for guests, we have briefed our employees on guidelines provided by Public Health England and the team are ready to assist any guest that may feel unwell.

The team are dedicated to cleaning throughout the hotel to ensure a safe and comfortable stay for our guests.

Our preventative measures include:

  • Our team has new “no contact” protocols – including handshakes
  • We have removed non-essential items to minimise any contamination risk
  • Guests are requested to feel free to take individual amenities with them upon departure as they will otherwise be disposed off
  • In-house guests are requested to use their bedroom toilets rather than those in public areas
  • Enhanced cleaning in public areas with increased frequency in disinfection of high touch areas, including reception, bar areas, restaurant, cloakroom and other high-traffic public areas throughout the hotel
  • Hand sanitizers placed at guest contact areas, including the reception area, the garden, the restaurant and throughout the house
  • Provision of face protection for guests upon request
  • Ensuring all staff wear face coverings whilst on duty
  • Social distancing measures are in place in all common areas

We hope that the implementation of these measure will help give our guests the confidence and assurance needed to enjoy and relax their time with us and all Grays Court has to offer.

The team at Grays Court are committed in coming together with our guests to overcome these unprecedented and uncertain times and we look forward to welcoming our guests to Grays Court very soon.

Luxurious boutique rooms

The rooms at Grays Court have been lovingly restored to provide a mix of ageless character and modern comfort. From the William IV poster bed of the Willoughby to the double monsoon shower in the Cumberland; delight in the luxury of a stay at Grays Court. From a wonderful family get away to a romantic weekend for two, we have something to suit every occasion.

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The Bow Room Restaurant

Explore the great British food on our evening menu in our restaurant. With seasonal ingredients sourced from the highest quality suppliers. Led by our Chef in Charge Paul Cosgriff our innovative team source ingredients from our own garden and the highest quality suppliers to create great British food.

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Award winning hotel

Grays Court Hotel & The Bow Room Restaurant are proud to have won the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2020 for Small Hotel of the Year. We have also won the prestigious Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Award 2019 for Small Hotel of the Year. We have also won the Visit York Tourism Award 2020 for Small Hotel of the Year that we have won for an amazing three years in a row!

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Award winning hotel

Grays Court Hotel & The Bow Room Restaurant are proud to have won the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2020 for Small Hotel of the Year. We have also won the prestigious Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Award 2019 for Small Hotel of the Year. We have also won the Visit York Tourism Award 2020 for Small Hotel of the Year that we have won for an amazing three years in a row!

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A warm welcome since 1091

One of the most historic buildings in England; Grays Court is the oldest inhabited house in York. Witness to political favours courted by medieval Minster Treasurers and three royal visits, the building provided home and sanctuary to the illustrious Gray family for two hundred years. 

A warm welcome since 1091

One of the most historic buildings in England; Grays Court is the oldest inhabited house in York. Witness to political favours courted by medieval Minster Treasurers and three royal visits, the building provided home and sanctuary to the illustrious Gray family for two hundred years. 

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Expertly crafted dishes

As the sun sets over the western towers of York Minster, settle into our restaurant and explore the great British food on our evening menu from our innovative chefs using seasonal locally sourced ingredients.

From a relaxed catch up with friends to an exceptional meal over a bottle of English sparkling wine; good food plays a central role in our work here at Grays Court. Exceptional dishes come together with the peaceful beauty of our historic building for an evening that will stay with you forever.

Expertly crafted dishes

As the sun sets over the western towers of York Minster, settle into our restaurant and explore the great British food on our evening menu from our innovative chefs using seasonal locally sourced ingredients.

From a relaxed catch up with friends to an exceptional meal over a bottle of English sparkling wine; good food plays a central role in our work here at Grays Court. Exceptional dishes come together with the peaceful beauty of our historic building for an evening that will stay with you forever.

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Relax with a drink in our Bar and Garden

With an impressive hand-picked selection of excellent wines, we have something to suit every taste. Sink into one of our comfortable seats in the striking Jacobean Long Gallery or relax in our half-acre garden bounded by the City Walls and watch the world go by, as our attentive team guide you through our wine list.

Relax with a drink in our Bar and Garden

With an impressive hand-picked selection of excellent wines, we have something to suit every taste. Sink into one of our comfortable seats in the striking Jacobean Long Gallery or relax in our half-acre garden bounded by the City Walls and watch the world go by, as our attentive team guide you through our wine list.

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Lovingly restored hotel

“Owner and manager, Helen, is friendly, considerate and dedicated to ensuring everyone gets the most out of the hotel. Her policy is “go anywhere where the doors are open” which is great for enjoying the space.”

Rob Cowen, The Telegraph

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