This will soon be a luxury hotel – with one of the best views in York

Today it is dilapidated and filled with rubbish. But it will soon become one of the most sought after places to stay in York.

The award-winning Grays Court Hotel has won permission to convert its Coach House into seven bedrooms.

And that will be the view from some of these rooms.

The view from the Coach House, Grays Court. Image: planning documents

The Coach House is part of the Grade I listed hotel, located close to the city walls.

Today dilapidated, the plans will “result in the repair of the building and the consequent improvement of the appearance of the site seen from the ramparts”.

Six neighbors opposed the conversion project. Some were concerned about noise and disturbance late at night. Elderly residents of nearby Gowland Court did not want their homes neglected.

York City Council planners have now approved the planning application with 22 conditions. This includes submitting a detailed sound insulation scheme to the council.

And to protect the residents of Gowland Court, the adjoining courtyard space cannot be used as rest or leisure space.

Needs a little TLC: Grays Court Shed. Photographs: Richard McDougall
This is where the shed is next to Grays Court
It’s right next to the city walls

Helen Heraty, owner of Grays Court Hotel, said:

We are delighted that the planning for the additional seven bedrooms in our Coach House has been approved.

By extending our occupation, we will bring more jobs to York.

The increased capacity of our rooms gives us the opportunity to look after more guests and offer them the warm and special welcome of Grays Court.

The hotel was named Small Hotel of the Year at the VisitEngland National Awards for Excellence in 2020.

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