St Mary's Cottage

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We're so pleased to welcome you to St Mary's Cottage, our first foray into North Yorkshire and set within the heart of its capital, York. Originally an 18th century dower house, this beautiful homestay for four is simply a dream from the moment you step through the front door, with carefully curated interiors offering a warm welcome and an idyllic escape from the everyday. Blending vintage original features such as the sash windows and fireplaces with subtle luxury touches such as underfloor heating and a SONOS sound system throughout, this effortlessly brings this historical home bang up to date. With plenty of living space for spending time together, two en suites offer privacy too making this a perfect getaways for couples, a family or four friends. It's dog friendly too! St Mary's Cottage is set in the heart of York, just a few minutes' walk from the centre and all the main hotspots to visit such as York Minster, whilst the river is close by for a wonderful stroll. If time allows, explore further afield with the wilds of the North Yorkshire Moors, the rolling Yorkshire Dales and the pretty coastline to discover.


The gorgeous living room is a Georgian delight with two blue linen double sofas on which to lounge after a busy day exploring, coffee table, stunning artwork, sash windows and a lovely decorative fireplace with twinkling lights. In addition, there's a Smart TV tucked away and good old fashioned board games such as chess as well as cards and jigsaws.


Cooking (and eating!) is just a dream in this stunning kitchen. With a magnificent shiny black Aga at its heart (turned off during warmer weather), this has everything the budding cook might need to rustle up snacks and feasts such as an additional gas hob, Siemens Combi oven and microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, wine cooler, and the all-important Nespresso coffee machine. In addition, there's a larder for storage (and home to a special welcome), plus a washing machine and tumble dryer are tucked away in an alcove.

For dining, there's a sweet table, chairs and fitted bench in the kitchen - ideal for breakfasts - whilst the beautiful formal dining room with panelled walls, huge sash window and original fireplace is the perfect setting for dinner parties and celebrations, with seating for up to eight.


There are two exquisite bedrooms to choose from, each en suite. The master bedroom is a delightfully spacious room with a sumptuously comfy super king - sized bed, huge mirror, walk-in wardrobe, two comfy occasional chairs, original feature fireplace and views over the courtyard.

The second bedroom also has a gloriously cosy super king - sized bed that's also a zip-and-link, meaning it can be made into twin beds if required. In addition it has a chest of drawers, pretty views over the courtyard gardens and original fireplace.

Both bedrooms come swathed in luxurious linens, bedding, throws and cushions to help lull you off to a deep, blissful sleep whilst SONOS sound system provide a background melody.


Both bedrooms have en suites. The master bedroom has a stunning freestanding slipper bath and separate walk-in shower, the second has a delightful shower room with walk-in shower. Both have heated rails to keep towels warm and fluffy.

Outside space

To the front of St Mary's lies a gorgeously private and sheltered courtyard garden, enjoying both sunny spots and dappled shade away from the heat of day. There's a lovely table and chairs for a spot of outside dining, whilst the sculptural Ofyr barbeque is a fabulous addition on warm days. A Lutyens bench and a further wrought iron bench offers additional seating, the perfect spot for morning coffee or afternoon tea.


One garage space is provided located close to St Mary's. Please note that the garage is the 'old fashioned' kind made for when cars were smaller. Alternative parking can be found in the Marygate car park on Frederick Street, just behind the house.

By train

St Mary's is just a short walk from York railway station, so if you fancy a break without a car, it's so easy to get to!


Children 6 years and older are most welcome at St Mary's Cottage.


One well-behaved dog is welcome at St Mary's. We charge £35 per dog per week or short break.


St Mary's has WiFi so if you need to stay in touch with the outside world, you can.

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York is just an amazing city, and being right on your doorstep, it's just waiting to be explored and all of its major attractions are easily reached either by walking along the river or through the beautiful York Museum Gardens. With its vast history spanning 2000 years, there's so much to see and discover in York - all without stepping into a car.

At its heart lies the impressive York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral north of the Alps and bejewelled in stained glass, some of which is over 800 years old. Seek out The Shambles, the oldest street in York dating back to the 13th century and known to be the inspiration for 'Daigon Alley' in Harry Potter. York Art Gallery houses some excellent examples of L.S Lowery, Turner and Hockney whist the National Railway Museum is a fascinating look into our rail heritage. Those with a strong disposition will enjoy exploring the notorious York Dungeon!

For eateries, Michelin-starred Roots is next door but one to St Mary's Cottage and well worth a visit, whilst The Star Inn The City is a lovely five-minute stroll away along the river bank. For course, no stay is complete without a visit to the world-renowned Betty's Tea Rooms!

Set in the heart of York where history and magic merge into one, this dashing Georgian home is a must for a quick city break or a longer holiday to explore the wild beauty that is Yorkshire.

At a glance

From £1,088 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | Dogs welcome (1 only)

Key features

Autumnal escapes

Celebratory stays

City break

Courtyard Garden

Fabulous restaurants and bars nearby

Family friendly

Foodie breaks

Historic location

Perfect Honeymoon Hideaway


Underfloor heating throughout

Dog friendly

Walking distance to a pub

Perfect For Couples


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Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.


  • A 13 deposit & £38 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £35 per pet per week or short break
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We know how gorgeous our retreats are, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous guests say about St Mary's Cottage:

Great location for easy access to York centre, and 2 doors away from Roots (Michelin) Restaurant. A beautiful, comfortable home with lots of artworks and ornaments for an extra homely feel. Lovely, private and well maintained garden for enjoying outdoor snacks and drinks. The garage meant our car was securely locked away for the duration of our stay.

This is a beautiful home from home. Very comfortable and well equipped with everything we needed for our stay. Thank you Amanda for the welcome hamper and the thoughtful extras. Ideal location for exploring York and a beautiful private courtyard garden to relax in after a busy day.

A truly delightful property in everyway; position A1, décor, comfort and amenities 1st Class. Message to self - must go back!

Fabulous place and Amanda the owner was very attentive.

A beautiful retreat. Felt like a true home from home and location was so close to all the attractions.

You will not fail to be impressed by St Mary's Cottage and its location. It is beautiful and very comfortable.

St Mary’s Cottage is a stunning property, very comfortable and with many thoughtful extras. Its location is brilliant - a few minutes’ walk and you are in the city centre whilst open, green spaces and lovely walks are just on the doorstep. Comfy beds, heavenly bath, luxurious sofas, exceptional kitchen, pretty gardens,lovely welcome pack … we loved it.

Delightful romantic oasis in the heart of fabulous York!

The Cottage is beautiful and tastefully decorated, a haven in a perfect location. Amanda was super helpful and welcoming. The house had everything we needed. We were even lucky with the weather! Many thanks for a great escape, we hope to return!

'Thank you for a wonderful stay. The location of the property is perfect and we were impressed with how well thought out everything was. We felt incrediby comfortable from the minute we arrived. We enjoyed every part of our stay here!' - July 2021

'What a beautiful house and in such a lovely location! We felt incredibly lucky to have had such an enjoyable few days here. The house is so comfortable, with great attention to detail. We were able to explore all that York and the surrounding area has to offer. Visiting St Mary's Cottage has been a delight!' - July 2021

'St Mary's Cottage has been an absolutely perfect bolt-hole for our mini-break - we couldn't fault it! A wonderful location close to the river, but all the sights are within walking distance. This little gem hidden away in the centre of York served us well!' - July 2021

'Amanda provided a splendid welcome and staying at St Mary's Cottage was an absolute treat! - July 2021

'A wonderful visit creating happy family memories! Cottage is idyllic with the garden, a hidden gem in such a central location. We look forward to returning.' - July 2021

'We all have had a fantastic week here in York, lots to see and do and the weather has been really kind to us. The house and location were perfect and we didn't want for anything. The welcoming pack was a lovely surprise. Thank you Amanda and thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us. Looking forward to our next visit to St Mary's Cottage (hopefully) one day soon!' - June 2021

'What a find! St Mary's Cottage is a gem of a house and location. This was a great escape from London and we truly appreciated being close to the river and the centre. Even lucky with the weather! The courtyard garden is a lovely haven to relax in. Treats on arrival were a nice surprise and welcoming. Amanda, Thank you so much for making us feel welcome and allowing us into your home. We plan to return!' - June 2021

'We've had a really wonderful, relaxing time here. It's a beautiful home with such attention to detail. Everything we'd hoped for after a rather gruelling year!' - June 2021

'Perfect location, perfect house, perfect break. Starting with a lovely welcoming pack, St Mary's Cottage is a relaxing, beautiful place to unwind. Soaking in a designer bath, having a nice drink in a landscaped patio garden takes you to another world. Thank you for a lovely week. We hope to come back again soon...' - May 2021

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