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The Entrance Porch

Townhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 9

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

This beautifully restored Victorian townhouse with it’s fine period features is set in the heart of York. The famous York Minster is a 2 minute walk away along with a selection of fine restaurants, designer / gift shops and pubs within a few metres. Nearby Millers Yard (10metres) is a centre for positive living, offering treatment rooms for health and beauty and complementary therapies.

High Heels can easily be worn at Minster Bells as the bars/restaurants are on your doorstep (I have 1st hand experience of the walk into town in heels and know how important this can be - no groaning please from the men!!) In fact the house is closer to town than the actual car parks

Minster Bells is also ideal for family holidays, it is close to the art gallery, the National Railway Museum transfer terminal, Theatre Royal and Bootham Bar (with access to the walled walk). Bootham Bar leads you into the famous narrow cobbled streets full of a quirky mix of curio shops and cafes with street entertainers, the Shambles, museums, the Yorvik Viking centre and so much more within a short distance.

Size Sleeps up to 9, 5 bedrooms
Nearest beach Scarborough 60 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Leeds Bradford 45 km, Nearest railway: York 1 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (3), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 9, Lounge seats for 9
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

The Accommodation comprises:

Period drawing room with bay window and feature fireplace.

Modern well-equipped kitchen/dining-room with range cooker, integrated appliances, tiled floor and French doors to balcony.

Ipod Docking Station

First floor:

Double bedroom with period features.

Twin-bedded room.

Bathroom/W.C. with shower attachment and separate shower cubicle.

Second floor:

Two double bedrooms.

Single bedroom.

Shower room/W.C.

Further details outdoors

The balcony leading from the kitchen truly is a sun trap.

There are 6 steps down to a pretty enclosed landscaped city garden with patio furniture provided.

Here there is a parking space for 1 car which then leads to a garage for another vehicle (1.8m high maximum for both spaces).

Further details

Duvets, Linen and Towels are provided free of charge.

The house and linen etc is thoroughly cleaned for each changeover.

6 steps lead up to the house at the front and back

Suitable for elderly if they can manage stairs.

Children are welcome - we are very child friendly as we know what travelling with children is like therefore:

High chair, cot, baby linen, baby bath, potty, children's cutlery, beakers, bowls, plates and changing mat are available free of charge. An extra cot, moses basket and high chair could be made available for extra children. We have a steriliser too if need be, just let us know beforehand because some items are stored away until needed.

Some DVDs, videos, games, a selection of toys, magazines and books are provided

Complimentary tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits and fresh milk are provided so you can have a cuppa after your long journey! Pepper, salt, oil, washing up liquid, hand soap, a new dishcloth & scourer, teatowel and a few dish washer tablets are also provided.

Bathroom scales are also on site for weighing suitcases or the after affect of a trip to Betty's Tearooms!!

Northern England region

York is a beautiful city in its own right, yet, is also a fantastic location to access the Yorkshire Coast, the Dales and cities for shopping e.g. Leeds and Harrogate. There are a wealth of fabulous beauty spots and places of interest both within York and within a short drive.

Local places of interest are Castle Howard, Beningborough Hall and Harewood House - fine stately homes. Pickering with it's steam railway, historic Knaresborough with Mother Shipton's Cave, Helmsley, a quaint town with its own castle and 2 grand Abbeys close by.

The Yorkshire Coast is approximately 1hr away with Whitby, Scarborough, Robin Hoods Bay, Flamborough Head, Filey and Bridlington as places with natural beauty, history and wild life. Lightwater Valley and Flamingoland are two popular theme parks approx 1hr away by car or bus.


York is an all year round place to visit. It is a haven of tourist attractions suitable for adults and children alike many of which are under cover making it an ideal family holiday what ever the British weather throws at us!

York is known as a 'City of Festivals', the list is endless (google 'York Festivals' for more details). Examples include Festivals for Food and Drink, Science, Vikings, Dance, Ebor (racing) and various Christmas festivals

Attractions include : The Minster, numerous Museums (including The National Railway Museum and Castle Museums), Jorvik Centre, York Dungeon, York Ghost Tours, Horse and Cart Rides, Tour Buses and the historic city walls.

If you like shopping then York has a varied selection of designer shops and boutiques. Regular themed markets are held in the square and then at night York comes into it's own with more tourist events, bars, night clubs and eating places to suit every style and pocket

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11 Oct 2014


"Great location...."

A very elegant Victorian town house, perfect for a family or a group of friends. Well equipped kitchen and comfortable sitting room. Location couldn't be better if exploring York, which has suc… More

4 Oct 2014


"Lovely house lovely location"

I stayed in Minster Bells with 5 friends and we loved it .The house has lots of space and has a very welcoming atmosphere. Janet has thought of everything you could possibly need even having a baby ba… More

14 Jul 2014


"Excellent place to stay - can't fault it!"

I stayed at the Minster Bells for 2 nights for my hen do at the beginning of June. It was perfect for what we needed and Janet couldn't have been more helpful. The house was clean & tidy when w… More

8 Jun 2014


"Loved our stay, great house and perfect location"

We had a wonderful 5 night stay in York "Minster Bells" This rental has everything you need to really feel at home. Very clean and comfortable. York itself is a wonderful place to visit and … More

28 May 2014


"Fantastic place to stay, has every thing."

Our ages ranged from 20 months to 88 years , this house had every thing, we lacked nothing. It was very clean, tasteful andhomely, we all said we would use it again. Family who called to see us said … More

17 Mar 2014



Just returned from Minster Bells, from the start of booking to arriving everything was handled extremely well. When we arrived the house was lovely & warm there was milk in fridge & tea & coffee ava… More

8 Mar 2014


"Splendid family break in a splendid home"

Spend the half term week in York with extended family. Minster Bells was a very lovely home and had all the comforts you'd expect from your own home. A modern light and airy kitchen, a cosy living room, raised up from the street with a great view of the casual bustle of the street below, characterful bedrooms and enough bathrooms for all. We all slept really well and there was no noise from the street. Everything was clean and orderly and the kitchen had all the applicances you could need. The location was fabulous, a 5 minute walk to the Minister, and then everything else unfolding from there. This was essential for us what with a party which ranged from in age from 7 to almost 87! Would definitely recommed Minister Bells and would go back again if we have a similar gathering again.

26 Jan 2014


"Can not fault it!!!"

What a fantastic house in a fantastic location. Beautiful rooms, spotlessly clean and well equipped. City centre is on the doorstep. The lights tripped when we fort there but a quick phone call to the owner and this was sorted out immediately. Only snag was if the shower was being used on the 1st floor the top floor was cold so we had to stagger showers. This however is the only negative and it really is a very small negative. all in all we had a fantastic weekend and hope to repeat it. I have already recommended this accommodation. Thank you so much.

Thank you very much for such a lovely review. I have booked a plumber to come and look at the shower/water pressure at the house to see if anything has changed. Unfortunately combi boilers can have the affect you identified in your review. However, we have deliberately got two boilers and a mix of electric/thermostatic showers at the house to ensure there is enough pressure and hot water all round. We appreciate all feedback and will do our best to rectify any problems. It would be lovely to see you again one day soon and am pleased you enjoyed the location of the house to the City. Best wishes Janet

3 Nov 2013


"Absolutely fantastic house - close to everything!!!"

This was my second visit here with my group of girlfriends. Yet again from start to finish Janet who owns Minster Bells has been fantastic. Any questions were answered straight away and the lovely bis… More

22 Oct 2013


"Beautiful house, perfect location"

We had a 3 night stay with extended family for a family celebration. The house was exactly as described and perfectly suited or needs. Located so close to city centre meant we could come and go as we … More

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