If you’re visiting the ancient city of York, it’s likely that you might be interested in a bit of local history. At this gorgeous apartment, a fourteen-minute walk from the 13th-century city walls, you’ll be immersed in historic charm from the offset. This address was famously used as accommodation for scholars visiting The Mount School in the 19th century (just opposite), and still retains a certain air of academic elegance with its antique features. In the vast living space, rich wooden floors and furnishings create a warm environment, full of character and original pieces. From the ornate ceiling rose, the chandelier illuminates a Persian-style rug, decorative iron fireplace, gilded mirrors and frames, as well as trinkets and vases to boot. Before you explore the entire home, take a little break to pour a glass of champagne and relax in style on the Victorian dining chairs. Smeg appliances continue the vintage feel in the kitchen, while a freestanding bath tub adds yet more old-school glamour to the bathroom. And for the evening, you’ll need to draw straws over who gets the master bedroom – its deep-red velvet curved headboard is the epitome of luxe.
Home truths: *The entrance to the building is shared with other residents
*This apartment is on the second floor, so you'll need to climb some stairs for access
*You'll need to bring shampoo along, as your host doesn't provide this (but they do provide a hairdryer with its own stand, and silicone mats for heated hair tools)
*There's no dedicated workspace, but plenty of laptop-friendly surfaces like the dining table
*A weekly cleaning service is included if you're staying at the home for a while
*If you're bringing a car, you get a free parking permit for one space on the street
*The fireplaces are purely ornamental, not functional
*As this home allows for self check-in with a smart lock, you won't meet your host in person
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