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By Katie Wilson

York is easily one of England’s prettiest cities. From the majestic city walls to the famous sights of York Minister and the Shambles, there is always something to see and do whatever time of year you visit.

One of the newest places to stay, just a few minutes’ walk from York city centre, is Railway House York. It gets its name from the fact this impressive period property used to be home to Henry Tennant, General Manager for North Eastern Railway in the late 19th century.

These days, it has been completely transformed into eight luxury self-catering apartments that are perfect for a romantic getaways or special occasion escapes with the whole family.

The Boutique Handbook were among the first to visit. Here’s what happened when we checked in for the night…

RAILWAY HOUSE YORK HOTEL REVIEW

Railway House York Platform 2
Platform 2’s bedroom centres around a safe that has stood in the building for centuries. Credit: Railway House York

GETTING THERE

Railway House York is in Holgate, a 10-minute walk or short taxi ride (recommended if you have a suitcase or extra luggage) from York train station. If you’re coming by car, there is a private car park accessed via a secure entry gate which leads into a pretty courtyard. Keys can be accessed via lock boxes inside the building. Codes are provided in the guest welcome pack.

Railway House York bedroom
Every apartment is stylishly decorated. Credit: Railway House York

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Railway House York is an incredibly beautiful building and scattered with nods to its railway heritage past everywhere you look. From the moment you walk in, a model train greets you in the sweeping hallway. Climbing up the stairs, you’ll see each of the rooms is named after a platform and there are signs on the walls such as ‘Waiting Room’ and ‘Crossing’. Self check-in was easy and fuss-free. Although we visited in November, the courtyard outside looked like the perfect spot for an alfresco drink in warmer months.

THE ROOMS

Railway House York bedroom
Bedrooms are light with custom-made beds. Credit: Railway House York

Railway House York has eight apartments in total. Three are one-bed, so perfect for couples. Three have two-bedrooms, so can sleep up to four people comfortably. The two largest apartments have three bedrooms and can sleep six.

Each apartment has an open plan kitchen and living/dining area with tables big enough for entertaining. Sky lights keep the apartments bright. But it’s the bathrooms here that really bring the wow factor. If you’re a fan of a freestanding bath, this will be your idea of heaven.

Our apartment – Platform 7 on the top floor – had a dreamy copper bathtub in the bedroom, plus a rainfall shower in the main bathroom. Platform 1 has a reclaimed marble bath in the bedroom next to the fireplace for cosy soaks.

Railway House York green stripe bathroom
A copper tub in the green stripe bathroom. Credit: Railway House York

Platform 2, that sleeps six, has one of our favourite bedrooms at Railway House York. The freestanding bath is on a raised platform next to an old safe, an original feature in the building which has been cleverly restored to form part of the decor.

Each apartment is tastefully decorated, courtesy of Lucy Seddon at Helston Street Interiors. Think light walls and flooring against muted bold furnishings that are a mix of modern and traditional, in keeping with the period of the house. There’s an element of fun with the bathroom tiles, which come in pink chequerboard in one apartment and green stripes in another. Beds are custom-made with feature headboards, decorative wreaths adorn the walls and finishes are to the highest quality.

Railway House York living room
All apartments have open plan kitchen, living and dining areas. Credit: Railway House York

FOOD AND DRINK

The apartments at Railway House York are self-catering, but kitchens come fully equipped for guests to cook up a feast. Coffee machines are also provided. Those wanting to use the apartments as an entertaining space can book private dining options or private cocktail making workshops in advance. A few minutes’ walk away you’ll find plenty of restaurant options in York city centre.

OVERALL VERDICT

Railway House is a stylish selection of beautiful self-catering apartments with show-stopping baths a few minutes’ walk from York city centre. We’re told there are also plans to add a gym and sauna for guests to use.

Prices start from £250 a night

Book a stay at Railway House York here

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