The top floor of Dukes Lodge is an imaginatively converted attic space that is now a well-situated, cosy nook for visitors wanting to explore York. We were there for 4 days. It has a large double bed (with a good mattress), en-suite bathroom with shower and a bath, ample cooking facilities and a small lounge area with TV. Large velux windows give plenty of light, and the afternoon sunlight was certainly very warming. We liked the funky, angled walls, though it might not be for everyone. The apartment owners were very friendly and welcoming, and helped us out with the perennial challenge of parking in an old city, where restrictions abound.
The apartment is located 50 metres down a side road off Gillygate, just outside the old walls, and is itself a bustling street with lots of great shops. Particularly recommended as of Aug 2014 are ‘Bistro Guy’ (hearty breakfasts) and ‘Love Cheese’- an amazingly well stocked shop with connoisseur staff. The apartment is a mere 2-minute walk from Bootham Bar (the old city entrance), and from there you are well placed to explore the old city. The cathedral is ~4 minutes away on foot. We used the book ‘Complete Snickleways of York’ to give us a walking itinerary around the city over four days, and it was great to have this guide to take us to places we might not have otherwise known about. Highlight dinner for us was, surprisingly, down Shambles. I was worried about it being a tourist trap (which it is during the day), but the Italian restaurant ‘L’antica Locanda’ was fabulous. Not cheap but really authentic. Reserve well ahead of time. Good pubs: Snickleway Inn, Golden Fleece, and the splendidly named House of Trembling Madness.
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