History of the York Priory
The house was built in 1876 (look at the drainpipe at the front of the building) as a wedding present and was originally called The Manor House. It had a study, dining room, nursery, staff quarters & butler’s pantry. It stretched from the lounge walls to the dining room wall.
The family lived here for a while but after they had 5 children it became too small and they moved on to a house further up Fulford Road.
My Grandma, Lily Jackson, established the Priory Hotel in 1930. It was the only one between York and Selby, and had 12 bedrooms. Our family is still only the second family to own the property.
She had recently become a widow and needed some sort of income to support herself and her 2 small children. She had formally been trained as a cook in the Army, and based at Edinburgh Castle, so she chose to establish the Priory and welcomed many of the officers from York Garrison during the war, and was affectionately called the “second Officers’ Mess”. My Grandfather’s picture (also a military man) is hanging in the lounge. The York Garrison is still operational, and comprises two Stations – Fulford Imphal Barracks and Strensall Station.
In 1955 my mum and dad took over the running of the hotel and made it as it is today: In 1975 we bought the rectory next door to the hotel and extended it, making 16 en-suite bedrooms. Then in 1985 we opened the Old Ruin Bar (originally called Pam’s Bar – my sister Pam was born in there!), and in 2016 the connecting Orangery was opened.
In These Images
- Grandmother - Lily Jackson who established the boarding house 1930s
- Dad - George Jackson
Situated in a residential area called Fishergate, the York Priory guest house is only a 10-minute walk to the city centre. Free parking is available on site.
Famous for the twin Gothic arches in the secluded gardens, the Priory offers comfortable accommodation with en suite bathrooms.
There is also a licenced bar on the premises and a full English breakfast along with a variety of cereals, fruit and yoghurt is served in the dining room.
Attractions in York include Cliffords Tower, the National Rail Museum and York Minster.
0.9 miles – Only 18-minutes walk away
The Twin Gothic Arches
When the house was built in 1876 it just so happened that the York Theatre Royal was undergoing a face-lift. It was a Victorian fashion to have a folly in your garden, they were the Gazebo’s of the day. The original owners bought the stonework from the Theatre Royal and the arches to the side of the gardens are those.
The twin arches were brought here about 1905, origin unknown, and they were stood separately. Due to the new car-park entrance in the 1960’s they had to be taken down and re-erected tighter, where they stand today.
After the stonework was introduced in 1905 the name of the house was changed to Priory House, hence the hotel’s chosen name when my Grandma established it.
In These Images
- Lily Jackson stood with one arch, as they were originally erected separately when they were originally acquired in 1905. The side-view of the second arch can be seen to the right of this photo.
- The arches after they had been re-positioned together, taken in the late 1960s
- A view of the stonework from the Theatre Royal, and rear of the property
Summarised update as of 29th September 2020
Hello and thank you for your continued support and patience with us whilst we are implementing new safety and cleaning measures and practices in these unprecedented times; we are continually having to adapt our rooms and policies due to government guidance. Please be respectful of our staff. We have had to make alterations to our service, to acclimatise to this pandemic. It is not our usual service and please bear this in mind before your stay. It is new to us as well.
I just wanted to give you an update of the changes that we have made since reopening. You need to study this before your stay, so you know what to expect when you arrive.
If you are unhappy with anything, please address this immediately as we can only rectify things if we know about them.
We would also like to highlight that we are classed as a Bed and Breakfast. If you are savvy enough to book with us over the phone or our own website, breakfast will be included in the price as standard, for the same price you are paying elsewhere. Please don’t be angry with us; it’s our loyalty gift to our customers. It’s the only place you can get it included in the price. Before you book please make sure you are on the right tariff for you.
If you do not wish to continue your stay. Please notify us before you have used the facilities in the room. We do not want anyone to continue with their booking if they are unhappy at our Bed and Breakfast at all, or feel unable to adhere to the new rules. We will not tolerate any bad or rude behaviour especially that puts our staff or other customers in any danger, you will be asked to leave.
Covid-19 T&Cs Summary/Key points
We have overhauled our policies in these unprecedented times.
~During your Stay~
• We may not be providing the service that you are expecting, as we are working to within our affordability and practicality with a skeleton team. We are spending a lot more time on cleaning and sanitisation to keep you and us safe.
• To aid our ability to social distance, we cannot have separate bookings at reception together. Not all hours of the day are covered anymore, and we now have scheduled check in times which must be arranged in advance.
• If you arrive early or late you may have to wait while the booking before you are checked in. You must call reception when you ARRIVE IN the car park TO LET US KNOW YOU ARE WAITING TO CHECK IN. As per the law, you are required to wear masks in all the public areas.
• Your room will be ready for 2 pm. Earlier check-ins must be agreed in advance.
• You will be greeted in the lounge and shown where the sanitising stations are, where breakfast is going to be, and the up and down staircases.
• You will be asked to book your breakfast in 30 min slots between 8am to 10am. You may also choose a takeaway option if you prefer
• You will be asked to complete a pre-order form with your breakfast choices.
• Rooms are cleaned to a high standard and then sanitised pre arrival.
• All soft furnishings have been removed to assist with the deep cleaning.
• All amenities have been removed to negate chance of cross contamination; you will be provided with any amenities you would like on check-in, and extras are available on request.
• There will not be a daily servicing your room during your stay. If you are staying more than 3 nights, we will discuss your bed changes and clean towels at check in. There are bins provided outside in the gardens to empty your waste bins should you need too.
• If there is any issue in your room, you must leave the room for us to be able to answer it and repair the issue. We will not enter in the room if you are in it.
• On departure from your room please put the key in the key box in the closed reception area so we can sanitise them.
• If you are unhappy with anything, please address this immediately as we can only rectify things if we know about them.
We would also like to highlight that we are classed as a Bed and Breakfast. If you are savvy enough to book with us over the phone or our own website, breakfast will be included in the price as standard. For exactly the same price you are paying elsewhere. Please don’t be angry with us. It’s our loyalty gift to our customers. It’s the only place you can get it included in the price. Before you arrive please make sure you are on the right tariff for you.
If you do not wish to continue your stay. Please notify us before you have used the facilities in the room. We do not want anyone to continue with their booking if they are unhappy at our Bed and Breakfast at all or feel unable to adhere to the new rules. We will not tolerate any bad or rude behaviour especially that puts our staff or other customers in any danger, you will be asked to leave.
Many thanks once again,