Tucked down a quiet suburban street, walking to the centre of the city takes me less than 15 minutes at a gentle pace. Anyone arriving in York by public transport would be best advised to take a taxi. Those coming by car can use the rather narrow street outside to park.
All but one of the six rooms is named by colour with the south facing, large bay windowed Blue Room my particular favourite. The little touches add to the charm including an ample tray of hot drink ingredients, iron and ironing board, small selection of books, free Wi-Fi internet access along with the staples such as TV, radio alarms, hair dryer and complimentary toiletries. Along with colours room sizes also vary in size and it is worth noting that the Russet Room is not ensuite, though it does have sole access to a bathroom.
On entering, polished hardwood floors reflect a lovely collection of period furniture and art works, a theme carried through to the quite spacious breakfast room where fresh flowers are the centre piece of the bay window. The small paved area at the front accommodates cast iron tables and chairs for basking in the warm summer evenings.
Eating and drinking
The recently awarded winning breakfast’s here have had tongues wagging for some time with the hosts offering a grand choice of healthy, light, vegetarian and heartier options including the calorific, cooked to order Yorkshire breakfast.
Bedrooms are all equipped for a night out or a night in.
Having spent time with Debra it’s not hard to see why praise for her hospitality is constantly heaped upon her. Warm and personable her personality is one of the best assets of this guest house.
Who stays there
Couples and families on leisure breaks and some people on business. Perhaps thankfully for other guests, stag and hen parties are not accommodated.
Refreshingly and unlike most of York’s other accommodation Bowman’s rates stay pretty much the same throughout the year, though as a rule a two night minimum stay is required on Friday and Saturday night.
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Tasteful well kept rooms
- Exceedingly warm welcome
- No lift
- Front rooms face a railway line