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Grosvenor Terrace, York

Offers In Excess Of £750,000

5 bedroom house

Substantial Victorian town house with a wealth of period features and a walled courtyard garden within one of York’s most desirable areas. Ripe for renovation.

Grosvenor Terrace is a particularly attractive street being tree-lined and with an open aspect. Running from Bootham its tall and distinguished houses enjoy fine views across the leafy railway line to the extensive lawns of Bootham Park and beyond to York Minster. No. 18 is a splendid period town house, ideal for a family, being some five minutes’ stroll from top independent schooling and the city walls. It has been a much-loved home for more than forty years but would now benefit from significant updating.

Entrance vestibule, staircase hall, cloakroom/wc, 3 reception rooms, breakfast room, kitchen with pantry, 5 bedrooms, bathroom, separate wc, laundry/utility room

Courtyard garden, 2 outbuildings

  • Victorian town house circa 1890, not listed
  • Large family house of nearly 3000 sq ft arranged over four floors
  • Period features and ample character
  • Ripe for renovation with considerable scope for improvement
  • Open outlook across Bootham Park
  • Superb York Minster views from principal rooms
  • Sheltered and private courtyard garden with brick outbuildings
  • Short stroll from both Bootham and St Peter’s schools and all city amenities
  • Ten minutes’ walk to the railway station
  • No onward chain
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Further Details

Period features include the original staircase with closed string balustrade, ornate newel post and polished handrail, solid wood panelled doors, floorboards, wainscoting, some deep skirting boards, stained glass windows, beautiful plaster work and ceiling cornices, sash windows and Victorian tiled flooring.

The light and bright sitting room/library has stripped wooden floorboards, a south east facing bay, fitted bookshelves and a working ‘real’ gas fire. Alongside, the characterful dining room has a deep window facing west across the courtyard garden and a working fireplace with ornate tile surround. The kitchen lies at the rear of the house with a door opening south to the garden. It has a gas Aga that heats the hot water, a useful pantry and an adjoining breakfast area with bespoke, fitted seating.

On the first floor the elegantly proportioned drawing room has a large multi-fuel stove and enjoys fine views through a long sash window and from the deep bay lined with wainscoting. This floor also houses a bedroom with painted floorboards, fitted cupboards and a sink – more recently used as an artist’s studio. The house bathroom with separate wc and laundry room/utility are adjoining.

There are three bedrooms on the second floor, the two double bedrooms have pretty cast-iron bedroom fireplaces and fitted wardrobes, and bedrooms 3 and 4 enjoy particularly charming views. The loft bedroom is accessed by a sturdy, wooden spiral staircase, and is a large and versatile space with four Velux windows and fine views across the city. A concealed trap door in the floorboards, opened from bedroom 4, enables larger pieces of furniture to be brought up.


To the front there is a small garden which is enclosed by a low wall and high, mature hedging. A cast iron garden gate leads past a terraced area and gives access to the stone steps leading up to the front door. To the rear is a delightful L-shaped, walled, courtyard garden, paved with small trees and shrubs, providing ample room for sitting out and enjoying the afternoon sun. In addition there are two useful brick built outbuildings with a slate roof ideal as a garden store and for wood/coal. A high timber gate in the far wall gives access to the back lane.


Grosvenor Terrace is ideally located for quick and easy access to the bustling city centre along the Georgian thoroughfare of Bootham to Bootham Bar, one of the original Roman gateways into the city. A Sainsbury’s Local conveniently lies a few minutes’ walk away, and the railway station is a short stroll across the pedestrian bridge. The neighbouring open green space of Bootham Park is popular with dog owners and, across Bootham, there are miles of riverside walking and cycle paths to Clifton Ings and far beyond. St Peter’s and Bootham schools are within a few minutes’ stroll.


Tenure: Freehold

EPC rating: F

Services & Systems: All mains services. No central heating installed. The Aga heats the hot water.

Fixtures & Fittings: Only those mentioned in these sales particulars are included in the sale. All others, such as fitted carpets, curtains, light fittings, garden ornaments etc., are specifically excluded but may be made available by separate negotiation.

Viewing: Strictly by appointment

Local authority: City of York 01904 551550 Conservation area, not Listed

Directions: Grosvenor Terrace runs off Bootham alongside the Churchill Hotel and No. 18 can be found some 150 yards down on the left hand side.

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