A recent trip up to a cold wet York promised and delivered many lovely surprises on a daily basis, none more so than the Tower Guest House, our delightfully beautiful, boutique B & B. This charming establishment, run by its equally charming and accommodating owners Tony and Diana Brennan, was originally a Victorian era family home. It has since been modernised and converted into a truly unique boutique bed and breakfast, with each room decorated in its own distinct style. Since our stay, Tower Guest House have deservedly scooped the ‘Best B & B in York’ accolade at the Visit York Tourism Awards 2017!
After perusing their phenomenal photos online we opted for the ‘Rococo King’ room, as Livi insisted on one of the more traditional and opulent rooms for us to stay in! Stunningly decorated with plush furnishings throughout, this room is absolutely fit for a princess (therefore suiting Livi perfectly!). Unlike some hotels, who use well-lit, deceptively flattering photographs to promote their rooms, Tower Guest House’s reality is even better than their photos. One gets the sense that each room has been lovingly and painstakingly put together with the greatest of care and consideration. Each piece of intricately carved white Rococo furniture contributed to the magical, French fairy tale feel of the room and the red cast iron roll top bath was just the icing on the cake. It was so gorgeous we almost couldn’t bear to leave, even if it was to venture outdoors to explore the city!
Not only was our room exquisitely luxurious, it was immaculately clean as well. No chance of finding any hidden dust bunnies here! Another lovely little touch that really impressed us was a designated space by the door for your shoes, so as to discourage walking dirty, muddy footprints all over the clean carpet. This may seem like a minor detail initially, but it simply made us aware of the respect and care taken in preparing our room. We loved the idea of ‘paying it forward’ so to speak, to ensure everything is perfect for the next guest too!
Each of the rooms is uniquely and impeccably decorated with an astounding attention to detail. The ‘Golden Versailles King’ room is a splendidly sumptuous antique gold haven, with gilded Versailles furniture, genuine leather arm chairs and modern en suite. Livi has her heart set on this one next time by the looks of it!
If a sunken marble bath is more your thing, perhaps you would like to consider the stunning contemporary Asian themed ‘Samurai Four Poster King’ room? Clean edges, ultra-sharp modern decor and a more masculine energy make this the choice of the other half of Naked Koala!
We also love the ‘Four Poster with Spa’ room – an elegant delight of a room featuring a rich mahogany four-poster Queen Anne bed as the centrepiece, hardwood floor and purple velvet flock wallpaper. Divine! The super deep spa tub with chromotherapy lighting is also very appealing! (These are just 4 of the 8 exquisite rooms.)
All too often we see B&Bs and more recently Air B&Bs that are only too happy to take a customer’s money and provide the bare minimum service. Tony & Diana, however, don’t just rely on their beautiful rooms to fulfil their end of the deal. As clichéd as it sounds, it really is the little things that make the difference. From being addressed by our first names (who doesn’t like that?) to being given lifts into town by Tony, every guest is made to feel special. Breakfast orders are completed the night before at the front desk with any preferences noted there and then. There is even a free Netflix account that can be used by guests in their rooms! You will simply not find more courteous, hospitable hosts anywhere else.
A very special mention must go to the hollandaise sauce that accompanied the perfectly poached eggs at breakfast. We have no idea how it was made but it was gorgeously silky smooth and deliciously tasty. We have tried to make it since we returned to Leicester and we have failed. We have failed repeatedly.
York is a wonderful treasure of a destination that is just perfect for a long weekend. We visited in November and it would clearly be a wonderful place to spend a few days in the build up to Christmas. Whether it is for a shopping trip specifically, or you simply have the desire to wander aimlessly through the maze of cobbled streets that comprise the city centre, no trip to York is complete without a few days in the Tower Guest House. It really is no surprise to us that this little paradise is now officially the best B&B in York.
Life isn’t always about perfection, but the Tower Guest House is pretty damn close to it