Well, a quick search on Right Move shows that there are over 20 properties in York priced at £1m or more.

But none of them have the history of 128 Fulford Road or its hidden secrets.

The new owner will not only be buying a substantial house with a double garage, private garden and a location that is hard to beat – minutes from riverside walks, bar walls and a ten minute walk to the city center – but also a unique piece of York history.

The six-bedroom property forms the left-hand side of the former Priory Hotel, an ornate red-brick Victorian building dating from the late 19th century.

And the inside offers a wonderful insight into how we used to live – including a ‘secret’ room and stunning stained glass windows on the roof.

York Press: The former Priory Hotel on Fulford Road, now being converted into three housesThe former Priory Hotel on Fulford Road, now being converted into three houses

York Press: The Priory Hotel and St Margaret's Rectory in the 1960s.  Photo by Tim RobinsonPriory Hotel and St. Margaret’s Cathedral in the 1960s. Photo by Tim Robinson (Image: Included)For the past 90 years, the property has been run as a hotel by the Jackson family, who sold it to developers last year.

But his story is even more fascinating.

The priory was part of the c Fulford Grange Estate – a wide piece of land that today would cover the area from the Blue Bridge to Alma Terrace.

York grain merchant Isaac Poad purchased the estate in 1876 and soon after built the Priory Hotel for his daughter. In the 1880s. football rugby was played on the territory, tennis courts could be rented.

The conversion was carried out by award-winning York developers Trinity, led by Stephen Hazell.

Stephen gave The Press a tour of the house, pointing out many of its unique features and the new ones he has added.

“None of the original fireplaces were left – so we replaced them,” he said. Unfortunately, the chimneys have also disappeared, so the fireplaces are purely decorative.

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On the top floor, the master bedroom and walk-in closet are adjoined by a luxury bathroom that looks straight out of a design magazine. But look at the tiny skylight in the roof line, filled with stained glass – a wonderful reminder of the building’s illustrious past. Ditto for the carved dark wood railings and the impossibly large windows that flood the building with light.


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Stephen said: “When we work on a project like this, we want to keep as many of the original features as possible.”

There are also some surprises – not least the false ‘door’ in the main room upstairs, which leads to a ‘secret’ coziness.

Depending on whether you use the room as a bedroom or a living room, the room can be a dressing room or a cozy office.

The house is for sale with both Savills and Hudson Moody.


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