“Probably one of the best exchanges ever! This is a truly amazing house - with every possible comfort, and a huge and lovely garden. Jane and Richard were a pleasure to deal with and responded promptly to all our questions. The house is right in the middle of the lovely village of Bishopthorpe (very close to York) and boasts 3 pubs, a really useful co-op and the Bishop's Palace no less. The house is huge, but amazingly well designed, with light filled spacious rooms and cosy little sitting room. Thnks for a brilliant stay! ”
Jane's reviewsAs a host (4)
“Our exchange with Jane and Richard was a very happy experience. The house is an old cottage with a beautifully-designed modern extension. It's spacious and comfortable, full of charm and interest, with spectacular views of the lovely garden from several rooms. If you want to visit York and the surrounding countryside, you could not be better placed. The cottage lies within the attractive conservation area of Bishopthorpe some three miles from the centre of York, so away from the noise and bustle of the crowds. However there's a small supermarket just across the road - very convenient for shopping - and only a few yards from a bus stop. From there you can get a bus right into the centre of York which saves all the hassle and expense of trying to find parking in the middle of a very busy city. It's been some years since we last visited York and we were impressed by just how much there is to do there. The Jorvik Viking Museum is a must, but there are also lots of other excellent museums which have made a real effort to engage with children. Barley Hall is absolutely outstanding in this respect while we all enjoyed the National Sculpture Park just outside Wakefield, about an hour's drive away. We travelled with our daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren and Richard and Jane went out of their way to make us all feel welcome. There were masses of children's games in the house and our two youngsters particularly enjoyed using the Wendy house and the trampoline at the end of the delightful garden. Jane was an excellent communicator: all our arrangements went like clockwork and our house was immaculate on our return. Altogether an excellent exchange, so our grateful thanks to Richard and Jane.”
“Jane and Richard\'s house and gardens are beautiful and strategically situated between three pubs and just south of York Racecourse, the old Terry\'s chocolate factory, and the Foss-River entrance to York itself. One may easily bike into York (there are also buses twice an hour) or, in the opposite direction, by a straight and level path to Selby, with its own beautiful Abbey. The Parkins did many things before we arrived which we would not have been able to deal with so well ourselves, giving us a great start to our visit, and extra time to enjoy the many books, including pamphlets about Bishopthorpe and environs, throughout their home. Truly you will find everything you could want, and more -- who else can claim an Archbishop\'s palace at the end of their road?”
“The house of Jane and Richard is much more than comfortable, well equipped and decorated with an architect talent. As one said in the 60 there are "good vibrations" coming also from the people living there. Gorgeous garden, charming town, superb walks and visits to the very pleasant town of York. Thank you for everything.”
Where is it?
Bishopthorpe is an attractive and very well equipped village, less than 10 minutes drive (or 20 minutes by bicycle - there is a cycle path) from the centre of York. Very handy for the historic city itself, plus York Racecourse, riverside walks, long distance cycle tracks. We are an hour's drive from the Yorkshire coast to the east, or from the Yorkshire Dales National Park (to the north west) and North York Moors National Park (north).
Bishopthorpe Palace is a beautiful ancient building on the edge of the village, on the riverside, and is the home of the Archbishop of York - the second highest clergyman in the Church of England, after the Archbishop of Canterbury.
In the village of Bishopthorpe is a small supermarket (just opposite the house), post office, chemist, bakers, butchers, hairdressers, three pubs (all do food), church, doctors and dentists surgeries. All these are in less than 10 minutes walk, while buses into York run every half hour during the day.
York is a great city for visitors - there are too many things to see and do for me to list! www.visityork.org gives you lots of ideas of what there is. We shall leave full details of entertainments, cinemas, theatres, museums etc. for you to see when you come.
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