My husband and I very rarely have time to have holidays together, we both work hard and for 11 years have been in a touring band together, so any time off was spent on tour. Recently I left that band to concentrate on various personal things one of which was HowCurious? When we do spend some quality time together, we do it in true curious style; in a Grade II* listed Medieval gatehouse! It really was a case of "wow, I'm curious about this."
We make no secret of the fact that we love anything out of the ordinary, and that extends to our holidays, so when we saw the Bolton Percy gatehouse listed on Airbnb, we were curious (ahem!) and just had to spend some time there! I had no initial plan to write about our incredible break and this is in no way an advert, I just thought it was something that our customers and followers would love to hear about and maybe even stay there themselves. You may also be interested in our visit to the dramatic Whitby Abbey and the mysterious Scarborough Castle.
I'm sure the majority of you know how Airbnb works, it's as much about the owner of the property making sure they want you there as you wanting to stay there, so we were over the moon when Pete accepted our request. We stayed there for 3 nights from 29th December until 1st January, it was a bit more pricey than your average 3 night self catering stay, but it was worth it for such a unique opportunity, and Pete was a great host.
The timber framed gatehouse was built in the fifteenth century, and is situated in the Yorkshire village of Bolton Percy, eight miles south west of York. It was built to form a grand entrance to the village rectory and a courtyard of medieval buildings. Only 5.5% of listed buildings are Grade II*, so we felt extremely privileged to stay here.
Bolton Percy was mentioned in the Domesday Book and has had a church since the 1100s, the clergy would visit from all over the country and the village became an important religious place to visit. All Saints Church has a rich past; the choir stalls still bear the marks of Cromwell's men, when the ancient rood screen and reredos (an ornamental screen covering the wall at the back of an altar) were violently removed. It is thought that the gatehouse housed vestry meetings and provided accommodation for priests. By the mid-18th century its use had changed considerably; the first floor was used as a granary, and the ground floor was used for stables and a cow house.
In recent years the gatehouse fell into disrepair, so various grants were successfully applied for in order to aid restoration. Fast forward a few years and the gatehouse is not only a beautiful reminder of England's history, but a really special holiday rental.
It has a modern kitchen and bathroom (I didn't get any photos of these, but you can see them on the Airbnb link below) on the ground floor, and an open plan bedroom and living room on the first floor. We really loved the quirky retro furniture throughout, my favourite was the yellow bookcase full of interesting history and design books, CDs and DVDs; I learnt a lot about Gargoyles!! The magnificent hand-crafted four poster bed was unlike anything else we've ever slept in before. There are electric wall heaters throughout, so despite us staying here at the end of December in the snow, we were never cold. I was personally delighted to find a box of curiosities! There is a cosy pub next door, and the gatehouse (and pub) both allow dogs, which meant we could take our dogs Shelby and Olive away with us.
Here are a few photos from our stay, if you like what you see, you can book it yourself over on Airbnb >>