After parking in the secure garage, which holds up to two cars, you can enter the tower from the iconic Lendal Bridge. Walking into the entrance hall is like stepping through a portal to the past: dark wooden panelling, ancient stonework and soaring ceilings supported by mighty oak beams. The original water pump pressure gauge also arouses curiosity, a relic from when the tower provided the city with water.
A spacious living room is dominated by a trio of elegant leather sofas. Beneath the beams of the mezzanine bedroom, it conjures the feel of a fine country house. Perfect for cosy and relaxed evenings.
Up a couple of steps you’ll find the charming kitchen, one of the tower’s more modern features. Immaculately finished and equipped with top-notch appliances, it’ll handle all of your catering needs. The dining area comfortably seats up to eight people, a wonderful place to bring family and friends together. The door to the tower’s tranquil and attractive private garden can also be found here.
You could be forgiven for missing the ground floor’s stylish and modern washroom, with toilet and shower – it’s hidden in the entrance hall, disguised as a grand old cabinet. And with under-floor heating throughout the ground floor, you won’t need to worry about cold feet on your way there.
The spiral staircase, accessed from the dining area, leads to the upper floors, with every creak of the wooden steps adding to the ancient charm of the property. All bedrooms contain a double bed with a sumptuously soft mattress – sink in for a great night’s sleep before your busy day ahead. The first stop on the climb is the comfortable and smart mezzanine bedroom, which overlooks the living area.
Continuing upwards to the first floor and the vast second bedroom, the outstanding quality of the tower’s restoration is on full display. With its original wood panelling, beautiful ceiling plasterwork and regal deep red furnishings, it might have been plucked from a stately home. A small hallway leads to a sleek en-suite with a toilet, basin and shower.
Another climb up the spiral staircase leads you to the master bedroom. Magnificently decorated in the same style as the second bedroom, the four-poster bed adds a further touch of grandeur. The en-suite contains a beautiful copper roll-top bath. Impossibly deep, it’s perfect for rounding off a long day of exploration with a luxurious soak.
The pièce de résistance. The icing on the cake. The cherry on top.
Whatever you may call it, the scene that greets you as you emerge onto the rooftop terrace will take your breath away. You can access the roof by way of a short ship ladder at the top of the spiral staircase, and the effort of all that climbing is rewarded many times over.
From here, you can take in astonishing views along the River Ouse and across the city, spotting some of its famous landmarks.
Feel contentment beyond measure as you relax, toast the sunset and watch the world go by.