About the Homestay

Urban Spacious
  • Welcomes
  • Males
  • Females
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Students

Retired but still active, we welcome travellers to our wonderful York, to experience real Yorkshire hospitality, food and the unique culture the area has to offer. We let out 2 rooms, both light and airy and with stunning views over a field, a golf course and a little lake, yet we are just 3 stops on a bus that goes to the city centre every 10 minutes! You can just stay, or let us show you this fantastic area.
No pets here, but we feed the garden birds that come into our little private garden.
Our house is over 100 and we furnish it with a mix of antique and modern furniture, but it is always comfortable, clean and cosy. We have a big shared, busy family room and a quiet lounge. We enjoy cooking local and international meals, will cater for special diets for a small extra price, but you can also use the modern kitchen for drinks and snacks only. Please note, we now reserve the right to refuse guests if the coronavirus is a threat.

Additional Info

We also offer a full, tailor made programme of events and activities if you'd like a learning and cultural experience or a fun packed holiday. Or Ruth, a qualified English teacher (who speaks a little French, Italian and German), will teach you literature, pronunciation, grammar, via full immersion. You can be private and quiet or join us dancing, sport or playing card games and quizzes. Learn to cook some local recipes like Yorkshire pudding or just relax in the garden - it's up to you! My face book page is full of foreign friends we have made through hosting. Parking outside. Simple meals are included, but all special diets or several course meals available at small extra cost.

House Facilities
  • Non Smoking

Bedrooms available for booking

Minimum stay is for 6 nights

Maximum stay is for 280 nights

Available for given dates

Double room
From £25 per night
Double Room
Sleeps 2

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Double Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

Double room on the first floor near a shower room, with a double bed, wardrobe and desk with drawers. Window faces South. The heating boiler is behind a cupboard off this room, so warm, but with a carbon monoxide detector for safety.

  • Desk and Lamp
  • TV
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Carpet / Moquette
  • Mirror
  • Hair-dryer
 1 guest
2 guests
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Large suite en-suite bathroom
From £36 per night
Triple Room
Sleeps 3

Bathroom ensuite (within room)
1 Double, 1 Pull-Out Sofa Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

A suite occupying the whole the second floor with private seating and work area with stunning views, a spacious double bedroom and en-suite bathroom with tub. Please note that the second bed is a sofa bed.

  • Desk and Lamp
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Carpet / Moquette
  • Mirror
  • Hair-dryer
 1 guest
2+ Guests
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About the Area

We are just 1 mile from York Minster by an open green space known as Monk Stray, where people fly kites, walk dogs and play family sports in the summer months. We are opposite a golf course and there is a small, private lake behind us. However a bus stops close by, every 10 minutes in both directions, to York City and to the Vanguard shopping centre at Monks Cross the other way. Other buses nearby go to York University or the Moors and Coast. The footpath the Millennium Way passes out home. This is an extremely convenient and pleasant location.

Local Area Facilities
  • Tennis
  • Park
  • Gym
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Bowling
  • Cinema
  • Library
  • Museum
  • Shopping Centre
  • Horse Stables
  • Sports arena
  • Health club
  • Restaurant
  • Bus Stop
  • Train station
  • Hospital


Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.

Included in the stay
  • Complimentary Light Breakfast
  • Use of Kitchen
Diet Type available on request
  • Vegetarian
  • Coeliac
  • Kosher
  • Diabetic
  • Lactose Intolerant
  • Nut Allergies
  • Halal

House Rules

This is your home while you live here and we hope that you treat it, us and all other visitors with respect. You will have a key, please look after it and keep our home secure. We would ask you always close windows and turn off lights whenever you leave your room.
We would ask you to pay for your stay within a day of arrival unless you have asked specifically in advance for other arrangements.
You are welcome to invite a friend, but not overnight and introduce them to us first, please.
If you need anything, please ask. Extra bedding, towels, hairdryer etc can be made available. on request.
You may do laundry in a full load. If you have smaller amounts this can go in with our washing or with your bedlinen. Small, personal loads will incur a small charge. There are lines outside for drying clothes, some of which are sheltered from rain. We wish to avoid mould by not drying clothes indoors.
You may by prior arrangement occasionally use the kitchen for making small meals, especially if we are not in. Please leave the kitchen as clean as you find it. Sometimes we will share a typical English meal with you, but if you would like to eat at a particular time or have particular dietary requirements, there would be a charge of £5 per meal, payable in advance.

Smoking is not allowed.

11 Reviews

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    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    October 2018

    The first thing to say is that these lovely people Ruth and Alan saved me by accepting my offer last moment when I was already in York and had no place to stay because the other landlord cancelled my booking unexpectedly. I was extremely positively surprised by the kindness, helpfulness of the landlords. They were willing to give a hand in every way I needed. I had some lovely chats, went to food festival together and even played at the bridge club which was extremely fun. Overall GREAT people and FANTASTIC accommodation!! :) Will not find any better one. :)

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    Age 55 - 64

    5 hearts
    June 2018

    Wonderful hosts! Very welcoming and warm. We loved it. Best recomendation.

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    Homestay Host Family Ruth in ,

    Thank you Claus. You now need to come back to visit us, if only to pick up your red jacket that you left here!

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    Age 55 - 64

    5 hearts
    May 2018

    I was fortunate to be able to do a homestay in Ruth's house.
    Ruth and Allan treated me with warm hospitality.
    I was really happy that they made my wish come true.
    They drove me around a lot of places for a small fee.
    Allan was a nice driver, and Ruth was a wonderful tour guide.
    Ruth who was an English teacher taught me a lot of different things and it was a lot of fun.
    Besides, I was relaxed because the house was in a so peaceful place.
    I’d love to stay there again in the near future.

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    Age 55 - 64

    5 hearts
    September 2017

    Ruth and Allan have been wonderful. They were very helpful, easy-going, had lots of ideas for places to go and things to do, and were both very nice and knowledgeable guides too. The room is very comfortable, and the location is perfect.

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    Age 55 - 64

    5 hearts
    August 2017

    Ruth and Alan are very caring and thoughtful hosts.
    We had the whole upper room for us. There were no other guests at this time.
    They showed us around when they had time and showed us some of the Yorkshire secret places which we never would have found on our own. Thank you so much!
    Additionally they introduced different British meals to us during dinner. Thank you for this gift :-))
    We can highly recommend to stay with them.

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    Age 55 - 64

    5 hearts
    June 2017

    Excellent facilities; superb hosts; great location in York

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    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    May 2017

    Ruth and Alan are amazing people!! They are always available to help the guests and they go above and beyond in order to make them feel welcome. Their meals are scrumptious (they even offer traditional dishes from the Yorkshire!) and they are more than happy to show the guests around the city. Wonderful experience for sure.

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    5 hearts
    September 2016

    It's been a lovely stay at Ruth&Alans!
    They showed me a lot of Yorkshire and it never got boring. :)

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    5 hearts
    December 2015

    Such a lovely couple and both extremely helpful! Just moved away from home and stayed with Ruth and Alan while I was looking for accommodation. Both so friendly and really made me feel welcome! Thank you so much!! :D

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    5 hearts
    June 2015

    Je suis un étudiant Français qui venait à York pour travailler dans l'université. J'ai été très bien accueilli par Ruth et son mari, ils sont très gentils, aident à découvrir et comprendre la ville...
    Que vous veniez pour le travail, ou pour les loisirs, je vous recommande vivement cette famille; vous ne serez pas déçu, c'est garantie.

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