National Trust: More like 'Heir B&B'

 

Britain's National Trust, preserver of all manner (and manor) of historic buildings and sites is also in the holiday rental business, with over 400 sites available for visitors, from bits of castles to lighthouses to humble cottages. It's part of a strategy to raise funds to save the buildings and keep significant ones open to the public.

One of the latest is a small modern apartment over a historic draper's shop operated by the Trust. The apartment, not surprisingly named Draper's Flat,is in the midst of a historic street, the Shambles, in York's medieval center. The picture above makes it clear how it got to be named "the most picturesque street in Britain."

Because of the building's age, the ceilings are low, but it has large spaces and windows, including two double bedrooms and decor based on a family that lived there in the past, George Hudson, a Victorian railroad financier. Nearby are shops and restaurants of all kinds, and all the attractions of today's York are near by.

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

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