33 Grosvenor Terrace, Bootham, York, YO30 7AG. Telephone 01904 622204 Fax 01904 624200.                                          Copyright 2008 ~ Bowman's Guesthouse

Access Statement - Bowman's Guesthouse




Bowman's is located in a quiet residential street just outside the city walls.


The house was built in 1870, and whilst we aim to meet the needs of all our guests, there are some period features that might make access difficult for people with limited mobility. Our rooms are located on the ground, first and second floors of the building. Access to the upper floors is via a staircase.


A normally fit and able-bodied person will take about ten minutes to walk to the city walls on the outskirts of the of the city centre and fifteen minutes to walk into the city centre.


We have on-street parking and a free permit will be issued on arrival where necessary. The distance to the front door depends on where you park your vehicle on the road. It is a level walk with the usual kerb from the roadside onto the footpath


All doors and the staircase are wider than average and all ceilings are high, in-keeping with a Victorian terraced property. All rooms are above average size for British houses and some of them are particularly large




  • The physical structure and layout of the building makes it unsuitable for people with a serious mobility impairment.
  • We are located in a quiet residential street with plenty of on-street parking. The nearest shops are approximately five hundred yards away. The nearest bus stop is about three hundred yards away. Bus services are very frequent, but as we are very close to the city centre, taxi fares usually work out at little (if any) more than bus fares. Most able bodied guests therefore walk into town. The railway station is less than a mile away. There are several local taxi companies and we can make bookings in advance for you. Telephone numbers for the taxi companies are also contained in your room information pack. Some taxi companies also offer vehicles for guests with special needs.
  • Menus and other printed matter can be provided in large print if required. We regret that we do not have facilities to prepare documents in braille.
  • This access statement is also available in all the welcome folders. A large text version is available on request.
  • Our website provides pictures of our accomodation and further information about the services we provide.
  • You can contact us by telephone, text, email or fax. Please see the "Contact information" section of this document for full details.

      Arrival and car parking


      • Unlike most other hotels and guest houses, we do not have standard check-in times. Rooms are usually ready by about lunchtime. It would help our planning, however, if you could advise us of any arrival times before 3pm or after 7pm. If your rooms are not ready when you arrive, you are welcome to drop off your luggage and leave your vehicle while you visit the town. Parking is on the street, a permit which is provided free, should be displayed in your car at all times.
      • We provide assistance with luggage and carry luggage to the rooms as part of our normal service for all guests.


      Main entrance and reception


      • There is one 30cm (12") step into the entrance lobby, followed by an internal door into the main hall.
      • The front door is usually closed. Please ring or knock on arrival. You will then receive a key to the front door for unrestricted access.
      • The reception area is on the same level as the hall.


      Guest accomodation - public areas


      • The hall leads into the reception room, breakfast room and our ground floor double room.
      • We do not have a lift to the upper floors.
      • There are fourteen stairs to the landing between the ground floor and the first floor guest rooms and a further fifteen stairs to the second floor guest rooms. The stairs are particularly wide for a private house and there is a handrail on one side of the stairs. The staircase is carpeted.
      • The house is centrally heated 24/7 with individual thermostats on all radiators
      • All rooms, public areas and our private rooms are equipped with fire alarms (acoustic warning signal) and there is at least one fire extinguisher on every floor of the house. Procedures in the event of a fire are explained in each hallway and room.
      • There are no public telephones in the public area.


      Dining room


      • Breakfast is served in the dining room on the ground floor.
      • The dining room floor is original floorboards that have been sanded and varnished.
      • We are not licenced for the sale of alcohol
      • Our breakfast is much more comprehensive than you would normally expect from a B&B. We can cater for all generally encountered dietry requirements with ease. Please let us know at least 24 hours in advance if you need particular ingredients or foods.




      • Our bedrooms are located on the ground, first and second floors and are carpeted throughout.
      • There are en-suite facilities in most rooms, consisting of a shower, bath, WC and wash basin. Bathrooms are tiled
      • Some bathrooms have single handed mixer taps, others independent hot and cold taps.
      • The hot water supply is thermostat controlled and supported by a state of the art pressurisation system. A warm and consistent flow of water is therefore ensured in the shower.
      • Tea and coffee making facilities are provided in all rooms
      • We also provide hair dryer, high class toiletries, sewing materials and a selection of books.
      • Our beds are normally made with duvets. All pillows are synthetic.
      • We are happy to provide sheets and blankets if preferred. Please specify before your arrival.
      • There is plenty of wardrobe space in each bedroom.
      • Additional seating is provided in all bedrooms
      • There is a folder in each bedroom that contains further information about the house and details of emergency contacts including doctors and hospitals.
      • Most rooms have digital TV's with about forty English speaking and about one hundred foreign language channels. Remote controls are always available in the rooms. All text services offered by the various channels are available. The TV's are not connected to telephone lines.
      • Details of room sizes, including a floor plan with an indication of bed sizes are available on request.
      • The rooms are well lit by a number of light sources.
      • All rooms offer a free wireless broadband signal for your laptop.


      Outside seating


      • There is a small seating area to the front of the house with tables and chairs which is accessed using the front door / step.
      • Guests are welcome to enjoy our garden at all times.


      Additional information


      • Fire extinguishers can be found in the entrance hall and on each landing. There are additional fire extinguishers in the kitchen area.
      • In the event of a fire an acoustic alarm will sound. Please advise us if you have a hearing impairment and may not hear this.
      • The building can be evacuated via the front door and also via a fire door into the adjacent Park View Guesthouse, situated on the second floor landing. Please gather by the front door so we can ensure no one is left inside the house in the event of a fire.
      • Smoking is NOT PERMITTED in the house or anywhere on the premises.
      • Mobile phone reception is possible throughout the house and the surrounding area.


      Contact information


      • Address: Bowman's Guesthouse, 33 Grosvenor Terrace, Bootham, York. YO30 7AG.
      • Telephone: +44(0)1904 622204
      • Fax: +44(0)1904 624200
      • Mobile phone: Our emergency mobile number is displayed on each of the key fobs issued to you on arrival at our guesthouse.
      • Email:
      • Website:


      Future plans for our house


      • We have just made improvements to all areas, but if you have specific access issues, please contact us so that we can examine if and how we can cater for your needs.



      If you require further details or have any comments about the services we provide, please do not hesitate to contact us.