You can book stays in a 720-year-old tower and it’s the stuff of fairytales

A 720-year-old tower has been transformed into a holiday rental, and it offers up a stay that's the stuff of fairytales.

The impressive Lendal Tower in York is steeped in history, having served as a defensive tower for the city in turbulent times including the Siege of York during the English Civil War.

While its riverside view was once a key factor in its defensive role, nowadays it makes for some pretty spectacular views for anyone staying in the Grade I listed tower.

Although it's been renovated to have all the modern comforts you could want, there are heaps of original features that have been kept, including the ornate, original wood panelling.

The decor itself looks like something straight out of a storybook thanks to the stone walls, grandiose bedrooms with four poster beds, freestanding tubs in the bathrooms, and even the coat of arms that can be spotted adorning the walls.

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The property actually sleeps up to six people across the three majestic bedrooms, as well as a bathroom with tubs and showers.

Other highlights including the spacious dining hall, a living room with a TV and a kitchen that's fully equipped for whipping up your favourite meals (not to mention there's a dishwasher).

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On sunnier days, guests can make use of the enclosed garden or the roof terrace from which you can take in views of York's skyline and the river views.

Want to book a stay? Prices start from £306 a night on It sleeps up to six people, so if you fill the property that works out at £51pp a night.

It also boasts a handy central location, just a short walk away from the city's key attractions such as the National Railway Museum and the Grand Opera House. During the festive season it's also a short walk from the city's main Christmas markets.

Oh, and of course there are those beautiful riverside walks to enjoy too.

If you are looking for a historic fairytale stay, then you may also want to check out our round-up of beautiful castles in the UK you can hire out for holidays.

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