Our residential and commercial tenants are drawn from all walks of life and all parts of the world.
We have a small office at 92 Micklegate for our team who look after 71 commercial premises and 83 residential homes, within a total of 76 properties. Our buildings are their homes, businesses and places of work. We don’t manage the activity in our buildings, that is for our tenants!
As people move and businesses evolve, there are usually a few vacant properties available, both residential tenancy and commercial units. Occasionally, a building may remain vacant for some time, as we prepared schedules of the conservation work required; secure listed building consent and carry out the works. We always try to keep this down to a minimum to help ensure our buildings are busy and lived in, as they were always intended to be.
“We found the Conservation Trust by word of mouth and reputation; our daughter lived in a Trust property and was very well looked after. I have had 16 happy years in my Trust house. When I show people my home they are envious of the city centre location and setting.”
“I have lived in my current flat for the last 21 years… I was thrilled when I got the flat, as I had tried for a while to find a home just walking distance from my city centre work. I absolutely love living here. The flat has so much character, I often think of the uses this building has had in the past and the people that lived here. A very attentive landlord, I have always had an excellent response whenever anything was needed over the years.”
“I’ve lived in my Conservation Trust flat for nearly three years. I moved in before lockdown and then started on ICU in March 2020 as a newly qualified nurse. Working away from my family and unable to see friends for support was very difficult for me and I struggled, as we all did. My flat quickly became a huge comfort and my sanctuary.
"A beautiful Victorian building with bay windows, high ceilings and an original fireplace, I love to create my own stylish space and mix that with the original features. The Trust have always been so helpful when I’ve needed something doing. Everyone on the team is extremely friendly and supportive. I can’t praise them enough.
"I now share the flat with my boyfriend, who moved over from Manchester to live and work in York. Our first place together, we feel very lucky to have this flat as our home. It will always be a special place for us both."
The York Ghost Merchants, Angus McArthur, Director
“Each York Ghost is handmade in our workshops, combining the best of British materials with the sagacity and resource of generations of Guild craftsmen and women. Our business growth required larger workshop production facilities and infrastructure to support the internet side of the business and 31 St Saviourgate is very close to our existing shop in The Shambles.
“The premises matches our identity and provides for both production and the possibility of exclusive retail potential in one creative hub. It is a stimulating environment; our team can take breaks in the garden and an abundance of new ideas have come forward since we moved here!”
Lily Vine, Shazia Tabussom, Owner
“I live in Leeds with my family and chose York for my business because of its year-round tourism. I love my little shop, it’s perfect for me. I like the impact my window display has; drawing customers in from the street and how the history of the building works well with my high quality, Italian leather vintage and modern bags and purses.
“The team at York Conservation Trust are very supportive and always helpful. I hope to grow my business and will definitely look at new, larger premises and opportunities with them.”
York Gin, Emma Godivala, Director
“Discovering Thomas Herbert House and York Conservation Trust was a happy accident for us. We love the building’s quirks and enjoy talking to curious customers about its history, especially with its foundation around the time of the rise in popularity of gin in England - another happy accident!
“We also wanted a city centre presence but didn’t appreciate, early on, just how much the building itself would support our brand. Many customers are delighted to see this iconic building still in use. Meanwhile, the growth of our business means growing the size of our local team and spreading the joy!"
Heima, Maff Punton, Owner
“I really like the big glazing of my traditional hardware shop, where we can have a great display and people can really see the diversity of our stock. With an emphasis on ecological products, good design and quality, our listed building really lends itself to this and has probably made me more creative and have more fun with signage and shelving, storage and layout, in ways that I may not have considered in a more contemporary space.
“One thing I have learned is that you need to be in an older building a good few months before you know what’s going to work best and happily what we’re doing is working!”
Trinity Church, Reverend Matthew Roberts
“A Presbyterian Minister, I’ve been in York since 2009 and welcoming our Trinity Church congregation to St. Anthony’s Hall since 2016. The wonderful hall, with its timbered roof, has a great atmosphere, arcing over 150-170 people for our services.
“The Hall is also used for toddler and youth groups throughout the week, together with theology training, weddings and meetings. You do feel part of York’s past, yet, very much in the present, serving, as we do, coffee from a table used by James I and our comings and goings watched by aged carved wooden angels. It’s impossible to find a straight line in the building, but it is alive and loved, and we’re delighted to share this beautiful space with worshipers and visitors every day."
Chinese Laundry, Alfie Appleton, Owner
“As soon as we saw Wealden Hall at 51 Goodramgate we were really keen to get it and pitched to run our vintage clothes shop against a queue of other businesses. We love its Tardis-like feel, from the attractive frontage to the unexpected high ceilings, beams and tall widows inside. Let’s face it, how many people run their business from a 16th century hall?
“We work with the building to create real impact and a great shopping experience with plenty of stock, displays and lighting and in summer we open up a connecting courtyard to another Conservation Trust tenant, a neighbouring record shop, that complements our brand. We feel the York Conservation Trust aren’t just about the rent and the building, they support us as business owners too.”
Pictured: Leo, Manager of York Chinese Laundry
If you are looking for business premises in York, discover our commercial properties.
If you are interested in living in York, have a look at our residential buildings.
Come and stay with us. Enjoy a York city break, choose from our current guest apartments in York’s historic city centre.
We also offer meeting room hire in our well appointed historic offices at De Grey House.