We had to travel to Yorkshire for a family funeral and having searched through dozens fo hotels and B&B's in nearby Ilkley came across Dowgill House in Otley rather by accident - but Im so glad we did. Travelling up from London we arrived quite late to a lovely warm greeting from Helen, one of the owners.
Our room was right at the front of the house, a beautifully renovated Grade II listed property right in the heart of this this busy market town. Parkng was not a problem, right outside, and in spite of its central location, our room was quiet and peaceful after our long drive. Enquiring about places to eat, Helen quickly pointed us to a great local fish and chip shop which served us a fantastic bag of chips and scraps (a Yorkshire tradition!).
Our room was large and comfortable with a great en-suite and shower with everything we needed right at hand. Breakfast the following morning was a traditional full english and I can only echo other reviews as to its quality and quantity - enough to keep us going right through the day.
Otley itself is full of mainly small local shops and lots of interesting alley ways and little squares. Friday and Saturday there is a great market and we were spoilt for choice with places to eat. Location wise the town is less then half an hour away Dales market towns up the valley and surrounded by wonderful Yorkshire countryside. However its proximity to Leeds and its suburbs meant we were also withn easy distance of great shopping - all in all a perfect compromise.
Throughout our stay both Helen and Tim made us feel very welcome and with lots of suggestions of places to go and things to do and went a long way to make what could have been a difficult three days for us into something much more pleasant and relaxed.
Having stayed in numerous B&B's (we tend to avoid big anonymous hotels) up and down the country I would thoroughly recommend Dowgill House to anyone, both as a venue and as a location from which to tour this beautiful part of the world.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dowgill House welcomes recreational visitors to Wharfedale and business travelers alike. Our Georgian Grade II town house, dating back to 1753, is situated in the heart of the market town of Otley. Sympathetically renovated between March and November 2008 and retaining many of the original features and charm of its long history, Dowgill House offers quality individually designed and furnished en-suite accommodation.Our comfortable guest lounge is located on the ground floor for you to relax in. Free Wifi internet connection available on request. We have four car parking spaces, allocated on a first come first served basis, and there is plenty of public parking nearby. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Dowgill House Otley, Yorkshire