The Old Dairy Cottage
About Dawn Meeks
My little 'cottage' industry started in 2002 when myself and my husband decided to restore a very run down but beautiful Yorkshire stone barn on our property. The Old Dairy was completed and has been such a success that in 2013 we opened our new cottage 'The Courtyard. Still part of our barn conversion and adjacent to The Old Dairy the cottages are perfect for 2 couples who like to holiday together but prefer their own 'space'. Our ethos in the new cottage was to create a beautiful space in the former school mistresses house. 'Affordable Luxury' was our focus and we are delighted with the outcome. I offer a unique catering service whereby I can cook and serve a freshly cooked evening meal to you in one of the cottages. Our website has full details of the current seasonal menu. www.timblecottages.co.uk
Dawn Meeks purchased this Cottage in 1997
Why Dawn Meeks chose Otley
Although we have owned the property since 1997 The Old Dairy Cottage was only converted in 2002. Once a former outbuilding and dairy the restoration was needed to preserve the structure. The reason I have chosen to have a holiday cottage in this area is that it is just the perfect environment for relaxing, walking, cycling and to tour around and enjoy the wonderful things The Yorkshire Dales has to offer. Situated in a dedicated area of 'Outstanding Natural Beauty' the views from the cottage take a lot to beat. It's actually so good that I live next door! It's like being on holiday for me 365 days of the year. The success of The Old Dairy encouraged us to open 'The Courtyard' in March 2013. We just couldn't supply the demand for luxury accommodation and regularly had to turn enquiries away. 3 months of hard work converting another part of our property produced The Courtyard Cottage but was well worth the effort. We are delighted with the outcome!
What makes this Cottage unique
Perfectly situated for touring around Yorkshire and no more than a few miles from most of the major places of interest. Harrogate, Skipton, Ilkley, Ripon, York, Grassington, Masham etc. etc. the list is endless. The village of Timble has a wonderful local pub/restaurant serving great food. With it being only a 2 minute walk from the cottage there is no need to drive out for a meal. Alternatively, I can serve an evening meal in the cottage. My catering business has the necessary permits to allow me to offer this service. All freshly cooked using local ingredients this is a facility quite unique to holiday cottages.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Mesmerising Views and Gorgeously Furnished
We stayed in The Old Dairy. This is a gorgeous cottage with stunning views across the Dales, breakfast seemed to last all day because the panoramic view from the dining table was so calming and hypnotising we couldn't leave it. The garden is colourful, pretty and very well kept, there are perfect clean rattan tables and chairs to sit out and enjoy a glass of wine (Kindly left in the fridge as a gift for us). The cottage is very tastefully furnished and immaculately clean, there is a comfortable king size bed, cosy log burner and a plentiful supply of dry logs.
All the essentials (Tea bags, coffee, dishwasher tablets etc.) were provided so we didn't need to panic and run off to the shops. There's a Mackenzies Smokehouse with some tasty local produce and a restaurant situated just a short drive away and the restaurant service and food in the Timble Inn just a very short walk away is great.
The local walks around Fewston & Swinsty Reservoirs are ideal for some exercise or ride your bike around the heavenly country lanes.
Dawn is a perfect host, she is there if you need help or advice but discreetly lets you enjoy your stay in peace.
Lovely property with the most amazing view. Everything in the cottage was luxury.
A lovely cottage with a lovely view. Everything in the cottage is luxurious.
Thank you Sally for taking the time to write your lovely review!
It was lovely meeting you both.
A beautiful cottage in a stunning setting
Only a 2 night stay, wish it could have been longer. A beautiful cozy cottage for 2, perfect place to celebrate our wedding anniversary. A stunning conversion, clever use of space. Set in a quaint courtyard, surrounded by well kept gardens & picturesque views. Will definitely return!
Thank you so much Victoria for taking the time to write your lovely review.
I am delighted you loved the cottage!
Hope to see you again sometime.
I have such happy memories of our stay in your beautiful cottage. I can't think of a better place to celebrate my 60th! The views are stunning, the cottage itself is beautifully appointed and cosy and there are lots of little touches ( the dressing gowns, the flowers and the wine) that make it just perfect. I can't wait to come back to the Old Dairy again - thank you so much Dawn and Barry!
Thank you so much Anita and Simon for your lovely review!
It was an absolute pleasure to host for you on your special birthday.
We hope to see you again!
Beautiful property, very cosy for two with everything we needed. Just what we wanted.
Thank you Naomi for taking the time to write your lovely review. I am so pleased you enjoyed staying in our cottage!
superb luxurious cottage, everything you could need. set in a quiet little village.
Thank you so much Phil for taking the time to write such a lovely review!
I am very appreciative and hope to see you again sometime.
Nearest airport - Leeds/Bradford 6 miles. The use of a car is essential. Nearest train station Ilkley 6 miles.
Nearest town for shopping Otley 5 miles. Places of interest -Harrogate 8 miles. Ilkley 6 miles. Skipton 9 miles. Ripon 15 miles. Pateley Bridge 10 miles.
The local town of Otley is a traditional market town with supermarkets and local shops - 5 miles. Ilkley is 6 miles away and has lovely restaurants and the famous 'moor'. Harrogate is much larger and is 8 miles away. This has many restaurants, good shopping and lots of places of interest.
Leeds is best visited by train from Ilkley or a 40 minute drive by car. A vibrant and busy city with great shops and places to eat. Pateley bridge will take you 25 minutes by car and is well worth a visit. It is in the heart of Nidderdale.
York is less than an hours drive and an excellent park and ride service saves you the hassle of parking. Ripon and it's cathedral are a must and will take you 40 minutes to drive to. Skipton 'The gateway to the Dales' is a wonderful market town with it's own castle.