Affordable Luxury

The Old Dairy

Yorkshire Dales
Up to 2 guests
Catering available
About The Old Dairy

‘Affordable luxury’ in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales

Welcome to The Old Dairy Cottage a 200 year old former milking parlour set in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Surrounded by beautiful Yorkshire Dales scenery it is the perfect get away for the most relaxing of holidays.

Our ethos is ‘Affordable Luxury’ and our guests comfort is our priority. The cottage has a log burning stove which creates not only a cosy warm environment but a lovely atmosphere. We also have WiFi.

Peace and quiet are guaranteed in this rural setting – a real get away destination but easily accessible to many of the treasures Yorkshire has to offer. The views from The Old Dairy are panoramic and it has its own private garden and terrace. The cottage is situated in Timble, a hamlet of 26 houses with its own excellent pub/restaurant a 2 minute walk away from the cottage. 

Perfectly situated for touring North and West Yorkshire, The Yorkshire Dales, Harrogate, Skipton, York, Ripon, Pateley Bridge and Ilkley. 

The cottages’ location is also ideal for walking, cycling and golf.

The size of the cottage makes it perfect for a couple, or for 2 couples who wish to holiday together but prefer their own separate accommodation. The Courtyard is adjacent to The Old Dairy.

Try our unique ‘Catering in The Cottage’ private dining facility. A delicious freshly cooked evening meal can be served at the time of your choice. A great way to celebrate a special occasion or if you have had a busy day travelling around the Yorkshire countryside.


The cottage sleeps up to two in one bedroom.

We can arrange the bedroom to your needs, and you can choose one super king size or two 3ft single beds.

Length of stay

Short breaks – minimum of three nights (Jun-Sep), 2 nights (Oct-Jun).

Long stays considered.

Flexible arrival/leaving day – come when you like and leave when it suits you.


A car is essential to reach the Timble Cottages.

Nearest amenities:
Farmshop: 2 miles
Otley (town): 6 miles
Harrogate: 9 miles

Suitable for

Not suitable for children
Babies in own travel cot
Suitable for people with restricted mobility (The Old Dairy is all on one level)
Not suitable for wheelchairs
No pets allowed
No smoking at this property

Thank you for a lovely stay in your warm and welcoming cottage. It is one of the best cottages we have ever stayed in. We are determined to return as soon as we possibly can!

Chris and Pete (Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire)




1 Lounge/dining room, 1 bedroom, 1 shower room, 1 kitchen.

Lounge/dining area

Log fire, DVD player, Sky TV, CD stereo and iPod dock with Bluetooth, sofa, footstools, dining table with 2 chairs, fabulous views over the garden and moors beyond.


Multi fuel stove and central heating (convector heaters). All coal and logs are provided. 


Kettle, toaster, microwave oven, oven/grill, ceramic hob, extractor, butcher’s block, fridge with freezer compartment, dishwasher.


1 super king size or 2×3 foot single beds, 2 bedside tables, wardrobe, dressing table and chair, access to patio and garden, hair dryer, chest of drawers, under bed storage.

En suite shower room

Shower cubicle with glass door, toilet, basin, heated towel rail, linen basket, shaver point.


Clothes dryer, freezer, 24 hour laundry service (have your laundry washed and dried within 24 hours – charges apply).

Free WiFi

Free WiFi is available in both cottages for all of our guests. 


Linen, towels, bathrobes and slippers provided, electricity included, VAT included.


Balcony/terrace, private garden, BBQ, garden furniture.


Parking space for one car.


Food & Drink

Catering in the Cottages

Have you had a busy day sightseeing or would  you like to celebrate a special occasion in the comfort of our beautiful cottages? Why not consider my unique private dining service 'Catering in the Cottages'

My ethos is to present freshly cooked dishes whose main ingredients are sourced from local Nidderdale Yorkshire farms and producers. My menu is seasonal and I can cater for individual dietary requirements.

As I am the only cook and bottle washer, there may be the odd occasion that I cannot cook for you! Order as early as you can to avoid disappointment.

If you have visiting guests and are staying in The Courtyard we can cater for up to 4 people.

We try wherever we can to support local Yorkshire producers. The 2 course evening meal can be served to your cottage at a time to suit. The cost is £30 per head, and our current menu can be found in this section.

The service is available Monday to Thursday and on the day of your arrival  (with prior arrangement)

Main Courses

Crispy filo topped lamb
Local Yorkshire lamb shoulder, slowly braised in cumin, cinnamon and pomegranate. Served with oven roasted seasonal vegetables.

Chicken, squash and pesto lasagne
Layered with mascarpone, basil and pine nuts. Winter slaw and crusty bread.

Braised Yorkshire beef in red wine
Topped with parmesan coated potatoes. Green winter vegetables.

'MY' Fish pie (for 2)
Hearty, comforting and packed with gorgeous 'fish of the day'. Crushed minted peas.

Vegetarian Options

Baked sweet potato with lentils
Red cabbage slaw. Yogurt garnish and lemon wedges.

Miso parsnip tarte tatin
Dressed with tahini creme fraiche. Red cabbage slaw.

Leek and vegetarian Wensleydale crumble tart
Oven roasted winter vegetables.


Cranberry Panettone and butter pudding
Whipped cream or ice cream           

Baked apple and toffee crumble
Ice cream, cream or custard.

Apple, cream and spiced rye pot
Individual layers of soft apple, cream and crumbly toasted rye breadcrumbs.

Burnt butterscotch rice pudding (for 2)

Have a Question or want to book?

Talk to Dawn


Location &
Nearby Attractions

Situated in a designated  'Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty',  'The Old Dairy' and ‘The Courtyard’ are a perfect base for visiting most of North and West Yorkshire as they are surrounded by the towns of Harrogate, Skipton, Ilkley, Pateley Bridge, Ripon, Thirsk and York. A short 15 minute drive will bring you onto the A65 which is the main artery to the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Timble may be tiny but is wonderfully situated for reaching all the surrounding towns, villages and cities. You will probably experience great difficulty in choosing where to go and what to do but we hope the brief selection below will give you a start! 


 This beautiful Victorian spa town is an ideal base for touring North Yorkshire. Packed with monuments, stately homes, gardens, restaurants, shops, Turkish Baths and many sites of historical interest. A Yorkshire visit wouldn't be complete without a visit to Betty's tea room!

Ideal for business clients who need to travel to the conference centre and exhibition halls.


Yorkshire's 'Gateway To The Dales'. Skipton's main attraction is the street market together with the castle, excellent shopping, restaurants and traditional tea rooms.

Pateley Bridge & Nidderdale

The capital of Nidderdale, Pateley Bridge is a thriving Dale’s town with steep High Street, unique shops and quaint tea rooms. You can see more about Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale by clicking here.


Thirsk is the town of the TV Vet James Herriot and gives easy access to Heartbeat Country. Conveniently situated for travelling to the East Coast resorts of Scarborough, Whitby, Filey and Bridlington.


Take the steam train from Keighley to Howarth following the route made famous by the movie 'The Railway Children'. Howarth is world famous as the home of The Bronte Sisters. Go visit the Parsonage Museum and the beautiful town.

Bolton Abbey

The Bolton Abbey Estate boasts fantastic walks through the most breathtaking countryside. Stop and have some lunch or afternoon tea in The Brasserie or The Cavendish Pavillion.


Dwarfed and surrounded by the spectacular 'Ilkley Moor' Ilkley attracts visitors from afar. The Victorian architecture as well as the historical Roman remains makes Ilkley a place not to miss. For those who appreciate the finer things in life, afternoon tea in 'Betty's' is a real must!


Ideal for travelling through on your way to the North York Moors. The City boasts a magnificent cathedral, market square, racecourse, museums, Georgian buildings and a 300 year old obelisk. It is also filled with fascinating shops and tea rooms. 


Yorkshire's capital and most famous tourist 'must'. The City boasts many attractions in addition to York Minster, museums, theatres, restaurants and historic sites. Excellent selection of 'ghost walks' and the world famous 'Jorvic Museum'.

Salts Mill & Saltaire

This magnificent former mill and the village of Saltaire have now been transformed into a world famous visitor centre. The David Hockney museum houses the largest collection of his paintings. 

It's lovely getting out and about in such a beautiful and interesting area but should you choose to stay more local you will find lots to occupy you. There are many walks and trails from your doorstep - no car needed! Perfect for gentle to the more challenging hikes. Great for cycling too - the whole area was fantastically shown off during the Tour De France a couple of years ago!

The Swinsty and Fewston reservoirs are just a 5 minute walk down Back Lane and are ideal for walking, picnics and fishing. Hopefully the above suggestions can tempt you a little!

Timble Cottages