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Welcome To Dowgill House

Offering an atmosphere of traditional Merrie England, Dowgill House welcomes recreational visitors to Wharfedale and business travellers 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, read, watch digital television or use the screen for playing DVDs or CDs. Those with a laptop computer can connect to our wireless internet router.

After long enough in conventional careers your seasoned hosts, Helen and Tim Wilkinson, took the leap into the world of hospitality spending six months running a fully catered ski chalet in the French Alps then moved from north Leeds to Otley to take on the somewhat daunting challenge of refurbishing Dowgill House. This experience confirmed our committment to the offering of family and female friendly hospitality

We have parking available for four cars, one space per room. There is also additional parking in the near by public car park.

We hope to see you soon.


During our first two months of operation, either side of Christmas 2008, we welcomed guests from some unexpectedly exotic locations and received several comments in our guest book all of which were positive, genuine and some of which made us blush a little:-

"Congratulations for this wonderful idea it’s just the perfect mix between love, patience and dreams. In this hotel I feel like home." A.L. Bogota, Columbia

"Dowgill is a lovely place in the middle of a lovely town handled by 2 lovely people that make it special. Here I felt like I’m in my house" A.B. Sao Paulo, Brazil

"Everything has been first class. I have been aware of high quality throughout my stay." I.B. Burton on Trent, U.K.

"Perfection. The welcome, ambience and comfort is a reminder of old values and service. Beats 5 star hotels." M.D. Leicester, U.K.

"Perfect location, great hospitality…the five star of B&B." M.H. Schaffhausen, Switzerland

"Stunning" "perfect for the character of our historic town." Greg Mulholland M.P. (Leeds North West), Otley

"Comfortable, friendly and excellent breakfast." P.F. Auckland, New Zealand

"Thanks for all your help and being so welcoming. It’s a beautiful place." Marty Jopson and The One Show

And in the years since, our guests include one or two notables and personalities you might have heard of:-

Jo Caulfield - comedienne (Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You etc)

Mike Dilger - TV naturalist (The One Show, Inside Out)

Adam Hart-Davis - TV scientist (What The Romans (ditto Victorians/Tudors/Ancients) Did For Us, Local Heroes etc)

Robin Ince - scientific comedian, collaborator with Ricky Gervais and Prof Brian Cox

Marty Jopson - TV scientist and inventor (The One Show)

Sir Roddy Llewellyn - landscape gardener and 1970s royal dilettante

Ian McMillan - Barnsley poet, TV and radio personality

Professor Iain Stewart - TV geologist (How Earth Made Us, How To Grow A Planet etc)

Christine Walkden - TV gardener (The One Show)

…we were full and couldn’t accommodate DJ, presenter etc, Stuart Maconie