After long enough in conventional careers of nursing and commercial property management your seasoned hosts, Helen and Tim, took career breaks to fulfil the ambition of experiencing a full ski season and with it a leap into the world of hospitality.

Having worked the winter of 2006/7 running a fully catered ski chalet in the French Alpine resort of La Plagne 1800 the decision then arose as to what to do next…

Reluctant to return to our previous conventional careers and pondering the acquisition of a small chalet in the French mountains as a holiday home, a chance visit to Otley happened on a grand but somewhat faded looking building, perhaps the opportunity to open the B&B that Helen had longed for?

Not a long move from north Leeds to Otley, especially given that Otley was a town we both knew well, but a somewhat daunting one, taking on the challenge of refurbishing Dowgill House and converting into a dedicated B&B, something Otley seemed to lack at that time.

Opening on a snowy day, 3rd December 2008, our first guests were a Columbian and a Brazilian and since then thousands of guest from 30 various nations, including a few you might have heard of, have stayed with us.

Ten full years later and were still here, thoroughly immersed in our adopted home of Otley and its community life and various events…

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