The Old Dairy - Please note this property is closed for future bookings - Beautiful Escapes
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The Old Dairy – Please note this property is closed for future bookings

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Journey along a private lane from the pretty village of Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe, near the City of York, and make friends with the lambs and llamas in the fields as you approach The Old Dairy, set in the grounds of the owners home at Cleaves Hall. The cottage has been a real labour of love for owners Will and Natasha, with careful attention being paid to all of the important details, luxuriously appointed throughout, it is a homely cottage that exudes country charm.

From winter warming retreats, with a roaring log fire and evenings spent curled up on the sofa, to summer days accompanied by the heady fragrance of cottage flowers and beautiful eucalyptus. The Old Dairy is perfect for sharing with family and friends, or if you’re looking for a more intimate escape and an opportunity to reflect, then The Old Dairy is equally an idyllic haven for those craving a little me time.

Gormire Lake is a just a mile from the cottage, visitors report that the lake and Garbutt Wood, which encroaches right up to the shore, have an ‘otherworldly’ and ‘fairytale’ quality, in recent times it was named as one of the best wild swimming spots in Britain!

This is a beautiful cottage, surrounded by large gardens with stunning views across glorious Yorkshire countryside, it is an idyllic setting, it will be hard to steal yourself away.

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Living Space

Natasha has cleverly added colourful furnishings to compliment vibrant artwork, the result is an interesting and welcoming space to enjoy. The fireplace is a striking feature with a double sided log burner to keep you cosy on chilly evenings, on warmer days open up the french doors to the pretty garden and let the sunshine and the fragrance of flowers flow through.

Kitchen & Dining

Everything you need for rustling up supper or a hearty breakfast has been thought of in this pretty yet practical kitchen and as it’s open plan to the dining area the cook can join in the pre-supper chit chat too!  French doors open onto the cottage garden at the front, the perfect spot for a morning coffee while planning the days adventures.

Master Bedroom

Beautifully appointed, this is a tranquil room with pretty soft furnishings and a little sofa to curl up on for some quiet time with a favourite book.

Double Bedroom

This is a lovely, cosy room, with views out to the pretty cottage garden, the bed is super comfy with soft linens, the perfect recipe for a restful night’s sleep after a day out exploring.

House Bathroom

The bathroom is luxuriously appointed, with a freestanding tub for a leisurely soak to soothe aching muscles after a days hiking in the hills, a large rainfall power shower for an invigorating start to the day and twin basins for sharing bedtime teeth brushing!

Terrace & Gardens

The gardens are a real feature at The Old Dairy, to the front of the cottage is a private cottage garden filled with pretty plants, there’s an arbour with a bench too, just the spot for a morning coffee. From the kitchen step out to the rear garden and terrace and you are greeted with the most stunning views across the fields towards Gormire Lake, standing majestically at the edge of the terrace is a magnificent eucalyptus tree surrounded by well stocked borders, this is an unusually large garden for a cottage which is tended with great care by Paul the gardener.

There is a separate outdoor kennel for dogs, the ideal place of washing down and drying off furry friends after a ramble across the hills.



  • Sutton Bank National Park Centre 3 miles – bike hire available (01845 5977598)
  • Thirsk and World of James Herriot museum 4 miles
  • Harrogate 30 miles
  • City of York 26 miles
  • Castle Howard 21 miles
  • Howardian Hills AONB 20 miles
  • North York Moors National Park 35 miles
  • North Yorkshire Coast 41 miles
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park 44 miles
 Restaurants, Pubs & Cafes
  • The Carpenter’s Arms at Felixkirk

Activities close by

  • Bike hire at Sutton Bank National Park Centre
  • National Birds of Prey Centre – Helmsley
  • World of James Herriot Museum
  • Kilpin Hall
  • Newby Hall
  • Ripon Cathedral
  • Lightwater Valley
  • Thirsk Racecourse
  • Thirsk Lodge Barns wedding venue
Good to know

Check in 4pm

Check out 10am



Oven and microwave

Induction hob

Dog’s are welcome to stay in the cottage – there is an outside kennel area with dog wash – handy for after muddy walks



The owners live on the estate

Thirsk Lodge Barns wedding venue is just 6 miles away

There is a large storage barn next to the cottage, it is not used for agricultural purposes

  • Maximum of 1 dog no bigger than an average Labrador.
  • Dogs are not allowed upstairs.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the furniture.
  • Muddy/wet dogs must be cleaned off before entering the cottage.
  • Dog bowls provided.
  • Dogs must not be left alone in the property unless they are crated
  • Dog toileting must take place away from the cottage and any mess cleaned up.
  • There may be a charge if additional cleaning is required


King size bed

Double bed

Bath tub



Twin basins


With the gateway to the North York Moors National Park to the east and Yorkshire Dales National Park to the west, Thirsk is the epitome of a rural market town, its medieval cobbled market square, original frontage shops and historic coaching inns have an enduring charm that still enchant visitors today. It’s as timeless as the good old Yorkshire welcome that’s waiting to greet you.

As the birthplace of Thomas Lord, founder of Lord’s Cricket Ground, and spiritual home of author James Herriot, Thirsk is a Yorkshire legend. Today, the World of James Herriot museum is an award winning museum and visitor centre which attracts lovers of BBC’s All Creatures Great and Small from all around the world.


  • Sutton Bank National Park Centre 3 miles
  • Thirsk and World of James Herriot museum 4 miles
  • Harrogate 30 miles
  • City of York 26 miles
  • Castle Howard 21 miles
  • Howardian Hills AONB 20 miles
  • North York Moors National Park 35 miles
  • North Yorkshire Coast 41 miles
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park 44 miles
  • York mainline station, London 2 hours
  • Leeds Bradford Airport 39 miles
  • Manchester Airport 102 miles


We love to hear back from our guests to find out their experience with Beautiful Escapes.

April 2023
We were very happy with The Ol Dairy, the location and the access to paths straight from the cottage.  Would happily return and explore the area some more – 2 days wasn’t enough. Great for outdoor enthusiasts (walkers and cyclists) and nature lovers (lovely to see lambs and llamas in the owner’s fields).
The booking process was straight-forward and we would be happy to book with you again.
Jacqui, Lancashire

Christmas 2022

The booking process was easy and efficient to use, the prompt nature of the booking and subsequent correspondence enabled us to relax and just plan our Christmas week.

We liked the fact that Beautiful Escapes is concentrating on the core business of quality holiday lets. We have found in recent years that other booking sites have drifted away from this core and have offered a wider variety of accommodation such as hotels, guest houses etc. Beautiful Escapes made it easy to discover exactly what we wanted.
The Old Dairy is an excellent property, it was a comfortable home from home that has clearly had a lot of thought and care put into it. A special thank you for the thoughtful Christmas touches that added to our Christmas break.

The Housebook provided a lot of useful information both before we travelled and when we arrived at the property.

There was so much to see and do, we enjoyed Fountains and Rievaulx Abbeys, and spent some time in Thirsk and York.

We would definitely recommend The Old Dairy to anyone thinking of booking and we would highly recommend Beautiful Escapes as a luxury holiday letting agent going above beyond to provide excellent service.
Steve and family.

October 2022

Can’t recommend The Old Dairy highly enough, the perfect place for two couples and a dog, lovely cottage and huge garden, lots to see and do, beautiful walks all around.

Cath & Dave & Simon & Clare

September 2022

The perfect country cottage, beautifully furnished, great location.

Mrs. M.

August 2022

We had a wonderful stay at The Old Dairy, such a beautiful cottage, the garden was stunning, so big, plenty of room for the children and the dog to play, the location was great, near to lots of local attractions and not far from the Moors, York and the coast. We would highly recommend.

The Shepherd family.