Dairy Guest House

Address: 3, Scarcroft Road, York, North Yorkshire, England, YO23 1ND, United Kingdom | Hotel
Searching for availability...
*Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.

How has this hotel rated in the past?

  What's this?
Discover trends in hotel experiences based on real traveler reviews and ratings. Mouse over circles to see what some travelers had to say.


This hotel, located on 3, Scarcroft Road, York, is near York City Walls, The Original Ghost Walk of York, Rowntree Park, and Bar Convent Museum.
Map this hotel

    Historical Traveler Reviews Dairy Guest House York

    At home in York


    Our first trip to England was to York. We feel very fortunate that we chose the Dairy Guest House, as our lodging. We felt very "at home"' so very far away from our eastern Oregon, USA home. Ian Knibbs and his partner Joanne, go out of there way to make sure one remains comfortable. Comfortable at their home, and also comfortable with ourselves, as we embarked on different adventures out of York. Their suggestions regarding what to do, and how to get there worked without flaw.

    We will forever remember our evenings sitting in the comfortable courtyard, sipping wine, and English Ales over wonderful conversations with our family members, and also our hosts. We will go back to York someday, but alas, there are many other places we haven't been. We only hope that our experiences in other locales can match this one. Happy Travels.

    Best Guest House


    My sister & I recently stayed at the Dairy Guest House in York. For those of you planning a trip to Yorkshire, be sure to look at this guest house. The accommodation was wonderful, we got everything we were promised. The breakfasts were delicious, and there were many choices on the menu.The host, hostess and staff were very friendly and gave us information on restaurants and places to visit.

    Many thanks to the Dairy Guesthouse for a very enjoyable stay. We will definitely consider returning there on our next visit to York

    Iris Hooper, California, USA

    The best guesthouse in York


    I stayed at the Dairy Guesthouse in York 3 nights from the 25th July till the 28th July with my sister.

    On arrival we were very pleasantly greeted, & made to feel at home immediately. We were given all kinds of information, not only about the guesthouse but good tips for our stay in the beautiful city of York We found our room to be very pleasant, clean & homely.

    It was very quiet, we were able to sleep very well.

    Breakfast was excellent, with a good choice of food, & pleasant & good service. When I go back to York I will certainly stay there again!

    Wonderful English B&B


    Our recent stay at the Guesthouse was a great experience. Our room, though compact, was clean and had a very comfortable bed. The breakfast was cooked to order from a menu of selected combinations. It was nice to have fresh, hot eggs and bacon. The location is away from the busy center of town, but we were able to walk to any area in 30-45min. Ian gave us a list of suggested places to eat and all that we tried were good. One of the best restuarants is two doors down from the B&B. If you are looking for a place to sit around and watch TV, this is not the place - only 2 channels. It is a quiet place to relax after walking around York all day. We hope to stay there again.

    Comfortable and Friendly


    A charming guesthouse in an urban location a short walk to

    the old city. Friendly hosts, comfortable family room for 4,

    good breakfasts. Kids enjoyed the hot chocolate and

    mints in the room as well as DVD player.

    Would definitely recommend to others - next trip to York

    we'll return here.



    Just returned from York after going there with my wife and 3 other couples for my friends 30th birthday (going to York races as a celebration of this).

    Here are the positives:

    1 The girl serving breakfast in a morning was very nice and friendly

    2 The breakfast itself was ok

    3 location is midway between the racecourse and city...both are still a good 15 min walk though....

    Here are the negatives:

    1 Unfortunately, the owners have a real attitude problem. I think they may be ex military at the way they dictate rules and regulations at you. I normally stay in hotels when i travel, however have on occasion stayed in gues houses - when i have done i have been welcomed into the house and made to feel like a guest or even a friend...none of that here...this was purely business. They didnt make us feel welcome at all and took the edge of our first day of 2 days in York. I really wonder how (if they do) get repeat business.

    2 Rules, rules, rules....i understand the need for them, these guys need to ensure that their investment is not ruined and that other guests are not impacted on...but these were not only strange, the way they were explained made me feel like i just wanted to go somewhere else straight away (unfortunately York was full that weekend so we were stuck there). Make sure you thoroughly read all the rules when you get there...then maybe get together and have a test on them all so you have got them all right (watch out though as you will find them everywhere, behind your room door, next to the guestbook, behind doors etc...you need to be vigilant!). Whatever you do...do not bring food into the guesthouse...even though the guest house does not cater for you with food, you either eat out or dont eat! You have to have preordered your breakfast the night before by 20.00pm..otherwise you dont get any....you have a designated table to sit at...and god forbid if you dont return the menu to them...

    I dont smoke but if you do....whatever you do dont come here. If you smoke in the room, you will be charges all manner of charges - including potentialy for the NEXT guests that use your room. Just a warning for you smokers out there.

    there are plenty of places in york where you will feel welcomed...this isnt one of them...i didnt relax, all 8 of the group were dissatisfied with the stay (rooms are very small so be warned!) and when Ian the owner decided to be nice when we were paying as we left i nearly fell over.....beware the 3% charge for using a credit card...i ended up paying cash. 70 per night was shocking...nowhere near worth it. The worst thing was that we couldnt complain as we didnt know what reaction to expect...at least at a hotel you can speak to the manager!

    Please dont stay here....i have used trip advisor for years and it has always been good to me when booking holidays to vegas, new york, dominican republic, prague etc....i hope this helps you.

    Go to York - it is a stunning and vibrant place...just don't stay here.

    Happy travels


    This particular booking was made outside this criterea as they booked separately despite knowing that if they booked together the booking would not be taken. This was acknowleged.

    Our other guests were intimidated by these people and did not enjoy their stay, we had many complaints about their behaviour, that is why group bookings are not accepted in our guesthouse.

    The damage caused to our rooms was also considerable. It was not fair to expect our staff to clean up the mess they left behind.

    If you wish to have a peaceful and friendly stay in York in a family orientated guesthouse you are more than welcome here, if you want to blitz the town and your accommodation you are not.

    Highly recommended


    This is a great place to stay in York. Excellent location, very friendly service. One feels welcome without being overwhelmed. This is a lovely B&B with a courtyard setting.

    The Dairy Guest House is exceptionally clean, the staff are quite friendly and helpful, and the fresh breakfast offers traditional, vegetarian, and even vegan options.

    It is an easy walk into the heart of town. The owner took the time to offer several suggestions for restaurants, sights, etc. that we found very useful.

    We stayed in the 'family room' for 2 nights 30 June and 1 July, 2005. It has a tiny shower room, but this was a minor inconvenience as the bed room was spacious. TV, VCR, and small stereo were in the room with the offer of several videos if we wished.

    The check-in times (no check-in from noon to 4 pm) are a bit unusual, but easy enough to work around. The service and ambiance are wonderful.

    Ideal Base to Visit the Lovely York


    I have decided to write this reveiw after reading the other comments complaining at really poor service at this Guest House. I came accross the review as I was looking to re-book to go again this year.

    I went to the guest house last year with my partner. I have to say that the owners could not have been more friendly and helpful to us.

    We checked in between 10-12, as previously arranged, and our room was ready and waiting. We paid a bit extra and had the room with the 4 poster bed - it was really nice. The room was very clean and comfortable.

    The owner took the time to give us York Virgins an introduction guide to the city on arrival - where to go etc. We were recommended to try a Mexican Restaurant down the road - my partner loves Mexican so it had to be done. We enjoyed the best Mexican meal we have ever had! If you go look out for the hats on the ceiling....a nice touch.

    We also asked about Ghost walks in York (there are so many!!) and we were recommended which one to go along to. Again it was excellent - a very nice way to spend a summers evening walking round York listening to stories .....a must do.

    The Breakfast in the morning was really nice and the staff were always very friendly and made us feel really welcome.

    I would recommend this guest house to anyone wanting to experience York. We stayed for 2 nights and had a fantastic time. We are getting married in September this year and are thinking of going back for part of our Honeymoon - so they must have done something right!

    Dairy Guest House Milks Your Money!! Utterly a rip-off!


    We waited outside in the cold for three hours to get into our reserved room. We tried ringing the doorbell, email, phoning, and a note on the door, but we were not allowed in. We had to find another hotel for the night. The next day we were told we were charged on the credit card for the night we did not stay there because we were treated as a "no show"!! TRAVELERS BEWARE! This unwelcoming place has the strangest check in time that is unyielding. They will not answer the door if you are late or early, even if you give them notice you will arrive at a different time than they offer. IF YOU ARE LATE OR EARLY, YOU ARE OUT OF LUCK! The following day, we tried getting in five minutes before check in time and we could see the owner sitting in the window, and he would not answer the door. There was no heat in our room and no way to contact the owners about the problem. We were not given or offered a receipt. Don't let the four diamond rating fool you about the Dairy Guest House. We have complained to the York Tourism Board and we are using every venue possible to warn responsible travelers to stay away from this place.

    The couple who have written this review are not being factual.

    They had a booking with us and an agreed check in time of between 10 & 12AM. They did not turn up, so we waited for them all day up to 7PM. We had to go at this point.

    At no time did they attempt to contact us by phone or e-mail as they stated. Had they contacted us arrangments would have been made so they could get in, we have a key pad on our door for this very reason and guests who are going to be late are issued with a code to gain entry if we can not be present.

    The first we knew about them trying to get in at 10PM the previous night was next morning after breakfast when they arrived to check in.

    As to the fact that they saw me in the window and I would not answer the door bell!!

    There were guests in the dining room finishing breakfast, it was actually my wife who answered the bell and checked them in. If there was a man sat it the window, it would have been a guest enjoying his breakfast, did they expect a guest to stop eating his breakfast and answer the door? They checked in and agreed to pay for both nights as it was their error the night before.

    As to the heating comment, all rooms have thermostatic control radiators that can be set to suit each guest. Probably no heat was coming from the radiator as it was June and 75 degrees outside.

    They made no attempt to contact us as they state, why did they not ring the guests bell to attract us if they had a problem as all guests are advised to do at check in.

    These types of fabricated reviews should not be published for all to see and potentially affect some ones business and good name before they are authenticated.

    Why would we treat people in the way they are insuating when hospitallity is our business?

    Our visitors books are full of fabulous coments from very happy guests and are available for all to read. A few are actually displayed on our web site for all to read and can be authenticated.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Dairy Guest House York

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

    Travel Blogs from York

    All at the ready!

    A travel blog entry by elephant12345 on Oct 12, 2014

    1 photo

    Everything is now set to go. Just charging this ipad for the airport check. Sadly, we have to say goodbye to Katie Moragh. She is suspicious as there is a suitcase in the hall and her food and other "doggy" essentials are in the basket at the foot of the stairs ready for her to go to become an Honorary Pitman. Raggy the Airedale and KM will be pals tomorrow. We leave home at 7a.m. so early brekkie and off to the station and Manchester ...

    Wow, a whole week has passed!

    A travel blog entry by ros711 on Oct 11, 2014

    3 photos

    ... after Christmas and into the New Year. There are also loads of photos of the family, especially the children, scattered throughout the house, a really lovely touch. Thursday again was cold and wet, so I managed to get in to York and do some shopping. It seems that all my toiletries are running out at exactly the same time, so a trip to Boots was needed to stock up. Yesterday was another curled up in front of the fire reading day, quite a satisfactory way to end the ...

    Going to York

    A travel blog entry by ryan.kaiser on Oct 02, 2014

    ... made combs out of deer antlers. They found fossilised head lice in the combs they discovered. We had a look at York Minster, which is a huge old cathedral. It had lots of stained glass windows and big paintings. Then we went for a walk around on the city walls, which were built by the ...

    Failed fossil hunting

    A travel blog entry by ryan.kaiser on Oct 01, 2014

    Today we went to Robin Hoods bay and walked along the beach looking for. Fossils but didn't find any. Then we went and had lunch , then went back to the beach to have another look. But we didn't find anything in that part of the bay either. We looked in rock pools and found hermit crabs. Then I built a sandcastle with Isabella, who is only 3. Then mum went to Sainsburys, which is a supermarket, whilst I finished nano virus on plague ...

    York Terror Trail

    A travel blog entry by clarkefamily on Jun 26, 2014

    5 photos

    ... went to tuck her daughter in one night and noticed a red ring on her neck (a distinct sign of the plague). Seeing that she then packed and left the house with her husband. They locked the door and painted a red cross on the front - a sign of the plague.

    For days apparently, this little girl would scream out and bang at her window. Across from her house was a bustling market, but no one came to her. Next door to her was the York Minster, a huge ...