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Waitby School ref: 131123

Waitby near Kirkby Stephen, Kirkby Lonsdale and South East Cumbria
5 StarsGold Award
  • Sleeps 4/74/7
2 person discountNoFire/WoodburnerYes
SmokingNoInternet accessYes

Discounts available for selected dates

Valid to: 03 Oct 2015


Waitby School was built on Waitby Fell in 1680 by James Highmore, a local to the area, for the children of Waitby and Smardale. About a mile and a half west of Kirkby Stephen, Waitby is said to have been an ancient market town, with a castle, chapel and cemetery, but no trace of either is now to be seen. However, the school remains, standing proud on the fellside and, having been purchased recently by another local family, has been lovingly restored, in conjunction with English Heritage, to offer luxurious holiday accommodation.  The property stands alone and enjoys uninterrupted views over the surrounding countryside, dotted with livestock and the occasional farmer and tractor at "doin up time".
Many original features have been retained in the restoration of the School, including wood panelling, wooden double doors, the outside boys lavatory, complete with seat, and, of course, the school bell. After much careful planning, these characterful features have been successfully combined with state of the art fixtures and fittings to create and individual holiday home of great distinction, and a most unique holiday experience.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

The property has oil fired central heating with underfloor heating to the ground floor, radiators on the first floor and comprises:
Entrance through original school cloakroom with original coat pegs and double doors, leading through to open plan living accommodation...
Lounge area: With sumptuous seating, quality wood flooring, wood burning stove, state of the art TV with Sky package and a stereo.
Kitchen area: Hand made with electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, microwave and dishwasher.
Cloakroom: With WC and hand basin.
Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with jacuzzi bath, hand basin and WC. This room also has two sets of French doors leading to either the front or rear gardens.

First floor

Bedroom 2: With double bed, quality fittings and accessories and an en-suite with shower, WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 3: With three single beds furnished in a contemporary style with quality furnishings and accessories.


All electric, fuel, bed linen and towels are provided. Cot and high chair available (request on booking). Payphone for incoming calls. Wi-Fi.
There are beds for 7 people in Waitby School, the prices shown are for the property not per person.


Large enclosed gardens to all sides of the property with furniture provided. Off road parking for up to 4 cars. Cycle store.
A refundable damage deposit of £100 is payable one week prior to arrival.
Please note: There is an access statement available for this property, if required please call 01228 599 960

Nearest townKirkby StephenShops1 1/2 miles
Distance1 1/2 milesRestaurant1 1/2 miles
Nearest railway stationKirkby StephenPub1 1/2 miles
Distance1 1/2 milesLake25 miles

About the local area

Kirkby Lonsdale is in Cumbria’s south east in between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales; an historic market town in an area of great natural beauty with riverside and country walks.

There are many riverside and country walks in the area, and historic buildings to see in the town itself, including the 11th century Norman parish church. While some market towns have become spoilt over the years, Kirkby Lonsdale and its surrounding area of outstanding landscape still retain the same beauty appreciated by Constable, Turner, and Ruskin.

Further north lays Kirkby Stephen at the head of the Eden Valley, a popular centre for walkers and situated on the Cumbria Cycle Way – a great route for all keen cyclists.

Half an hour’s drive from Kirkby Stephen is the beautiful area of Silverdale - an Area of Outstanding Beauty, offering a truly inspiring escape from the pace and pressures of everyday life. Don’t miss the headland of Jack Scout leading to Jenny Brown’s Point. From here, look out across the bay to see Humphrey Head where, so legend has it, the last wolf in England was slain.

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What our customers say about Waitby School

H Sloan -

Waitby School is a lovely property, full of character and lovely to stay in. Wish we could have stayed longer.

J R Dharmasena -

Great location, great facilities.

R Teale -

A beautiful location and a fantastic property.

J Stoyles -

We found this particular cottage so interesting and really amazed at the original features such as the cloakroom and entrance still having the children's coat hooks etc

P Straghan -

Property is excellent, we could not find fault, small loo/shower is fine for a week on hol.

J Holmes -

As usual the places we have stayed in have been perfect. Cumbrian cottages are A*

J Morrison -

The house was very comfortable and luxurious, we loved the large selection of books and dvds.

P Mchugh -


N Aplin -

There were lots of bike rides and walks straight from the property so we didn't have to drive much once we had arrived.Very comfortable place to stay.

B Hardiman -

The property and it's furnishings were up to an excellent standard and it would seem that a lot of thought had gone into the presentation. We were all extremely satisfied.

P Mchugh -

Just a great place

P Mchugh -

Just a great place

B J Lowery -

First class property.

T Mcdaid -

the property was spotlessly clean and very well equipped. would have no hesitation in recommending

T Mcdaid -

the property was spotlessly clean and very well equipped. would have no hesitation in recommending

A Foroozan -

Very nice cottage.

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What our customers say

H Sloan - December 2013

Waitby School is a lovely property, full of character and lovely to stay in. Wish we could have stayed longer.

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