Waitby School ref: CC131123

Waitby near Kirkby Stephen, Yorkshire-Cumbria Border

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  • Bike Store 
  • Cot Available 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Highchair 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Satellite TV 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • Wifi 
  • Car Parking Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • School Conversion 

Description

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.

Second floor

Third floor

Facilities

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.

Miscellaneous

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 town
    Kirkby Stephen
  • Shops
    1 1/2 miles
  • Distance
    1 1/2 miles
  • Restaurant
    1 1/2 miles
  • Nearest railway station
    Kirkby Stephen
  • Pub
    1 1/2 miles
  • Railway station distance
    1 1/2 miles
  • Lake
    25 miles

About the local area

Being based in the vicinity of the Yorkshire/Cumbria border has the best of both worlds; with easy access north west into the holiday hot spots of the Lake District or south east to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park - or of course you can stay in the immediate area which has loads to offer holidaymakers in its own right, with dramatic open scenery and charming rural villages, great walks and fascinating wild life.

Being based in the vicinity of the Yorkshire/Cumbria border has the best of both worlds; with easy access north west into the holiday hot spots of the Lake District or the south east to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park - or of course you can stay in the immediate area which has loads to offer holidaymakers in its own right, with dramatic open scenery and charming rural villages, great walks and fascinating wildlife.

Kirkby Lonsdale is in the beautiful valley of the River Lune on the fringes of both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. A national winner of `Britain in Bloom', the town has an excellent range of specialty shops and attractive 17th and 18th century inns. Its superb location has attracted many notable visitors over the years, the Vale of Lune was greatly admired by the painter Constable, and Turner painted landscapes in and around the town.

There are many riverside and country walks in the area, and historic building to see in the town itself, including the 11th century Norman parish church. The historic town of Kirby Stephens has many excellent facilities to offer its visitors, including places to eat, fascinating antiques and curio chops. The beautiful countryside surrounding the town is perfect for walking and cycling with no fewer than 11 long distance walks and cycle ways. Wainwright's famous Coast to Coast path brings many visitors to the town, a place where walkers meet to enjoy much needed refreshment.

Nestling at the foot of the Howgill fells and dating back to Roman times, Sedbergh is a market town full of character, with cobbled yards and fascinating houses. There is a good range of places to eat and shop. A rewarding short walk takes you to nearby Cautley Spout, where cascades fall 200m in less than a quarter of a mile. With its quiet country lanes, the area is ideal for cycling for the whole family.

Things to do nearby

Settle to Carlisle Railway

This 72 mile route from Settle to Carlisle takes you on a journey through the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, over the 24 arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct before plunging in to the longest tunnel on the line at Blea Moor.

Malham Tarn Estate

This outstanding area of limestone pavements, upland hill farms and flower-rich hay meadows provides a marvelous setting for walking, cycling or just enjoying the great outdoors.

Wensleydale Creamery

Receiving over 270,000 visitors each year, the Wensleydale Creamery Visitors Centre incorporates a museum, viewing gallery, specialist cheese shop and fully licensed restaurant.

The Three Peaks

The "Three Peaks" of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent dominate the skyline of the western part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and creates perhaps one of the most famous walks in the Dales.

River Bain
River Bain

Bainbridge is the only place that you can get day tickets for the River Bain with it being such a short river - the shortest in England at about two miles!

River Ure - Day Tickets
River Ure - Day Tickets

Great fishing venues include Bainbridge, Hawes and Aysgarth. Day tickets available

Pennine Bridleway - Horse Riding

The Pennine Bridleway is a new 350 mile long National Trail in the North of England.

White Scar Caves

The area around Ingleton contains some of the deepest and longest cave systems in the British Isles. The White Scar Caves in Chapel le Dale can be easily explored as they are both fully illuminated throughout the show cave routes.

Hawes

The thriving market town of Hawes located in the heart of Wensleydale is a typical Yorkshire Dales town full of character and charm.

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