Welcome to Waitby School

A five-star gold self-catering holiday home

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n historic and luxurious holiday cottage set amid some of England’s most stunning countryside, Waitby School – rated as Five-Star Gold by Enjoy England and finalist in the Cumbrian Tourism Awards 2010 – is the perfect getaway for all seasons

Originally built in 1680, Grade II listed Waitby and Smardale School is now stylish boutique-style holiday accommodation sleeping six to seven people in complete comfort, set within the new boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Standing alone on a breathtaking fell near Kirkby Stephen in the Eden Valley, Waitby School enjoys glorious uninterrupted views of the surrounding countryside. This cottage is perfect for unwinding in complete luxury, set in absolute tranquility, but close enough to Kirkby Stephen for guests not to feel isolated.

Waitby is a house for all seasons and tastes: ideal for couples seeking a romantic idyll; practical for walking or cycling enthusiasts (Kirkby Stephen is on Wainwright’s legendary Coast-to-Coast route); safe for families with children; and a perfect stepping stone for guests wanting to explore the natural magnificence and breathtaking views of the Lakes, Dales, County Durham or the Pennines.

There is a raft of attractions on Waitby School’s doorstep – castles and historic houses, museums and gardens, waterfalls and rivers, spectacular fells and beautiful nature reserves, ancient towns steeped in the past, old country pubs, award-winning restaurants and the Settle-Carlisle Railway.
This is not just another holiday let – self-catering does not mean compromise in quality, comfort or design. Waitby School has under-floor heating, a Jacuzzi and luxury hand-made kitchen. These are complemented by quality oak and slate flooring, a wood burning stove and hand crafted Buttermere slate surfaces in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Whenever feasible, materials and supplies have been sourced locally, from the windows and the hand-built kitchen, the slate in the kitchen and bathrooms, and the stone floors, to the luxury bed linen and towels.
A flat screen entertainment and Bose sound system coupled with Sonos and with Sky package, a comprehensive DVD and CD collection – for both adults and children – along with a carefully selected library of books, are all designed to help guests relax and ease away the pressures of modern life.

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