We stayed here in a big three-generation family group over the May half-term holiday week. It suited us perfectly. It's a big old house with some quirks, but with a homely feel to it and we all enjoyed our holiday. Plenty of space for the children to run around outside, and plenty of things to amuse them indoors too. Better equipped than other self-catering properties we have rented. The pub opposite is very friendly and serves excellent local real ale and good "pub grub" style food. To cap it all, it's walking distance from the wonderful Bempton cliffs with their incredible seabird population. (Well, most of us walked - it was a bit too far for the 16-month-old!)
Along with my wife and 5 year old twins, this was our third stay at Walmsley House. As with previous visits, it made for a fantastic break away with friends. The house is a belter; great location, full of character and kitted up well for large groups or extended families.
We were 3 families staying in total, with other friends dropping in for the day. The huge lounge and dining table is perfect for big meals and games, and we found the conservatory a beautiful room for breakfast. The house is great for young ones to explore, with boxes of games/toys around and a Wii in the snug, and we loved games and evening fires in the beautiful, enclosed garden.
I'm pretty surprised by the review left around Christmas 2017; I have no idea where they stayed but it's a mile from our experiences! The only exception is first impression of WH could be better - the exterior from the road is in need of a lick of paint, but I imagine there are issues with having to close the road in order to carry out the work.
For me, it's fantastic. It feels like a genuine family home, and we'll be back as often as we're able.
This big house is in the centre of Bempton. We found this to be a great location at a good price.
The outside looks very cracked and dirty and run down which was a poor first impression. A coat of paint is needed.
Inside is some lovely furniture but blinds that don’t go up properly and curtains that are coming away and other areas of neglect.
I’m sure if someone went and made a big list of the basic things that needed sorting and got them done- it would make a huge difference.
As it was we wouldn’t stay there again.
I have been to Walmsley House on several occasions and it is great for whatever you want it for. It is extremely close to Bridlington and Scarborough which makes day tripping lots of fun. The house was very clean when we arrived and there was a new dvd player in the TV room and a new shower in the master bedroom, something that we had spoken to the owners when we had gone before. We love going in the summer as well as the winter as we go out some days but enjoy having a cosy night in as well.
This is the second time I've been to Walmsley House and it holds a special place in my heart. This is a family and pet friendly property which is ideal for big groups. We stayed comfortably as 3 families with young children. The children were able to roam around the house and loved having space to explore and play together. This house feels like a home and not a sterile holiday home with no character. I love the creaky floors, the log fire, the cosy snug, the light shining through the conservatory whilst you have a cup of tea, the huge sociable dining table where you can laugh and talk whilst eating etc The location of the property is perfect for exploring some of our favourite spots in Yorkshire...Scarborough, Filey, Bempton Cliffs (for bird watchers!) and a new discovery, Fraisthorpe Beach! Eat ice-cream at Mr Woos and Harbour Bar, take the kids to John Bull's Rock Factory (check the opening times!) and eat homemade cake at the Cowshed on Fraisthorpe Beach. I feel like I've had a little retreat and I can't wait to go again soon.
where do I start ! on arrival the outside was a bit of a shock. The render was cracked allover and falling off the walls. The cleaners had returned as they had forgotten to put up the correct amount of beds and only 1 travel cot was there when we specifically asked for 2 - petty you may think but this turned out to be the least of or problems.
1 - on arrival we put the twins into the highchairs only to discover that one of the high chairs had broken straps resulting in a child hitting the floor face first - to be told by the owner when we contacted her to report the broken straps, that the highchairs were only suitable for toddlers - not sure what she thinks a walking 13 month old is !!
2 - only 1 travel cot - we eventually located the other after contacting the caretaker to be told that there was another somewhere !
3 - carpets and floors filthy - within minutes the children's clothes were ruined
4 - washing machine not working so couldn't even wash the ruined clothes - when we contacted the owner about this we were told it was working 2 weeks ago - NOT helpful at all
5 - NO parking spaces anywhere at all. landlord of the pub was happy for us to park and unload but not park there. locals complained to the point where we even had notices put on our cars.
6 - two bathrooms, one of which had a bath that would not drain and a dripping shower meaning that one of the bathrooms was out of action from day 1 leaving only 1 bathroom for 8 adults and 5 toddlers to use
7 - beds had the most uncomfortable mattresses on them - every spring felt
8 - hoover completely blocked so had to be taken apart and cleaned before it could even be used
9 - carpet on the landing had big gap - trip hazard
we paid for 7 nights expecting to have a lovely family xmas and in the end 2 families left after 3 days and the second families left on the fourth day.
this place is disgusting and is advertised incorrectly and is in dire need of an overhaul and a good clean. The owner apologised to us and promised a refund and some compensation for our bad experience but then back peddled somewhat when she contacted the rental company and decided to tell them that we had left the property in a mess and that she had not had any contact from us
I have plenty of photographs to prove other wise if anyone wishes to see them for themselves.
I would not recommend this property at all and am extremely disappointed that our Christmas has been ruined and that the owner of this property clearly is only interested in taking peoples money from them for what is more than an inadequate accommodation
We needed a place big enough for 11 people and with enough space so Grandparents could get some quiet time away from 5 grandchildren if needed! Walmsley House provided this for us in bucket loads!
Downstairs there is a fab snug and large conservatory with doors to the spacious enclosed garden, which the children loved as they could run about in total safety and burn off all their energy! The large table outside allowed us all to eat outside on the warm days and on cooler days we had a choice of a large table in the conservatory or the dining room. The kitchen was very well equipped and had plenty of cutlery and plates etc as there is nothing more annoying than having to wash up after every meal just to ensure you have enough stuff for the next one!
There certainly is enough space to all be together or get some peace and quiet if needed! There is also a downstairs loo, which whilst quirky was also quite cool!
The owners provided loads of toys for the children as well as plenty of books for both children and adults alike which is a lovely touch!
Upstairs there is a family bathroom with loo, separate loo and an en-suite in the master bedroom, we never found we were waiting for bathrooms or loos and even if you cant shower as fast as you would at home you are holiday anyway so should be enjoying a more relaxed pace!
I would certainly suggest some investment in new bedding and as another poster commented no-one really knows (or minds) if it is antique or Argos as long as you are getting into a comfy bed with thick pillows and a snuggly duvet!
We used the pub across the road a couple of times and it was fab, food good and staff friendly!
We had an issue with the lock on the conservatory door but the caretaker came and sorted it the very same day so no issue there at all!
All in all we loved Walmsley! Thank you Anna for such an easy and accommodating booking experience and for letting us use your wonderful house! We will be back!!!