We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
“Wonderful accommodation for a Cumbrian stay”
other travelers have booked this property

Review of Waitby School

Front of property
Bookings for this home are first-come, first served. Lock in your dates before they are gone
Front of property
Living room Living room
Check Availability
Request to Book
Make Inquiry
Excellent
9 reviews
Front of property
Living room
Living room
Living room
Living room
Living room
Bedroom 1
Kitchen
Kitchen
Bathroom 1
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 2
Bathroom 2
Bedroom 3
Bedroom 3
Entrance Lobby
This property is not available for these dates.
Don't give up! Inquire about other rentals just like this one that are available -
Show all rentals available
Overview
Rental Home -
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Kirkby Stephen, Eden District, Lake District, Cumbria, England

Reviews from our community

Excellent - based on 9 reviews
Write a Review

Reviews from our community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
English first
Any
English first
EnglandTr...
England
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Wonderful accommodation for a Cumbrian stay”
Reviewed November 30, 2015 for a stay in November 2015

We visited at the weekend and knew we wouldn't be disappointed given the excellent reviews. Waitby School is very spacious, and everything has been decorated to a high standard. The kitchen is well equipped so cooking at home for the odd meal is not an issue. Plenty of pubs nearby so lots of meal options. The welcome pack was great as it contained lots of suggestions.

The DVD collection and vast amount of books kept us entertained as the weather wasn't great for outdoor activities.

We visited Platform3 soft play to entertain the 1 and 2 year old and this was perfect.

Would definitely stay again.

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Service
Liked best: Great value for money and the room layout (with underfloor heating)
Liked least: The rain!
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Lotflo
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A perfect holiday home for a family”
Reviewed September 6, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

We stayed in waitby school during the summer holidays. It was well laid out for a family- and had lots of welcome extras like the extensive DVD and book collections as well as the teddy bears up in the children's bedroom.

It was well appointed and everything was very clean. The linen, towels and toiletries were all great quality and made the stay extra nice!

The view is stunning and although we didn't have great weather we did use the terrace a bit in the evenings just to make the most of the sunsets.

The town is not far- and there are a few nice pubs to eat at all within a short drive.

We would highly recommend this house to families or friends looking for some peace, quiet and luxury.

Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Tamarajpa...
1 review
“Fantastic luxury family holiday get away!”
Reviewed February 27, 2015 for a stay in February 2015

This beautiful school, was the perfect half-term get away for my family. Situated in the most amazing location, with everything you need just a few miles away. Although the school is very luxury and finished to an expectional high standard, it had everything you could possible need to ensure a perfect stay.

Value Rooms
Location Cleanliness
Service
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
TheBlueLa...
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Felt like we were staying in a luxury hotel, but with the freedom to cook for ourselves”
Reviewed October 31, 2014 for a stay in October 2013

We visited Waitby School with friends, so four adults and three children spent a really good half term in Cumbria.

First of all, the house… Wow, it felt like a hotel, but with the freedom to come and go as we pleased, and most importantly of all, we could cook our own meals in the well-equipped kitchen. Mr Blue Lamb, who does most of the cooking on holiday (he can be a nightmare if things aren't right), was in his element. He’s a rather temperamental chef, but even he couldn’t fault the way it was all kitted out.

The rooms were lovely, spacious and airy – minimally furnished as they are quite small, but really comfortable. And the furnishings, bedding, etc, were nice to sleep in. We want sheets like that at home!

We particularly enjoyed the thoughtful book collection (sorry, I still need to return one that I borrowed to finish and I know it has been a long time) and the DVDs kept the children amused while we chatted and enjoyed our red wine. The sound system was amazing. We were worried that the house might seem a bit small for seven people, but at no stage did we feel cramped – and the main room in particular is really airy. I would guess that this was the original school building, as it has really high ceilings.

We were lucky with the weather – always a gamble on a British holiday as we head towards winter – and the location of Waitby School was perfect. We spent glorious autumn days out in the Lake District (the Pencil Museum was a hit with the children, though all I could think of was the film 'Sightseers'), drove around the Yorkshire Dales (very James Herriott) and had some nice pies in Appleby. We didn’t make it to Bowes Museum, as we ran out of time, but will be doing so next time we stay.

The garden was big enough for the kids to run around, but safely enclosed so we didn’t have to worry about them running into the road (although it is relatively quiet, we did like spotting the tractors though and all enjoyed watching the sheep in the field opposite).

In all, this was a fabulous holiday home, definitely a cut above the usual standard of self-catering. We have often rented self-catering properties in Cornwall and France and have some horror stories (as well as some good ones, of course), mostly involving poor cleanliness and kitchens full of broken cooking utensils. No problems like that with this holiday.

We had a great holiday, thank you. None of us wanted to come home.

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Service
Liked best: The location and the views
Liked least: It would be nice to have a rug in the main room
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed October 31, 2014 for a stay in May 2012

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Service
Liked best: the ambience
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Ray2506
Great Bookham, United Kingdom
1 review
“Beautiful and Peaceful”
Reviewed October 30, 2014 for a stay in October 2014

We have stayed at Waitby twice now with two girls aged 8 and 11. The setting and building is truly stunning and ideal for long walks and peace and quiet. The interior has been renovated to the highest standard I have ever seen with all the mod-cons including state of the art home entertainment system to be enjoyed without worrying about the neighbors! We used the log burner in the lounge every night and it's very efficient. It's a long drive from where we are but we will always look forward to our stays here for many years to come.

Traveling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Enter dates for more accurate prices
2 guests
Adults2
Children0
Apply
Do you own a vacation rental? List it here.
Extra income
Earn money by renting out your home. With no up-front fees and no contract, you keep more for yourself.
Easy to manage
Confirm bookings in one click and track everything from inquiry to check-out – even while you're on the go.
Trusted by travelers
With millions of reviews and protected online payments, TripAdvisor helps travelers book your home with confidence.
Set up your free listing
;