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  • Lake District Foundation
  • VisitEngland 5 Star Self-catering
  • VisitEngland Gold Award
  • Member of Cumbria Tourism
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Self-catering with 1 unit £1775-£1824 pupw sleeps 7

Waitby School

Waitby School

Waitby School



Rated Five-Star Gold and finalist in the Cumbrian Tourism Awards 2010, Waitby School is the perfect getaway for all seasons. Located within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, on a fell near Kirkby Stephen in the Eden Valley, Waitby School enjoys uninterrupted views of the surrounding countryside; it is perfect for unwinding in luxury amid utter tranquillity, but close enough to Kirkby Stephen not to feel isolated.

Originally built in 1680, Grade II listed Waitby and Smardale School now sleeps six to seven people in complete comfort.

Waitby is 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 stepping stone for guests wanting to explore the magnificent Lakes, Dales, County Durham or the Pennines.

On our doorstep we have castles, historic houses, museums, gardens, waterfalls and rivers, fells and nature reserves, ancient towns, country pubs, restaurants and the Settle-Carlisle Railway.

Waitby School has under-floor heating, a Jacuzzi and luxury hand-made kitchen, complemented by oak and slate flooring and a woodburning stove. It has a flat screen entertainment and Bose sound system, Sonos and Sky package, a comprehensive DVD collection, and a lovingly curated library of books.


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • RadioRadio
  • TelevisionTelevision
  • Satellite TVSatellite TV
  • Ironing facilitiesIroning facilities
  • Private parkingPrivate parking
  • GardenGarden
  • Dogs/pets NOT acceptedDogs/pets NOT accepted
  • Building of historical interestBuilding of historical interest
  • Central heatingCentral heating
  • Laundry facilitiesLaundry facilities
  • FreezerFreezer
  • Microwave cookerMicrowave cooker
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Linen providedLinen provided
  • FishingFishing
  • Pony trekking/horse-ridingPony trekking/horse-riding
  • Golf available (onsite or nearby)Golf available (onsite or nearby)
  • Cleaning serviceCleaning service
  • Visa/Mastercard/Switch acceptedVisa/Mastercard/Switch accepted
  • American Express acceptedAmerican Express accepted
  • WiFi or internet accessWiFi or internet access
  • DVD playerDVD player
  • Air conditioningAir conditioning
  • CD playerCD player
  • HairdryerHairdryer
  • High chairs availableHigh chairs available
  • Cots availableCots available
  • Real log/coal firesReal log/coal fires
  • Staff fluent in FrenchStaff fluent in French
  • BarbecueBarbecue
  • Drying facilitiesDrying facilities
  • Washing machineWashing machine

Children welcome from any age.


c/o Sondes Place Farm,
Westcott Road,


School Lane,
Kirkby Stephen,
CA17 4HH


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Map reference: NY 755093  Lat: 54.47846 Long: -2.37960

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • Parking for Single unit properties:
    • YesParking space provided
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • Parking for Multiple unit properties:
    • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • Surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • YesGravel
  • Route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesFlat (i.e. without steps)


  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to:
    • YesToilet and bathroom
    • YesOne or more bedrooms
    • YesLounge
    • YesKitchen
    • YesToilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesOutdoor facilities
  • garden

  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls

Bed/ Bathrooms

  • YesBedroom furniture can be re-arranged if requested by guest
  • YesBedrooms available with non-allergic bedding (ie non-feather pillows)
  • Bathrooms available with:
    • YesBath with shower
    • YesBath


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesSeating available in kitchen


  • YesCall system with vibrating pads
  • YesCall system with flashing lights
  • YesGuest information available in large print (14pt and over)

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