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The School House

(Ref. 930248)

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Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "Amazing Place to stay."

    Only a couple of issue 1) front door stiff - but wasnt an issue as used the back doorr to courtyard all the time. 2) The WiFi was not good though but as we were going to get away from everything this didn't cause to many issues. But if you were planning on working from there you need to be aware. neither of which we thought were bad enough to trouble the caretaker/owner on our stay - and had already seen feedback which mentioned them both so were expecting these may issues. On the plus side - its a huge property and was very clean through out. We were there in storms and it was a very Cozy ( yes i know with the size of the rooms seems strange ) and warm . Would highly recommend this venue as a place to stay.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jan 2024

  • "Loved the property itself."

    Spacious for 6 people. Lovely decoration and home from home . Well equipped. Super parking. Great location. No tumble dryer, though advertised as such. WiFi was dreadful. One of our party had to return home as was unable to work from the property and second member of our group had to work in a local cafe. Such a shame. Extremely difficult to unlock the front door. Definitely needs addressing.

    Reviewed by Amanda3.8Dec 2023

  • "Stayed here a few times now."

    Very comfortable and spacious. Two things to be aware of. Front door key doesn't unlock easily with white key, doesn't unlock at all with hello key. Oven door had been broken last 3 stays and is unfortunately still broken. Meaning cannot use oven to cook as it loses all its heat.

    Reviewed by Sam3.1Dec 2023

  • "Beautiful spacious apartment, gorgeous high ceilings."

    Only issue was no secure garden or patio area, which was a real problem as we had a toddler and a dog and it was absolutely scorching for the weekend we were there. You had to climb onto units and window ledges to open the windows, and we could not leave doors open as dog and child could run straight onto car park area. Needs stable door on back and baby gates. Staircase was also very steep, so would also benefit from a baby gate

    Reviewed by Pauline4.4Sep 2023

  • "Great place to stay, very comfortable and clean."

    Great base for exploring the lake District and a short walk into cockermouth with plenty of shops restaurants and bars.

    Reviewed by Sonia4.1Aug 2023

  • "Lovely spacious property."

    Quiet location with easy parking, good base for exploring the local area. Very clean. No tumble dryer in the property - was listed in property description, which was a bit of an issue in a particularly wet week.

    Reviewed by Louise4.1Jul 2023

  • "The property was nice, clean and spacious, it had everything we needed to self cater and enjoy our stay."

    There were a few things we would however point out: A) There was an incredible amount of ants in the house, despite our best efforts they kept coming. B) the master bedroom mattress is incredibly hard old Sprung which didn't do the rest of the bedroom's comfort any justice. C) The shower in the main upstairs bathroom leaks and could do with looking at. With exception from the above the stay was nice the place was clean and overall we did enjoy our stay. We tried our best to leave everything in the same place and clean up after ourselves before leaving. I would Reccomend and I would stay again. Thanks

    Reviewed by Hugo4.7May 2023

  • "Beautiful home that caters for all ages."

    Comfortable beds and sofas with brilliant facilities. Perfectly located for some beautiful short drives to stunning locations. Very quiet and peaceful stay. Would love to stay again!

    Reviewed by Samantha4.7Dec 2022

  • "Gorgeous, stylish house."

    The estate has an exclusive feel to it. It is close to the town centre and the C2C cycling trail. We'd recommend Tarantella for eating out but avoid Diamond take away. The beds and sofas are v comfortable and the master bed is massive! The WiFi works well. A few little problems with the plumbing but both the owner and house keeper were amazing and so quick to help. We had a fantastic holiday and would highly recommend the house and Cockermouth.

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Aug 2022

  • "Thank you for a great stay."

    The property was exactly what we required for a family stay with dog. We felt very comfortable and ‘at home’ here. It was interesting to return to the school which we attended and see how it had been developed. We will certainly recommend the property and would use it again.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely warm comfortable spacious house."

    We had a wonderful stay and if in Cockermouth again would definitely stay there. Could do with a hairdryer.

    Reviewed by Nora5.0Feb 2022

  • "Lovely property, roomy and comfortable."

    Very clean and tidy. Bathroom could do with updating and hot water temperature is not quite hot enough when showering. Overall a great holiday home.

    Reviewed by Edna4.7Oct 2021

  • "This is our first time booking a property via this website."

    We were pleasantly surprised by our booking. We have to say that the photographs do not do justice to this property. The rooms are large and spacious and fully fitted with all that you would require for your stay. It is a unique property set within a former school and it really was a pleasure to stay here. We found the property owner to be amenable and accessible. We requested, at the 11th hour a highchair and a travel cot and both were accommodated without any fuss at all. The property is well situated with lovely walks within short distance of the property. The centre of Cockermouth, again within short distance of the property and easily walkable. We would highly recommend this property. We will visit again.

    Reviewed by Sophia4.7Oct 2021

  • "Lovely house except for the horrible drain smell in the en-suite."

    I was however disappointed when I was contacted by the owner at 1030am on the date of my departure advising me that I had been over an hour late leaving the property and I had left dirty dishes in the dishwasher and they were therefore charging me a late leaving fee for 1.5 hours. He stated in his text that I left over an hour after the published time of 10am, he sent this at 1030am. I had left 15 minutes late and forgotten to switch the dishwasher on. The owner suggested that instead of him contacting Sykes I could go back and pay the housekeeper £30. I of course did not. Shame, it is a nice house but I certainly won’t be going back.

    Reviewed by Janis3.8Sep 2021

  • "This cottage would be perfect if the en suite drain situation were resolved."

    It is a lovely large cottage in a very convenient location for exploring the Lake District. However the smell of the drains really caused issues for us using the room.

    Reviewed by Maryann5.0Jun 2021

  • "House was extremely spacious and comfortable providing everything our family group required to enjoy our stay."

    I have stayed in many holiday homes and would rate this as one of the best.We found it perfectly located for exploring Cockermouth (getting there by car or the very pleasant riverside walk) and the coast and Lake District beyond.Communication with Sykes and the housekeeper both excellent.

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Jun 2021

  • "Negatives The advert states there is a patio area with seats this isn't the case."

    Also there isn't a tumble dryer, this will cause difficulties in the Summer due to nowhere to dry clothes. There was a constant issue with the back door the lock kept sticking. There wasn't a measuring jugs or a large bowl to fit in the microwave. What should also be mentioned there are two flights of stairs to go upstairs which may impact on those with mobility issues. In the winter I should imagine it will take a while to warm the house due to the high ceilings. There was a foul stench in the ensuite everyday which needs to be sorted. Also we had a parking ticket when we parked in Cockermouth. Note a disc is required to park on the High Street and you need to display the time you park. Discs are available from the shops. Note the signs where you park as some allow different times. This should be included in the visitors book. Positives A lovely location very central to a number of places. Cockermouth is a beautiful Town with fabulous butchers, fishmonger, Baker and very picturesque. The people are so friendly and personable. Lovely gift shops, jewellery shops and a variety of other shops. Highly recommend staying in this area. The School House is lovely house but is tired and could do with a refurb.

    Reviewed by Nicola3.1May 2021

  • "The pictures don’t do the place justice."

    It is huge and spacious. The beds are huge and very comfortable. It was very clean and had everything we needed. In an excellent location for walks with young children. We had an amazing time.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Apr 2021

  • "Cottage was very warm and comfortable but does need s fee things doing to it ..."

    Cottage was very warm and comfortable but does need s fee things doing to it like sorting out the awful drain smell that occurs in the ensuite bathroom light bulbs need to be changed,

    Reviewed by Penny4.4Sep 2020

  • "Lovely property, beautifully presented, a credit to the owners and the cleaners, it was spotless."

    Ideal location for Cockermouth town with a little local bus service available to take you into town if you didn't want to walk or take the car. Perfect for exploring lakes and not too far from Keswick.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Sep 2020

  • "Comfortable, warm, spacious and beautifully decorated."

    Would highly recommend. Not a bad word to say we really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Aug 2020

  • "This is a lovely house with a very well equipped kitchen and plenty enough living space for the people it sleeps."

    It's in a great position to explore the area, there's a lovely Greenway walk into Cockermouth right across the road. Our only negative experience was that the housekeeper parked up outside and just as we were putting our last things in the car, the second it went 10:00 the housekeeper rang the doorbell to come in, it made us feel like we were being pushed out and took away from the welcome, 10:02 and we'd have been gone, while I understand the tight schedules especially now it seemed very rude.

    Reviewed by Sharon4.4Aug 2020

  • "Great property in perfect location from which to explore the Lakes whilst avoiding the crowds."

    Property is very spacious making it ideal for families

    Reviewed by Stephen4.4Jul 2020

  • "We had a fab week at The school house."

    As our family lives in Cockermouth it was convenient . The house it's self is lovely ample room for us all. Hopefully we will be back again before the year is out .

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jul 2020

  • "Once we were able to get into the property (the owner had changed the key code without telling yourselves - however a quick phone call remedied this)."

    We were very pleasantly surprised by the spaciousness of this property. The bed in the main bedroom was extremely comfortable - and large. As there were only the two of us, and the dog, we had loads of space. The property is ideally situated for Cockermouth (we are well acquainted with this area as up until last August we lived only 8 miles away). The property was clean and we loved the furnishings. We hope to return sometime later in the year. The only drawback would be the lack of an enclosed garden for the dog.

    Reviewed by John4.7Mar 2020

  • "Would be happy to return to this home."

    Warm, spacious and very comfortable. Impressed with the communication from Sykes beforehand to address issues.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Dec 2019

  • "This property really should be a 5 star."

    However, on arrival the freezer which is not mentioned was so iced up the drawers would not open and took an age to defrost. It required a general hoover through and there were cobwebs on the ceiling in the living room. One of the living room table lamps did not work as did the upstairs hallway light. There were no instructions for any of the appliances. The on-suite bathroom smelled heavily of drains and we finished up using the other bathroom. Finally outside the front entrance the step and ground was covered in bird droppings which made it very unpleasant to use.

    Reviewed by Arthur2.8Aug 2019

  • "We found the accommodation ideally situated and generally provided good facilities for our party of six."

    However the mattress in the master en-suite bedroom is really uncomfortable - you can feel the springs in it. It was so bad that I moved in the middle of one night to the third bedroom, which had a much more comfortable mattress. The kitchen would benefit from the addition of a potato peeler and a potato masher.

    Reviewed by David2.8Jul 2019

  • "We loved The School House lots of room for our family with two Grand children ,Just a few minor things that need to be sorted ,No instruction for the Washing Machine or the dish washer."

    We had to Google them on our daughters phone .Feel the Washing Machine needs up dating .No Patio Furniture which was disappointing has we has such lovely weather would have been nice to have been able to sit outside .Most unpleasant brush left to wash up with did not use so left on the kitchen window has did not want to throw away but hope fully the house keeper will .

    Reviewed by Julie3.8Apr 2019

  • "Hair drier would have been a bonus Also bedroom window had a big hole and let in rain."

    We had to mop up puddles after heavy rain. A remote for dvd missing A kitchen waste paper bin would have been helpful

    Thank you for your feedback. The owner has confirmed that a new bedroom window has been fitted today in this Grade 1 listed property. The owner thanks you for advising that the remote for the dvd player is missing. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Nov 2018

  • "A lovely place to visit."

    The cottage was in a lovely place. St Bees beach is lovely. Lovely expanse of beach and very quiet. The beach cafe was really nice. The cottage was very big, so lots of room. Refurbishment kept in line with the old building. Overall very nice indeed.

    Reviewed by Jean4.4Sep 2018

  • "Wonderful location and accommodation."

    Good location for exploring the Northern lake, West coast and not to hard to visit other parts of the Lakes.

    Reviewed by Chrisopher4.7Jul 2018

  • "The cottage (more two-storey apartment than cottage) was perfect for our three-generation family group of four adults, one toddler and one pooch."

    We loved the large rooms and nice furnishings. The third bedroom was a bit tight, but great for our guests. All services and facilities were good: water, heating, wi-fi, sky TV (freeview channels only). The travel cot and high chair were most welcome too. The location was perfect for the Western Lakes - and local shops and services too. All in all, we loved our stay here.

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Apr 2018

  • "Great place to stay for the Xmas week for 6 of us."

    Very spacious, apart from the 3rd bedroom which lacks room and furniture - but the other 2 bedrooms are large and have plenty of storage if you're willing to share. Great location with easy access to the Northern Lakes and Cumbria - Cockermouth centre is only a 20 min footpath walk away or 5 min by car. Definitely not a 'cottage', being a large apartment over 2 floors of the refurbished old Grammar school but tastefully furnished and decorated throughout, quiet and relaxing and certainly a possible re-booking in future.

    Reviewed by Phil4.4Dec 2017

  • "This cottage met our needs perfectly, bedrooms are spacious and the living room really comfortable."

    A great visit and we'll be back soon.

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.8Mar 2017

  • "Beautiful property in quiet location ideal for exploring Lake District."

    Property is fantastic and I'd imagine we'll rebook next year. Couple of very very minor issues which were highlighted to the owner and dealt with in a professional and efficient manner.

    Reviewed by John4.4Sep 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x family room with 1 king-size double and 1 single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with dining area and electric fire.
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Communal patio and gardens at rear
  • Shared use of woodland walk
  • One well-behaved pet welcome.Cot available on request
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Max 6 guests
  • Note: The double bed in one of the bedrooms can be accessed by one side only.

The property

An elegant, terraced cottage with spacious accommodation and charming features, just a mile from Cockermouth with the beautiful Lake District less than four miles away.

This fabulous cottage has everything you need for a relaxing holiday with excellent restaurants and shops nearby in Cockermouth.

This superb cottage has been stylishly furnished and has a sitting room with a flame-effect electric fire and dining area and a well-equipped kitchen with breakfast table.

Upstairs there are three bedrooms, including a master with an en-suite.

The cottage is ideally situated for exploring the Northern Lake District, with Loweswater, Crummock Water and Buttermere within easy reach.

If you want to escape the mountains and lakes why not head west and tour the coastline around Allonby, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty?

At the end of the day return to this lovely cottage and enjoy the elegant and spacious accommodation and relax.

A lovely place to stay at any time of the year.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £125.

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About the location


Bassenthwaite Lake 7 miles; Keswick 13 miles.

The small country market town of Cockermouth is situated in the quiet north-western part of the Lake District, a largely undiscovered and unspoilt area, yet only 13 miles from Keswick. The town is famous as the birthplace of both William Wordsworth and Fletcher Christian (of Mutiny on the Bounty fame) and Wordsworth’s Georgian family home, on the main street, is now a popular visitor attraction, owned by the National Trust. Cockermouth offers a good variety of shops, pubs and places to eat, but (of course) the main attraction of the area is the beautiful scenery and excellent walking in the northern lakes – Bassenthwaite Lake, Ennerdale Water and Derwent Water.

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Note: Max 6 guests.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas