The Old School House

Sleights, Yorkshire Coast

  • 3 Star
  • Character two bedroomed cottage in a picturesque location.

You can book this property from:

  • £422 per week
  • £60 per night
  • 3 Star


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 1 double bed
  • 2 single beds


  • Freezer


  • 1 WC
  • Towels provided
  • Bath
  • Shower


  • Family friendly


  • Private parking
  • Secure bicycle storage

How far to...?

  • Beach 2.5 miles
  • Pub 0.25 miles
  • Shop 0.5 miles

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Welcome pack
  • River views
  • Countryside views

Nearby activities

  • Walking
  • Cycling

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Sorry, infants (aged under 2) are not allowed at this property
  • Check in: 4:00pm
  • Check out: 9:00am

  To give our cleaners enough time to complete the additional cleaning and sanitising that is currently needed to keep our guests safe, check-in and check-out times at the majority of our properties have been temporarily revised. The revised times for this property are reflected above.



  • Walk-in shower

Read the full Access Statement for this property.

Access Statement

Property Name: Old School House
Description: 1764 detached stone built cottage

Pre-arrival and local facilities
Nearest bus stop: Opposite house and next to cottage
Nearest train station: 1 tenth of a mile
Nearest petrol station: 2 miles
Nearest food shop: Spar shop, Elizabeth Bothams, Radfords Butchers 0.5 mile
Nearest pub/restaurant: Salmon Leap 0.25 mile

Arrival and car parking
Type of parking available: off road parking for one car on street parking opposite
Number of spaces available: 1 off road parking
For what sized car: SUV/large
Parking surface is: grass with reinforcement underneath
Is the parking level: Yes
Is there good space to unload once parked: Yes
Distance to property from parking: 10 feet
Distance to nearest public parking area: N/A
Is it pay and display? N/A
The width of the path to the property is: 90 cm
The number of steps to the entrance is: 2 to side entrance none for front entrance

Main entrance
The main entrance door width is: 86cms for front door, 81cms for side door
Number of steps to the main entrance: None
The height of the key safe is: 120 cm
The height of the key hole is: 100 cm
How many other entrances to the property are there: None

Living and dining rooms
Type of flooring: Flagstone
Width of doorways None as open plan
Is there good space between furniture? Yes
Is the furniture moveable or fixed? moveable

Type of flooring: flagstone
Width of doorways: None as open plan
Working height: 90 cm
Is oven set high or low? Low
Fridge height: 85 cm
Freezer height: 40 cm
Is crockery stored in high or low cupboards: both
Is any equipment stored externally or away from the main kitchen, and if yes, which and where? No

Bedrooms and landings
How many floors does the property have? Ground floor and first floor
The number of steps between floors is: eleven
The flooring is: carpet
The door widths are: 76 cm for all doors upstairs
Bed sizes are: One double 140 cm and two 90 cm single beds
Is the bedroom furniture moveable or fixed: moveable

Bathrooms and cloakrooms
Type of flooring: stone tiles
Width of the doorways: 76 cm
Is there an accessible or adapted WC? No
Is there an accessible or adapted bath or shower? No
Is there a ground floor WC? No
Is there a ground floor bathroom or shower room? No
Does any bath or shower have a grab rail or handle fitted? No
Is there any shower where access is level rather than a step up? No

Outdoor facilities
External areas are:
Is permanent seating provided? Folding table and chairs (4)
Is there outside lighting? Yes
Is there colour contrast of critical surfaces? No
Are there footpaths to follow for visually/mobility impaired? No
Are there barriers to entry into any part of the garden? Trellis fencing
Are there any other hazards? Flower pots

Is there a landline telephone for guests to use? No
If yes, does it accept incoming calls only or incoming and outgoing calls? Good reception
Mobile phone reception information:
Can you easily access an electrical socket in all rooms without having to move furniture (not cloakrooms or bathrooms)? Yes, but low down
Are electrical sockets generally low or high? low
Do you provide speciality alarms for hearing or sight impaired guests? no

Additional relevant information

Please add further details on any accessibility items or restrictions found at the property:

This access statement has been completed by the owner and Ingrid Flute’s is not to be held responsible for the content therein.




The Old School House is a cosy two bedroomed cottage which sleeps four in the delightful village of Briggswath, just outside the coastal town of Whitby on the North York Moors.  There is an open plan living/dining and kitchen area, just right for small family to be together after a day in the moors or great for friends to enjoy each other’s company whilst preparing a tasty dinner from local Yorkshire fayre or to sit and relax in front of the large smart TV and watch a favourite film.  Upstairs you will find two comfortable bedrooms, a family bathroom and an en-suite shower cubicle in bedroom one. The property is located within five minutes’ drive of Whitby.  Here you will find a beach complete with donkey rides in the summer and some of the best fossil hunting in the country.  Captain James Cook was an apprentice here in Whitby before he sailed off and discovered Australia. Whitby Abbey, a Cistercian monastery, is said to be the inspiration for Bram Stokers Dracula and the Goth community hold their festival here every year. With, history, art, nature and superb restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs and of course fish and chips there really is something for everyone in Whitby.

History: The Old School House was actually originally a Toll House, the last before Whitby on the Pickering to Whitby road. It was first mentioned in 1764 (We did a little research in the library of the Whitby and Literary Society. Part of the Whitby Museum and well worth a visit) It then became the local School, hence the name. During the war it was used by the Home Guard. Since then it has been a Hairdressers, Antique shop (It popped up several times on Heartbeat) and now for you a holiday cottage.


Entrance:  Through the side door into the open plan ground floor area

Lounge/Dining Room/Kitchen: A light and airy open plan room with two large windows and an original front door .  Cosy up on the sofa and rest your weary legs after a day’s activity in the fantastic North Yorkshire Moors. You will find traditional furnishings including two cabinets an occasional table, large TV with Freeview and a dining table with chairs.
The kitchen area incorporates a fridge and separate small freezer, ceramic hob, electric oven and grill, washing machine, microwave, filter coffee machine.  A real feature of this room is the original stone floor.

Landing: A staircase from the living area leads up to the landing which in turn leads to the bedrooms and bathroom
Bedroom 1: Double bed with wooden headboard, bedside tables with lamps, traditional style wardrobe and chest of drawers and an occasional chair. Latched wooden door.  There is a TV for you to enjoy a lazy morning in bed. A tiled shower cubicle is in this bedroom.
Bedroom 2: A twin room with two single beds with metal headboards, a bedside table with lamp, a wardrobe and chest of drawers and a small occasional table and chair. A latched wooden door.  This room has a very pleasant outlook up the leafy road.
Bathroom: Bath, pedestal washbasin, toilet and heated towel rail and a lovely latched wooden door.

Pets: 2 well behaved dogs welcome.
Parking: Off road parking for a car. Plenty of on road in the village.
Garden: Small enclosed patio with outside seating and lovely stone floor.  From this you can sit and listen to the water from the beck which runs to the rear of the patio area. Secure Bike Storage.
Heating: Underfloor gas central heating downstairs upstairs radiators.
Short Breaks: Accepted all year round.
Notes: Towels are provided. No smoking at this property. Unlimited WiFi available free of charge. Mobile phone signal variable. Please note this property is not suitable for children under the age of eight.
Fishing: The river Esk runs close by the Cottage with free fishing stretch running from the footbridge (from the front door turn left) to  Sleights Road Bridge. Species on offer include Brown Trout, Grayling, Salmon and Sea Trout. Fishing can be done with bait, spinners and on the fly Please remember that although it is free to access the land here you must have the appropriate Environment Agency rod license and adhere to the appropriate bye laws. 
Shop: 0.5 mile Renowned Butchers Radford’s, Renowned Bakers Botham’s, Spar Supermarket.

Pub: Nearest (Over the foot bridge) 0.25 mile The Salmon Leap Others: The Plough Sleights The Forge Inn in Aislaby

Perry's Garden Centre is only 2 doors down from the cottage where you can enjoy tea and homemade cake at the side of the River Esk.


The Old School House is in a very good location, we did some beautiful walks close by, and it is only 3.5 miles into Whitby, There were some lovely pubs to have diner in the evening and the sound of the steam train was lovely. Comfortable, well equipped and welcoming - we can't wait to return.

Ms L,

Thank you. The cottage was lovely and we fell in love with it as soon as we opened the front door. It was perfect.

Past Customer,

We have loved our short break and the cottage is fabulous. The welcome basket was a lovely touch, especially with later access time.

Past Customer,

Absolutely gorgeous cottage. Very well equipped and very cosy. Lovely touch with Christmas decorations. A home from home.

Previous Customer,

#Very cosy, clean and fully equipped. Great location too!

Previous Customer,


Area Information

Sleights is a stunning, traditional village located about three miles from Whitby, and is one of the largest villages in country. Along the bottom of the village runs the River Esk, where many salmon can be seen leaping in the river. Salmon fishing permits can be obtained for anyone interested in trying their hand at fishing. The village has fantastic amenities including a shop, bakers, an award-winning butchers, pubs, church, village hall, fish and chip restaurant and a post office. It is a wonderful location for walks and is perfect for a family or couples holiday.

For more information on Sleights and the surrounding area and local events see our Yorkshire Coast Guide and the Festivals & Events Guide.