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The Old School House

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7 Nights See prices

  • £335  to  £550

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Short Breaks From

  • £85 p/night
    3 night min. (off peak only)

Key Information

  • Sleeps


  • Bedrooms

    2 Rooms

  • Min Nights

    7 (peak)
    3 (off peak)

  • Children


  • WiFi


  • Dogs

    2 Dogs

  • Bathrooms


  • Access


  • Log Burner

About The Old School House

The Old School House is a beautifully converted self-catering cottage in Northumberland. With thick stone walls, loads of period charm, and space for four people to sleep in two bedrooms, it's a welcoming base for couples and families who love being surrounded by the stunning landscape of the Northumberland National Park. It's difficult to imagine that this hand-built property once rang with the shouts and laughter of school children as today it is blissfully tranquil. The Redesdale Arms near Rochester is about a ten minute drive and serves excellent food if you would like a rest from cooking.

Those in the know appreciate that this region is one of the best in the north for walking and cycling. You can join the Pennine Way from the gate, walking towards Byrness Hill towards Chew Green, stopping to admire the panoramic views of the Border Ridge and Catcleugh Reservoir. The cottage is surrounded by spectacular countryside with gentle riverside walks and trails. With the national park on one side and Whitelee Moor and Kilderhead nature reserves on the other, you have endless miles of footpaths, mountain bike friendly bridleways, and cycling routes to help you explore. Other walking destinations include Redesdale, Simonsides, the Cheviot Hills, the Otterburn Ranges, and the glorious Scottish Borders. The cottage has a covered area to store bikes if you bring yours with you, with bike hire available in Kielder if you don't.

Hadrian's Wall, Cragside, Wallington and Traquair House are some of many local attractions. You can also visit the house in Jedburgh where Mary Queen of Scots stayed in 1566, which is now a visitor centre dedicated to her life. Alnwick's castle and gardens are always a lovely day out, as are Bamburgh Castle and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. The Old School House is 45 minutes from Kielder Water, where you can enjoy various water sports, go fishing, or take a sightseeing ferry trip. There are two golf courses within a 30-minute radius, local horse riding stables, and quad biking tours.

The Old School House is available for holiday bookings all year round. It has large mature gardens in which to relax and stargaze, and a log burner with unlimited firewood as well as central heating provided by an oil-fired Rayburn to keep you snug and cosy in winter.

Contact the owner

Owner details:

Stephen & Christine Roberts joined Independent Cottages in August 2021

Enquire online / Phone:

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Amenities / Facilities

  • Log Burner
  • Off-Road Parking
  • Pub Nearby
  • Bike Storage
  • Golf Nearby
  • Garden/ Outside Area
  • Enclosed Garden
  • DVD Player
  • Washing Machine
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Microwave
  • CD Player
  • Shower
  • Horse Riding Nearby

Location (Northumberland National Park)

Accommodation Comprises:

The Old School House is a hand-crafted stone cottage that has been lovingly restored and modernised while retaining original charm and features.


  • Cosy sitting room with unlimited firewood for the log burner, two sofas, a bookcase stuffed with books, games and information about the local area to help you relax and plan your stay, and a TV and a DVD player.
  • Country kitchen/diner with an oil-fired Rayburn (used for central heating and extra hot water from October to May), a modern oven and stove, and cupboards well-stocked with utensils, plates, glasses and all the other things you'll need to cook and serve home-cooked meals. The pine farmhouse dining table seats four people and there is a CD/radio.
  • Modern shower room with a shower, heated towel rail, WC and a handbasin.


  • Both bedrooms are built under the eaves with pitched ceilings. The master bedroom has a double bed, bedside tables with drawers and reading lights, and a deep window seat.
  • Twin bedroom with two single beds and bedside tables with reading lights.

Outside: The cottage has mature gardens on three sides, with seating for you to watch the birds and red squirrels who are attracted to the nut feeders during the day and admire the brilliance of the night skies. There is off-street parking and a porch for undercover bike storage.

Additional Information: Utilities, bed linen and firewood are included. Towels can be provided for a small weekly surcharge. Up to two well-behaved dogs are welcome by arrangement. Smoking is not permitted.

The Old School House Tariff & Supplementary Information

Season Weekly Rate Short Breaks

Sat, 13th Jul 2024 - Fri, 30th Aug 2024
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Sat, 21st Sep 2024 - Fri, 1st Nov 2024
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Sat, 2nd Nov 2024 - Fri, 20th Dec 2024
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Sat, 21st Dec 2024 - Fri, 3rd Jan 2025
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Bedroom Configuration:
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms (1 Double & 1 Twin)
2 dogs welcome
Not suitable for wheelchair users
No smoking
Preferred Arrival Day:
Payment Options:
Cheque, Bank Transfer
Booking Conditions:
Please refer to the owner for accessibility requirements, booking terms / conditions and cancellation policy.
Help combat online fraud. Speak to the owner on our officially verified number: +44(0)7388478570 before paying by bank transfer.
Please discuss any requirements regarding your pet(s) with the property owner.
Independent Cottages recommends that you take out holiday cancellation insurance.

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Stephen & Christine Roberts
Member Since August 2021

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* Calendar last updated: 3rd May 2024
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