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Spacious Grade II Listed Cottage, previously school of Charlotte & Emily Bronte

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Bronte School House, Cowan Bridge, Nr. Kirkby Lonsdale - Situated In the beautiful Lune Valley, nestling between the Lake District & the Yorkshire Dales.

Bronte School House is a beautiful period holiday cottage steeped in history: it was the old Clergy Daughters' School attended by Charlotte and Emily Brontë 1824-25 and was infamously portrayed as 'Lowood' in Jane Eyre. The property has now been sensitively restored preserving the historical character whilst also including modern-day comforts: step inside and you will find snowy-white limewashed walls, original floorboards and beams, exposed stonework and cushioned window seats. The property is well equipped with everything you could want for a comfortable stay. Enjoy relaxing by the log-burner in the cosy sitting room or taking a long soak in the big roll-top bath after a days hiking before sinking into the crisp white cotton bedlinen.

On sunny days you can take advantage of the lovely large garden: dine al fresco under the shade of a tree then enjoy relaxing to the sound of the water of Leck Beck with a post lunch coffee, or maybe a glass of wine, whilst the kids run around in the garden making their own fun and games.

Located in an incredibly beautiful part of the world Bronte School House is perfectly situated for exploring both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District National Parks. The area is also renowned for its gastronomy and is home to an enviable choice of restaurants, cafes and bars. With wonderful walks from the doorstep and many more only a short drive away if you like the outdoors you cannot help but fall in love with this region. Come and see for yourself - you will not be disappointed!

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Sandra Barker
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2018

About Sandra Barker

My husband and I are both fanatical about old properties so you can imagine when we discovered this property standing empty, as indeed it had for 30 years, we were just so excited! And then to find that this was the very school infamised by Charlotte Bronte in Jane Eyre just ratcheted up that excitement. This building was crying out for someone to care for it, to breathe life back into it; that someone was me!

Being a keen traveller myself I know that accommodation is key to a good trip. Finding somewhere built in the local vernacular, that feels warm & welcoming and that also provides 21st century comforts is vital to making you feel part of, and at home in, wherever in the world you happen to be. This is what I’ve striven for, and I do believe achieved, in Bronte School House. I look forward to warmly welcoming you!

Sandra Barker purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Sandra Barker chose Burrow-with-Burrow

Walk into Bronte School House and you fall in love with it! The old stone limewashed walls and the ancient floorboards welcome you home. The Lune Valley where it sits really is one of those hidden gems - perfectly located for exploring both the Lake District & the Yorkshire Dales - with luscious green rolling countryside it truly captures you in its beauty; this is quintessential english countryside at its best.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Beautiful cottage, very comfortable, with everything you need!"

"Perfect family holiday cottage"

"A true oasis away from home"

"Beautiful period cottage in a gorgeous setting"

"Cottage is fab, surrounding area is absolutely gorgeous what wonderful landscape."

"We have really enjoyed our weeks stay - a real "home" from "home". Beautiful and comfortable cottage - we highly recommend staying here."

"The Bronte Cottage for me was a perfect weekend getaway."

"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Bronte School House. It was a perfect place to snuggle up after our long walks in the beautiful snowy mountains. What can I say? They thought of everything-lovely wood burning stove to get cosy after long days trekking, roll top bath to relax tired muscles, books to read when all you want to do is chill...perfect!"

"Thoroughly enjoyed our week in this beautiful cottage steeped in literary history."

"A lovingly restored & obviously cherished property makes this cottage a striking & memorable place to stay."

"What a beautiful, unique & well presented cottage! Spacious & well cared for."

For Trip Advisor reviews please see:
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Burrow-with-Burrow in Lancaster District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Ground floor - bathroom with claw foot bath, separate shower, toilet and wash basin. First floor – toilet and wash basin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Bed can be accessed from only one side.
  • Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: king sized brass bed with pocket sprung matress. Bedroom 2: two 3 ft single iron beds with pocket sprung matresses. Bedroom 3: double brass edwardian bed with pocket sprung matress.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Garden ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Spacious Grade II Listed Cottage, previously school of Charlotte & Emily Bronte
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 13 reviews

Perfect spot to enjoy northern England and The Lake District.

  • 5 of 5

It is a wonderful place to stay. Owner thought of everything we needed. Very comfortable. The history of the building and all the Bronte reading materials made us feel a part of the countryside.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely fabulous place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the Bronte School House. It was beautifully set up. Sandra, the owner, met us and this was greatly appreciated. She showed us around the house and explained things. It was a comfortable place to stay and central to loads of things to do.

We would highly recommend this property to people and will stay there again if we are ever back in UK.

Re a previous review concerning traffic noise, yes, there was some, but really not a drama and I think not an issue considering the advantage of being in a central position.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage with a lot of atmosphere

  • 5 of 5

A nice and cosy cottage with everything that you need for a relaxing holiday! Not only for Bronte Lovers...

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely and atmospheric

  • 5 of 5

A lovely welcoming cottage with a very interesting history. As a big Bronte fan I was delighted to stay where the sisters went to school as famously described as Lowood in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. The cottage itself is in a very good position for the Lakes, Blackpool etc with lots of lovely walks nearby.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderfully modernised cottage, in a great location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is well-equipped, clean, with a beautiful garden and a fantastic range of books and information about the area. We didn't need the log burner as the weather was so good and the heating more than adequate. Sandra replied quickly to our queries before our stay and was on hand by email during our stay for any further information we needed. The cottage is very well situated for both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, and Kirkby Lonsdale itself is well worth a visit (we can particularly recommend the fish and chips!).

  • Review Submitted: 07-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place to stay - interesting, comfortable, clean, beautiful and child friendly.

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place to stay! This cottage has everything we wanted for our weeks holiday. Aside from the excellent location - SO MUCH TO DO EVERYWHERE - the cottage itself has personality, history and is a beautiful place. The kitchen has all the bits and pieces you need to cook, there's even toys and board games, so our kids (7 & 2) were very happy. It's incredibly comfortable, very clean, beautifully decorated, interesting and there are walks you can do from the doorstep. We loved the log burner and the book selection was brilliant - so many books on and by the Brontes and the album showing the house restoration was great to see. What a brilliant place! We didn't really want to leave.. we will definitely be going back.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
74 Miles
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
M6 motorway
Car: recommended

In Cowan Bridge village, where the cottage is located, there is a general store/newsagents and a café which serves delicious cakes! There are two restaurants and a bar within a mile and several further restaurants and bars within 2 miles in the beautiful historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale. The excellent Booths supermarket is only 2 miles away in Kirkby Lonsdale.

The surrounding area is particularly well served by many highly commended restaurants and pubs, many of which specialise in local produce and locally brewed ales as well as having good wine selections. The delightful historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale is home to numerous enticing cafés and bakeries, award winning pubs and restaurants, an excellent supermarket and a plethora of small independent shops. The view of the River Lune, as painted by Turner and praised by John Ruskin as "one of the loveliest views in England", can be seen from St Mary's churchyard. The Yorkshire Dales village of Ingleton is served by outdoor activity shops including bike hire, several good food-serving pubs and an open air swimming pool (summer only). The whole area is wonderful walking country with many walks going straight from the doorstep. Walks range in scale from a gentle stroll along Leck Beck to Helvellyn or The Three Peaks of Yorkshire for the more energetic! Unmissable is the spectacular Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. There are great cycle routes, both on and off road, to suit all levels of fitness. For experienced pot-holers the Lancaster Pot and Easegill Cave System, believed to be the longest and most complex cave system in Britain, is on your doorstep. For those without specialist equipment the spectacular Whitescar Caves and Ingleborough Cave can be easily explored. Canoeists will be interested to know that they only have to travel about two miles to reach the put-in for Leck Beck which runs past the end of the cottage garden. For horse riders Holmescales riding centre Old Hutton (12 miles from cottage) welcomes novices and experienced riders for treks and hacks in the Lake District. Also within a few miles: Bronte Parsonage Museum at Howarth; Settle to Carlisle railway-one of England’s most scenic railway journeys; Lancaster Castle; Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hill Top; Levens Hall; Sizergh Castle; and Leighton Hall.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Burrow-with-Burrow, Lancashire

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
3 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
14 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Jul 2018 - 3 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
4 Aug 2018 - 20 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
21 Aug 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
25 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Oct 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Oct Half term
20 Oct 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Nov 2018 - 19 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
20 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Changeover day is flexible. The cottage is available to guests from 4pm on day of arrival to 10am on day of departure unless agreed otherwise.

Notes on prices:
FOR STAYS OF DURATION 4, 5, or 6 NIGHTS please Contact Owner for a price as the automated system tends to come up with incorrect prices! Price includes: electric, heating, large basket of logs for the log-burner, linen, towels and unlimited super fast internet/wifi.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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