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

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


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 cozy 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!

Check out our website for lots more information: www.bronteschoolhouse.com

More Details

Sandra Barker
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2017

About Sandra Barker

My husband and I are both fanatical about old properties & as you can imagine discovering this property standing empty, as indeed it had been for 30 years, was just so, exciting! And then to find that this was the 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 Lancaster district

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 - nestling between 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:

Nov 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Burrow-with-Burrow in Lancashire

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 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, brass georgian bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Garden ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • 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
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)


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: May 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 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: Apr 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well equipped, cosy cottage. Highly recommended.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a long weekend break and although the weather was wet and windy we stayed warm and cosy in this lovely cottage.

Sandra met us at the cottage to explain how everything worked and made us feel very welcome.

This unique historical property has been sympathetically restored and we loved the comfy beds, deep freestanding bath and good wood burner.

The Bronte connection is interesting and we enjoyed reading about the local area.

It is very convenient for Kirkby Lonsdale and the Booths supermarket just down the road.

Looking forward to our next visit although hopefully in slightly better weather so we can try the local walks.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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very spacious and homely holiday cottage

  • 5 of 5

we had a short break in this lovely cottage and were made to feel very welcome by the owner who showed us around.

would highly recommend this as a perfect stay in the country not too far from the Lakes and a short drive to the wonderful market town of Kirby Lonsdale.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bronte School House

  • 3 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay in Bronte School House. It is a very interesting building and we found it to be very comfortable. The local area is lovely especially because there are such lovely walks from the door. The little village shop and café we found to be very handy and took advantage of it throughout the week. It is a shame that the cottage could not be better protected from the road noise but we understand the restriction with listed building.

George and Kate Ankers

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback George and Kate, so glad you enjoyed your stay. Perhaps I should clarify the situation regarding the road for everyone: we are situated in the village of Cowan Bridge and there are speed restrictions in force throughout the village. Bronte School House is perpendicular to the road (not overlooking it) and our adjoining next door neighbour is between us and the road (hence we are set back from the road). It is however a main road running through the village so there is some road noise, particularly during the day; it tends to drop off in the evening and at night though. Most people do not find the road noise intrusive, however if you are looking for total peace and quiet perhaps this is not the place for you. The advantage of the road though is that it makes the cottage very accessible, even in winter, as the road is gritted when we have icy conditions and we have never been cut off by snow or flooding.
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Lovely cosy cottage, well equipped, comfortable and with literary connections!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five, including two teenagers, just spent a lovely long weekend in this delightful cottage near Kirkby Lonsdale. The cottage is well equipped and furnished comfortably with a lovely log burner- very welcome after a day going up a snow capped Ingleborough! The beds are exceptionally comfortable and the kitchen very well equipped. Very homely and comfortable in a perfect location . Although fabulous for visiting the Dales and the Lakes, the immediate area is lovely in its own right. We had a lovely long weekend and hope to be back soon!

  • Review Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
3 Jun 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer hols
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Oct 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
21 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 Oct 2017 - 19 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
20 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
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:
Prices are per week in £ sterling. Price includes: electric, heating, large basket of logs for the log-burner, linen, towels and unlimited internet/wifi.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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