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Stunning Converted School House



Updated: 02-May-2016
Beautiful coverted school in Devoran, Cornwall - Peaceful Location, Opposite The Park, And 5 Minutes Walk To The Pub

Our fabulous home is extremely comfortable, and is perfect for celebrating a special occasion, or just having a family get-together!

We have recently made some great alterations to the house. We have created a beautiful interlinking, self contained, slipt level snug that sleeps two adults and a child. It has a completely separate, fully equipped kitchen, luxurious shower room, and a really lovely living room/dining room with a double sofa bed for any extra guests! (I haven't included this in the numbers the house can sleep). If there are only 6 in you party, then it is possible just to rent the main house, and hive this part off at a reduced price. I need to take some up to date photos, so please bear with me! I am also listing this on Airbnb so you'll be able to see it there too in the next few weeks.

We've done everything to make your stay as comfortable as possible (including fine bed linen and fluffy towels!), and I have no doubt that you'll love it in our home, as well as our beautiful village! It's a magic spot that's far enough away from the madding crowd, but close enough to the best beaches, and the best towns. We've really got it all here. I promise that you won't be disappointed!

We have a lovely South facing garden and a private terrace which backs on to, and overlooks the park. It's perfect to let your children free, but you can keep an eye on them whilst sipping your wine from the terrace!

The house is a 2 minutes drive to a brilliant local shop, and only 10 minutes to both Truro and the coastal town of Falmouth. It is perfectly located to access both North coast and South coast beaches, and the South coast gardens - Trelissick, Glendurgen and Trebah (our fav!).

Our favourite very local things to do.... Kayaking from Mylor harbour to The Pandora where the kids love crabbing and we love crab sarnies! (we have two kayaks to use) - Jumping off the quay at Point on a hot Summer's day - Walking Kennall Vale (a beautiful historical waterfall walk) - Swimming at Chycara (a private swimming pool you can hire very cheaply).

More Details
  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

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About the Owner

My hubby (Andrew/Bez) and I (Nicky) have two fabulous children; Scarlett is 11 and George is 6. I was bought up in Cornwall, so once we had done our 10 year stint of playing and working too hard in London, we lived in New Zealand for 3 years, and then eventually returned home in 2003. Since then, we have set up various businesses, and put our hearts and soul into converting The Old School.

Devoran is a great place to live. Its location is perfect. It offers peace and tranquility, but at the same time there are lots of active things to do at our finger tips. We love swimming in the creek, kayaking, and cycling on the Bissoe trail.

We will share all our secret places with you... You'll love it!

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4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


A Cornish house to die for!

  • 5 of 5

Looking for a holiday house to suit ten people was a daunting task, but we struck lucky with The Old School House in Devoran near Truro, Cornwall. That house certainly had the WOW! factor. It was a great size; open and airy and wonderful for everyone to find their own space. It was nicely decorated with lots of modern conveniences. The pleasure of sitting down at a table big enough for all of us was a great bonus. I couldn't think of a thing that was missing in that lovely kitchen. The location was good, within easy reach of both North and South coasts; close to a river and play park and, well just a short drive to everywhere! Devoran was perfect - a pretty village, with a great pub and beautiful views. The intermittent rain didn't spoil some lovely beach days and almost all of us turned out in wet suits to have a go at surfing and body boarding (not water boarding as we keep telling people!) We hired two motor boats one day and even Daisy aged 5 and Tommy aged 7 had their turns at the tiller. The problem is that now we are home, the kids think that their bedrooms are much too small!

Rosanne Tempest-Holt

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

5 stars - Exceeded expectations on every level! Our family holiday is an important time to relax and enjoy and we could not have been happier with our choice. The house is HUGE, full of character and is an excellent base to explore Cornwall. Nicki has been mentioned by other reviewers, and rightly so, a welcoming and attentive host. Thanks for the memories! CH

  • Review Submitted: Nov 28, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
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A Week at Devoran

  • 5 of 5

THis was a wonderful place for a family holdiay; there were 9 of us. The place lived up to its description in the brochure and Nicky gave us a splendid cream tea welcome. The house was immaculate with a comprehensively equipped kitchen; there was also a wealth of leaflets with information about all the attractions in the surrounding area, along with a number of very useful maps. We visited gardens, beaches, galleries and lots of other interesting places. The children enjoyed kayaking at Loe Beach! We would heartily reciommend the Old School, Devioran, as an excellent base for a wide variety of ages to explore the surrounding countryside and its many attractions.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Birthday gathering

  • 5 of 5

Our family congregated at The Old School House to celebrate my wife's birthday. Our welcome from Nicky was lovely, (she bought a cake !) and set the week off to perfection, nothing beats a cup of tea and a slice of birthday cake after a long journey. The cottage, for our group of 7 adults and 3 children, had been set up perfectly, and was a great location for us to use as a family base for our week long visit. The children and grand-children thoroughly enjoyed their visit and the birthday celebrations and are already discussing our next family adventure.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
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From the Owner

It's light and airy, cosy and comfortable, spotless and luxurious. AND there's plenty of space inside if it's a rainy day!

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

I won't even begin to list all the attractions, as everyone has such different requirements. I put together a comprehensive guide that I can send you prior to your stay. Here's just a couple of details to wet your appetite!


In Cornwall we are blessed with amazing local produce, so it's a pleasure to eat out. We have so many delicious places to choose from. The Porthminster Cafe in St. Ives, Rick Stien's 'Cornish Arms' in St. Merryn, The Wheelhouse and Provedore in Falmouth are must gastro visits.


The beautiful kiddie friendly South coast Falmouth beaches are only 15 minutes drive away. Or take a short trip on the King Harry Ferry to the Roseland Peninsular beaches. Our family favourites are surf beaches - Chapel Porth and Porthtowan on the North Coast which are only 25 minutes drive away. The list is endless - I can give you all the top tips when you book.


Rental rates

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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
To book we will need 50% deposit within 4 days of booking the property. Full payment will be required 8 weeks prior to arrival.

Changeover Day:
Weekly holidays commence at 4pm on a Saturday afternoon and finish at 10am on a Saturday morning, unless otherwise agreed.

50% on booking, 50% two months prior to arrival, including security deposit (paid back within 2 weeks after holiday).

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From the Owner

It's a beautiful Victorian school! Even though we've fully modernised it inside, it still has the high Windows and the vaulted ceilings to retain an element of its original feel. We have views over the back garden, to the park, and the creek beyond.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • river
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, This is the ensuite to the master bedroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, This is the main family bathroom
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • We have a large family bathroom (with a roll-top bath and a shower), a wet room shower, and an ensuite shower room for the master suite.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Sofa bed/Futon, The sofa can be slept on by a child if absolutely necessary
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed, This bedroom has an ensuite
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Large Double Bed, 1 Child Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: There are 2 lovely rooms with double beds, the master suite (upstairs) has a super king bed, and the attic bedroom has a king sized bed and a child's single bed. The rooms are large and all of them can easily fit a cot in, or the odd blow-up bed in (by prior arrangement).


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: We have a South facing secluded terrace with a Webber bbq. This terrace leads on to a lawn, that then leads directly onto the park. This is heaven for the kids, and it takes the pressure off the adults having to entertain them! It is a new garden so it lacks established plants but it's still attractive, and perfect for playing/chilling in. Utility Room: My beloved Miele washing machine and dryer! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedding, Linen and Bath Towels are provided, but not Beach Towels (please bring your own). Electricity, gas and weekly cleaning are included in the cost of the Holiday.

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