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Old School House, Beautiful Victorian building in the heart of the Pennines

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Overview

Property

Updated: 16-Jan-2017
  • Sleeps 12
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Cottage/B&B in Allenheads, near Hexham, Northumberland, England - Stunning Landscape, Ideal For Rural Retreats

The space:

* Minimum stays vary so please contact owner to confirm minimum stay for your preferred dates.

* Ask about discounts for less than 8 people - or more than 3 nights!

Overlooking England’s highest village, the Old School House offers panoramic views over the stunning rural landscape of the North Pennines. It is an ideal place for a relaxing yet invigorating escape from the daily routine.

The west wing of the Victorian schoolhouse, originally used as a classroom and library, has recently been refurbished to provide spacious, self-contained, accommodation for visitors. It is a beautiful space which includes an open-plan living area with high ceilings, a wood-burning stove, big comfortable sofas and a long dining table with a fitted oak kitchen.

Since summer 2012 we have had a number of delighted visitors including groups of friends and families, artists, writers and poetry groups, musicians, film makers, photographers, and cyclists on the coast to coast route.

In spring 2017, an on-site observatory will opened for use. Pre-booking and additional charges will apply, please contact us for further details.

The property has been listed in the September 2016 edition of The Guardian’s top places to stay in the UK over Christmas and New Year.

“I’m not looking forward to going back to the real world, this has been an amazing place to stay.”

- Ditte Elly, Newcastle

“It would be hard to find a place more rural and remote, yet on the inside it has the feel of a New York studio loft.”

- Elaine Williams, The Guardian.

Location:

The village of Allenheads has a friendly pub, a café serving delicious home-made food, a small shop, Heritage Centre and Nature Trail.

For anyone wanting to tour the North of England and Scottish Borders the Old School House in Allenheads is the perfect location, and only about one hour’s drive from the A1 or M1.

At 1350 feet it is England's highest village and situated within a designated area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).

It is also located in an area with some of the best Dark Sky Discover Sites in the UK and we are building the North Pennines Observatory @ ACA on our premises, due for completion this winter (2016). Star gazing equipment and telescopes are available for use before or after the completion date to give you direct access to these nationally acclaimed skies. Additional charges may apply for tuition and access to the large telescopes. Pre-booking is required.

Allenheads is just over an hour's drive from the nearest cities of Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham, Sunderland, Middlesborough and Carlisle, but it feels a world apart within the rolling North Pennine hills.

Facilities at the Old School House include:

Large open-plan area:

- Fitted kitchen with solid oak doors. Integrated dishwasher (please bring dishwasher tablets), fridge-freezer, built-in oven and ceramic hob. Cutlery, crockery and glassware (including wine glasses and champagne flutes) for 12 people. Pots, pans and utensils etc.,

- Sturdy, solid oak dining table extending to fit up to 12 dining chairs,

- 3 leather sofas.

Bedrooms:

- 2 bedrooms with single or twin in each (or put together as double),

- 2 bunk rooms with 4 beds in each (which can also be used as twin rooms)

Bathrooms:

- 2 bathrooms with 1 toilet cubicle, 1 shower cubicle and 2 sinks in each.

- please bring towels, toiletries and toilet paper.

Heating:

- Central heating throughout.

- Additional portable oil filled radiators in bedrooms if required.

- Coal & log burning stove in main open-plan room for extra comfort.

- Electric instantly heated showers.

Other facilities:

- Lock up room for bikes.

- Clothes washing machine, tumble dryer and clothes airer.

Other rooms and equipment for leisure or professional use:

- East wing: large classroom (8 x 8 metres) for meetings, conferences, workshops, performances or exhibitions with; big screen projection, surround sound speakers, window blackouts, slide projector, overhead projector, laptop & DVD player.

- Full size table tennis table.

- North Pennines Observatory @ ACA **from spring 2017** (extra charges will apply)

- I.T and admin services such as copying, scanning, printing.

(May incur extra cost)

And In the village, in the former village Post Office and Shop, a versatile venue of approximately 7 x 4 metres can also be made available for meetings, workshops, presentations and exhibitions.

More Details

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Helen Ratcliffe
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
16 January, 2017

Why Helen Ratcliffe chose Hadrians Wall & North Pennines

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What makes this cottage unique

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"I'm not looking forward to going back to the real world, this has been an amazing place to stay."

- Ditte Elly, Newcastle



“It would be hard to find a place more rural and remote, yet on the inside it has the feel of a New York studio loft.”

- Elaine Williams, The Guardian.



"Such a lovely quiet and contemplative setting. I feel recharged and more connected to my creativity and possibilities for my own life when I go home, very lovely welcome from Helen and thank you for letting us stay late in the day."



"Amazing Location! Lovely Breakfast! Thank you."

-The Bateman Cycling Team.



"Thank you for being such tremendous hosts. We loved Allenheads and you've made our visit so easy - keeping us warm and well supplied. The house is great to stay in, it had everything we needed. The cinema was brilliant after a night in Allendale for New Year. Thank you both, we'll come again!"

- Magus, Nicky, Annette, Richard, Lindsey, Pete.
Apr 2013
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Guestbook comments from the owner

"I'm not looking forward to going back to the real world, this has been an amazing place to stay."

- Ditte Elly, Newcastle



“It would be hard to find a place more rural and remote, yet on the inside it has the feel of a New York studio loft.”

- Elaine Williams, The Guardian.



"Such a lovely quiet and contemplative setting. I feel recharged and more connected to my creativity and possibilities for my own life when I go home, very lovely welcome from Helen and thank you for letting us stay late in the day."



"Amazing Location! Lovely Breakfast! Thank you."

-The Bateman Cycling Team.



"Thank you for being such tremendous hosts. We loved Allenheads and you've made our visit so easy - keeping us warm and well supplied. The house is great to stay in, it had everything we needed. The cinema was brilliant after a night in Allendale for New Year. Thank you both, we'll come again!"

- Magus, Nicky, Annette, Richard, Lindsey, Pete.
Apr 2013
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4 Reviews

4.8/5 -
(4 traveller reviews)

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Fantastic

  • 4 of 5

Excellent location for alternative to hotel for team building business meeting. My team were all very positive about the facilities and the friendly, helpful owner. Would use again and recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful weekend

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the Old School House; very nice property and very friendly owners. We can recommend the Allenheads Inn for food as well.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning views from a beautiful accomodation

  • 5 of 5

I had a wonderful stay at the Old School House in Allenheads. The owners were very welcoming and forthcoming and I felt at home immediately. The place is clean and very well kept and it was a matter of driving for a few minutes to see the most stunning sites. Doing a tour of the Lake District is also perfectly do-able from Allenheads. Would definitely recommend this property to anyone up for a nice walk in nature.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the lovely review. We're very glad you enjoyed your stay. I would just like to add that as well as the many stunning sites you mention in the area, the view from The Old School House itself is really a sight to behold and doesn't require any travelling at all. Many thanks, Helen
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Highly recommended!

  • 5 of 5

Helen and Alan made us feel very welcome. The Old School House is beautiful, located in a perfect location for exploring the North Pennines. The rooms are clean and comfortable with all the essentials you need. Well stocked kitchen so easy to cook and there is a lovely wood burning stove as well. Looking forward to come back!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the lovely review! Hope to see you again some time. Helen
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Location

From the Owner

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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Newcastle at 30 Miles Nearest Barpub : Allenheads Inn at 250 Metres Nearest Ferry : North Shields at 50 Miles Nearest Golf : Allendale Golf Club at 5 Miles Nearest Train : Hexham at 18 Miles Nearest Motorway : A1 at 40 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Allenheads Inn, & several in area at 250 Metres Nearest Ski : Allenheads Ski Club at 100 Metres Nearest Beach : Northumberland Coast, Lake District Coast at 50 Miles Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Special interest courses or occasional sessions can be offered in drawing, photography and wildlife walks with local experts.

Coast/Beach:

In about 1 hr and 20 minutes you can reach the unspoilt beaches, fishing villages and magnificent castles that feature along the North East coast.

Travel:

By plane: Newcastle Airport (1 hour)

By train: Hexham Rail Station (30 min.)

By car: 1 hour drive from the A1 or M1, Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham, Sunderland, Middlesborough and Carlisle.

Buses are also available.

Car hire is recommended.

Further Details:

There is a village shop that provides a small range of basic provisions, but supermarket deliveries are available from Tesco and Waitrose.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
February Half Term
18 Feb 2017 - 26 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
£540
for 3 nights
From
£180
From
£220
Fri,Sat,Sun
£750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Easter Holidays
8 Apr 2017 - 23 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£540
for 3 nights
From
£180
From
£220
Fri,Sat,Sun
£750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
May Day Weekend
29 Apr 2017 - 1 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£660
for 3 nights
From
£220
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
May / June Half Term
27 May 2017 - 4 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£540
for 3 nights
From
£180
From
£220
Fri,Sat,Sun
£750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer Holiday
22 Jul 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£850
for 7 nights
£850
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
October Half Term
21 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£540
for 3 nights
From
£180
From
£220
Fri,Sat,Sun
£750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas
21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,200
for 4 nights
From
£300
£1,500
 
 
New Year
28 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
£1,600
for 4 nights
From
£400
£1,800
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£360
for 2 nights
From
£180
From
£250
Fri,Sat,Sun
£756
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £12
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner

Changeover Day:
Flexible Changeover Day and duration of stay depending on availability.

Notes on prices:
ASK ABOUT MID WEEK AND OFF PEAK BREAKS!

Otherwise:
Prices are an indication for weekly and 2 night prices for a group of 8 people.
The nightly prices depend on number of nights and whether weekend or mid week.
Additional prices per person (up to 12 total) apply.
Please contact us for more details and special prices (depending on amount of people, time and duration of stay).
Extra charge of £12 per stay per dog.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Facilities

From the Owner

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Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

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

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • caving

Floor Area

  • 40 m²

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • see general description above for details

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • - 2 bedrooms with single or twin in each (or put together as double), - 2 bunk rooms with 4 beds in each (which can also be used as twin rooms)

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 4 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Other rooms and equipment for leisure or professional use: - East wing: large classroom (8 x 8 metres) for meetings, conferences, workshops, performances or exhibitions with; big screen projection, surround sound speakers, window blackouts, slide projector, overhead projector, laptop & DVD player. - I.T and admin services such as copying, scanning, printing. (May incur extra cost) And In the village, in the former village Post Office and Shop with a small range of basic provisions (Supermarket delivery from Tesco or Waitrose is available), a versatile venue of approximately 7 x 4 metres can also be made available for meetings, workshops, presentations and exhibitions. Outside: Good sized portion of front garden with barbecue, benches and breathtaking views.

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