The Old School
A beautifully appointed former school set amidst rolling Northumbrian countryside.
A wonderful base for exploring Northumberland’s Heritage coast and surrounding countryside
Renovated to an exceptionally high standard throughout, the meticulously presented interior of this spacious former school is a testament to the owner’s attention to detail. Art by local artists and commissioned sculptures by Peter Sales reflect the myriad local wildlife, there’s handmade Danish crockery, a stone bath tub and basin, waterfall granite worktop and even embossed wooden coat hangers bearing the property name.
Outside, an attractive fully-enclosed garden includes a sheltered barbecue area with fire pit.
The ancient village of Edlingham has a recorded history going back as far as 737. It is home to a medieval (11th century) Church and a 13th-century castle with 16th-century battlements and defences. The Edlingham Railway Viaduct (now private), is a local landmark, dating from around 1885. More recently a view of the village and viaduct taken from nearby Corby Craggs featured in the official poster used to promote the film of The Hobbit.
The house is incredibly well-placed for exploring coast and country. Just six miles from Alnwick with its internationally renowned castle and garden, seven miles from the charming market town of Rothbury and 11 miles to the swathe of golden sand at Alnmouth beach.
The accommodation is all on one floor and may therefore be suitable for less mobile guests. Please note that there are steps up to the front door and one step to the patio doors.
Small entrance hall with hanging space.
Open-plan living area comprising:
Seating area with wood-burning stove (initial supply of logs provided), two-seater and two armchairs, bespoke coffee table, 55” Digital Smart TV and Bang & Olufsen Bluetooth speaker.
Dining table and chairs for four guests.
Kitchen with waterfall granite worktop, 4-ring induction hob, single electric oven, microwave, Nespresso Vertuo (please note this is a new model which takes larger pods), dishwasher, fridge / freezer and washer / dryer.
Bedroom one with 6' super king size bed, hooks for hanging space and chest of drawers.
Bedroom two with zip and link beds, which can be king size or two 2’ 6” twin beds, as preferred. Hooks for hanging space and chest of drawers.
Bathroom with bespoke bath, separate walk-in shower with rainforest head, basin and WC.
Games room with table football, PlayStation with games and board games.
The Old School sits in a pretty, fully-enclosed garden with an outside dining area accessed from the patio doors. Beyond is a barbecue area with a firepit (an initial supply of logs is provided). A barbecue is provided (guests need to supply their own charcoal).
Please note that a weatherproof, lockable shed is due to be installed at the rear of the property by Easter 2022, which guests are welcome to use to store bicycles and outdoor kit.
There is designated private parking for three cars to the side of the property.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair can be provided on request.
Regretfully the cottage is not suitable for dogs.
The beds feature high-quality bed linen and hypoallergenic bamboo duvets and pillows. Towels are provided along with a hairdryer in each bedroom and Noble Isle guest amenities.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
The house has superfast fibre broadband. Mobile reception is good on most networks inside the house and fair outside.
There is oil heating throughout the property and a wood burning stove in the sitting room (initial supply of logs provided).
The Old Schoolhouse is a standalone cottage in the small, quiet village of Edlingham. There is a field to one side of the cottage and woodland behind and to the other side. There is a property on the opposite side of the road to The Old Schoolhouse and otherwise, there are no other properties in the village which can be seen from the house.
Edlingham, a small hamlet six miles southwest of Alnwick, is set in a beautiful Northumberland valley filled with bracken and heather. With Edlingham Castle’s leaning solar tower a striking feature of the surroundings and the impressive five arch Edlingham Railway Viaduct directly visible from The Old School this is an area filled with history. The village is overlooked by Corby Crags which offer splendid views across the Northumberland countryside and the Cheviots. This view was used in the Lord of the Rings trilogy advertising posters.
In nearby Alnwick you will find an excellent range of amenities and an eclectic mix of charming specialist shops. Here you can wander the cobbled streets and gift shops around the marketplace, or stop-off at one of the many quaint cafes across the area, including Bari Tea based in the Castle Quarter for a very lovely lunch or a decadent afternoon cream tea! Sit by the fire in the old station waiting room of Barter Books in Alnwick reading one of their thousands of second hand books.
For provisions, you will find plenty of choice - try award-winning Turnbull’s for fine food and quality meats; The Alnwick Deli for delicious local produce, cheeses, hampers and gifts; or the Alnwick Bakery for home-baked breads, pies and pastries. There is a market every Saturday, a farmer’s market on the last Friday of every month, and a large supermarket nearby for all your holiday essentials.
Head out on a short drive from The Old School to join a hidden trail through Thrunton Woods to experience spectacular viewpoints over The Cheviot Hills. Get lost on enchanted, woodland walkways, explore winding cycle routes and admire wild scenery and lichen-clad trees as you go. Footpaths, fables and the wildlife-filled forest floor are all there to be discovered.
For outdoor sports enthusiasts, there are some excellent climbing and bouldering routes on Corby Crags with fantastic views across the River Aln Valley to the Cheviot Hills beyond. For country sports, fishing is available on the River Coquet and on the many lakes and reservoirs around the area.
The bustling medieval market town of Alnwick with its twisting cobbled streets, is home to some world class visitor attractions. Taking centre stage, the magnificent Alnwick Castle was the location for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films and alongside this is the Duchess of Northumberland’s fabulous horticultural creation The Alnwick Garden, which boasts one of world’s largest tree houses and the Grand Cascade.
Cragside House and Gardens offer a fascinating day out for the family where you can discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. Crammed full of gadgets developed by Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius, Lord Armstrong, Cragside is truly a wonder of its age. The adventure playground with its network of paths and tunnels will be a huge hit with children and the gardens are an absolute delight.
For something different, why not visit Chillingham Castle which is reportedly Britain’s most haunted historic castle. With idyllic grounds once designed by Capability Brown, the castle boasts commanding views of the surrounding countryside with local farmsteads and the scenic grandeur of the Cheviots. Wildlife abounds with deer, red squirrels and badgers in the woods to see and, if you are lucky, you may see the famous herd of Wild Cattle in the distance.
Children and families
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Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.Find Out More
Classes at your holiday home
Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...Find Out More
Historic houses and castles
With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.Find Out More
Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.Find Out More
Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!Find Out More
Shopping, arts and crafts
We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.Find Out More
From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.Find Out More
Museums, galleries and culture
Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.Find Out More
There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.Find Out More
If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.Find Out More
Cycling & mountain biking
Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.Find Out More
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
Ancestral history research
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Spas and beauty treatments
Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.Find Out More
Cooks and chefs
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Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
Babysitting and nannies
Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring one of our fully qualified registered and experienced nannies or babysitters to come to your house.Find Out More
Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
"At the exact moment we arrived, we were greeted by an owl hooting as if to let us know that we had made a wise decision to stay at The Old School - and so it has proved. The cottage's tasteful, warm and welcoming accommodation has provided us with a wonderful base from which to explore this lovely part of the country. We greatly appreciated the most generous welcome basket; the kind courtesy call from the owner ahead of our holiday; the creatively personalised welcoming postcard; and, the spotlessly clean accommodation. Our thanks for providing us with such a comfortable place to stay for our short break."Mr & Mrs Adams
"Thoroughly enjoyed our week here and have had great weather. The cottage is very comfortable and well-equipped, and we appreciated the welcome hamper. The Running Fox scones were excellent and we can certainly recommend their cafe at Longhoughton - stopped there on a circuit from Craster for very good coffee and cake. Thanks for providing a great place to stay."Mr & Mrs Lee
"We had a fabulous week despite the weather. The welcome hamper was lovely and appreciated. One of our favourite parts of the country; plenty of great walks, lovely scenery and lovely people. Had a great meal at Cook and Barker - in fact is was outstanding! Barters Books has the best scones in the area. The Running Fox at Shilbottle - great food too. We really enjoyed Cragside NT. Alnmouth Bistro 23 is a new discovery for us and well worth it. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay - the quality of the accommodation is outstanding!"Miller Family
"Thank you for providing such a warm and welcoming home away from home. The quality of the décor is superb and we have fallen in love with your owl! We are new to the area and have been delighted with the scenery and the beaches. Cragside was a particular favourite as were Cook and Barker, and Lilburns for lovely food."Mr & Mrs Hewitt
"A wonderful week in in a lovely house.. thank you! We have loved the castles, the beaches but most of all, the people. We are currently touring the UK, looking for the perfect place to retire to.. Northumberland is high on the list!"Mr & Mrs Bucks
"One of the best properties we have rented. Had a lovely week, visited the treasures of Northumberland. Weather was kind but still a lot to do on a rainy day. Thank you for the great holiday"Mr & Mrs Alldis
"What a lovely cottage for a week away from it all! We felt relaxed the moment we walked in and saw of what a high standard everything is, and the effort taken to ensure guests have everything they need. We have driven all around the area and walked miles. We have been very lucky with the weather too! Hope to be back again, soon!"Mr & Mrs Howard
"The Old School is a beautiful, tastfully furnished place to stay! We loved it! Thank you for the lovely hamper of Northumberland delights, we thoroughly enjoyed them. We would love to visit again soon!Smith Family
"This is a beautiful, relaxing holiday cottage. It oozes style and quality. We could not want more.. we will be back!"Mr & Mrs Frazer
"The Old School is a hidden gem! What a special week we have had in this gorgeous, comfortable and stylish property! Walks by the coast in Bamburgh and Holy Island, a boat trip to Farne Islands. We will definitely return"Mr & Mrs Tompson
"What a beautiful place! We enjoyed a very comfortable stay here - a lot of thought and detail has gone into the property. The welcome hamper was a lovely surprise and the marshmallows went down a treat on the fire pit! There is so much to do in the area. We particularly enjoyed Cragside, the beach near Bamburgh Castle and Alnwick Castle. We very much enjoyed cosy evenings back at The Old School after long days out. The week was not long enough though!"Potter-White Family
- Sorry, dogs are not permitted.
- Typical arrival day: Friday with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The feature beams add character and warmth to the open-plan living space."Olivia, Crabtree & Crabtree