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).
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.
Children and families
Here at Crabtree & Crabtree, we like to think we’ve pulled together some rather nifty ideas to keep tots to teens happy and entertained during your stay.Find Out More
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
Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.Find Out More
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
Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cookFind Out More
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
"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