|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
The Old School dates back to the mid-19th Century and is a grade 2 listed building. It was converted in 2006 after many years as a School (until the 2nd World War) village hall and community centre. It retains many of it’s original features including wood panelling and large sash windows. The property offers tastefully appointed and spacious living and sleeping accommodation for 8 to 10 people. The main house has 3 bedrooms (2 doubles and a twin). There is also a self contained ‘flat’ to the rear of the main house providing spacious accommodation for 2 to 4 people which is ideal for a family group. The internal layout of the main house and flat is modern and spacious. There is a large modern oak kitchen/breakfast room, 3 bathrooms and a large open plan wood panelled lounge and dining room. The house and flat benefit from central heating. Light, spacious, luxurious and full of character and charm, The Old School is designed to make your stay comfortable, fun and memorable.
Andrew is an Architect living in Manchester and Helen recently retired. We bought Casa del Suenos in December 2014 as a holiday home where we could relax and escape the pressures of work! We hope to spend many happy times there with family and friends in all seasons. We have started a programme of refurbishment to lovingly and sympathetically restore and enhance it to a very high standard. We made the decision to offer the property to rent and it will be available to rent from March 2015. We wanted to retain the use of it ourselves and also hope that people who rent it will be renting year after year as they too are charmed by the property and the area.... Year purchased: 2014.
Helen Dempster purchased this house in 2007
The location of the Old School is unique as it combines the peace and tranquillity of the Scottish Borders countryside, yet is within easy reach of the historic town of Berwick Upon Tweed and the magnificent North Northumberland Coastline.
We were attracted to the area because of the variety of things to do in all seasons and weather. For example coastal and inland walks in nearby towns, countryside and on the coast. Enchanting castles and spectacular beaches are close by, including Holy Island and Bamburgh Castle which are only 20 minutes drive away. There is fishing on the Tweed, game shooting, Scuba Diving in nearby St Abbs and golf on a variety of links or inland courses. We often just chill out and go for coffee and just relax....
with the advantage of ease of proximity
(SEE THIS 5 STAR REVIEW ON TRIP ADVISOR) This was our second visit to the Old School and are now planning our third! The house is magnificient with everything you need for a fantastic holiday! We love the house and the area as there is so much to do inside and out whatever the weather! The owners have thought of everything you need for a cosy, comfortable, calm holiday from the superbly stocked and well resourced kitchen to the complimentary toiletries your holidsy needs are well catered for whatever your age! Our daughters love the bear school, toys and books provided and also the sumptuous ballet room!
WE WILL DEFINATELY BE RETURNING ASAP
A lovely house in a lovely setting. Extremely well appointed with everything you could need and more. The decoration and provisions are lavish and designer.
Eight of us stayed very comfortably for a week. The siting is perfect for visiting Edinburgh, Lindisfarne, Alnwick, Berwick, Bamburgh and numerous seaside towns - we did all this in a week. The weather wasn't always brilliant but it didn't matter when you had such a comfortable house to come back to.
Our party of 5 adults had an enjoyable week in the Old School, which is spacious and well appointed. We cycled and walked along the coast. The owner was helpful and welcoming.
this was our 3rd visit to The Old School & it was every bit as fabulous as our previous visits! The accommodation is spacious, luxurious & caters for visitors of all ages! The owners really go the extra mile to make sure their guests have everything they need! It's a perfect location for exploring Northumberland or the Scottish Borders with lots of National trust, English/ Scottish heritage places to visit aswell as beautiful beaches & quaint villages! We will definitely be returning for more fantastic holidays!!!
Old School is in a great location to explore both Scotland and England. The home is in a very quiet area which was very nice to come back to after a long day of sightseeing. It is very clean and the kitchen has everything you could ever need. The rooms are spacious and there is a nice big family room with enough seating to all be together. Helen is lovely to deal with she is extremely efficient with emails and any information you may require. It was truly a wonderful experience for us with many happy memories.
We stayed as a family 7 adults and 2 children. The school house is stunning!!! We have rented many properties around the world and this is the best equipped home we have ever stayed in. The kitchen alone has every utensil and kitchen gadget you could ever need. The rest of the house is beautifully presented, immaculately clean and we felt right at home straightaway. The welcome basket was very much appreciated, with delicious home made cake, wine and other treats.
When booking the schoolhouse, Helen's communication was excellent, nothing was to much trouble and answered all emails promptly.
We wouldnt hesitate in recommending the property for any occasion.
The schoolhouse is ideally located to town and beaches, we had some great trips out.
Thankyou so much, you have a beautiful home!!!!
Many thanks for the use of your beautiful home.
The Hewson and Witham families.
The Old School offers something for everyone! We havew holidayed in the UK for the last 15 years and the Old School is the most comfortable well resourced accomadation we have stayed in! The Bear Corner and ballet room were great hits with our daughters and nephew! Helen and Andrew have really gone the extra mile to ensure that their guests our well catered for: providing complimentary cleaning products and toiletries aswell as a very well stocked lardere cupboard and fantastic welcome pack with home made cake! Helen also organised a lovely birthday cake for our eldest daughter!
We had the most fantastic time the area is beautiful, there is loads to do (with or without children) and the Old school is a home from home after a long day out!
We would heartily recommend it and will definately be returning!!!!
The Old School is five minutes drive from the coast at Berwick upon Tweed and 10 minutes drive from the nearby beaches of Scremerston, Coldingham and Spittal. The spectacular Northumberland coast is easily accessible and it is only a 20 minute drive to Bamburgh (with the famous castle), Seahouses (with boat trips to the Farne Islands) and Holy Island.
The Old School is 4 miles from Berwick Upon Tweed where there is a mainline railway station with regular services from London, South West and the Midlands. There is also an extensive bus service. While there is a bus service from the end of the road near the property into Berwick Upon Tweed, to get the best from your holiday in this primarily rural area a car is recommended.
There are Airports in Edinburgh and Newcastle approximately 1 hours drive from the Old School.
The Old School is 4 miles from Berwick Upon Tweed, 67 miles north of Newcastle and 53 miles south of Edinburgh.
It is approximately 40 minutes drive from Kelso, 50 minutes drive from Alnwick and 20 minutes drive to Bamburgh, Seahouses and Holy Island.
The North Northumberland Coast and South East Scottish Borders are rural and coastal areas of great natural beauty and tranquillity, yet are full of life and rich in history. There are plentiful attractions and activities of all types as well as numerous eateries.
Must see locations range from coastal beauty spots such as Tweedmouth, Coldingham (renowned for surfing), and Spittal (Victorian seaside village). Further afield are a variety of interesting and diverse Scottish border towns. These include Selkirk, Galashiels, Melrose, Kelso, Hawick and Peebles. Each of these towns have their own individual facilities and charm. For example, Kelso (35 minutes drive) has a well known racecourse and a wide range of country sports shops. The river Tweed offers first class salmon fishing, and several shooting estates.
The picturesque coastal village of St. Abbs some 10 miles north of Berwick is a major dive attraction and Coldingham Bay offers some of the best surfing in the UK.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$246|
We started to rent in November 2012. We are rated 5 out of 5 "Great" on Trip Advisor! Bookings run from 4pm Sat to 10am Sat but we are flexible. We offer short stays throughout the year at a cost of two thirds of the weekly rent. Please contact us to discuss.
To confirm the booking we require one third of the rental. The remainder, plus a fully refundable household deposit of £200, becomes due 8 weeks prior to your arrival. Pets are strictly by prior arrangement.
The normal changeover day is Saturday, but we can be flexible wherever possible.
The arrival time is 4pm and departure time is 10am to allow time to prepare the Old School for the next guests.
Notes on prices:
The Old School is a luxury property rated 5 out of 5 "Great" on Trip Advisor. We do offer short breaks throughout the year at a cost of approximately two thirds of the weekly rental. We can take payment through Paypal using a credit card for your convenience.
Do feel free to contact us by telephone on 07779267879, or by email, to discuss short breaks, alternative changeover days, payment methods, special offers or any other issues and we will endeavour to meet your needs.