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Converted Georgian school house nestling in the stunning Clun Valley

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 8

Sitting on the edge of the village of Newcastle in the rural Clun valley, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, the Old School is a luxury conversion of the former village school built in 1830. Exposed beams, a triple height sitting room, wooden and stone floors all give a feeling of space, light and room to relax. The dining room seats 10 in comfort. Set in 3 acres land - courtyard, gardens and woods on the side of the valley, you may feel you don't want to go out and explore at all. The house offers a perfect rural retreat for up to 8 people. The Clun valley nestles in the wilds of the Shropshire hills. See buzzards circling high above the valley floor. Climb the hills and you may see red kites. Whether its for walks and fresh air and historic towns or great food and home to a roaring fire, the Old School awaits your visit.

Kerry Lawrence
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 14, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

We all had a great time this weekend. The house is amazing and really well equipped. Very Spacious and not cramped at all considering how many of us there were. Loved the bunk bed, the open fire and the setting. Lovely walks around too and great to get out of the busy town and come somewhere quiet. Think we may be back again soon!
Nov 2013
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Craven Arms House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Ensuite - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , En suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Platform Room - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Choice of bed on platform or sofa bed
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking


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(14 traveler reviews)

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Converted Georgian school house nestling in the stunning Clun Valley
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Fascinating architectural gem in remote rural beauty

  • 5 of 5

We chose the beautiful - and beautifully quiet - Clun valley for a family celebration weekend. The house is a fascinating conversion with all mod cons of an old building meant for quite different use. Effectively there are three good adult bedrooms, one en-suite, and one which worked for two small children (aged 10 and 7) on sofa-type beds but could also accommodate a more grown-up couple agile enough to climb a steep ladder. The living and dining rooms are spacious and well-equipped - games, music and television all to hand though the two big settees had seen better days. The kitchen is somewhat eccentrically long and thin but is also beautifully equipped, although the electric kettle really needs replacing, we feel. There were plums ripening at the top of the garden and there is splendid walking from the property with the Shropshire hills to go at on foot or in the saddle. Once there, you don't really have to start the car again until you leave. The village is tiny and has no shop but the pub served a classic pub dinner and Clun itself is less than four miles away. Overall, the place suited us very well and we'd recommend it for people like us.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great House in Beautiful Surroundings

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a short stay at the school house in July, 2017. The house was clean, comfortable, and well stocked. The location was perfect: very peaceful, lots of great walks from the house, and close enough to walk to the Crown Inn for a drink.

I recommend a trip to Ludlow, which is only a 30 minute drive from the house, to visit the market and see Ludlow Castle.

WiFi seemed intermittent during our stay, but not really an issue as we were there to see the beautiful countryside, not spend time online.

I'd definitely recommend this place as a great vacation house.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderfully Renovated History

  • 5 of 5

Kerry was wonderful to work with and so helpful when it came to any questions that we had, including changing our booking at the last minute. Provided great suggestions for the area too. The two local pubs in Clun were just a few minutes away and had good food and a great atmosphere. Gorgeous home and beautifully renovated.

Thank you for a memorable holiday

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Conversion, with lots of character remaining, peacful & tranqil settings

  • 5 of 5

The reason for the stay was two-fold, it was my youngest Daughters 30th Birthday, and my Husband is recovering from major heart surgery. The property therefore was ideal, a beautiful tranquil location, the house was spotless, with every necessary amenity available for self catering. The Home Owner could not have been more helpful, in accomodating with clear direction and guidance in facilitating a wonderful short break. Not withstandihng the Peace and Tranquility within the vicinity, there is easy access to places like, Ludlow, Bishops Castle, Craven Arms, and much more beautiful countryside. I would have no hesitation in recommending this property to friends and family.

The Jones Family - Hednesford, Staffordshire.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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Stylish, Spacious and Welcoming.

  • 5 of 5

I should start by saying we are by and large the fussy end of the spectrum when it comes to rents. The School House did not disappoint! In fact we hadn't planned on going to Shropshire, but searched the country looking for somewhere for two families (8 in total) to stay. The School House looked perfect, was within an area of outstanding natural beauty so we booked. House was perfect, lovely well thought out refurbishment with lots of clever touches. Offa's Dyke walks were literally on the doorstep, local pub was very welcoming, lots of firewood left for us to have roaring fires. Kerry's communication was warm, friendly and first class. A definite recommendation.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect house for a big family

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with our extended family at The Old School over a long weekend. The house is very spacious, comfortable and well equipped! The surrounding is beautiful and whether you like long (or short) walks, old castles or market towns there's something for everyone.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
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Offa's Dyke can be seen from the House and is just one of the many marked trails to explore nearby, which include the Jack Mytton Way and the Kerry RIdgeway. Walk all day and not see a soul then enjoy a drink back at the village pub. A couple of miles away is Clun, with its castle ruins shops and pubs. The local small towns of Bishop's Castle and Montgomery offer cafes and shops with nooks and crannies to explore. South is the historic market town of Ludlow. Complete with castle and beautiful walks by the river Teme it is famous for its food shops and restaurants. North is the city of Shrewsbury, Brother Cadfael country and here you'll find larger shops. Closer to home is Church Stretton, gateway to the uplands of the Long Mynd, formed from ancient volcanoes where a herd of wild ponies roam free. The English Marches become the Welsh hills and mountains, another country on the doorstep. Explore the beauty of the Elan Valley and its dams and take the mountain road across to the coast.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $210.56

Full refund of monies property owner receives (i.e. less any HomeAway administration fees) if cancelled prior to 30 days before visit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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