Old School House, Allenheads, Northumberland

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Victorian school house sleeping 12 with a function room, for business events, big get togethers and special occasions

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends.
Old School House, Allenheads, Northumberland, sleeps 8-12 in 4 bedrooms.

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.

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

The Space
The west wing of the Victorian schoolhouse, originally used as a classroom and library, has recently been refurbished to provide spacious, self-contained, self catering accommodation for up to 12 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.

For our Business Guests
The Old School House is also an ideal place for businesses looking for somewhere different to host residential conferences and training courses, taking advantage of our additional conference room (8x8m) with big screen presentation, surround sound, printing/copying/scanning facilities and versatile spaces inside and out for breakout groups. We can offer an additional 2-bed flat for larger business groups, accommodating 14 resident guests and up to 50 delegates overall. We can also book specialist providers in the area who can offer a range of outdoor pursuits such as gorge walking or mine trips.

Unique Features
One of the outstanding features of the North Pennines is the quality of the dark night skies with exceptional views (weather permitting) of distant galaxies, star clusters and the Milky Way. We are excited to announce that in 2017 the new North Pennines Observatory will be completed on the east side of the premises. This will allow visitors to explore the dark skies with specialist equipment and instruction. Additional prices will apply and advance booking necessary - please enquire.

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.


Integrated dishwater, fridge-freezer, built-in oven and ceramic hob. Cutlery, crockery and glassware for twelve. Pots, pans, utensils. Outdoor BBQ.
Open plan living area. Sturdy, solid oak dining table extending to fit up to 12 dining chairs.
Open plan living area. 3 leather sofas, wood burner.
Plasma screen with sound bar to play DVDs, TV, Amazon Firestick or your own devices through wifi/bluetooth connection.
WiFi available.
There is no games room. There is however a large function room which can sometimes be available for movie nights and table tennis. Please enquire.
Central heating throughout. Solid fuel stove in main room. Extra radiators in bedrooms. Outdoor brazier. BBQ and brazier fuel not included.
2 twin or double rooms. 2 bunk rooms with 4 beds in each.
All bedding provided. Shower mats, tea towels, pan scourers provided. Towels upon request with small laundry charge.
2 bathrooms with 1 toilet cubicle, 1 shower cubicle and 2 sinks in each.
There are no specific facilities for disabled guests - although all on ground floor.
Child friendly. Portable cot bed available.
Long patio and lawn with picnic table and barbecue - with stunning views. Nearby reservoir and great local walks.
There is no swimming pool.
Parking available on site.
No smoking.
Please ask about pets.


Allenheads has a friendly pub, a café serving delicious home-made food, a village gift shop, Heritage Centre and Nature Trail. Great variety of walking routes to suit all.
It 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.
Nearest grocery store at Allendale, 10 km. Supermarket deliveries available (Tesco and Waitrose).
Allenheads. Additional pubs and cafes at Allendale & other local villages.

Booking Information

Change over day Friday. In at 2pm.
2 night short breaks in at 2pm on Friday, leave when you like on Sunday.
3 night short breaks in at 2pm on Friday, leave by 10am Monday.

Self Catering
Outside Caterers
Other Meals
Full Board Only
Games Room
Hot Tub
Swimming Pool
Tennis Court
Open Fire
Disabled Access

Getting here

NE47 9HR
United Kingdom
Hexham: 29 km.
Regular buses available.
Newcastle: 48 km.

Late Deals

October 2019 Late Deals

Weekend beginning October 18.
Reduced by over 25% to £550 from £762.
2 nights for up to 12 people.

November 2019 Late Deals

Weekends beginning November 1,8,15,22 & 29. Reduced by over 25% to £550 from £762. 2 nights for up to 12 people. (edit)

Christmas 2019 Late Deals

Weekends breaks for Dec 6 & 13, £550.

A perfect Christmas venue with cosy log fire and breathtaking winter views over the village.
£1600 for up to 12 people and up to 4 nights.

New Year 2019/20 Late Deals

Fantastic place to celebrate the New Year with friends or family and to see the spectacular local Tar Barls procession at Allendale.
£1600 for up to 12 people and up to 4 nights.

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Old School House, Allenheads, Northumberland

Helen Ratcliffe

Joined us: 2017
+44 (0)1434 685 040
+44 (0)7966 257 276
NE47 9HR
United Kingdom