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Self Catering Property Reviews for The Old School

Average rating: (2 reviews)

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The Old School, Howick, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 3LE

Description of the self catering

This superb listed building was once a school for Howick Village, and part of the Howick Estate, which was the home of the 2nd Earl Grey, who became Prime Minister in 1830 and whose monument stands at the top of Grey Street in Newcastle. There has been a long tradition in the family as tree planters and the extensive grounds and formal gardens which surround Howick Hall are open to the public from April to October. The arboretum, which includes 65 acres of woodland walks, is open all year and guests are provided with a free pass to the gardens and arboretum, a delight to explore. The shoreline is just 400 metres away on a stunning coastal stretch designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest where you can enjoy spectacular views of Dunstanburgh Castle, interesting bird life and wild flowers on a walk to Craster or Alnmouth.

Best Features

Ground floor. Spacious attractive living/dining room with vaulted ceiling. Well equipped kitchen. Bathroom with over bath shower and WC. First floor. Delightful double bedroom with super king-size bed, en-suite WC and hand basin.

Services. Electricity and full oil CH included. Colour TV. DVD. CD radio. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Shaver point. Payphone. Large enclosed garden, patio and furniture. Off road parking. Storage shed. Shop/PO/pub/TIC 2 miles. Duvets with linen and towels. Pets welcome. No smoking in cottage please.

Sleeps: from 1 to 2

Pets: Yes

Contact Details

Contact Name: Northumbria Byways

Telephone: 01697 746777

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Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 11/2017
Cottage Review:  

The school closed in 1960 but was converted to a holiday cottage more recently. It is a generous amount of space for two people, warm and comfortable. There is room for a very large bed upstairs and a living room with two big settees and a six-seater, solid oak table downstairs. There's a good bathroom downstairs and an additional toilet with basin upstairs. Everything is of high quality, clean and well-managed. The location is unbeatable for the pleasures of the countryside, including beautiful surroundings, starry nights, and peace and quiet in abundance. The proximity to the heritage coast and to the vast Howick estate offers great walks and wildlife. Several excellent pubs and restaurants are within an easy drive or (infrequent) bus ride, although the nearest proper shops are in Alnwick (the publicity is confusing about this, suggesting that Howick is part of Alnwick, whereas it is a place in its own right, a small but historic village actually about 7 miles from Alnwick and 2 miles from Craster).

Make up of party:  Oldish couple.
Cleanliness: exceptional Location: exceptional
Facilities: good Views: exceptional
Value: good Overall rating:
Review Added by: Fred Taylor Review Added: 25.11.2017
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Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 10/2016
Cottage Review:  

An excellent cottage and a good base for exploring the coast. All the usual kit in place and very good admin for keys, etc.

Make up of party:  Solo trip for a week of photography
Cleanliness: exceptional Location: exceptional
Facilities: exceptional Views: good
Value: good Overall rating:
Review Added by: DSWilliams Review Added: 30.10.2016
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Guest's Initials: J Date of visit: 01/11/2010
Cottage Review: The Old School is a most delightful property with everything you need for an enjoyable stay and all to a very high standard. Certainly the best cottage we have stayed in. The location is beautiful, I highly recommend it

Guest's Initials: I Date of visit: 01/11/2010
Cottage Review: Perfect house, more like home than home itself! Could happily live there.

Guest's Initials: B Date of visit: 01/10/2010
Cottage Review: We have never been disappointed with either the service or any of the properties booked through Helpful Holidays. This year was no exception with the superb property & location offering everything necessary for a perfect holiday.

Guest's Initials: L Date of visit: 01/09/2010
Cottage Review: Excellent cottage, particularly rare to find a cottage which has 3 beautiful bedrooms for all adults and not just catering for a family with small children like most! One warning, we have a dog however the area is highly prone to ticks and our poor little Lhasa has been bitten all over despite not going very far out of the village with him! You must bring flea treatment if you are bringing a dog, unfortunately we didn't know until we got here and were warned by staff in the shops in the nearby village of Moretonhampstead. Beware if you want to bring a dog to the area otherwise, it's spot on!

Guest's Initials: B Date of visit: 01/08/2010
Cottage Review: We found that the owners of the school house in north bovey, deserve the highest praise,they had thought of every thing that anybody would want or need on their holiday, right down to needle and thread. my family and i had a wonderful time thank you very much

Guest's Initials: H Date of visit: 01/06/2010
Cottage Review: The Old School was absolutely excellent. It was the best cottage that we have ever stayed in. Everything was so carefully thought through and we felt that it was very good value for money. The location is amazing

Guest's Initials: M Date of visit: 01/06/2010
Cottage Review: Everything about the Schoolhouse is totally stunning. It's peaceful location, lovely garden, spacious interior so beautifully furnished, extensively equipped. (In some ways it's a shame it is a holiday let - we thought it a house to die for!!)

Guest's Initials: H Date of visit: 01/04/2010
Cottage Review: property A105 the old school house was just an amazing place to stay 5*+ didnt want to leave and will be looking to book again north bovey was a very small but friendly village and the pub did excellent food jenifer saunders and ade get in there hopeing to stay at this cottage again and again thanks mrs armstrong

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