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The Old School House is a refurbished Victorian school overlooking the stunning village of Allenheads.  Whether you need a comfortable overnight stay, or are seeking time and space away from it all, the Old School House offers accommodation flexible enough to suit a wide range of visitors. Set in the stunningly beautiful surroundings of the North Pennines.

Fully equipped accommodation and facilities including:



The West Wing of the Old School House has recently been refurbished to provide a self-contained, fully equipped, self-catering unit that offers accommodation for up to 12 people in a combination of single, twin, double and bunk rooms.



Bed and Breakfast with a full English breakfast is available for those passing through for a single night - ideal for cyclists on the C2C route (with bike lock up and drying facilities).

Artist’s Flat

Available for artists to live and work in, including participating in our self-funded residencies


Set within its own garden, with a reservoir and an incredible view of the North Pennines

ACA Gallery

In the centre of the village

Studio Classroom

Located in the East end of the Schoolhouse and next to the artists flat

Bookings / Enquiries

For prices and availability please contact us on:

M +7966257276

L +44 1434685040

Trip advisor, read our reviews:

“This proved to be the perfect location for a productive few days in stunning surroundings. The accommodation was amazing too.”

“Thanks for making us feel at home” - Carlo and Nick, Durham