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The Old School House is a refurbished Victorian school overlooking the stunning village of Allenheads.  Fully equipped accommodation and facilities including:

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.

NEWS! - An observatory will be built at

The Old Schoolhouse Allenheads

Stargazing holidays and artists’ residencies

 From November 2016 a new Community-owned observatory in the dark heart of the North Pennines  Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will be available to our guests at Allenheads  Contemporary Arts

Go to our observatory page for more information

Contact us for prices and availability  +44 7966257276 +44 1434 685040

Ideal for professional retreats, away-days, workshops, special events and training.

A wonderful base for artists, writers, musicians and lovers of the great outdoors.


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

Studio Classroom

Bookings / Enquiries

For prices and availability please contact us on:

M +7966257276

L +44 1434685040

Perfect for holidays, reunions and celebrations for families and friends.