This superb listed building was once a school for Howick Village, and is part of the Howick Estate, which was the home of the 2nd Earl Grey for whom the famous tea was blended. He became Prime Minister in 1830 and his monument stands at the top of Grey Street in Newcastle. Guests are provided with a free pass to the extensive grounds and formal gardens which surround nearby Howick Hall, which are open to the public from early February to mid November. The pass also includes the arboretum, approx. 65 acres of woodland walks all year round. 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.
Ground floor - Living/dining room with vaulted ceiling, TV with Freeview, DVD and CD radio. Kitchen with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bathroom with over bath shower and WC.
First floor - Bedroom 1 - Super king-size bed, en-suite WC and hand basin.
Electricity and oil central heating included. Shaver point. Phone. Large enclosed garden, patio and furniture. Off road parking. Storage shed. Shop/PO/pub/TIC 2 miles. Duvets with linen and towels. Sorry no cot or highchair. 2 pets welcome @ £15 per pet per week.
- Saturday changeover
- Sleeps 2
- 1 bedroom
- 1 bathroom
- 2 pets allowed
- WiFi internet
- Bed linen provided
- Towels provided
- Central heating
- Enclosed garden or courtyard
- Washing machine
- Tumble dryer
- Private parking available
- 0.4 mile from a beach
- 2 miles from a pub
- 2 miles from a shop
- No smoking
Full disclosure: I attended this school as an infant and so of course remember it from then and feel a nostalgic connection. It has been delightfully converted, almost beyond recognition, with the addition of a mezzanine floor over the lobby, kitchen and bathroom, while the living room still has the full height of the building, with large windows. The heating is good making it warm and comfortable to spend time in, even in the winter, which can be bleak (and dark) on the Northumbrian coast. The conversion is very spacious for two people, with a large sitting room (two settees where both can stretch out and read); a good kitchen and bathroom downstairs, with a second toilet and basin upstairs by the bedroom, which has a big bed and plenty of wardrobe space. The mobile signal is poor in Howick, but there's wifi. There's no shop or post office any more, and there never was a pub, but buses run from right outside the School to Craster in one direction and Alnwick in the other, both lovely and blessed with great places to eat and drink. There are parking spaces outside the door and it only takes a few minutes to drive to Craster or Embleton, twenty minutes to Alnwick. You can walk to Craster in summer, one of the best walks to be found anywhere in the world. The whole area is really lovely.Fred Taylor, Oxford - 28th March 2018
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Access Statement for Old School, Howick
The Old School is situated within the village of Howick, near Alnwick, Northumberland. Car parking is near the house and there is a ramp up to the front door. Bedroom accommodation is upstairs.
- The nearest town, Alnwick, is 5 miles.
- Public transport is nearby but timings are very limited with no 'special access' vehicles.
Arrival & Car Parking Facilities
- Car parking is nearby is just outside the property and space for one car is available for the property's use.
- The entrance to the property is a gravel path.
- There is rear access to a vehicle once it is parked.
- The surface from the car park to the ramp is gravel.
- There is a ramp from the car parking area to the front door
Main Entrance, Reception & Ticketing Area
The main entrance is level but sleeping areas are upstairs.
Public Areas - Hall, Stairs, Landing, Corridors etc
Public Areas - Sitting room, lounges, lobbies etc
Restaurant / Dining Room, Bar & Bar area, Take Away & Cafe
Conference & Meeting Rooms, Banqueting
Bedrooms & Sleeping Areas
The sleeping areas in Old School are all upstairs.
Bathroom, Shower-room & WC [Ensuite or Shared]
There is bathroom with a shower over the bath on the ground floor.
The ground is level from the front door and the flooring is tiled. The door width is 76cm. The bath height is 75cm and the width is 55cm. The width between the bath and the wall is 87cm.
There is a small en suite loo/handbasin in the upstairs bathroom.
The kitchen at The Old School is accessible to wheelchairs and on flat level ground from the entrance.
The cooker, sink, freezer and crockery storage are all above 900cm high.
Caravans, Holiday Homes & Twin Units
Touring Facilities (Holiday Parks)
Boats - Narrow Boat, Cruiser & Hotel Boat
Attractions (Displays, exhibits, rides etc.)
Grounds and Gardens
There is a step down into the garden.
Local public transport numbers: Travelsure Bus Company 01665 720907