Brontë School House is a delightful 18th century Grade II listed stone cottage, VisitEngland 4 star rated; most famously known as the Clergy Daughter’s School attended by Charlotte & Emily Brontë. Retaining many original features it offers a real sense of history whilst providing spacious, well-appointed & comfortable accommodation.
Brontë School House comfortably sleeps five adults in three bedrooms. On the ground floor is:
- a light and spacious, comfy Lounge housing a wood-burning stove, bookshelves laden with books and magazines, television with digital freeview and DVD player with DVDs; a large bay window provides glor...ious vistas to the garden and countryside beyond;
- a separate Dining Room, with Georgian cast-iron columns and wooden panelling dating from an eighteenth century extension to the original property, housing a six seater dining table and chairs; a cushioned window-seat below a Victorian sash window provides the perfect spot to sit and read a book or gaze out to the garden;
- a Kitchen with free standing wooden units, ceramic hob/electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and fully equipped with crockery, glassware, cutlery and cooking utensils so that you can do as much or as little cooking as you wish!
- a Bathroom with a wonderful claw foot bath for lazy soaks, and a separate shower, toilet & wash basin.
Original stone stairs lead to the first floor where there are three bedrooms and a separate toilet & wash-basin.
- the Master Bedroom houses a king size brass bed, Victorian cast-iron fireplace and dual window-seats overlooking the garden and open countryside beyond;
- the second Bedroom has twin iron bedsteads, Victorian cast-iron fireplace and views to open countryside; and
- the third Bedroom with its exposed stonework has a georgian brass bed and views to the sheep or cattle grazing in the neighbouring field;
There is a beautiful cottage garden, where you can enjoy views across rolling countryside or simply sit and listen to the sound of Leck Beck running just beyond the garden wall.
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Bronte School House, Lake District/Yorkshire Dales Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, England
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Nestling in the Lune Valley, a timeless landscape of beautiful unspoilt countryside & ancient stone-built villages, the cottage is perfectly located for exploring both the Lake District & the Yorkshire Dales.
The whole area is wonderful walking country with many walks going straight from the doorstep. Walks range in scale from a gentle stroll along Leck Beck to Helvellyn or The Three Peaks of Yorkshire for the more energetic! Unmissable of course is the spectacular Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. There are great cycle routes, both on and off road, to suit all levels of fitness. For experienced pot-holers the Lancaster Pot and Easegill Cave System, believed to be the longest and most complex cave system in Britain, is on your doorstep. For those without specialist equipment the spectacular Whitescar Caves and Ingleborough Cave can be easily explored.
The surrounding area is particularly well served by many highly commended restaurants and pubs, many of which specialise in local produce and locally brewed ales as well as having good wine selections. The historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale is home to numerous enticing cafés and bakeries, award winning pubs and restaurants, an excellent supermarket and a plethora of small independent shops.
For Brontë enthusiasts a trip to Howarth is a must - a beautiful one hour drive along the edge of the Dales. There you can visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum and experience what life was like in Howarth during the 19th century.
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River, Rural retreats, Village
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Left on 11/07/2012 for a stay in October 2012 | Barker Family
27th Oct - 3rd Nov 2012
Thoroughly enjoyed our week in this beautiful cottage steeped in literary history. Followed the Bronte trail and climbed up to the little room in Tunstall church to see where the Clergy School girls would have eaten their lunch. Walked some, ate a lot, spent too many hours pouring over those old magazines. Thanks for all the home comforts.
The Barker Family
comfortable and warm with a unique historic resonance for Bronte
Left on 10/28/2012 for a stay in October 2012 | The Burns Family
a lovingly restored & obviously cherished property makes this cottage a striking & memorable place to stay. Comfortable and warm (cosy beds, deep bath, plentiful supply of logs) it allowed us to unwind and recharge. We received a warm welcome from Sandra when we arrived, who showed us where to find food at a late hour. There were lots of leaflets and books to help plan our stay, and the two keys were a nice touch - so many places expect a family of 4 or 5 to cope with just one. The Brontë connection is unique - don't forget to visit Tunstall Church (where the girls had to endure a service in the freezing cold) and climb the ladder next to the south door to peer into the room where the girls ate their inadequate meal.
The Burns family
Whatever the weather Bronte School House is a cosy and comfy pla
Left on 10/03/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | Jacqui
We came for a balloon flight surprise - and surprise! it was too wet and windy for the flight but what a unique and cosy place to stay. Many thanks for all the mod cons and quirkiness. Couldn't creep anywhere! Tom age 7 months enjoyed the green view and the friendliness of the staff of Edge of the World in Kirkby Lonsdale where he road tested three back carriers. Three days was far too short to do the place justice. The magazines were a hit and the welcome pack - would have got up to Cowan Stores for the cakes and wifi if the weather had been more clement! Applaud the comfy sofas and beds too. The busy road nearby may put some off but not us.
Left on 09/02/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | The Kirks
What a beautiful, unique & well-presented cottage! The house has been a wonderful surprise - spacious & well cared for. We have enjoyed evening drinks in the sunny garden, watched "Peter Rabbit" at play and the feather duvets with crisp cotton covers were gorgeous! We had a great time here, but parents with very young children should be aware of the adjoining main road. Sandra and Malik have collected lots of Bronte memorabilia and information on the house with many photos showing the property through the years. This was really interesting to look through and gave an added dimension to our stay.
There's lots to do in the area. We would highly recommend the 4.5 mile waterfalls walk at Ingleton - allow 4 hours for a family, it's well worth it. Even our 4 year old walked all the way without complaining!
We valued the peace and quiet here - that does mean you have to drive to nearby Kirkby Lonsdale for the shops/supermarket/restaurants. However, Kirkby is a lovely little town and there's loads of choice of restaurants and an excellent supermarket selling local produce.
A wonderful place for a family to relax and explore the surround
Left on 08/31/2012 for a stay in April 2012 | Lorna Doone
A perfect retreat. Very comfortable & clean. Lovely to look out onto the garden, a very relaxing stay even with three children! The cottage has a welcoming aura and is family friendly. Would highly recommend and glad we have found somewhere in the area to return to.
Left on 08/25/2012 for a stay in September 2011 | Mary
We are a couple from australia and we stayed at Bronte cottages for 2 months in 2011. Originally from Bradford, he wanted to conquer some of the peaks in the Lakes District and Yorkshire. She who also enjoys walking but was born and bought up at Sydney's Bondi beach, prefers nice 'along' walks. He achieved most of the uphill walks he wanted to do and she did more gentle walks around the Lakes and peaks with the occasional side track for some retail therapy.
We were delighted with No. 2 Bronte Cottages. It was an ideal home away from home. Sandra and Malik have done a wonderful job in modernizing it and making it so comfortable. The wood burning stove in the delightful lounge room and the lovely feather duvets kept us Queenslanders cosy and warm when the autumn weather turned cold - which of course it did.
The kitchen is fantastic with a great stove, and lovely crockery and glassware. We had a number of visitors and cooked up some great meals. Delicious apple and damson crumbles with the fruit fresh from the garden, and the guests were very comfortable in the two extra bedrooms.
Sandra and Malik have thought of everything to make this a comfortable place to stay for a short or long holiday. The library is extensive and very well organized. There is no need to visit any of the tourist information centres, because they have collected every brochure covering walking, eating in or out, entertainment in Lancaster and elsewhere and an amazing collection of books and information about the Bronte sisters as well as all their novels.
We cannot speak too highly of them. The house was spotlessly clean when we arrived and they are truly gracious hosts.
We were frequent visitors to the fantastic Booths supermarket in Kirby Lonsdale. He loved the pork pies, she loved the fresh raspberries and cream and they both loved the wide variety of pates and cheese.
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