The Old School sits in the tiny hamlet of Mordington Clappers, 4 miles inland of Berwick-upon-Tweed and dates back to the mid-19th Century and is a grade 2 listed building. It was converted in 2006 after many years as a School (until the 2nd World War) village hall and community centre. It retains many of it's original features including wood panelling and large sash windows.
The main house has 3 bedrooms (2 doubles and a twin). There is also a self contained 'flat' to the rear of the main house providing spacious accommodation for 2 to 4 people which is ideal for a family group.
The internal layout of the main house is modern and benefits from central heating. The cloakroom/boot room leads to the large newly fitted and well equipped oak kitchen/breakfast room. This leads to a very large, open plan, lounge and formal dining area with an additional sitting area to the rear of the room. This whole area has original wood panelling throughout. An open staircase takes you to the 1st floor which has 3 lovely bedrooms (2 double and I twin) a very large family bathroom with double shower and roll top bath and an ensuite bathroom to the master bedroom. The first floor has a number of floor to ceiling and velux windows which add light and character to the accommodation.
The self contained flat to the rear of the school has a double bedroom (with additional double sofa bed), a sitting area and an ensuite bathroom.
The Old School has been designed to cater for all your needs, featuring up-to-date appliances and plentiful facilities. All linen and towels are provided, as are basic stocks of spices, condiments and fresh coffee beans. We provide a welcome pack and an information pack and extensive literature on activities in the local area, including walking guides, bird-watching books and other useful information.
The Old School is a perfect place to relax, unwind and watch the world go by. Most passing traffic tends to be farm machinery as the Old School is located in rural / farming land, so you can guarantee an uninterrupted and hassle-free stay.
You may choose to simply relax and socialise in The Old School. You can cook and eat informally in the kitchen / breakfast room, or more formally at the big oak dining table. Of course you may also choose to dine out at one of the range of excellent local restaurants.
Feel free to use the extensive array of glassware in the cocktail cabinet to chill out with a good wine, cocktail or a wee dram of Scotch Whisky!
You could even host your own murder mystery dinner. A number of fun murder mystery games are provided for you to have a go. We have had many memorable nights playing amateur sleuth and had great fun!
We have endeavoured to provide everything you need to make your stay a memorable occasion. In The Old School you'll find a range of books and DVDs. Please feel free to use them.
The little ones have their own place in the house. In a special area of the lounge they'll find a table and chairs where the Teacher Bear (Bruin) presides over activities! Children love this area – they can have a tea party, draw and colour and even play school in The School!
For the more active there are walks, beaches, historic sights to see. A wealth of other activities are available in the local area The location is an ideal base for exploring the cities of Edinburgh and Newcastle and is also perfect for exploring , the Scottish Borders and the Northumberland coast which are rural and coastal areas of great natural beauty and tranquillity, yet are full of life and rich in history. There are plentiful attractions and activities of all types as well as numerous eateries. The Old School is 10 minutes drive from the nearby beaches of Scremerston, Coldingham and Spittal. The spectacular Northumberland coast is easily accessible and it is only a 20 minute drive to Bamburgh (with the famous castle), Seahouses (with boat trips to the Farne Islands) and Holy Island. The Old School is located within easy reach of a number of links golf courses, the nearest of which is in Berwick Upon Tweed some 4 miles away. Do feel free to use the set of golf clubs provided for your convenience at the Old School.
The Old School is so spacious it lends itself to family get-togethers with the wider family and groups of couples and / or friends. Holidays in all seasons are fun at The Old School and special times such as Christmas and New Year can be celebrated here.
Every effort is made to make any occasion special. Let us know if you have any special requirements and we will endeavour to meet them.
If you would like to book The Old School for something special please check our availability or contact us. We look forward to seeing you soon!TripAdvisor property ID 2196666...Read more
Left on 09/21/2015 for a stay in September 2015 | PEH35Reviewed Sep 21, 2015Stayed Sep 2015
What a find! The Old School is excellently appointed, comfortable and a very relaxing environment. Three generations gathered for a surprise birthday party and we cooked a full Sunday roast. The kitchen was superbly kitted out and everything easy to use including the very welcome dishwasher. The Welcome Handbook was very comprehensive and told us everything we needed to know about the house and the area and we had a super day at the beach. We would definitely book with Helen again if enough of us came to the area at once. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us.
Left on 09/03/2015 for a stay in August 2015 | Tracy LReviewed Sep 3, 2015Stayed Aug 2015
This is our 3rd visit to The Old School & its been as fabulous as our previous stays! The property is extremely comfortable & caters for all ages & needs! Helen & Andrew are wonderful hosts & Helen (who is the keyholder) is a treasure providing baking to rival Mary Berry!! There is plenty to do being so close to coast or country, it is easy to meander between England & Scotland! There are lots of National Trust & English/Scottish Heritage places to visit n the most beautiful beaches!
We adore our holidays at the Old School & cant wait to return!!!
Left on 12/19/2013 for a stay in December 2013 | druid1980Reviewed Dec 19, 2013Stayed Dec 2013
The Old School really is a home away from home. We stayed for a long weekend in December and we couldn't ask for any more.
The location is perfect with plenty to do and the Old School itself was luxury and extremely well equipped. My 3 year old particularly loved bear corner and playing with the toys. (I suppose you could never have enough toys when you're three)
Helen made the booking process so simple and was very easy to get hold of and speak to if we had any queries.
In all we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and it was nice to be able to all sit together on an evening which isn't something you usually get when a large group go away together.
I wouldn't hesitate in returning to the Old School in the future.
Thank you for your lovely comments which we appreciate. We are so glad that bear corner was a hit with your 3 year old. It was also good to know that the spacious lounge allowed you all to sit together and that you found the property to be luxurious and well equipped :-) We are also glad that we were able to handle the booking process and queries to your satisfaction. You would be welcome again anytime on a return visit. Kindest regards Helen and Andrew
Sheffield, United Kingdom
“FABULOUS! - Wish we could live there!!!”
Left on 11/25/2013 for a stay in October 2013 | tracy1908Reviewed Nov 25, 2013Stayed Oct 2013
This was our second visit to the Old School and are now planning our third! The house is magnificient with everything you need for a fantastic holiday! We love the house and the area as there is so much to do inside and out whatever the weather! The owners have thought of everything you need for a cosy, comfortable, calm holiday from the superbly stocked and well resourced kitchen to the complimentary toiletries your holidsy needs are well catered for whatever your age! Our daughters love the bear school, toys and books provided and also the sumptuous ballet room!
WE WILL DEFINATELY BE RETURNING ASAP
Thank you so much for taking the time to review our property. Welcoming guests for a second visit is really exiting for us as it tells us we must be getting it right if people want to return. Feedback like yours makes all our hard work so worthwhile. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
Sheffield, United Kingdom
“Best Holiday Yet!”
Left on 09/04/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | Paul LReviewed Sep 4, 2013Stayed Aug 2013
The Old School offers something for everyone! We havew holidayed in the UK for the last 15 years and the Old School is the most comfortable well resourced accomadation we have stayed in! The Bear Corner and ballet room were great hits with our daughters and nephew! Helen and Andrew have really gone the extra mile to ensure that their guests our well catered for: providing complimentary cleaning products and toiletries aswell as a very well stocked lardere cupboard and fantastic welcome pack with home made cake! Helen also organised a lovely birthday cake for our eldest daughter!
We had the most fantastic time the area is beautiful, there is loads to do (with or without children) and the Old school is a home from home after a long day out!
We would heartily recommend it and will definately be returning!!!!
Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We are so glad that you had such a lovely time and that your daughters loved bear corner and the ballet room. We look forward to welcoming you to The Old School again. Kindest Regards. Helen and Andrew
Malmesbury, South Africa
“Home away from home”
Left on 08/29/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | maraiserasmusReviewed Aug 29, 2013Stayed Jul 2013
Old School is a top of the range establishment with a homely feel. All ameneties available, washing machine, dishwasher etc. The location away from the hustle and bustle of town-life makes for an ideal venue for a relaxing stay, still close enough to the town of Berwick upon Tweed. Welcome cake made our stay special from arrival. Great walks in area and the coast is beautiful. Visit to Northumberland a must.
Thank you for your kind comments. It was lovely to welcome an International Cricket Umpire from South Africa to The Old School. We are so glad you liked the cricket bat cake we arranged to welcome you and make you feel at home! We look forward to welcoming you back to The Old School. Kindest regards. Helen and Andrew.
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