The Old School

Craster & Embleton Area, Northumberland Coastal

  • Free pass to the extensive grounds and gardens in Howick Hall for a romantic stroll

You can book this property from:

  • £605 per week
  • £86 per night


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 1 king/super-king bed


  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer


  • 2 WCs
  • Towels provided
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Bath
  • Shower


  • Ground floor WC

Special Features

  • WiFi

Nearby activities

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Watersports
  • Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Golf


  • Garden or courtyard
  • Enclosed garden or courtyard
  • Outdoor storage
  • Private parking

How far to ...?

  • Beach 0.4 miles
  • Pub 2 miles
  • Shop 2 miles

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Check in: 16:00
  • Check out: 09:00

Read the full Access Statement for this property.

Access Statement

 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


Public WCs


Restaurant / Dining Room, Bar & Bar area, Take Away & Cafe




Treatment room/s


Leisure Facilities


Outdoor Facilities


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. 

Self-Catering Kitchen

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.


Additional Information

Local public transport numbers:  Travelsure Bus Company 01665 720907 


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. 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 at an additional charge.



We had an extremely comfortable stay, in very pleasant surroundings, and Anna was most helpful. The school conversion is really imaginative, and Howick is a very good centre for exploring this part of the country. Highly recommended - we're hoping to stay there again.

Mr C,

The Old School is a beautifully decorated, cosy but spacious house in a very peaceful location. The property is well equipped and very close to the Howick Arboretum and Gardens. It is well located for visiting quaint towns and villages nearby and also close to coastal walks. I would definitely recommend this house.

Mrs F,

The Old School was the perfect home from home, clean, comfortable and set in a beautiful location. Anna made us feel very welcome and the staff on the Howick Estate were very helpful and friendly. The Howick grounds contain some amazing trees from all around the world and the tea rooms and gardens are well worth a visit or two! The stunning coastal path is only a few minutes walk away too.

Mrs S,

A lovely, well equipped, comfortable cottage in a beautiful area. Very warm welcome from Anna, who made us feel very welcome and had prepared the house to a very high standard. Wonderful area for walking with its proximity to coast path and stunning beaches.

Mrs W,

This was a very nice property in a lovely location. It was very well presented with nice comfortable furniture and equipment. Everything seemed good quality and it was clean. The location was very peaceful and convenient for access to the area.

Mr B,

A very comfortable and well equipped cottage in a lovely location close to the coastal path and within easy reach of many of the Northumberland tourist locations. Wonderful castles and beaches

Mr M,

An excellent clean,comfortable cottage in a super location. Slept like a dream

Mrs Kim L,

Lovely cottage, cosy and well- positioned

Mrs Rosamond W,

The only downside was the unreliability of the wi fi. If this was upgraded it would all have been perfect.

Mrs Rosie L,

Anna, our contact at the property, was extremely helpful and friendly. Gold dust!

Mr John G,

The location of the cottage was ideal for access to the Coast Path; the entry to the gardens and grounds of Howick Hall was a lovely bonus. A very comfortable place to stay.

Mrs Helen S,

The property was exactly as described, clean, warm and in a stunning location. I woud have no concerns with using Original Cottages in the future based on our recent experience.

Mrs Elizabeth R,

Cottage was clean warm comfortable and had everything we wanted. The space was amazing although we missed a view from the sitting room. Otherwise perfect. Close to the coastal path for walking and amenities were a short drive away. Hope to visit again.

Mrs Claire B,

The cottage is in a great location for walking along the coast, it’s in a quiet setting, dog friendly and well presented.

Miss Fiona S,

Beautiful location, cottage clean and well fitted out. Anna next door was very friendly and helpful.

Mr Christopher T,

Loved the cottage, perfectly located and looked after by an unobtrusive but very friendly housekeeper. Definitely coming again.

Mrs Deb L,

Bathroom needs updating. Some roof tiles in need of repair. Carpets could be replaced.

Mr Stephen D,