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Entire home/apt

5 Guests

3 Bedrooms

4 Beds

Entire home/apt

5 Guests

3 Bedrooms

4 Beds

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About this listing

Perfectly located for exploring both the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Parks. Step inside and you will find snowy-white limewashed walls, original floorboards and beams, exposed stonework and cushioned window seats.

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The space
Accommodates: 5
Bathrooms: 1.5
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 4
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: No Charge
Security Deposit: $99
Weekly Discount: 38%
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The space

Brontë School House comfortably sleeps five adults in three bedrooms. On the ground floor is:

- a light and spacious Lounge housing comfy sofas, a wood-burning stove, bookshelves laden with books and magazines, television with digital freeview and DVD player with DVDs; a large bay window provides glorious 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, a separate freestanding 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 with pocket sprung matress, Victorian cast-iron fireplace and dual window-seats overlooking the garden and open countryside beyond;

- the second Bedroom has twin iron bedsteads with pocket sprung matresses, Victorian cast-iron fireplace and window-seat with views to open countryside; and

- the third Bedroom with its exposed stonework has a georgian brass bed and window-seat with views to the sheep or cattle grazing in the neighbouring field;

There is a beautiful cottage garden, where the children can run around, where you can enjoy views across rolling countryside or where you can simply sit and listen to the sound of Leck Beck running just beyond the garden wall.

There is off-road private parking for two vehicles.

Unlimited superfast Internet/Wi-fi at the cottage.

Guest access

Guests have full access to the whole house and the garden.

Interaction with guests

Wherever possible I will meet you at the cottage to give you the keys and show you around, let you know how everything works and to answer any questions you might have about the cottage or surrounding area. I live only half an hour away in Lancaster and am available at the other end of the phone/via e-mail/messaging in case of any problems or should you need any information.

The neighborhood

Brontë School House is located in the village of Cowan Bridge only 2 miles from the wonderful historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale; the cottage is ideally situated for exploring both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks as well as the beautiful Lune Valley in which it sits.

The Lake District probably needs no introduction, it is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful places on earth and is in fact the UK's UNESCO World Heritage nomination for 2017. The Lune Valley itself is a timeless landscape of beautiful unspoilt countryside & ancient stone-built villages and the Yorkshire Dales is home to some of England's finest limestone scenery including one of the longest and most complex cave systems in Britain. If you like the outdoors you cannot help but fall in love with this region.

Kirkby Lonsdale is an absolutely delightful historic market town home to numerous enticing cafés, bars, restaurants and small independent shops as well as an excellent supermarket. The view of the River Lune, as painted by Turner and praised by John Ruskin as "one of the loveliest views in England", can be seen from St Mary's churchyard in Kirkby Lonsdale.

Cowan Bridge: is a small village with an excellent general store/newsagents and cafe run by Geoff and Steven. It also has two restaurants and a bar only a half mile walk away (boots recommended though, not high heels!).

This whole area is a walkers paradise in all seasons. With walks a-plenty straight from the doorstep and many more only a short drive away - you'll definitely need more than a week to do the area justice!

In addition to walking there are any number of other outdoor pursuits in the area: Potholing/Caving, Climbing/Abseiling, Cycling, Canoeing, Sailing, Golf, Fishing, Horse Riding.

Other things to note

The price includes electric, heating, large basket of logs for the log-burner, linen, towels and unlimited internet/wifi.

FOR STAYS OF DURATION 4, 5, or 6 NIGHTS please Contact Host for a price as the automated system tends to come up with daft prices!

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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check in is anytime after 4PM

Terms and Conditions

Glossary of Terms:
Owner - Sandra Barker
Visitor - Person named in the Airbnb reservation
Property - Bronte School House, 2 Bronte Cottages, Cowan Bridge, Lancashire,
Making a booking: Booking is made through Airbnb website.

Number in your party: The total number in your party must not exceed the number of people staying agreed with the Owner. The Owner has the right to refuse to hand over the accommodation to any party exceeding these limitations, or to terminate the holiday of anyone exceeding these limitations at any time during the holiday.

Payment: Payment is made through the Airbnb website.

Cancellation by you: Cancellation is in accordance with Airbnb “Strict” cancellation policy.

Cancellation by the Owner: Very occasionally, in circumstances of 'force majeure' including destruction or damage of the Property (which cannot reasonably be remedied to a satisfactory standard before the start of your holiday) through fire, flood, explosion, storm or other weather damage, break-in, criminal damage, riots or civil strife, industrial action, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, adverse weather conditions, war or threat of war, actual or threatened terrorist activity, epidemic and all similar situations beyond the Owner's control, the Owner may have to cancel your booking. The Owner will tell you as soon as possible, and offer you a full refund. The Owner cannot pay compensation or any reimbursement of any expenses or costs you may incur as a result of any such cancellation or change.

Linen and Towels: Bed linen and towels are provided within the rental price.

Check-in/check-out times: The earliest check-in time is 4pm unless agreed otherwise with the Owner and, latest check-out time 10am on day of departure unless agreed otherwise with the Owner.

Keys: The Visitor will be issued with 2 sets of keys to the cottage on arrival and the Visitor must return them on the date of departure. Failure to do so will incur the cost of replacements.

Smoking restrictions: Smoking is NOT permitted inside the Property.

Pets: Pets are not permitted inside the Property. We do however welcome trained assistance dogs.

Unreasonable behaviour: The Owner has the right to refuse to hand over accommodation to anyone who, in the reasonable opinion of the Owner, is not suitable to take charge of it. In such cases all hire charges paid will be refunded in full as quickly as reasonably practicable, the contract will be terminated and the Owner will have no further liability. The Owner of the accommodation reserves the right to terminate a holiday after the keys have been handed over, if any illegal activities are being carried out at the Property or if unreasonable behaviour of anyone in your party is likely to cause danger or significant annoyance to others or damage to property. In these circumstances, no refund will be given. Please note that unreasonable behaviour specifically includes smoking in the property by any member of your party.

Cleanliness /Damage to the property: The Visitor is expected to leave the Property clean and tidy and in the same state of general repair and order in which it was found. An additional charge may be made if the property is not left in a reasonable state of cleanliness. The Visitor shall be liable to the Owner for any loss, costs, expenses or claims arising from any damage caused to the property including the garden and/or its contents by the deliberate or negligent act or omission of the Visitor or of any person in his/her party. If, as a result of such damage, the Property or any of its contents need to be repaired or any of the contents need to be replaced then the Visitor shall be responsible for paying the reasonable costs of doing so.

Repairs: The Visitor will promptly notify the Owner where any repairs to the Property or contents is required.

Complaints: Every effort has been made to ensure that the Property is presented to the Visitor at a high standard. Should the Visitor however have any cause for complaint they should contact the Owner immediately to discuss the problem. The Owner will take all reasonable steps to resolve the problem as quickly as possible and to communicate the outcome to the Visitor. If after this the Visitor believes the complaint has not been satisfactorily resolved then they should notify the Owner in writing within 7 days of leaving the cottage. The Owner cannot subsequently consider any complaints or enter into any correspondence about them unless this procedure has been followed.

Security Deposits: There is a security deposit of £75 to cover the cost of any damage and/or breakages caused by the Guest in, at or to the Property. The Owner has 48 hours from Visitor checkout date to make a claim on the security deposit in accordance with Airbnb security deposit policy.

Owners right to enter the Property: The accommodation Owner has the right to enter the property (without prior notice if this is not practical or possible) if special circumstances or emergencies arise (for example if repairs need to be carried out).

Your Vehicles: Your vehicles, their accessories and contents are left entirely at your own risk.

Your Personal Property: The Owner accepts no liability for the possessions of the Visitor or anyone in his/her party.

Personal Travel Insurance: You are recommended to take out Personal Travel Insurance for your holiday.

Fires: The Visitor or anyone in his/her party must not light fires in the garden or in any fireplace in the Property except in the woodburning stove in the lounge and the door of the woodburning stove must be kept shut at all times when lit except for when loading with wood. Candles must not be lit in the Property.

Chargers: The Visitor or anyone in his/her party must not leave chargers switched on when not in the Property.

Security: The Visitor must ensure that at all times when leaving the Property the external doors are properly locked and all windows are latched shut.



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Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

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23 Reviews

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Elisabeth User Profile
February 2017
This charming cottage is an ideal setting from which to explore the Lake District. It is extremely well-appointed, with careful thought given to comfort and utility. Spotlessly clean on our arrival, the cottage was a warm and cozy base to come back to after hiking and exploring the magnificent countryside in every direction. The house is part of the buildings that inspired Lowood School in Jane Eyre, and it was truly magical to be able to stay there. We highly recommend Booth's market just up the road. Gourmet and local with an amazing wine section, we visited many times. All in all, we had a wonderful holiday, refreshed by the beautiful landscape and fresh air. Thank you Sandra!

Allison User Profile
January 2017
My husband, a couple of our close friends and I spent two weeks in the schoolhouse and absolutely loved every minute of it! It's perfectly situated between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales and has everything you could need nearby from shopping to restaurants to amazing walks and views. There's actually a great little shop and tea room just across the street which was so convenient! The house itself was absolutely perfect. It was warm, extremely charming and had absolutely everything we needed (plenty of towels, extra firewood, comfy bedding, tons of kitchen supplies/utensils, plenty of hot water, etc). And while it's true that you can hear the street outside and the headlights sometimes light up the bedrooms at night, it was definitely not something that bothered us or kept us from restful sleep, especially if you keep the curtains drawn. We loved lighting fires in the living room each night and waking up to views of sheep in the neighboring fields. The wifi was super fast, but you have to either be in the dining room or near the door in the living room to use it (we think it was the super thick, concrete walls that stopped the signal from reaching all parts of the house). Oh and Sandra was an absolutely fantastic host! She gave us so many great recommendations and checked in regularly to make sure we were comfortable. We've never stayed in an Airbnb with so much history and charm and can't recommend staying here enough :)

Ben User Profile
January 2017
This was the perfect retreat for us over New Year. The house handled 4 adults and 4 kids with ease. It's a beautiful tastefully renovated warm and well-equipped house. Sandra was a communicative understanding and flexible host. I would recommend this place to anyone.

Chris User Profile
September 2016
Sandra was very welcoming and provided a lot of useful info on arrival. The house itself is very well set up mixing modern convenience with lots of well preserved historical character. The garden was a great spot to relax in the evening, making for a very relaxed and comfortable stay..

Marjan User Profile
August 2016
A wonderful cottage! Nicely renovated so it meets all your needs for a pleasent stay: good shower, nice kitchen witch plenty of pottery (even a slowcooker!), a fireplace for chilly evenings, large garden. Just like the pictures. We were with 5 and had plenty of room. It's situated next to the A65 which brings you to either the Dales of to the Lake District. Kirkby Lonsdale is close for shopping of eating out. Sandra is a nice host and easy to communicatie with. Would certainly recommend this place.

Sunetra User Profile
July 2016
The cottage was quaint, beautiful and very sympathetically restored. It was an amazing getaway and with the farm shop close by, was the perfect base for us to explore the best of Lake District and Yorkshire. We will definitely be back!

Alicia User Profile
May 2016
We had the most amazing holiday at Bronte School House. Sandra is the ideal host and was incredibly welcoming and had every possible need anticipated with a huge range of information available for us about the area and history. The place is breathtaking inside and out and much larger than it looked in the photos, which made it perfect for our family of five. It's only an hour and a half outside Manchester so we could easily pop into town for a few day trips and did lots of lovely walks and hikes around the lakes and the surrounding hills and villages. The kids loved the neighbouring sheep and cows and played endlessly in the picturesque garden. I could not recommend this place more to anyone with a family, nature lovers, amblers, history lovers or those looking for a romantic getaway; it's truly perfect for all.

Lancaster, United Kingdom · Joined in January 2014
Sandra User ProfileSandra is a superhost.

I am passionate about ancient buildings and the need to preserve our heritage. It was during the very hands-on two year renovation of Bronte School House (a grade II listed building) that I became quite obsessed with learning about and utilising the materials that were originally used to build properties of this era and with finding out about the history of the building. The link to the Brontes ignited an interest in their literature and I have spent many hours browsing second-hand bookshops seeking out old hard-back copies of their novels to read. The language they use is just so beautiful, it's a shame that much of their vocabulary has now sadly dropped from common parlance. I love nothing more than finding a receptive audience to whom I can read aloud passages from the Brontes! Their novels deserve to be read aloud.

I guess my other main interest is travelling: to experience different cultures, different ways of living, different outlooks on life, different ways of being. I am fortunate to have found a great travelling companion in my husband Malik. We both have a particular soft spot for India and have spent a great deal of time travelling, primarily by train, throughout that fascinating nation. This year though we are heading for Oman which I think will be a very different experience!

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