About This Listing
Enjoy staying in a cosy & comfortable Grade II listed stone cottage -formerly the Clergy Daughter's School attended by Charlotte & Emily Brontë- situated in the beautiful Lune Valley nestling between the Lake District & Yorkshire Dales National Parks
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 Internet/Wi-fi at the cottage.
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 on 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 in case of any problems or should you need any information.
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 2016. 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 and 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 other than the minimum stay of 3 nights or one week please Contact Host for a price as the automated system tends to come up with silly prices!
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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 capacity of the accommodation as advertised. If your holiday price includes a 'small party reduction' the number in your party must not exceed that advised at the time of your booking. 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 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 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 by any member of your party.
Cleanliness /Damage to the property: The Visitor is expected to leave the Property in the same state of cleanliness, general repair and order in which it was found. 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.
From May 22 - Sep 30, 2015 the minimum stay is 7 nights.
This listing is a jewel: a cozy country cottage---one of three contiguous cottages-- that has been restored lovingly and creatively and artistically. Be sure to look at the album that chronicles the rehabbing of the house...pretty astounding. There are wonderful touches, like Bronte-related books on the bookshelves and a framed collection of "finds" that were discovered during the renovation.
The cottage is ideally located for exploring the Lakes and the Dales, and with beautiful walks right in the neighborhood. There are rolling green hills and thousands of sheep everywhere, small lanes, beautiful stone houses, bluebells and wild garlic...
Before our trip, Sandra was immediately responsive via email to any questions we had. The hosts met us when we arrived, gave us the house tour, and showed us how everything worked. Sandra graciously provided us all the info we needed about resources the immediate area, both personally and through a complete resources book.
The weather was chilly when we were there, but we had fires every day in the easy-to-operate wood stove in the living room. We shopped and cooked in the house (don't miss Booth's in Kirkby Lonsdale), and also sampled lots of options in the area for restaurant eating. Because of the chilly weather, we didn't get to sit outside in the garden, but that will be a treat for whoever is there in warmer weather.
Things to know: the weather was indeed changeable in early May, and we were glad to have packed layers. We were also glad to have had a car; it was important to be able to explore, shop, and cover some distance. The full bath (including both shower and big tub) is on the lower floor, and the bedrooms and a half-bath on the upper floor. This was not at all a problem for us, but if mobility is an issue, it might be.
On our last morning, we were very sad to leave, having fallen in love with this wonderful cottage and this gorgeous part of the world. We feel lucky to have discovered the Bronte School House and to have met Sandra.
We had a wonderful 4 days in Cowan Bridge. It is an incredibly beautiful part of the world. There are amazing walks and views on the doorstep. The cottage is really comfortable and fresh feeling and the garden is pretty. Its set back from a busy road, and it would be hard to leave the front door to garden open with tiny kids. But it was fine for our 6 and 8 year old. Sandra was a really helpful host and we had some delicious meals out nearby. Kirby Lonsdale is a lovely nearby town.
Listing and photos accurate. House exceeds expectations Warm generous and welcoming A gracious was of explaining any rules in little slate messages! would recommend to anyone Lived the spirit of the owners and the place. thank you.
The Bronte School House was a great place for our family of 5 (mom, dad and 3 daughters ages 14, 13 and 10). Very near the Lake District, and just on the cusp of the Yorkshire Dales. We loved it.
The House is a great mix of old and new. Restored and modernized to a lovely and comfortable standard, while still sympathetic to the historical character of the property. Very well-done.
Sandra was a great host and very responsive when we had any issues.
About the Host, Sandra
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 in the opposite direction: to Argentina and Chile - can't wait!
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