The Old School House
The house was built in about 1745. It is situated up a quiet glen and was originally thought to be a drovers' inn. Over time it was extended and became the glen school around 1850, the last pupils leaving in the late 1960s. Since then it has been a private house, and the present owners now rent it out for holiday lets.
It still has the feel of a family home with two comfortable sitting rooms, one of them the old schoolroom, both with open fires. The double height entrance hall has a handsome staircase, and the inner hall has a wall of hooks for coats, a large mirror above a chest of drawers and plenty of space for boots and outdoor clothes. Beyond the hall is a cloakroom/WC with a small Belfast sink, and the washing machine neatly tucked away in a cupboard.
On the first floor there are 2 large bedrooms, a full-size (snug) box bed and a family bathroom. A separate annexe with a twin bedroom and bathroom adjoins the house, with lovely views up the river.
A great addition is the excellent selection of books to suit all ages. There are board games, cards and a DVD player, with a comprehensive choice of films to choose from. The kitchen is well equipped – the owners are keen cooks – with electric oven and hob, microwave and freezer and large china cupboard. An added bonus is the wood-fired Esse for cooking and extra heat, although not essential as the house is centrally heated, but it is a lovely addition and inevitably everyone gravitates to it.
The main garden is enclosed by stone dykes and looks down the glen. A further side garden is bordered by the Shinnel Water, at times a gentle river, to sit by or swim in, and at other times a torrent that rushes past the house. Charmingly enclosed in the old school shelter is outdoor furniture, for those damp days when you want to be out of the house yet dry. For summer evenings there is a barbecue and a circle of logs around a fire pit to enjoy as the light fades.
Walking straight from the house and bicycling up the glen are favourite excursions for all who stay. There are some charming local villages and the small town of Thornhill 5 miles away has food shops, an excellent butcher, a delightful cafe with an interesting shop, a chocolatier and a hotel with a very good restaurant. There are many places of interest in the area and you can find these on the Things To Do page.