Ref-004761 Hexham, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom, Sleeps 12

Exterior The Observatory Star-gazing in the Observatory

Star-gazing in the Observatory



  • Dog Friendly
  • Child Friendly
  • Nearby Golfing
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Wood Burners
  • Parking
  • Nearby Fishing
  • Rural Location
  • Garden


Overlooking England's highest village, the Old School House offers panoramic views over the stunning rural landscape of the North Pennines. It is an ideal place for a relaxing yet invigorating escape from the daily routine.

The west wing of the Victorian schoolhouse, originally used as a classroom and library, has recently been refurbished to provide spacious, self-contained, accommodation for visitors. It is a beautiful space which includes an open-plan living area with high ceilings, a wood-burning stove, big comfortable sofas and a long dining table with a fitted oak kitchen.

An on-site observatory (North Pennines Observatory) is now open for guests to explore one of the country's best dark sky areas for stargazing. Additional charges and pre-booking for this are required. Please contact us for more details.

Since summer 2012 we have had a number of delighted visitors including groups of friends and families, artists, writers and poetry groups, musicians, film makers, photographers, and cyclists on the coast to coast route.

The property has been listed in the September 2016 edition of The Guardian’s top places to stay in the UK over Christmas and New Year.

"I'm not looking forward to going back to the real world, this has been an amazing place to stay."- Ditte Elly, Newcastle

“It would be hard to find a place more rural and remote, yet on the inside it has the feel of a New York studio loft.”- Elaine Williams, The Guardian.


The village of Allenheads has a friendly pub, a café serving delicious home-made food, a village shop with a small range of basic provisions (supermarket deliveries available from Tesco and Waitrose), Heritage Centre and Nature Trail.

For anyone wanting to tour the North of England and Scottish Borders the Old School House in Allenheads is the perfect location, and only about one hour's drive from the A1 or M1.At 1350 feet it is England's highest village and situated within a designated area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).

It is also located in an area with some of the best Dark Sky Discover Sites in the UK and we the North Pennines Observatory at ACA is located on our premises. Star gazing equipment and telescopes are available for use before or after the completion date to give you direct access to these nationally acclaimed skies. Additional charges may apply for tuition and access to the large telescopes. Pre-booking is required.

It is just over an hour's drive from the nearest cities of Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham, Sunderland, Middlesborough and Carlisle, but it feels a world apart within the rolling North Pennine hills.


The Old School House sleeps a maximum of 12.

There are 2 rooms with 4 bunk beds in each.There are 2 rooms that are doubles or twin rooms. Please let us know which you require.

All bedding is provided. Please bring your own towels, toiletries, toilet paper, dishwasher tablets and washing up liquid.


Location on google maps

Allenheads is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with some of the UK's best Dark Sky Discovery Sites. The tranquil atmosphere and landscape give a sense of time standing still and of a place that the world has forgotten about.Yet within no time at all you can be in the historic market town of Hexham with its numerous shops and eating places to enjoy, or walking the famous Hadrians Wall.

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