A wonderful birthday weekend spent at the Schoolhouse!

I would just like to pass on my thanks for a wonderful birthday weekend spent at the Schoolhouse! What an amazing place!  The Schoolhouse was the ideal size and layout for our party of 14, and such a quirky venue to hold a special event.  Everyone was very impressed with the house and its location. Middleham and the Dales are so lovely and the area holds memories for all of us who have lived or worked there in the past. The weather was amazing, which added to the whole enjoyment of the weekend.
As you recommended we had dinner on the Friday evening in the Richard III pub, great atmosphere, great service and great pies!
On Saturday evening we had the caterers in to serve a 3 course dinner. As you recommended, we used the services of Liz Fairburn. She helped me to choose a delicious menu and sent Janette and her crew along to cater for us. They did an absolutely fantastic job! The food was amazing, service very quick and efficient and they left the kitchen absolutely spotless. All their hard work really made the weekend very special! I would recommend them to anyone, anytime!

I hope you managed to get the heating/boiler sorted. It was no problem for as we didnt need any heating in the end as it turned out so warm.

Please can you let me know whether we left the house in a good condition, as I am sure we did, and when you have destroyed or returned my good-housekeeping deposit cheque.

Good luck with the sale - I hope whoever buys it keeps it as a going concern!

Many thanks again.
Mike and Jenny Olivant

fantastic time

This was our 3rd stay in 18 months. As usual we had a fantastic time in School House. I cannot recommend this place enough. Great kitchen, living room, dining room and bedrooms. Good local pubs, chip shop and Chinese on the door step. Will definitely be returning.

Thank you

Paul Johnson (Manchester)

Third time in the house and would come back again

Pat HThis was our third year at School house, we are a bit fussy  and its usually hard to please everybody, especially a  large group, consisting  of a parent, 5 siblings and partners. We love the house, its got everything you need especially the kitchen which is so well appointed.

The bedrooms and bathrooms are great, we always go for the same rooms we had the previous year. Steve one of the owners is so accommodating and really tries to make your stay a good one. The house is exceptionally  clean and wellcoming. There is a good local shop and another in Leyburn which has everything you need. There  plenty to see and do around the area for all ages and abilities.

This year we celebrated our mothers 95 birthday there, although the picture is from last year. We are sorry the house is for sale, maybe the new owners will rent it out, however I cant imagine you could do any better than it  is already is. Who knows it maybe still available for us again, I hope so.


Pat Hagan

Our stay at the School House was brilliant

Our stay at the School House was brilliant. Superb house, really well equipped………..there were 15 of us and it was lovely to be in a house that had the right utensils to cook for 15!

We are five different families, so the bedroom layout and space worked beautifully for us. Never once did we feel crowded, and we were all able to eat together too.

Thank you

Elizabeth barker

Delighted with the house and the surrounding area

We’ve stayed at the School House 3 times now and have always been delighted with the house and the surrounding area.   We’ve found the accommodation clean and comfortable and all our contacts have been friendly, welcoming and helpful and we’d love to come again and again !  We were really sad to hear the property was to be sold and that we might not get to come back – has that plan changed ?

The only small comment for improvement I’d make is that the cooker can be a bit of a challenge – we’ve struggled to figure out how the ovens work and would love some written instructions.

On our most recent visit we stopped in at the Forbidden Corner which I think you should recommend to your guests, fantastic for kids.

Best wishes,

Karen Struthers


Would definitely book again

We stayed in the School House in May 2013 for a family party.

We live in Middleham and it is a brilliant place for family and friends to stay for a few days and  our friends from the village were also able to join us for the big party on the Saturday night.  As the space is so huge, the children were able to zoom around without getting in the way and everyone was able to have a good time.   The bedrooms are all well planned and presented.  The food was prepared by local caterers, Fairhursts, who did an excellent job.

If you are planning on doing your own catering there is masses of kitchen equipment.  Would definitely book again.


We are just back from School House and we would like to tell you how much we have enjoyed our stay at this most amazing place.

Sitting room is ideal to take family photos!I had booked it for my French family who came over from Paris for the wedding of my son.
They were totally delighted with the accommodation. All the rooms are so spacious, comfortable and stylish and you have kept the atmosphere of this old place very successfully.
The kitchen is equipped to a high standard and when we arrived everything was nice and clean and what a friendly touch it was to let us have a starter pack!

Before our stay it had been a pleasure to deal with Steve Mc Cann first (a quick reply to my enquiry) and then with Daiva and the team which made it easy to book, gave clear information  about the set up of the rooms and remained patient with my enquiries.

I personally really appreciated the trust shown in your tenants. I feel that it has been a privilege for us to be welcome into what must have been a family home at some stage in the past. I am grateful that you have let so many people along the years share the delights of School House.

For us, on top of everything the weather was splendid and the occasion was rather special. Our group will not forget this week-end for a long time.
I hope that whatever happens to the house its character will be kept.
All the best and a big thank you.

Genevieve Shaw

The house is ideal…

The house was ideal for our needs as it could be configured in so many ways. The downstairs accommodation was so spacious and the kitchen facilities were superb.

Provision of bed linen and sufficient towels really helped as did the welcome pack

Ideally placed for visiting what the Yorkshire Dales has to offer and the town itself has a range of pubs and eating places.

All in all a great place to stay at a reasonable price.

David Costigan

I just wanted to say thank you for giving the opportunity to stay at School House before our visit in July

Having actually been in the house totally alters my perception of it, but in no way for the negative! I can honestly say that it is one of the most spectacular buildings that I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying, and is entirely right for our wedding. I just feel so fortunate to have discovered such a perfect location.