House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

The Old School sits in the tiny hamlet of Mordington Clappers, 4 miles inland of Berwick-upon-Tweed and dates back to the mid-19th Century and is a grade 2 listed building. It was converted in 2006 after many years as a School (until the 2nd World War) village hall and community centre. It retains many of it's original features including wood panelling and large sash windows.

The main house has 3 bedrooms (2 doubles and a twin). There is also a self contained 'flat' to the rear of the main house providing spacious accommodation for 2 to 4 people which is ideal for a family group.

The internal layout of the main house is modern and benefits from central heating. The cloakroom/boot room leads to the large newly fitted and well equipped oak kitchen/breakfast room. This leads to a very large, open plan, lounge and formal dining area with an additional sitting area to the rear of the room. This whole area has original wood panelling throughout. An open staircase takes you to the 1st floor which has 3 lovely bedrooms (2 double and I twin) a very large family bathroom with double shower and roll top bath and an ensuite bathroom to the master bedroom. The first floor has a number of floor to ceiling and velux windows which add light and character to the accommodation.

The self contained flat to the rear of the school has a double bedroom (with additional double sofa bed), a sitting area and an ensuite bathroom.

The Old School has been designed to cater for all your needs, featuring up-to-date appliances and plentiful facilities. All linen and towels are provided, as are basic stocks of spices, condiments and fresh coffee beans. We provide a welcome pack and an information pack and extensive literature on activities in the local area, including walkingg guides, bird-watching books and other useful information.

The Old School is a perfect place to relax, unwind and watch the world go by. Most passing traffic tends to be farm machinery as the Old School is located in rural / farming land, so you can guarantee an uninterrupted and hassle-free stay.

You may choose to simply relax and socialise in The Old School. You can cook and eat informally in the kitchen / breakfast room, or more formally at the big oak dining table. Of course you may also choose to dine out at one of the range of excellent local restaurants.

Feel free to use the extensive array of glassware in the cocktail cabinet to chill out with a good wine, cocktail or a wee dram of Scotch Whisky!

You could even host your own murder mystery dinner. A number of fun murder mystery games are provided for you to have a go. We have had many memorable nights playing amateur sleuth and had great fun!

We have endeavoured to provide everything you need to make your stay a memorable occasion. In The Old School you'll find a range of books and DVDs. Please feel free to use them.

The little ones have their own place in the house. In a special area of the lounge they'll find a table and chairs where the Teacher Bear (Bruin) presides over activities! Children love this area – they can have a tea party, draw and colour and even play school in The School!

For the more active there are walks, beaches, historic sights to see. A wealth of other activities are available in the local area The location is an ideal base for exploring the cities of Edinburgh and Newcastle and is also perfect for exploring , the Scottish Borders and the Northumberland coast which are rural and coastal areas of great natural beauty and tranquillity, yet are full of life and rich in history. There are plentiful attractions and activities of all types as well as numerous eateries. The Old School is 10 minutes drive from the nearby beaches of Scremerston, Coldingham and Spittal. The spectacular Northumberland coast is easily accessible and it is only a 20 minute drive to Bamburgh (with the famous castle), Seahouses (with boat trips to the Farne Islands) and Holy Island. The Old School is located within easy reach of a number of links golf courses, the nearest of which is in Berwick Upon Tweed some 4 miles away. Do feel free to use the set of golf clubs provided for your convenience at the Old School.

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The Old School is so spacious it lends itself to family get-togethers with the wider family and groups of couples and / or friends. Holidays in all seasons are fun at The Old School and special times such as Christmas and New Year can be celebrated here.

Every effort is made to make any occasion special. Let us know if you have any special requirements and we will endeavour to meet them.

If you would like to book The Old School for something special please check our availability or contact us. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Size Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Berwick Upon Tweed 7 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Edinburgh 85 km, Nearest railway: Berwick Upon Tweed 7 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The entrance hall/boot room has fitted wardrobes to store boots and coats.

The living area in the main house is spacious, light, open plan and wood panelled and has a dining area, very spacious main lounge area and a further lounge area with a double sofa bed. The lounge has a TV, DVD player, Bose CD Player, books and games. There is a 3rd lounge area with a double sofa bed,, TV and DVD in the flat.

The children's play area in the lounge has a table and chairs where the Teacher Bear (Bruin) presides over activities! Children love to play school in the school!!

The Kitchen/breakfast room is newly fitted with modern oak units and a dining table. It is very spacious and well equipped and has a hob and oven, integral fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine, a wine fridge, microwave, 2 coffee makers etc.

Bedroom 1 has a double bed and ensuite bathroom with 2 easy chairs, bedroom 2 has a double bed and 2 seater leather sofa, bedroom 3 has twin beds and bedroom 4 has a double bed an ensuite bathroom and is within a self contained flat with a double sofa bed in the adjacent lounge area. (Flexibility of sleeping arrangements is enhanced by providing a 2nd double sofa bed in the lounge of the main house. Although this increases sleeping capacity to 12 guests, in general we prefer to accommodate a maximum of 10 guests).

The family bathroom has a wc, roll top bath and double drench shower and washhand basin, the ensuite to bedroom one has a wc, shower and washhand basin, the ensuite to bedroom 4 has a a wc, shower and washhand basin. All showers have toiletry dispensers.

Towels and linen are included as are shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, liquid hand soap and dishwasher powder. As you would expect, the property is thoroughly cleaned by our changeover team before your stay.

Further details outdoors

There is a patio area to the side of the school and a bench with a table at the front of the property where you can watch the world go by.

There is a lovely landscaped private garden (with stone walls, a feature Nautical Star stone circle and grassed area) to the rear of the main building which leads to the flat. There is a fire pit/ barbeque and seating/dining furniture. This area is walled and has a lockable gate, so is safe for children to play in while adults can relax knowing that their children are safe.

Further details

We started to rent in November 2012 so have availability. Weekly bookings run from 4pm Saturday to 10am Saturday, but we can be flexible on changeover days.

We do have special offers throughout the year so do give us a call on 07779267879 to discuss.

We also offer short breaks throughout the year at a cost of approximately two thirds of the weekly rental cost. (See prices table for details). Please free to contact us to discuss your specific requirements. We will always endeavour to be flexible to meet your needs.

The Northumberland region

The Old School sits in the tiny Hamlet of Mordington Clappers, some 4 miles inland of England’s most northerly town, Berwick-upon-Tweed. The climate is normally one of cool summers, cold winters and relatively little rain. The hours of sunshine are believed to be almost as high as at Dunbar which records the most hours in Scotland.

Its location, 200 yards from the border between England and Scotland, makes The Old School an ideal base for exploring the East and Central Scottish Borders and the North-Northumberland coast with its epic castles and fabulous beaches. Edinburgh is approximately an hours drive or train journey to the north and Newcastle a similar distance to the south.

Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are areas of great natural beauty and tranquility, yet are full of life and rich in history. There are plentiful attractions and activities of all types as well as numerous eateries.

Ranging from coastal beauty spots such as Tweedmouth, Coldingham (renowned for surfing), and Spittal (Victorian seaside village). Further afield are a variety of interesting and diverse Scottish border towns. These include Selkirk, Galashiels, Melrose, Kelso, Hawick and Peebles. Each of these towns have their own individual facilities and charm. For example, Kelso (35 minutes drive) has a well known racecourse and a wide range of country sports shops.

The spectacular Northumberland coast is 20 minutes drive away, and includes Bamburgh Castle, Holy Island, Seahouses and the Farne Islands.

If your passions are shooting, fishing or playing golf then The Old School is located within easy reach of a number of links golf courses, the river Tweed, which offers first class salmon fishing, and several shooting estates. (Feel free to use the set of golf clubs provided). The picturesque coastal village of St. Abbs some 10 miles north of Berwick is a major dive attraction and Coldingham Bay offers some of the best surfing in the UK

If you wish to go out and about during your stay at the Old School there are plenty of attractions nearby. Berwick Upon Tweed itself hosts a Theatre and Leisure Centre with pool, and a number of good restaurants and coffee shops.

The nearby fishing port of Eyemouth has a maritime museum which is worth a visit as is Chain Bridge Honey Farm at nearby Horncliffe.

The Scottish Borders is also home to numerous castles, towers, abbeys & stately homes and is a fantastic area for outdoor pursuits. The rolling hills are perfect for hill walking, and the area is renowned for shooting, fishing and riding.

Mordington Clappers

Berwick was once Scotland’s wealthiest Royal Burgh and greatest seaport. Its strategic location and commercial importance put Berwick in the front line enduring 300 years of warfare in the middle ages. The period 1296 to 1482 saw the castle and town change hands 13 times between the Scots and the English.

From the 16th century until 1836, Berwick was an independent borough, neither in Scotland nor in England. It’s ambiguous status led to the popular story that, through administrative error, the borough is still at war with Russia! Though its role as a garrison town ended in the 1960s, historic barracks are a reminder of Berwick’s military past.

Today Berwick lies peacefully behind its encircling walls, from which there are panoramic views up the Tweed Valley towards the Cheviot Hills and along the Northumberland coast to Holy Island and Bamburgh Castle.

Things to do in Berwick-upon-Tweed

There are lots of things to do in Berwick-upon-Tweed. Many people enjoy the walk around the Elizabethan walls. This takes about 40 minutes, with lovely views of the area. Berwick was LS Lowry’s favourite place in the UK and the subject of many of his paintings. You can walk the Lowry Trail with information panels at key places in and around the town that Lowry painted.

You may choose to enjoy a meal at one of the town’s many restaurants or pubs or enjoy an evening entertainment at the Maltings Theatre.

For the more active, there is a swimming pool at the leisure centre, or you could hire a bike and explore the local countryside.

There are many coastal walks, information about these are held in the Welcome Pack at the Old School.

Spittal has a lovely sandy beach or you may prefer to enjoy the peaceful sight of Berwick’s famous swans on the Tweed and to look out for grey seals in the estuary.