The Old School HouseFalmouth, Cornwall
- Guests 4
- Bedrooms 2
- Preferred changeover day Thursday
- Minimum stay 2 nights
- Number of dogs welcome 0
- Acorn rating 4 What's this?
- Reference 011024
About The Old School HouseVictorian school turned beachside retreat, full of original features and sea-view windows.
Make the beach your playground in this former Victorian school. Just below its walled garden, the shores gently sweep in and out, to reveal a small and sheltered beach. Built in 1876, the shutter-windowed stone cottage sits on the north bank of the Helford River estuary with views of the waters from its windows. After a careful restoration, the two-bedroom cottage reveals a modern interior with historic character. Exposed beams, wood panelled walls and a log-burner are met by contemporary furnishings.
The Old School House sits at the edge of Durgan village, with only a handful of cottages around. Sheltered from Atlantic gales, you’ll have the benefit of being in one of the mildest corners of the country, with a south-facing beach just outside your door.
The South West Coast Path runs through the village, offering links to vast stretches of coastline. Head east from Durgan along the river and out to Falmouth bay. Head west from Durgan along the Helford Passage, where a passenger ferry runs across the river to the idyllic Helford village and the Lizard peninsula.
Availability & book
- Selected dates
- Changeover day
Features and facilities
- Cot & high chair available
- Microwave available
- Fridge available
- Freezer available
- Dishwasher available
- Washing machine available
- Tumble dryer available
- Telephone not available
- Television available
- DVD available
- WiFi* available
- Open fire / wood burner available
- Garden available
- BBQ not available
Ground floor facilitiesView Access statement (PDF 428 KB)
Hall, kitchen, sitting/dining room with multi fuel stove, two bedrooms (one double, one twin), shower room and lavatory.
Notes for guests
Catering: Homemade meals can be ready on your arrival at an extra charge (7 days notice required). If you would like to order any options from the attached menu, please contact our catering manager on 01872 863486. View menu options
Access: The access statement is for guidance only. For up to date photos please those images in the main website page.
Heating: Rointe digital electric heating system.
Parking: Parking is limited to one vehicle.
Garden: Small garden on the quay, which the villagers of Durgan also have access to.
Utilities/electricals: The washing machine and tumble dryer is a combined washer/dryer.
*WiFi: This is now available, but please note that intermittent connection problems can sometimes occur and should not be relied upon. We are pleased to provide free WiFi at this cottage which is supported by BT.
Telephone: Limited reception for mobile telephones. There is a public payphone outside the property.
Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this cottage.
While you’re with us, you’ll benefit from free entry to National Trust properties upon presentation of your booking confirmation.
Guests will enjoy 10% off in National Trust shops for the duration of their stay.
Logs: A starter supply of seasoned logs, fire lighters and kindling will be provided free of charge from 1st July 2019. Guests will need to source any additional logs elsewhere.
Barbecue: Barbecues will not be available at this cottage from 1st October 2019.
Local suppliers: Canoe Cornwall provide good value and good quality archery, bushcraft and canoeing sessions on Fal and Helford.
Please Note: The annual Durgan Regatta takes place in the village on the Sunday of the August Bank Holiday. This involves flags on both quays, loudspeakers and lots of people partying outside Quay, Beach and Old School House cottages.