The Old School House

Falmouth, Cornwall

At-a-glance details

  • Sleeps 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 House

Victorian 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 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.  

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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 available


Ground floor facilities

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  • Ground floor

    Hall, kitchen, sitting/dining room with multi fuel stove, two bedrooms (one double, one twin), shower room and lavatory.

Notes for guests

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.

Free entry to Trelissick, Glendurgan Garden and Trerice on production of booking details.

Upon arrival at the cottage guests will receive 10 per cent discount vouchers that may be used in the plant shop and in the excellent Tea House at Glendurgan Gardens.

Catering: Homemade meals can be ready on your arrival at an extra charge.

Logs: Supply of seasoned beech and ash logs from a local National Trust plantation available: £5 for one night, £10 for two, £15 for three or £20 for an unlimited supply for the duration of your stay.

Barbeque: Provided on request, National Trust charcoal may be purchased at £5 per bag.

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.

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About the Acorn rating

We have applied a 1-5 acorn rating to each cottage to be used only as a guide that covers location, style of interior and facilities you may be looking for. The range runs from 1 Acorn at a more basic level such as Bird How which due to its stunning yet remote location doesn’t have a caretaker through to 5 Acorns at the highest level – such as Shute Barton.

Cottage pricing is not judged on the Acorn rating alone and as all our cottages are of an individual nature we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice.

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