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School House

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Bradnop, near Leek, Staffordshire
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The School House is a great base for a large family or group of friends to simply ‘get away from it all’.

The School House is a truly wonderful detached, Grade II listed stone built cottage situated in a rural position in the hamlet of Bradnop, less than 1 mile from the picturesque Peak District National Park.
Thoughtfully and extensively renovated throughout to offer spacious, comfortable accommodation and even boasts its very own private hot tub for guests use. Many of the original features have been carefully retained including beams, exposed stone walls and fireplace to name but a few. There is a well-kept enclosed garden at the front of the property and a paddock area to the rear.
The small and pretty rural hamlet of Bradnop is situated on the western edge of the Peak District National Park. Close by you will find the market town of Leek with its array of antique shops and quirky crafts. The thriving picturesque market town of Ashbourne and the spa town of Buxton are within driving distance. For families and the more adventurous, Alton Towers is only a 5 mile drive away.
Nearby you will find superb walks with Dovedale, the beautiful Manifold Valley, and the popular Manifold Cycle Track, all within easy reach. There are lots of pretty villages to explore one being Hartington where you will find tasty local cheeses in the village cheese shop, also close by there are several pubs serving fantastic home cooked food. Horse riding is also available nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground Floor:
Living room: With wood burner, Freeview TV and beams.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric range cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Utility room: With fridge/freezer.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
First Floor:
Bedroom 2: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 3: With double bed.
Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
Bedroom 5: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
Second Floor:
Bedroom 6: With twin beds and sloping ceiling.

Oil central heating, oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Highchair. Initial logs for wood burner included. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, furniture and barbecue. Paddock. Hot tub for 8. Bike store. Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking.

Show amenities 


  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Horse Riding Nearby
    Horse Riding Nearby
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Hot Tubs - Private
    Hot Tubs - Private
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 01/06/2018
    The house was lovely, however it wasn't as clean as it could be. There was dust and cobwebs on exposed brickwork and in other places. The kitchen was equipped really well and the hot tub was great though. The location was good and we easily fitted all the cars on the drive.

  • 3

    Confirmed guest, 27/04/2018
    Could be a lovely cottage with a bit of care and attention.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 09/04/2018
    12 of us booked the house for a family long weekend. We had different ages in our group from 4 year olds up to 70+. The house was very interesting and full of character. It provided everything we needed from an equipment point of view and the kitchen was very well stocked to meet all our needs. The living room accommodated all of us comfortably and there were plenty of areas to sit and find some quiet time too! Bradnop itself is a very small hamlet and very quiet but you are within a short 5min trip to all the amenities you could possibly need in Leek. You are also within 20-30mins drive of Dovedale, Ilam, Peak Wildlife Park (excellent value for kids!) and the lovely Rudyard Lake. The hot tub was large, clean, well looked after and very welcome as a relaxing evening soak. In general it was clean and tidy when we arrived but the rooms and furniture are slightly old and getting a little shabby, but with young children this wasn't a bad thing really as we weren't constantly on edge making sure they didn't break anything. Couple of issues to note for future reference...the hot tub didn't heat up on the first day. Be prepared to only use this on day 2. It is also located in the garden with no overhead cover and overlooks the small village green by the Parish Hall so easily in view from lane and for people arriving for events in the hall! Not a problem really but maybe for those a bit more shy? One of the bedrooms is only accessible by going through another bedroom. Ok with kids. Not so good when with people you aren't as familiar with! The main bathroom did leak a little into the dining room as the shower screen didn't quite cover the main splashing. No serious issues from this but just to be aware. Also the main dining table only seats 8 people. Not so great when there is 12 of you (as advertised as the normal occupancy) wanting to enjoy each other's company over dinner. There is another table in the kitchen area that seats 4-6 and although in sight isn't next to the other table and we were advised not to move furniture around. Other than those niggles we were very satisfied and would consider School House again.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 19/03/2018
    We had a lovely weekend break at the School House. The building is full of old charm and it was a perfect size for our group of 10. The hot tub was fabulous. However, there were a couple of 'niggles', the main ones being the shower downstairs didn't get hot, the upstairs bathroom leaked through the kitchen ceiling, carpets and decor are a little tired and we would have liked an ipod dock of some description. Unfortunately, the owners don't seem to agree that these are reasonable observations. This is a shame as just a little attention to detail would have resulted in another booking from us. As it is, I dont feel I can recommend the property.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 09/03/2018
    Despite the poor weather we had a good visit to the Staffordshire Moorland and found the School House a convenient place to stay. The house has a somewhat quirky layout which adds to it's old world charm. Sadly didn't get to use the hot tub.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 19/02/2018
    A lovely stay at the school house. Cottage has a quirky layout but lots of space. It’s age means noises from upstairs can be heard all over and it can get cold at night but that’s all part of the charm. Great quiet location, lovely views and good places to visit nearby. Hot tub was a hit with everyone!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 12/02/2018
    Very comfortable property giving lots of space for the family. Sitting room excellent space. good seating and woodburner a welcome addition. All bedrooms spacious and well appointed. Kitchen and dining room lovely for family meals and equipped with everything you could need.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 22/01/2018
    Was booked for a birthday celebration with family. Nice cottage comfortable good location. Looked lovely in the snow.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 15/01/2018
    Fantastic stay at School House. It was minutes from Leek town centre and the location was perfect. The only fault I could find were the floorboards had no insulation so anyone above one room could hear what was going on the room below, but this was only a minor issue. Overall we had a great stay and would definitely stay here again.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 04/01/2018
    Loved the hot tub. Large house with lots of space. Not much within walking distance such as shops/pubs but only 5/10 mins drive away.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 06/11/2017
    A period property in average condition with sufficient equipment but insufficient pleasantries.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 03/11/2017
    It was some what annoying that heating system wasn’t working properly; dining room could do with brighter lighting; otherwise charming cottage. P. S. Beware of neighbours’ Doberman Pinscher: not an obedient dog at all...

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your feedback, this is always very important to us. We are delighted that you scored us a 7 and that you found this very old quaint property to be so charming. We were not made aware that you had any problems using the heating system during your stay. Any issues that you may have need to be brought to our attention so that this can be acted on promptly as our priority is the well-being of our guests. Full instructions on how to use the heating are within the property and the staff are always available for advice should you require. As far as we were aware, there are no neighbouring properties that have a disobedient dog, and there is only one neighbour to School House as it sits in its own gardens.

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7.9 out of 10 – based on 20 reviews collected by Reevoo
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