Capheaton School House

Capheaton, Northumberland
+44 (0)1913 758152

This lovely conversion feels both cosy and spacious - come for great walks, winter fires and stunning lake views


4 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Former pupils would be amazed… old photographs recall its school days but now this is a calm, comfortable cottage where estate staff and family make you very welcome and there will be something delicious and homemade and a bottle of wine waiting for you.

The double bedrooms have window seats to enjoy the views over fields of cattle and the lake and countryside beyond; children have a little bunk room. The neat galley kitchen has all you need, and the sunny dining room is a friendly space to eat and chat; there’s a log-burner in here and another in the cosy sitting room, along with books and games for rainy days. There’s an enclosed and secluded rear garden with table and chairs for al fresco dining – cook on the gas barbecue on summery evenings.

Good local bumph is left for you: cyclists and walkers love the wild beauty of the Northumbrian countryside and you are within 45 minutes’ drive of the white sandy coast and ancient craggy castles. Stately homes like Belsay, Cragside and Wallington Hall are closer.

Capheaton School House - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Feeling so remote in the peace and quiet
  • Boating on the lake (with permission and a small charge)
  • Returning to such a snug, comfortable cottage after a long day of exploring
Capheaton School House - Gallery

You should know

  • Mobile signals are patchy
  • The nearest shops and pubs are a 15-minute drive
  • The bathroom is shared


  • Swimming pool
  • Self check-in
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 5 nights in high season. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs 15-minute drive.


Nightly price
from £150
Weekly price
from £700
1 House for 6
From £1504 beds3 bedrooms


Beautiful house to stay in. Very cosy with the log burners on and nice thick curtains. The kitchen was well equipped and clean. Lovely views out over the countryside from all rooms.


This is an amazing property, beautiful location, beautiful house and immaculate and certainly exceeded our expectations. Very much in keeping with the photographs. Information from Tom was extremely helpful. We would certainly stay there again.


What a great stay. Thought the communication was great up front, the property was exactly as advertised, everything was spotless and the house was extremely comfortable. Would recommend to others. And a bottle of wine and a cake on arrival - very thoughtful.


We spent two nights in this lovely house in October. Despite some horrible weather, the cottage was warm and cosy with ample comfortable bedding. The house is well equipped and finished to a good standard making it feel very homely for our short stay. What’s more, the wonderful views out over the lake and it’s quiet, picturesque location made it the perfect base for a relaxed family weekend in Northumberland.


A semi remote, historic estate in Northumberland surrounded by a wealth of landscape, heritage and cultural gems within an hour's drive. The only dilemma is whether to stay put or venture further afield ... linger a while and then explore all that this amazing county has to offer.

Marion, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

In rugged cycling and walking country the nearest pubs (try The Badger), restaurants and shops (including Waitrose), are in Ponteland, a 15-minute drive. Just down the drive, the Village Hall opens as a weekend tea room and a bar on Thursdays. It’s 15 minutes’ drive to Belsay Hall; 30 to Newcastle.

Local points of interest from Louise Bell

  • Explore the extensive woodlands and countryside right on the doorstep, as well as having permission to visit Sir Edwards Lake - visible from The School House.
  • This is a quiet, tranquil space that helps you re-connect with nature whilst still being within easy travelling distance to many of Northumberland's top attractions.
  • The West Wing is a great base for exploring all that Northumberland has to offer - extensive coast line, castles, Kielder Water, and of course Hadrian's Wall.
  • It is also only 30 minutes drive from the centre of Newcastle Upon Tyne, where there is a great choice of entertainment, shops, bars and restaurants.
  • With a travel cot, high chair and stair gate available this is a perfect cottage for family holidays, whilst also appealing to couples for romantic getaways.
  • You can enjoy the enclosed garden area to the rear of the property during the summer with the gas BBQ provided, and cosy nights in front of one of the two log burning stoves during the colder months.


Louise Bell

The Swinburne family – now Browne-Swinburne – live in Capheaton Hall and run the Estate, as they have for some 700 years. During WW11 it was in the hands of the army and became seriously dilapidated until in 1966 when the family began restoring, first the East Wing – where the current residents were brought up – then the gardens and the West Wing, now a separate house. The School House is a fine addition to the estate’s characterful places to stay.