The School House, Kidlandlee

Morpeth, Northumberland
+44 (0)1669 650472
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In the middle of the National Park and surrounded by the Coquet Hills, come for dark skies, fabulous walking and a very comfortable cottage


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

The climb up is spectacular and, once at the top, the views stretch for miles. There’s a spiritual feel to this whole place and it’s not a surprise to learn about its history – from monastery to farm to school, you can read all about it in your cosy cottage. A loaf of bread, eggs, butter and fresh flowers await along with a bag of goodies from Tully’s in Rothbury – Northumbrian biscuits, chocolate from Choc Affair, Berry Bros. & Rudd fizz and lots of other treats.

You’re off-grid (energy is supplied by solar and wind) and a massive wood-burner keeps you cosy with unlimited logs from wind-felled trees on the estate. Throws on beds and sofas are made from recycled plastic and are as soft as wool, mattresses are deep, duvets and pillows plump and the profound silence will lull you.

You have your own little garden with a barbecue and seating. Summer evenings with those views will be sublime, and then the stars come out.

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We think you'll love

  • The very calm, peaceful aura surrounding the whole place
  • Walking and cycling for miles without coming across a road or other people
  • The stars on clear nights are magical
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You should know

  • The three mile track up is quite steep and bumpy
  • WiFi not good enough for streaming
  • Dogs are £20 each and no jumping on beds!


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • 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 5pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 4 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season. Dogs welcome, £20 each.
3 January - 31 January.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £85
Weekly price
from £580
Damage deposit
£250 held on card during stay.
Dogs, £20 per dog.
1 Cottage for 4
From £853 beds2 bedrooms


As always we have had a fantastic week at Kidlandlee. We stayed in the school house this time and enjoyed every minute.... Kidlandlee is such a peaceful place to relax and unwind and have a great nights sleep made possible by the tranquil surroundings and comfy beds. Every cottage is furnished, equipped decorated and maintained to a high standard. As we always say this will not be our last visit, we have found a little piece of paradise and hope to return soon.

Kath, Leeds

Surely the most remote spot in England and unique simply for that. But there's something else here - as if the ancient hills were just dying to tell you their tales of Roman soldiers, marauding Reivers, monks and pilgrims, Victorian school children and everything else they've witnessed for so many thousands of years. It's a very special place.

Nicola, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

Bring everything you need and settle in. Walks start from your door and are spectacular through the Coquet Valley or up into the hills - just follow the sheep trails. Cyclists will head to Kidland forest. Harbottle (three miles) has a 12th-century castle, a holy well and the Star Inn which doubles as a local shop and does woodfired pizza in the courtyard. Rothbury, 14 miles, is the nearest town.

Local points of interest from Terri & Matthew Stock

  • Visit Craigside House! A wonderful day out for the whole family and doggies too. Building camps in the woods, nature trails, kayaking and canoeing on the lake. Beautiful gardens and house full of local history and inventions. Our favourite place to go!
  • For Harry Potter fans! Alnwick Castle is a fantastic day out for all the family. Learn about the history of Alnwick and enjoy the beautiful award-winning gardens created by The Duchess of Northumberland. Activities, concerts and magical fun!
  • Barter Books is one of the biggest second-hand book stores in the country. Great for rainy days. Preserved beautifully it is located in the old Alnwick Train Station. Sit, read and relax with a cuppa in restored waiting rooms with open fires. Dogs welcome
  • Holy Island and the Farne Islands are a great day out. Spot seals and puffins as you travel by boat. Visit the home of Grace Darling, Longstone Light House and find out how her amazing courage inspired the first life boats to patrol our shores.
  • Alnmouth Beach is the start of amazing castle walks and the beach itself is stunning and the local’s favourite.. The Village has amazing coffee shops and dog friendly pubs. Visit the School House Gallery for famous local art work and cultural events.


Terri & Matthew Stock

Terri and Matthew moved to Kidlandlee Estate from Kent in 2017 with their children and two Labradors. Matthew had a renovation business which he has put to good use on the cottages and buildings, and Terri was a stage manager in the theatre in London for a number of years. They hope their guests enjoy the peace and tranquillity, have fun exploring the hills, valleys and beaches and totally unwind during their stay.