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The Old School House – Bainbridge

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The Old School House was built in 1875 from local Dales stone and enjoys an unrivalled position, nestled on the top of the green in the idyllic village of Bainbridge, just 4 miles from Hawes. Having served the village as the local school for over 100 years, it was converted into a home some years ago. More recently it has been lovingly refurbished by owners Sarah and Graham into a stunning family and dog friendly holiday cottage, retaining the wonderful traditional features and balancing them creatively with all the essentials for modern living, it really is a welcoming home from home to be enjoyed by guests staying in the Dales.

This picture perfect cottage oozes charm and character. It is a delight from the minute you arrive, as you take in the stunning views down across the village green you know that this is going to be something very special. The living space is well thought out and beautifully appointed with luxurious furnishings and beautiful linens, light floods in through the tall windows which are a real feature, positioned so that the children would not be distracted from their lessons!

The Old School House has been thoughtfully laid out too, with 4 bedrooms, one king on the ground floor with en-suite, a further king bedroom on the first floor along with a single and a twin and the house bathroom.

This the perfect place to rest, relax and restore and with a log burner for chilly days, stunning countryside all around and walks and cycling from the door, what could be better for a stay in the Dales.

Outside there is a lovely, private courtyard to the rear, perfect for cooking up supper on the BBQ and to the front the village green beckons for a summer picnic while you watch the world go by, with a village pub, tearoom, shop and a butchers in the village, the Old School House really is the perfect, Beautiful Escape in Bainbridge.

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Entrance Hall/Boot room

Spacious entrance hall furnished with a lovely old pew, handy for taking a seat to pull boots on or off! Plenty of storage for boots, hats and coats too. Also off the entrance hall is a handy cloakroom with W.C. and basin.



The kitchen has a lovely view out across the village green, possibly the best view in the house! Fully equipped, with oven, hob and fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and all the other essentials, lots of storage and everything you need close at hand for cooking up hearty breakfasts and laid back suppers.

Living space

The original school room is the main living space, this is a beautiful room, it really does give you the wow factor. Tall windows flood the room with light, which is beautifully decorated with a gentle colour palette, and furnished with super comfy sofas, soft throws and cushions, all set around a log burner, perfect for cosying up on chillier days.

There is a lovely dining area here too, with a large table for everyone to gather together and enjoy supper while catching up on the day’s adventures or enjoy a hearty breakfast while spreading out the maps and planning the next one!

Spinning Top

Located on the ground floor, it is such a lovely bright room with high ceilings and tall windows, there is a handy en-suite too, perfect for retreating to after day out in the Dales.

Skipping Rope

Located on the first floor, this is another spacious room, with a king size bed with luxuriously soft linens  making it a special space for rest and relaxation.


A pretty single room, on the first floor, with a lovely view across the village green, the perfect place for stealing away for some quiet time.


This room is set as a twin room with two single beds, nestled in the eaves, with low beams adding to the characterful feel of this cosy bedroom for two.


Outside there is a secure, walled courtyard, furnished with table and chairs and everything you need for enjoying a sundowner or cooking up supper on the BBQ while to the front of the cottage the village green beckons, what better place to enjoy a picnic on a summer’s day!



  • Askrigg 1 mile
  • Hawes 4 miles
  • Leyburn 13 miles
  • Middleham 14 miles
  • Grassington 25 miles
  • Settle 26 miles
  • Kirkby Lonsdale 27 miles
  • Kendal 30 miles
  • Skipton 32 miles
  • Ripon 32 miles
  • Harrogate 42 miles
  • York 61 miles
  • Whitby 75 miles

Restaurants, pubs and cafes nearby

In the village

  • Petrol station
  • Children’s play park
  • Rose and Crown Pub
  • Yorebridge House fine dining restaurant
  • Tearoom
  • Village shop
  • Butchers

Askrigg – 1 mile

  • 3 pubs
  • Tearoom
  • Village shop

Hawes – 10 minute drive

  • Pubs
  • Tearooms
  • Convenience stores
  • Independent shops
  • Wensleydale creamery – see the cheese being made

Activities close by

  • Cycling and walking from the door
  • River Bain with stunning waterfalls runs through the village
  • Black Sheep Brewery Masham
  • Nearest Spa – Swinton Park
  • Wensleydale Railway
  • Settle-Carlisle Railway
  • Ribblehead Viaduct
  • Semerwater
  • Forbidden Corner
  • Bolton Castle
  • Richmond Castle and falls
  • Middleham – Castle and 15 professional racing stables,
  • Ingleton Falls
  • White Scar Cave
  • Yorkshire 3 Peaks – Ingleborough, Pen y Ghent, Whernside
  • Wensleydale Creamery
  • Dales Countryside Museum
  • Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre
  • Malham Cove & National Park Centre
  • Hawes National Park Centre
  • Reeth National Park Centre
  • Grassington National Park Centre (All Creatures Great and Small T.V. series filmed here)
Good to know
  • Wifi
  • Parking next to the cottage
  • Safe, contactless self check-in
  • Courtyard
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor dining area
  • BBQ grill
  • Luxury Bed linen & Towels
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • Boot Room
  • Cycle storage in secure courtyard
  • Smart  T.V.
  • 1 x Travel Cot & Highchair on request
  • Log burner including logs
  • Supermarket – Hawes or Leyburn
  • Walking and cycling from the door

The Old School House welcomes 2 dogs.

  • Two dogs welcome
  • Large dog bed provided.
  • Dog bowls provided.
  • Dogs are not allowed upstairs, there is a stair gate provided to help with this request.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the furniture.
  • Muddy/wet dogs must be cleaned off before entering the cottage.
  • Dogs must not be left alone in the property unless they are crated
  • Dog toileting must take place away from the cottage and any mess cleaned up.
  • There may be a charge if additional cleaning is required.



Spinning Top

Ground floor

King bed



Vanity basin

Skipping Rope

First floor

King bed


Twin single beds

Low beams


Single bed

First floor

Bath with shower over




Bainbridge is a beautiful village in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the River Bain with its spectacular waterfalls runs through the village and is a sight to behold. Walking and cycling routes lead out across the Dales with so much to explore in this picture postcard part of Yorkshire. The village is most welcoming, with pubs, a few cafes and shops for essentials, there is a little petrol station here too.

Bainbridge is the perfect base for enjoying and exploring all that the Yorkshire Dales has to offer.


  • Hawes 4 miles
  • Askrigg 1.4 miles
  • Leyburn 13 miles
  • Middleham 14 miles
  • Grassington 25 miles
  • Settle 26 miles
  • Kirkby Lonsdale 27 miles
  • Kendal 30 miles
  • Skipton 32 miles
  • Ripon 32 miles
  • Harrogate 42 miles
  • York 61 miles
  • Whitby 75 miles


  • Garsdale Railway station 9 miles
  • Leeds Mainline Station 61 miles
  • Leeds Bradford Airport 51 miles


We love to hear back from our guests to find out their experience with Beautiful Escapes.

August 2022

The most beautiful house in  such a peaceful quiet village. Fantastic walks and lucky weather, we have had the BEST week!

Highly recommend The Kings Arms in Askrigg – what a pie!

Thank you for making such a wonderful home away from home,

The Evans Family x

August 2022

Lovely house in a beautiful setting. A welcome respite from the scorching heat of the past few weeks. All was perfect.

Tony, Rena, Lizzie and Beau

July 2022

Wonderful house in a beautiful village. Everything was in fantastic condition.

We hope to come back soon!

The Miller/Foden families

15th May 2022

What a great place to stay in a lovely village. Had a good time walking. Rose & Crown in village good pb and hearty food. nice pubs in Askrigg short walk across the fields.

Sue & Dave H.

May 2022

Absolutely beautiful setting with such amazing features and history.

Thank you so much, John D.

May 2022

Fantastic setting, loved our stay here and would always consider a return visit. Good walks, pubs and grub!

Many thanks!

April 2022

Thank you Graham & Sarah for the welcome basket on arrival. We had a wonderful stay, the views are amazing, lovely pubs and walks. We will definitely come again.


April 2022

What a wonderful break we had in the beautiful Old School House. So comfortable with all the facilities we needed and more. Fantastic walks, lovely  meals in the local pubs. Would definitely recommend – would love to return soon

Many thanks for everything xx

Morning Angela, just to say we had a wonderful weekend in Bainbridge. It’s! The house was absolutely beautiful and the touches such as the welcome hamper and dog bed/treats were really lovely. Many thanks again.
Best wishes,