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Exterior of the Old School House, Carlecotes

A cosy dog-friendly cottage on the northern edge of the Peak District National Park...

Views from around the cottage

A beautiful countryside location with superb moorland views...

Montage of scenes from The Old School House, Carlecotes

The ideal countryside retreat in which to unwind and relax.

Short stays are £80 per night for a minimum of 3 nights.  If you’re thinking of a longer stay than 3 nights please get in touch – the inclusive rate for 5 nights is  £350 inclusive, and for 7 nights it is £450 inclusive.  

Welcome to The Old School House, Carlecotes

The Old School House in the South Yorkshire hamlet of Carlecotes, near Penistone (www.visitpenistone.co.uk) is perfect for that relaxing break you’ve been promising yourself.  This historic, self-catering cottage is on the northern edge of the Peak District and is described by visitors with words such as warm, cosy, peaceful, well-equipped and comfortable. If you are interested in booking you can check your preferred dates in the ‘booking and tariff‘ section.


Montage of landscapes in and around Carlecotes

Carlecotes is a peaceful hamlet to the north of the Park District National Park and the cottage enjoys an elevated position (at 1150′) with ever-changing open moorland views. On many days you can watch the weather as it approaches: drifting clouds and mists, starry nights… the cottage is superbly located with easy access to the Trans Pennine Trail for walking and cycling. The nearest towns are Holmfirth and Penistone, both are a 10-minute drive away.  Penistone is also accessible by bike (or on foot!) via the Trans Pennine Trail. There is a footpath from Carlecotes down to the Upper River Don and the Trail, but as there will be sheep or cows in the fields this is not suitable for dog walking. The cottage is ideally situated for those who want to enjoy the Pennine and Peak District countryside, yet close enough to major cities and towns to use as a base if you would like to explore the wider region. Barnsley, Stocksbridge (including Fox Valley), Huddersfield, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and York are all easily reached by car.

You can see a Google map of where we are and plan your trip on the Contact page.

The Cottage

The Living Room

The Living Room

The sitting room has three double sofas, TV with DVD player and a wood burner. An initial supply of logs and kindling is provided and further supplies are available for a modest charge.

The Kitchen

The Kitchen

The fully-equipped dining kitchen has a double oven cooker, microwave oven, larder fridge, undercounter freezer, washing machine and slimline dishwasher. The table will comfortably seat up to 4 people.

Double Bedroom

Double Bedroom

The two bedrooms are up steep stairs – double handrails for safety. The double room has a built in wardrobe, chest of drawers and full length mirror. There is a great view across the valley through the Velux window.

Single Bedroom

Single bedroom

The second bedroom is a smaller, single room with a built in wardrobe and chest of drawers.


The bathroom

The fitted bathroom includes bath with shower, toilet and hand basin.


On your arrival you will find free-range eggs from next door, local farm milk, and tea and coffee. Once you’ve been given the cottage keys the space is yours – we may not meet again until you leave, but I am usually available if you need suggestions for places to visit or to eat out during your stay.

Dog Friendly

Well-behaved dogs are always welcome by prior arrangement, subject to owners’ agreement to the house rules for dogs:

Dogs should remain on the ground floor, and on the floor, and must never be left unsupervised in the cottage when owners are out.

Please read the T&Cs for more info.

Off-road Parking

There is off-road parking for 2 cars. If your party will be bringing more than 2 standard size cars, please discuss parking arrangements with me in advance. Thanks


Fibre broadband, after a very long wait, is now available in the cottage.

Towels & Bedding

Towels, bedding and cosy towelling bath robes are provided for you.

Books & Games

A selection of games and books is available, including a range of guide and walk books to help you plan your stay.

Real Fire!

Perfect for cosying up at night, there is a wood burner in the sitting room. (A regular request from those seeking to ‘Escape to the Country’ on BBC1.) An initial supply of kindling and logs is provided. Further supplies of each are available at cost price if needed. The house rules include agreement to give the wood burner a thorough clean daily, including on departure day!


Discounts for bookings longer than 7 nights

If your booking is made within the 6 weeks please make a full payment on booking.

Arrival & departure

The cottage will be ready for you by 4pm of your first day.
Checkout is by 10am on your last day, though this can be extended by prior agreement.


Please get in touch for reduced prices for stays of 5 and 7 nights up to Easter 2024. There are no ‘seasons’ or school holiday hikes in price here. Enquiries for late bookings, or during quiet times, are well worth an email or phone call!

Terms & Conditions

Click here to see Terms and Conditions.

How to Book

For availability, click on the cottage’s Airbnb calendar:

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Click ‘Check availability’. (You don’t need to add any dates to see the full calendar).

If the dates you require are available, please contact me by email or by ‘phone

If we discuss dates, these will normally be held for 24 hours, A deposit of £50 secures all bookings.

The final balance is due no later than 6 weeks prior to your arrival date.

If you have an account with Airbnb or Trip Advisor you can of course book through them, but the total cost will include the commission they charge.

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Payment Options

Payment preferences are, in order :

  • By online bank transfer – ‘Faster Payments’
  • By cheque, payable to ‘Peter Lorimer’
  • By debit or credit card.

Your payment will be acknowledged by email.  For late bookings, cash on arrival can be agreed.


A magazine article on Carlecotes talks of the quest for information about the village being ‘a tricky one’.  “I can’t tell you anything about the village” says one local. “You’ll need to speak to someone who has lived here a long time. I’ve only been here 30 years”.  If you compare the buildings shown on today’s maps with those of 50 years ago you will see very little change. This area, to the west of Penistone, is dominated by dramatic upland landscapes and has the highest altitude within the borough of Barnsley. The land rises to the high moors of the Dark Peak, reaching over 1600 ft.  Carlecotes, like nearby Dunford Bridge, is very sparsely populated with around 100 inhabitants.
Old photo of the Old School House, Carlecotes
The house book contains a fascinating history of the school, compiled by a previous owner. The cottage has been both a chapel and a school in the past, with the building history informing us of ‘a cost of tuppence a week at the village school in the days before it closed’.  Besides houses and farms, Carlecotes Hall and St Anne’s Church are the only buildings in the village – there is neither a shop, nor a pub, nor a post office.