A recent visitor’s email represents how many feel after a stay in the cottage … ‘Am missing the view from the cottage window!’
The moors are ever-changing – from the breathtaking display of heather in August/September, to misty, late autumn days followed by the ice and snow of winter.
The local area has numerous walks to suit all tastes and abilities. You can choose from gentle strolls to more arduous moorland climbs. Many local reservoirs have circular walks. In all types of countryside you will see a lot of wild life - keen birdwatchers have reported interesting sightings whilst sitting on the bench in front of the cottage.
Click the icon on the map below to get directions to The Old School House.
A 2008 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 almost no 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 over1600 ft. Carlecotes, like nearby Dunford Bridge, is very sparsely populated with around 100 inhabitants.
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, 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.