The front of The Old National School (the Owners live next door to the left in Sampford Manor).
The track up to The Old National School.
The impressive kitchen/diner with the minstrels' gallery above.
The spacious sitting room with a warming wood-burner.
There are doors out to the enclosed patio from the kitchen/diner.
Doors to the patio from the kitchen/diner.
The well-equipped kitchen.
Looking down on the sheltered sunny patio.
A lovely spot for a drink.
Take care on the unfenced stone steps up to the moorland garden.
Looking down from the minstrels' gallery to the kitchen/diner and showing bedroom 3 on this floor.
What a cosy bedroom (bedroom 3).
A large comfy double bed.
There is bags of room in this lovely cottage.
There are doors out to the patio from Bedroom 1.
Bedroom 1 has 'zip and link' beds making a 6' double or two 3' singles.
The shower-rooms also provides a utility-area.
A calm peaceful bedroom.
The bunk bedroom (bedroom 2).
Cute toys for the children in bedroom 2.
The bathroom on the ground floor.
The moorland garden.
There is a utility-area in the ground floor shower-room.
An impressive front door.
You can park inside the five bar gate to the right of the cottage as if you leave your cars outside they can be used as rubbing posts by ponies and sheep!
The front door.
Looking down on the cottage from the garden.
This is truly on the moor.
An ancient stone cross in front of the cottage.
Nearby Sampford Spiney Church is worth a look.
Looking down at the house from the moorland garden.
A frosty Dartmoor morning.

The Old National School


3.5 miles E of Tavistock / Sleeps 6 (no children under 8)

7 Nights from £620 - £1170

August 2017

Comfortable quirky cottage in beautiful location. Owners available and helpful. Would book again

April 2017

We stayed in the Old National School for a week during the Easter Holidays and can't praise it enough. It's a perfect place for exploring the moors, with walks from the doorstep. Tavistock less than ten minutes away for shopping and eating out and the Eden Project and beaches within easy striking distance. The cottage itself is perfect: really spacious, fabulous showers/bathrooms, really comfortable bed/bedding and a better-equipped kitchen than any holiday cottage we've stayed in. If you're looking for a getaway on Dartmoor, this really is the perfect place to stay. Corinne, Richard and family.

March 2017

A very comfortable cottage in a beautiful setting with everything provided that you could possibly need. Great location for walkers, no need to use the car. Some thoughtful gifts from the owners, flowers, wine, chocolate.

December 2016

A wonderful stay over Christmas. Just a few steps from the church, a perfect way to start out Christmas Day. The owners had thought of everything. Log fires enhanced the cosy nature of the stay. Well placed for short trips to Tavistock to top up on things. Being right on the moor was magical and the beauty of it all reminded us what Christmas was all about - perfect!

October 2016

We love staying In the school house due to the large sociable areas, the house was very well appointed, which was a quiet ans peaceful location set on the moors. Would love to stay again

July 2016

It was a different and quirky place to stay giving us a relaxing and peaceful holiday. Even the church bells (just the once) didn't bother us but added to the quirkyness. It was the perfect base to do all the things we wanted to do - some straight from the door like cycling and walking, others nearby, like wild swimming and sightseeing. It was even nice to hang around inside when it rained! The owners made us feel really welcome with gifts and treats when we arrived. The kids enjoyed playing in the garden and it was lovely sitting out there drinking tea or coffee every day. Seeing the ponies outside the front door was magical. Overall it was fUntastic!

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