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

Midway between Sampford Manor and Sampford Church, originally a church house built in 1585, The Old National School began welcoming children in 1899. No longer home to small children clutching slates and chalk, it is now an interesting and quirky property in a true moorland setting. Inside there are high ceilings and a lovely wooden floor in the sitting-room, several steps up and down throughout the cottage and a particularly striking kitchen/diner. Floor to ceiling windows let the light pour in and there is an oak dining-table and chairs, a well-equipped kitchen-area and the benefit of an open fire. Open up to roof level, a special feature of this room is a lovely carved minstrel gallery framing the large landing above (please take care with children).

There are two bedrooms and bathrooms on the ground floor and steep open-tread stairs go up to the large landing which has a little office-area in a comer, if sadly you have to work whilst on holiday, and a spacious double bedroom. French windows in the kitchen/diner look outside to an enclosed cobbled patio with steep stone steps up to a natural moorland garden. Just three miles from the interesting market town of Tavistock, now a World Heritage Site, The Old National School is right on the moor – sheep and ponies can occasionally be found on the doorstep. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times around livestock. The location being as it is you can just walk out and explore the moors without having to drive anywhere. However, if you do wish to venture further afield Tavistock is a welcoming town with a busy daily Pannier market, plenty of shops and a good mix of restaurants, cafes and pubs. This is a lovely and unusual property and ideal for anyone who loves Dartmoor.

Ground Floor

Entrance hall


Sitting-room with TV, DVD player and wood-burner

Kitchen/Diner with electric hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and open fire

Bedroom 1 with 'zip and link' (6' double or twin) beds

Bedroom 2 with bunk-beds

Bathroom with bath, hand shower attachment, WC and wash-basin

Utility-room with washing machine, tumble-drier, WC, wash-basin and shower cubicle

First Floor

Galleried landing with office area

Bedroom 3 with double bed (5')

Take care with children on the galleried landing and on the stone steps up to the garden from the patio; WiFi is provided but there’s not enough bandwidth to allow streaming of music or movies.


  • Dogs welcome (1 dog over 2 years old)
  • Arrive/Depart Saturday
  • Short breaks available
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • WiFi
  • No smoking
  • Pub 3 miles
  • Courtyard furniture
  • Full oil-fired CH