About the House

The Old National School is a Grade II listed house, nestled in the beautiful hamlet of Sampford Spiney, located within Dartmoor National Park. Dating from 1585, the house sits in an idyllic spot between the Church and picturesque Sampford Manor, once owned by Sir Francis Drake. Originally the Church hall, the building became the parish school in 1887 until 1923. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that it became a residential dwelling. With its varied history, the house is quirky, with its lovely spacious rooms hinting at its eclectic history.

Sleeping 5 comfortably (an additional ‘truckle’ bed could accommodate an additional child).

Galleried area above the kitchen/dining area.
Good size sleeping area with king size bed
Study area with desk (an additional truckle bed suitable for a child can be sited here)

Large bedroom with bed than can either be a super-king or twin beds
Family bathroom
Large sitting room (the old school room) with log burning stove
Beautiful and well equipped kitchen/dining space, with open fire and double doors to courtyard
Shower/toilet/utility room
Small bedroom with single bed



Because of its location, with sheep, ponies and cattle grazing the moor year-round, we have to be extremely careful about dogs staying at The Old National School. Therefore, we allow only either 1 large, or 2 small dogs per stay. The house has an enclosed walled garden so you can relax in the garden knowing your dog is contained safely. Please note we do not provide, dog beds or towels for drying off your dog so you will need to bring your own. We ask guests not to allow their dogs on the furniture or in the bedrooms, as a consideration for guests who do not own dogs.

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