Old School

19 March 2015

It’s often said that school days are the best days of your life, but whether or not you want to relive your childhood you can still make some new memories with this selection of former schools and schoolhouses which have been converted into family homes.

To rural Dumfries and Galloway first of all, and this former traditional schoolmaster’s house and schoolroom. Glenesslin Schoolhouse was built in around 1841 but modernisation by the current owners has created a comfortable family home which retains many of the period features including original blinds, working shutters and a freestanding claw foot bath.

Glenesslin Schoolhouse - Exterior

The most unique feature of the property is of course the "school room" itself. With its high ceiling and both the original sash windows and large – now double glazed – “school room” windows it provides a hugely versatile space with potential perhaps as an artist's studio and small gallery; a craft workshop and showroom; a small tearoom or simply a fabulous large living area and entertaining space

Glenesslin Schoolhouse - School room

Accessible directly from the house – a blocked doorway in the dining room has been discovered and reopened in recent years – it has two routes to the 'playground' through the 'Girls' and 'Boys' entrances, each of which have an entrance porch complete with rows of coat pegs! Said former ‘playground’ area is now tarmacked providing ample car parking while other reminders of the house's original use come from the school clock on an outside wall and a small row of toilets (two of which provide small storage spaces while the other retains its original purpose!)

Glenesslin Schoolhouse - Clock

Glenesslin Schoolhouse is for sale with CKD Galbraith Castle Douglas with a guide price of £300,000. 

Our second converted school house is in Argyll not far from Lochgilphead and just west of the small village of Achnamar. Protected by native oak and beech woods and overlooking Loch Sween, Ashfield Old Schoolhouse is believed to have been built as the village school in around 1875. 

Ashfield Old School House - Exterior

Extended and renovated to a very high standard in recent years, modern features have been added to the property such as the ground source heating system which provides heat from a bore hole located within the grounds but the home still retains its period charm.

Ashfield Old School House - Sitting Room

In addition to the five bedroom main property, there are number of further buildings including an oak framed double garage with upstairs office space and the recently upgraded Beech Cottage which offers a potential income stream from bed and breakfast or holiday letting.

Ashfield Old School House - Sitting Room

For sale with a guide price of £499,950, Ashfield Old Schoolhouse is for sale through our Edinburgh office.

Our final property is to be found in the heart of the picturesque Highland village of Tomintoul. In this case the Old Schoolhouse is exactly that, not a converted school but the house once lived in by the master of the local school, now closed but located next to the property. 

The Old Schoolhouse - Front of House

Extensively renovated and improved to a high standard by the present owners, The Old School house is a spacious detached house. The showpiece of the home is its Chippendale fitted kitchen with oil fired Rayburn for cooking on and which provides the central heating and hot water. Also included is the one bedroom “Garden Flat” which could be used as a granny flat or rented out for holiday or long term letting.

The Old Schoolhouse - Rear of property

The Old Schoolhouse in Tomintoul, Moray, is for sale with CKD Galbraith Elgin with a guide price of £245,000.

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