The Old Schoolroom

Waltham, Rural Kent

  • 3 Star Gold
  • A charming conversion of the former village schoolroom, in the centre of this welcoming village high on the north Kent Downs.  Book for The Open 2021, 20 miles from The Royal St. George's Golf Course.

You can book this property from:

  • £627 per week
  • £90 per night
  • 3 Star Gold



  • 1 WC
  • Towels provided
  • Bath
  • Shower

Beds & bedrooms

  • 4 single Zip&Link beds (combine for king/super king)


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer


  • Garden or courtyard
  • Enclosed garden or courtyard
  • Barbecue
  • Private parking
  • Rural location

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Welcome pack
  • Countryside views

How far to ...?

  • Beach 12 miles
  • Pub 1 mile
  • Shop 3 miles

Nearby activities

  • Pony trekking/horse riding

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Please advise of required bed configuration for the zip & links
  • Check in: 5:00pm
  • Check out: 9:00am

  To give our cleaners enough time to complete the additional cleaning and sanitising that is currently needed to keep our guests safe, check-in and check-out times at the majority of our properties have been temporarily revised. The revised times for this property are reflected above.


Originally the village schoolroom, this beautifully converted early Victorian property in the centre of the village offers comfortable, cosy accommodation for 4 people and the family dog.  Waltham is located only a few minutes drive from the beautiful and historic city of Canterbury, yet is surrounded by stunning unspoilt peaceful countryside, perfect for those who enjoy the outdoors, from walking on the Kent Downs to mountain biking in nearby Denge Woods and horse riding at the village stables. The excellent country pub, The Compasses Inn is just a few minutes walk across the field behind the house, a gastro pub awarded Food Pub of the Year 2017.  With Canterbury so close to hand it is worth spending some time visiting the world famous cathedral and exploring this beautiful vibrant city.  With great shopping, superb independent cafes and restaurants and  museums such as The Roman Pavement and the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, you may need more than one visit. Venture a little further afield to the coast and the traditional seaside towns of Hythe and Sandgate, offer independent shops, antique shops, a miniature steam railway and a lovely esplanade for breathing in the salty sea air. 
Shop: 3 miles    Pub: 1 mile     Coast:   12 miles 

Ground Floor:
Step directly into the kitchen area, the whole of the ground floor has oak flooring with rugs...

Open Plan Kitchen/Dining/Sitting Room
is well equipped with cottage style units.  There is a fridge/freezer and microwave, a four ring electric hob with extractor fan above and oven beneath.  There is also a dishwasher and a microwave and a Tassimo coffee machine
Dining Area has a round pine dining table and chairs with a high chair and a Bluetooth music system -JVC cd player and radio
Sitting Area  with French doors leading to the garden, a wood burning stove, 3 seater sofa, an armchair, a coffee table and lamps, and an occasional table, T.V. with Freeview service and DVD player

A carpeted turning wooden staircase leading to...

First Floor:

Bedroom 1 is carpeted and has dual aspect windows with a beamed and vaulted ceiling.  There are 2 skylight windows with built-in black-out blinds, 2'6" zip 'n link beds which are made up as a king size bed, bedside tables and lamps, a chest of drawers and hooks for hanging clothes
Bedroom 2 is carpeted and has dual aspect windows (1 skylight with a built in black-out blind) with a beamed and vaulted ceiling.  There are 2' 6" zip 'n link beds which are made up as a king size bed, bedside tables and lamps, a chest of drawers and hooks for hanging clothes. There is also a sofa bed for an additional child. 
Bathroom is tiled and has an obscured glass skylight.  There is a bath with shower over and a fixed shower screen, a hand basin, w.c. and radiator heated towel rail

Garden: A small enclosed gravelled garden with garden furniture and barbecue overlooking an orchard.
Parking: Private drive in front of the house with space for 2 cars
Heating: Central heating and wood burning stove
Pets: Accepts 1 well behaved dog at this property. Please take own bowls & bedding and ensure pets do not go into bedrooms or on furniture. Never leave pets alone in the property. Please clear all evidence of pets from gardens etc. before leaving. Please visit our Holidays With Your Pet page for full information. The owners have 4 dachsunds and live next door, so visiting dogs must be friendly.
Notes:  Please advise on required bed make-up for zip 'n link beds and if sofa bed is required.  A travel cot and high chair are available for guest use.


A beautiful cottage and the warmest of hospitality. A peaceful perfect break. Thank you

The Zappa Family,

We have had a great stay at your Old Schoolroom & will definitely be coming back. Thank you for the warm welcome and all the little extras. Love to the dogs as well!

Kevin and D,

In these strangest of times we spent an amazing week at this cottage. Thank you Jane and Hugh for being so welcoming. The cottage has all you need and more. Loved our gifts on arrival. Got out and about - lovely places to see - Rye, Dover, Sandwich, Deal, Whitstable - list is endless. Would love to come again.

Previous Customer,

Thank you for a lovely stay - it was the perfect base for exploring and you made us fell very welcome and looked after! Best wishes

White family,

A fabulous week in a very special cottage/village/part of the world. Heartfelt Thanks x

Family Young/ B,

We enjoyed our stay very much.. WE found it quite remarkable htat we didn't encounter any mosquitoes!!! :) Thanks for everything

Previous Customer,

Wonderful stay in the post lockdown world! The Old Schoolroom was very comfortable and had everything we needed. GReat location to explore local villages and the Kent coast. The welcome pack and flowers made our stay extra special. Best wishes

The S,

Lovely schoolroom, had everything we needed. Ideal location to explore Kent. White cliffs walk near Dover is a must. Welcome pack and flower are a lovely touch. Thank you.

Previous Customer,

GReat stay post lockdown!! Very nice schoolroom and very well equipped with every need for a home from home. Many thanks for the welcome pack, it was very much appreciated and the flowers.

Paul and J,

Lovely post lockdown break. Appreciated the quiet and the great welcome pack. Lovely place to stay. Thank you

Previous Customer,

Thank you JAne and Hugh lovely to see you again and share an evening with you. See you again soon.x

Di and G,

A 3 day conference in Folkestone but your splendid country retreat, allowed us a retreat from business every evening. Superb location full of history and the peace of the countryside.

Paul and M,

We loved our stay here and Lorcan loved his first stay in Kent. Very relaxing and everything we needed. Thank you for your hospitality

The C,

Lovely post lockdown break. Appreciated the quiet and the great welcome pack. Lovely place to stay. Thank you.

The B,

We have had a great stay at your Old Schoolroom and will definitely be coming back. Thank you for the warm welcome and all the little extras. Love to the dogs as well!

The G,

We absolutely loved staying at The Old Schoolroom, the cottage was very inviting and after a long day of exploring we couldn't wait to get back, sit in front of the log burner and enjoy a glass of wine!

Mrs Lynn S,

Fabulous place and a warm welcome, we would recommend it

Mr James W,

Thank you for a wonderful stay at your charming cottage. The Old Schoolroom is full of character. We had such a warm welcome and really appreciated the jam and marmalade. There is so much to do around and although we have been in Kent a number of times before and love revisiting places, great views from Dover cliffs and lighthouse, Turner Contemporary in Margate, shopping in Tenterden, Sissinghurst to name a few. There is still so much to discover.

family from G,

Thank you so much to the owners. We have felt very much at home in The Old Schoolroom. we really don't want to leave and will be back. The welcome pack was much appreciated.

Previous Customer,

Great base for visiting Canterbury, Whitstable and the local countryside. We had a great time at Howletts Wildlife park and a delicious meal in The compasses Inn. Thank you for the recommendations. Thank you also for the welcome goodies, the marmalade in particular was delicious.

family from H,

A big thank you to the owners for the wonderful stay we had at your cottage. It really was a home from home stay these past days and we have enjoyed our first time in Kent very much. Thank you in particular for the homemade marmalade and all the tips you gave us on things to do nearby. We only managed a few of them hence there's plenty more to explore to come back again. Our time at The Old Schoolroom will always be remembered as the first time our daughter got to ride a horse with saddle and stirrups and our son cut his first tooth.

Previous Customer,