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Old school from the south eastThe cast iron bed in the loft
The Old School. Wood fire and views
The Old School. Wood fire and views
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Old School, is the original Hartley Vale Public School - c1878 hidden away in the Blue Mountains western valleys only two hours from Sydney.

The property has a series of unique & historic buildings. The Old School is open plan with a mezzanine bed. Beautifully appointed, warm and comfortable. Historic but with Wifi!

There's an acre of land - outdoor living surrounded by majestic escarpment country. The Tuckshop can be booked separately and can be used by other guests - see our other listing


To start by describing the Old School building, it is a beautiful small, church-like dwelling from 1878. There is one generous sized school room with a slow combustion stove, the original blackboards and a mezzanine where the super comfy queen sized bed sits in the morning sun. Tall casement windows catch views of the surrounding escarpment and bush.

The main room is surrounded by a longer L-shaped room where you will enter - the kitchen at one end, the bathroom at the other. The kitchen is rustic but well equipped with a gas stove, slow cooker, coffee machine, fine wine glasses and beautiful china. The green bathroom is enticing and beautifully finished, including a clawfoot bath. The whole house is appointed with vintage furniture, art, books and games.

The Old School is situated on an acre of land in historic Hartley Vale village. It is 20 minutes after Blackheath and 15 minutes before Lithgow. It is a true 'vale' tucked back into the base of the Blue Mountains, sheltered from strong winds and off the beaten track. It is a lovely place to experience the seasons – from winter frosts and fogs, to spring blossoms in the orchard that backs the property.

The property is also imagined with the outdoor spaces in mind - there are a range of sitting spots around the yard including the long table under the Willow trees or the timber swing that hangs from an ancient Pine. There's a BBQ for cooking bacon and eggs in the morning or a bush bolognese!

There are fantastic (and historic) hikes to do in the area, brilliant lookouts and a number of surprising places to visit – The Zig Zag Brewery, Glow Worm Tunnels, the friendly Tarana pub and the Mt Vic Flicks are a must. Or head back up to the Blue Mountains villages in under 20 minutes and enjoy the treats to be found - then run away, back down to the secret Hartley Vale.

Old School is a unique little window into rural NSW. It's a world away but not isolated; equipped with Wi-fi, instant gas heating and hot running rainwater! There's no TV. Please do note that it can be cold in winter so come with your woollen hat and slippers. We provide lovely warm blankets to ensure you sleep toasty warm, and there's additional heaters but we want to reiterate that on a cold winters night, Hartley Vale can get under 0 degrees. Please note that you must supply your own firewood. We supply light kindling, firefighters and paper to get you started.

Once you book we will send you a more detailed description of how to get to the Old School and how things work best. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. Please note that Old School is not suitable for parties or small children.

Vieraan pääsy

You will have access to the Old Public School building and the area defined around the School. You are also welcome to use the rest of the acre of property but please note, in some cases, the Tuckshop may be used by other guests.

Vuorovaikutus vieraiden kanssa

Once your booking is complete, we'll ask for your email and send you a short PDF guide for getting to the place and making it work for you!

At the moment, I am away in the Arctic sailing and saving tourists from Polar Bears. I am leaving the property in the capable hands of Josh Barnes.

Josh is very hospitable; last year Josh was shortlisted last year for hospitality awards by Airbnb and they flew him to Paris. He'll certainly look after you.

Muita huomioonotettavia seikkoja

If driving at dusk, dawn or at night be careful of wildlife or livestock. We are pretty sure you will see a (big) Kangaroo!

On long weekends (public holidays) it's a three night minimum or a premium for two nights.

Please note that you must supply your own firewood. We supply light kindling, firefighters and paper to get you started.

Langaton internet
Alueella maksuton pysäköinti
Makuuhuone 1
1 queen-size-vuode
Talon säännöt
Tupakointi kielletty
Ei sovi lemmikkieläimille
Ei juhlia eikä tapahtumia
Ei turvallinen eikä sovelias lapsille (0–12-vuotiaat)
Sisäänkirjautumisaika on 15:00–22:00
Uloskirjautuminen 11:00 mennessä
Itsepalvelusisäänkirjautumisen vaihtoehdot: lockbox

This is an historic and lovingly restored building. It is unique in some of its operation and there are some things to be cautious of. So please read these rules and the guide we will send you.

- No young children especially on Mezzanine
- Practice water conservation, we are on tank water
- Care to be taken with the open fire - use the spark screen
- Don't walk into the dam - even without water the clay is deep
- There's an old well in the back corner of the property surrounded by a simple rope - steer clear
- Respect the neighbours and no parties
- No outside fires
- No pets
- Smoking outside only
- No extra guests, even day visitors, unless otherwise arranged
- Please leave all artefacts/sandstone/old timbers alone
- Please note that you must supply your own firewood. We supply light kindling, firefighters and paper to get you started.


56 arvostelua

Henkilön Hans käyttäjäprofiili
marraskuuta 2017
Everything on the photos and descriptions is spot on, this is a wonderful affordable relaxing getaway under beautiful Australian night skies. Loved it

Henkilön Jamie käyttäjäprofiili
marraskuuta 2017
The schoolhouse was a great place to spend a weekend away and was well equipped with everything we needed. Unfortunately it rained all weekend so we were unable to take advantage of the nearby hikes but there were plenty of games and Jean's local recommendations to keep us busy. The schoolhouse was cosy and larger than it appeared in pictures. Would recommend to anyone looking for a quiet weekend out of the city!

Henkilön Alice käyttäjäprofiili
marraskuuta 2017
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Old School for 3 nights and it was fantastic. We played lots of board games provided by Jean and lit the fire each day as it got rather chilly in the evenings, but soon become toasty with the fire going. Gorgeous walks right on your door step and great wildlife. Definitely recommend to all!

Henkilön James käyttäjäprofiili
lokakuuta 2017
Fabulous country getaway equipped with kangaroos garlore! Step back in time and chill out around the campfire or pot belly! But know there's fast internet and cost beds to 'sleep in' in! We'll be back!

Henkilön Aneshka käyttäjäprofiili
syyskuuta 2017
My partner and I stayed here for two nights. It was a fantastic place to stay - we felt at home right away and honestly did not want leave! Thanks to the good advice of Jean and Josh we super warm and cosy despite the very cold nights. The house is well decked out and easy to stay in. The area itself is very beautiful - the photos don't do this place justice! Easy communication and check in as well. Highly recommend.

Henkilön Joshua käyttäjäprofiili
elokuuta 2017
We had a wonderful stay. The photos really don't do the school justice which is much bigger than we thought. The fireplace is a lot of fun and very cosy. There's plenty of wildlife nearby the place too- we saw a bunch of wild rabbits, kangaroos, kookaburras and more friends. Make sure you bring warm socks and wine in the winter! The little cemetery up the road is worth checking out- Henry Lawson's father is buried there. It's also about an hour from the Jenolan caves and close-ish to Lithgow and the glow worm tunnels about an hour way too. Would definitely stay here again- and already thinking of when I can make time to do so!

Henkilön Jade-Mari käyttäjäprofiili
elokuuta 2017
Private and peaceful, great for couples looking to escape.

Jäsen marraskuu 2014 alkaen
Henkilön Jean käyttäjäprofiili
I am a regular traveller. I work each year in Antarctica as a climbing and skiing guide and travel in South America either side of my trip down south. I am friendly and considerate and always looking for inexpensive ways to travel more and for longer.
Kielet: English, Español
Vastausprosentti: 100%
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