The Old Schoolhouse Inn

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Minibar, in-room safe, desk, blackout curtains
Minibar, in-room safe, desk, blackout curtains

Overview of The Old Schoolhouse Inn

The Old Schoolhouse Inn

4.0 star property

4.5/5 Wonderful

Guests rated this property 4.6/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Laundry
  • Room service
  • Housekeeping
  • 24/7 front desk

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest room stays
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Personal protective equipment
100 Ballydrain Road, Castle Espie, Newtownards, Northern Ireland, BT23 6EA

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationScrabo Tower8 min drive
  • Popular LocationNendrum Monastic Site10 min drive
  • Popular LocationMount Stewart House and Gardens17 min drive
  • AirportBelfast (BFS-Belfast Intl.)41 min drive

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About this area


The Old Schoolhouse Inn is located in Newtownards. Scrabo Tower and Mount Stewart are notable landmarks, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Rockmount Golf Club and Bangor Marina. Looking to enjoy an event or a game while in town? See what's happening at Ravenhill Stadium or SSE Arena (Titanic Quarter). Guests appreciate the inn's quiet location.

What's nearby

  • Scrabo Tower - 8 min drive
  • Nendrum Monastic Site - 10 min drive
  • Happy Town - 10 min drive
  • Mount Stewart - 16 min drive
  • Mount Stewart House and Gardens - 17 min drive

Getting around

  • Sydenham Station - 17 min drive
  • Belfast International Airport (BFS) - 41 min drive


  • Comber Tandoori - 4 min drive
  • The Peppercorn Bistro - 5 min drive
  • The Georgian House - 5 min drive
  • The Raj - 5 min drive
  • Balloo House - 5 min drive

About this property

The Old Schoolhouse Inn

Beach inn in Newtownards with free parking
Guests at this beach inn will appreciate convenient on-site amenities such as a playground and a picnic area. All 12 soundproofed rooms provide free WiFi, free wired Internet and 24-hour room service. Guests can appreciate conveniences such as washers/dryers and fridges, and other amenities include minibars and flat-screen TVs.
The Old Schoolhouse Inn offers 12 forms of accommodation with washers/dryers and minibars. Flat-screen televisions are featured in guestrooms. Fridges and coffee/tea makers are provided. Bathrooms include a combined bath/shower unit, complimentary toiletries and hairdryers.

This Newtownards inn provides complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and safes, as well as telephones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include an iron/ironing board and blackout curtains. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and microwaves can be requested.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Follows the industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Ecolab (third-party expert - Global)

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place
Contactless room service is available.

Safety measures

Gives staff personal protective equipment worn by staff
Masks and gloves available
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitiser provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Reservations are required for the use of certain on-site facilities
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi and wired Internet
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi and wired Internet

Parking and public transport

  • Free self-parking on site

Food and drink

  • 24-hour room service

Things to do

  • Playground

Family friendly

  • Free babysitting/childcare
  • Laundry facilities
  • Microwave (on request)
  • Playground
  • Fridge
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Washer/dryer


  • Lift
  • Front-desk safe
  • Library

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • German


  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Handrails in hallways
  • Height-adjustable showerhead
  • In-room accessibility
  • Low-height bed
  • Low-height worktop and sink
  • Low-height desk
  • Low-height door lock
  • Low-height electrical outlets in bathroom
  • Low-height view port in door
  • Step-free path to entrance
  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • Wheelchair-width doorways


  • Designated smoking areas (fines apply)
  • Renovated entire property – January 2014

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets
  • Blackout drapes/curtains


  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower/bath combination
  • Towels


  • Flat-screen TV

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Microwave (on request)
  • Minibar
  • Fridge


  • Desk
  • Free local calls
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone
  • Safe
  • Soundproofing
  • Washer and dryer

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Check-in from 2 PM - 8:00 PM
Early check-in subject to availability
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types at the property

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit and window guards

Property is also known as

Old Schoolhouse Inn Newtownards
Old Schoolhouse Newtownards
The Old Schoolhouse Inn Inn
The Old Schoolhouse Inn Newtownards
The Old Schoolhouse Inn Inn Newtownards

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 43 out of 61 reviews
5 - Excellent 70%
Rating 4 - Good. 11 out of 61 reviews
4 - Good 18%
Rating 3 - Okay. 4 out of 61 reviews
3 - Okay 7%
Rating 2 - Poor. 2 out of 61 reviews
2 - Poor 3%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 1 out of 61 reviews
1 - Terrible 2%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2021

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Wonderful stay
We really enjoyed our stay. It is a lovely quiet location and ideal for the Castle Espie Wetlands Trust, just down the road. Our hosts, Terry and Avril, were super, they could not have been more friendly or helpful. Our room was very comfortable and the wonderful breakfast set us up for the day. We will happily stay there again, when we next visit the area.
Stayed 3 nights in Sep 2021

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Lovely place and setting. Service very good.
Stayed 3 nights in Jun 2021

4/5 Good

Liked: Staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Nice family run place
Nice place close to a couple of great restaurants, Poachers Pocket and Daft Eddies worth a visit if you are staying here! The hotel was tricky to see at night from the road as not lit up at all, we missed it twice, thank goodness for quiet country roads to allow for sudden stops and reversing manoeuvres! Breakfast was fantastic with lots of homemade stuff on offer and service was very quick. The bed was clean and really comfortable, but we did notice that the room and bathroom weren’t as clean as we would have hoped! The carpet was grubby and had some bits and pieces still on it so may not have been vacuumed and the bathroom had dust on the bottom of the sink and debris in the bath! There were also some opened biscuits in one of the drawers obviously left by the previous occupants! It wasn’t terrible but in these times of C-19 we really would have expected the room to be clinically clean.
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2020

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with family, Business traveller
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
A charming family run hotel, with wonderful hosts, a comfy bed and excellent breakfast. What more could you want. Would highly recommend
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2020