Tiverton Four Corners Schoolhouse No.1 late 1880′s

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The Old Tiverton Four Corners Schoolhouse No. 1 is located within Historic Tiverton Four Corners. Let your imagination wander back to the mid 1800’s as you pass through the proper boys or girls door into this fully remodeled structure. Ring the working vintage twenty-four inch, cast-iron school bell to gather your friends and family for an old-fashioned meal prepared with local produce and cooked in our gourmet kitchen equipped with the latest fixtures for your convenience. Marvel at our collection of period décor and historic schoolhouse memorabilia as you relax in the spacious living room equipped with comfortable seating, a large LCD TV, a working wood-burning stone fireplace, and central air conditioning / heating. Wide-plank pine flooring finished with an old fashioned and environmentally friendly Tung oil with citrus helps maintain the historic charm.

Tiverton Four Corners Schoolhouse No. 1 was built in 1800 by the Manchester Family, one of the original founding families of Tiverton. The Town realized the need for public education in the mid 1800’s, which at that time was typically provided for in private homes. In 1854 the Manchesters sold the property to the town for one hundred dollars with the right to buy it back when and if the town disposed of it. The Town of Tiverton used the Schoolhouse until 1925, a period in time when the advent of motorized bus transportation afforded consolidations to regional schools. Schoolhouse No. 1 was closed in 1925 when Nonquit School was opened and subsequently sold at auction in 1928 for one-hundred eighty dollars to Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Rego. The Regos converted it into a single family home where their family lived up until the early 1970′s. Much to our surprise, the original bell is alive and well in Maine.

The Schoolhouse has two bedrooms and one bathroom equipped with a Whirlpool tub. The master bedroom has a king size bed fitted with a luxurious ten inch foam mattress covered with Egyptian linens. A wall-mounted 32″ LED TV complete with cable access will help insure a relaxing finish to your day. The second bedroom is outfitted twin bunk-beds and a 26″ LED TV to accommodate friends or family. WI-FI is provided free of charge for those of you who like to stay in touch while you are on vacation. A high-efficiency laundry system is available if you plan on an extended stay.

When you’re done exploring inside, take a walk around the five-acre grounds where you will find meandering streams, vegetable and herb gardens, plenty of chickens, a couple of goats, and a path through the woods. If your timing is right, you can help us gather a couple of eggs for breakfast, harvest some fresh herbs to complement your evening meal or perhaps pick some fresh vegetables for a garden salad. After you are done strolling the grounds, amble a short five minute walk north to visit the heart of Historic Tiverton Four Corners, a quaint three-hundred year old cross-roads village. There you will find unique shops, restaurants, Gray’s Ice Cream shop, an Arts Center, Art Galleries, and many other establishments. If you plan on cooking, be sure to visit one of the nearby roadside stands for some tender, sweet, fresh-picked corn.

Schoolhouse No.1 in the press:

Boston Channel 5- Chronical’s Main Streets & Back Roads Farmcoast Tour

USA Today Travel: 10 Great Places to Sleep in a Schoolhouse

A New England Life May, 2011 

RI Small Business Journal October, 2011 

 

What others are saying about visiting Tiverton Schoolhouse No. 1 :

“Should have written this long ago, but time got away on me! This place is absolutely gorgeous! It has everything you need and it is extremely clean and beautiful. We are a very picky family and this rated 10 stars!! Hope to visit again sometime.”  -JPWB
 
“The Schoolhouse is sparkling, the location perfect for exploring the area, and the fresh eggs a real treat. The rooster next door is a friendly reminder to get going early to see all the glorious Rhode Island sights.” -Stuart
 
“I stayed in schoolhouse for 3 nights in June and thoroughly enjoyed using it as a base to explore the Farmcoast area. It could not be in a better location. The living space is huge and the bedrooms roomy with very comfortable beds. The kitchen, bathroom, and laundry area are all very contemporary and user-friendly. The comfort was enhanced by the attention paid to all the nostalgic touches; very charming while heightening the historical significance of the property. The farm fresh eggs were appreciated, as were the frozen meat and fish available in the freezer. I would definitely recommend staying at the Tiverton Four Corners Schoolhouse.”  -Trixie
 
“My husband and I stayed in the Old Tiverton Four Corners Schoolhouse during the month of December.  The accommodations were excellent as were the friendliness and and hospitality of the owners.  The schoolhouse has two wonderful bedrooms with very comfortable mattresses and a gourmet kitchen that was a delight to cook in.   The location is in a very historical area with the ocean less than a few miles away.  Being able to feed the farm animals next door and get fresh eggs is a bonus.    Would highly recommend this delightful schoolhouse for your next vacation or weekend away.”  -Scott
 
“We used the schoolhouse as a starting point for our fall foliage,historical tour of the Northeastern US.  We stayed 2 nights and used it as our base for visiting Cape Cod and Newport.  The schoolhouse was comfortable and refreshing after a long touring day and its charm was unforgettable. The rehab on the schoolhouse was first rate and our chalkboard hello put a smile on our faces.  The bed was very comfy and the bath and kitchen were well equipped.  If you are looking for a wonderful option to a bed and breakfast or a hotel to highlight your trip we heartily recommend the Tiverton Four Corners Schoolhouse #1.”  -Olive
 
“What a beautiful job the Silveiras have done with an old schoolhouse. The outside has the nostalgia from the past while the inside is very contemporary & comfortable with the old touches that make it absolutely charming. What a perfect place to stay and make all kinds of day trips. The Silveiras are wonderful owners with a busy life but an incredible sensitivity and warmth. A very special family! We cannot wait to try and get back there. It was more than we had hoped for.”  -Gogo
 
Adam and Kristin have paid special attention to detail in this totally renovated Schoolhouse. From the comfort of the memory foam bed, to the luxurious bathroom, to the upscale living area and kitchen, you will feel right at home.  I thoroughly enjoyed my stay which was made extra special with fresh eggs, milk, and flowers. Next time you’re in the Farmcoast area I would highly recommend staying at the Four Corners Schoolhouse, though I tend to think the availability will be limited in the very near future. Thank you for hosting me Adam and Kristin! I look forward to visiting again sometime.” – Sharon
 
“Spent a great weekend at the Schoolhouse!  It’s very charming and has every modern convenience while still staying true to its schoolhouse roots.  Loved walking around the farm! Tiverton is a lovely town with fun shops to visit!  Excellent vineyard to visit nearby too!” -Jannelle
 
“My traveling companion handled most of the rental arrangements, but everything seemed to go very smoothly.  The home was beautiful.  It was a perfect home for a weekend away as the open format lent very well to entertaining.  We loved cooking and drinking wine in the kitchen! Tiverton was a picturesque seaside New England town. We enjoyed walking to the farm and the little shops nearby.  Even better was the nearby winery, providing a great afternoon of wine tasting.  It was fun to be staying in a historic schoolhouse, and to know the family had a part in decorating the home.  The ‘Welcome message’ they left on the blackboard was a lovely touch and all the antique schoolhouse decorations were perfect.” -Kgrims
 
“Comfortable and complete accommodations in a beautiful New England town. Within walking distance of the town center where you can find a few restaurants, antique stores, farmers markets, and boutique shops. We visited the winery 3 miles away and had a fabulous afternoon wine tasting. This is a perfect location for a relaxing girls weekend or romantic getaway!” – Katherine
 
“The school house combines historic charm with all of the modern amenities. The house has all new stainless steel appliances and washer and dryer. Located within walking distance to shops and restaurants. The beach is about a mile away and the town of Little Compton is just down the road. The owners are very accommodating and have really thought of everything to make your stay very comfortable including farm fresh eggs from their working farm next door. I was here for three weeks and hope to return in the future.” -Alice
 
“My family and I stayed at Schoolhouse No. 1 over Labor Day weekend and could not have been more pleased with the accomodations.  The Schoolhouse was charming, so very tastefully decorated with school memorabilia.  We had to dress for an event and the spacious quarters were a plus.  We enjoyed many amenities which included a coffee maker, washer and dryer, flat screen televisions, up-to-date kitchen and bathroom, and farm fresh eggs.  Kristin and Adam were wonderful to work with, and we are hoping to return again for another visit to Schoolhouse No. 1 in the near future.” -Cynthia
 
“We spent Memorial Day 2011 at the schoolhouse and look forward to visiting again.   The schoolhouse is beautiful.  It’s newly renovated and is very comfortable with every amenity we could possibly need.  The main room has an eat-in kitchen, plenty of chairs, and windows overlooking a scenic country field.  The master bedroom has a king size bed and a big closet.  The second bedroom is smaller, with bunk beds and a closet.  Every room has a TV and the mudroom has a washer and dryer.  It’s decorated with lots of interesting historic items related to the region or schoolhouses, including maps and pictures.  It’s obvious that Kristin went to a lot of trouble to make this a very comfortable and interesting place to stay.   In the immediate area, Tiverton Four Corners is a short walk up the road.  It has a couple of restaurants, an antique store, some art galleries, and Gray’s ice cream, which is really terrific.  The beaches are about 20 minutes away by car.   In short, it was a beautiful house in a terrific location! ” -Brendan