The Old School

Lundy, Bristol Channel, Devon


The island’s former Sunday school is a small building of corrugated iron, with a snug interior lined with match boarding. Lundy’s beauty, community and way of life are a world apart and, despite its size, a stay here never feels quite long enough.

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£372 equivalent to £46.50 per person, per night

'The Blue Bung'

Old School, long known as ‘the Blue Bung’, lies near St John’s Cottages and shares much the same outlook. It is a small building of corrugated iron, with a snug interior lined with match boarding. Designed and made with care, it has, like many such buildings, considerable point and charm.

‘Loved the cosy charm of the “Blue Bung” Perfectly placed for socialising in the Marisco Tavern or switching off completely to take in the panoramic views across the bay.’

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Map & local info

Affectionately known as the 'Blue Bung' the island’s former Sunday school lies near the St John’s Bungalows, just below the village, commanding a view of the Bristol Channel.

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Places to visit nearby

Rocky shore rambles

Lundy wildlife talks by warden

Snorkelling safaris

Warden led walks

Seabird walks


Booking and Payment
  • We accept Maestro (if issued in the UK), Visa, MasterCard, direct transfer and sterling cheques drawn on a UK bank. Cheques should be made payable to the Landmark Trust except for Lundy stays and boat/helicopter tickets which should be payable to The Lundy Company Ltd. All payments must be in sterling.
  • If your stay starts more than two months from the date you make the booking, you are required to pay a deposit of one third of the cost of your stay (or £100 per booking, if greater) at the time of booking. Camping on Lundy must be paid for in full at the time of booking. 
  • If you wish to cancel or change your booking, please contact Booking Enquiries on 01628 825925.
  • Please note that travel costs are not included in the cost of the accommodation.  For up to date fare information and timetables please visit:
  • At the moment we only accept payment in sterling.
  • It depends. Some of our most popular Landmarks are booked up a long time in advance but many can be booked at short notice. We will always have Landmarks free for the coming weekend so it’s always worth checking online.
  • Please report to reception when you arrive on the island, where further information will be given.
  • If you miss the scheduled sailing or helicopter to Lundy, you’ll have to make your own travel arrangements using local operators.
  • If we cannot transport you to Lundy either by boat or helicopter at the beginning of your stay, and you have bought from us either a boat or helicopter ticket we will refund the rent you have paid for each night until you reach the island. If we cannot transport you from Lundy at the end of your stay and you have bought from us a boat or helicopter ticket we will cover the cost of each extra night’s accommodation on Lundy. If we offer you a sailing or helicopter flight to or from Lundy but you refuse it, we reserve the right to change your accommodation and/or to charge for it.
  • No, Landmarks are available to be booked for anyone.
  • No, all the information you need can be found on our website, although we’d like you to buy one anyway as it will be a pleasure to own!
Staying on Lundy
  • Some of our Landmarks are suitable for people with disabilities or limited mobility. However, many Landmarks have steep or narrow staircases, uneven floors and thresholds, changes of level, low ceilings or beams, as well as indistinct colours on steps and in corridors. We recommend that you call Booking Enquiries on 01628 825925 if you would like to find out the suitability of a particular Landmark for anyone with a specific disability.  Further information on access when visiting Lundy can be found here:
  • Yes, Landmarks are only available as self-catering accommodation. We occasionally offer bed and breakfast subject to property availability, with breakfast being served in the Marisco Tavern.
  • We do not provide catering, however, the Marisco Tavern is normally open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Please check the notice board on arrival for opening times.
  • Dogs are not permitted on Lundy except assistance dogs.
  • Lundy is a working farm with large numbers of ewes and lambs at certain times of the year. For this reason we cannot allow you to bring dogs or pets (except assistance dogs) when travelling to, or staying on, the island.
  • Your arrival and departure time on the island will be governed by the arrival and departure time of MS Oldenburg or the helicopter.  Your property will be ready by 4pm, however, this can often be earlier.  You must vacate your property by 10am.
  • We do not carry insurance for breakages. However we appreciate that accidents do sometimes happen. If you have a breakage during your stay, please let the housekeeper know and if appropriate we reserve the right to invoice you accordingly.
  • Yes, most of our Landmarks are perfect for children, with gardens to play in and secret places to discover. Our furniture is surprisingly robust and we positively encourage families to stay. However, some of our buildings may not be suitable for small children; for example, some of them have steep or uneven spiral staircases. We recommend that you call the Booking Enquiries team if you would like to find out the suitability of any of our Landmarks for young children.
  • Unfortunately, most of our Landmarks are not licensed for weddings.  However, it’s possible to get married or have a wedding blessing on Lundy subject to obtaining the relevant license and/or consent. Please contact the shore office [email protected] for further information.   
  • All our larger Landmarks are perfect for gatherings of family or friends. You may invite an additional two guests to visit you during your stay, however they must not stay overnight. This is very important because our fire regulations specifically note the maximum number of people in any one building. In addition our properties are prepared, furnished and equipped for the number of people specified and greater numbers cause damage and excessive wear and tear to vulnerable buildings. Should this condition be ignored we shall make a retrospective charge per person per day (whether or not they stay overnight) for each guest over the permitted limit, the charge being pro-rated on the total cost of your booking.
  • We deliberately do not provide televisions and find that most people appreciate this.
  • There is intermittent mobile phone signal on Lundy but there is a pay phone in The Marisco Tavern.
  • Yes, we have standard electricity sockets for UK appliances. If you are coming from outside the UK, you will need to bring your own adaptor plug(s).  
  • Sometimes our kitchens and bathrooms have to be imaginatively fitted into the available space in buildings where before there were none, but they are all planned and equipped to a high and modern standard.
  • Yes, our kitchens are well equipped with cookers and fridges. There is standard range of crockery, cutlery, pots, pans and utensils. A full equipment list is available at time of booking.
  • Fuel for the open fires/stoves can be bought from the General Store.
  • Mobile coverage varies on the island.  There is a payphone in the Marisco Tavern.
  • No. At the moment, we have decided not to implement Wi-Fi in our buildings following a consultation with our customers. Many said that they would find it useful, but many also felt that it would somehow damage the experience of staying in a Landmark. As the responses were so split, and as we have so many other initiatives requiring funding, we have decided to put this on hold for the time being.
  • Yes, Landmarks are fully equipped with sheets and towels. All the beds are fully made up for your arrival.
  • A welcome tray with tea, milk and sugar awaits your arrival.  We also provide toilet rolls and a bar of soap per basin, but no other toiletries. We do not provide hairdryers. Here are other things you might consider.
History & Restoration

A Sunday school

The Rev. Hudson Heaven erected the School Bungalow in 1886 primarily as a Sunday school for the island children.  He was an Oxford man and had been headmaster of Taunton College until 1863, when the school became insolvent and he moved to Lundy.

The bungalow is built of timber with corrugated iron.  The internal partitions making a small hall with a room on either side were added after 1918 when it was either used to house staff or let, usually by the year to families who used it for summer holidays. 

Before 1926, when Felix Gade became Mr Harman's agent on Lundy, the Old School was leased by Mrs Fotheringham.  For her the lean-to kitchen and the WC were added. Mrs Fotheringham was an elderly lady described by Mr Gade as 'a relic of the late Victorian era'. She did not do her own shopping but rather had the goods delivered to her front door.

She caused a stir when Mr Harman discovered that she was filing income tax returns and posting them from the island. He saw this as a threat to the island's independence and a dangerous precedent for the Inland Revenue Department which might well begin to charge all the islanders income tax (as they eventually did in 1974). Consequently Mrs Fotheringham was politely asked to leave.

Throughout the summer of 1949, Col. Harrison visited Lundy and from then on the Old School was let to him on a yearly tenancy. Nicknamed ‘Tubby’, he had a widely stocked drinks cabinet and was such a generous host that the School Bungalow became known as ‘The Red Lion’. After his death his ashes were scattered on the grass in front of his humble island home. The building was then repainted blue and became known as the Blue Bung under Mr Arthur Scudamore's tenancy. (Happily Mr Scudamore continued the tradition of the ‘Red Lion’ cocktail parties).

In 1955, Mr Albion Harman engaged a gardener called Dorothy Caldwell, whose arrival was somewhat inauspicious. There had been no ship for a week when ‘Fee’ appeared and to quote Mr Gade: 'in our need for essentials, it seemed very hard that we should instead have a lady gardener, garden tools, a one-eyed cat and about half a dozen Rex rabbits'. However, she soon gained his approval as she had very green fingers and worked hard sowing vegetables in the Old Hotel kitchen garden, now the picnic garden opposite the Tavern. Fee moved into the Blue Bung at Easter.

The year after Mrs Gade retired from managing the Hotel, the Gades retired for a few summers to the Blue Bungalow where they installed a gas stove. In 1976 Landmark rebuilt the kitchen extension and modernised the services. One of the interior partitions was removed and the whole was refurbished.

For a short history of Lundy please click here.

To read the full history album for Lundy please click here.

Getting to Lundy

Getting to Lundy

Your Lundy adventure begins even before you set foot on the Island.

During the winter season, (beginning of November until the end of March), a Helicopter Service operates between Lundy and Hartland Point on Mondays and Fridays.  This exhilarating flight takes approximately seven minutes, providing spectacular aerial views of the Island and North Devon.

During the summer season, (end of March until the end of October), the Island’s own supply ship and ferry, the MS Oldenburg departs several times a week from either Bideford or Ilfracombe. 

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Availability & booking

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