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Comfortable House near The Scottish Border with river views



Updated: 03-Dec-2016
House in Longtown, Nr. Carlisle, Cumbria, England - Secluded Border Rievers stronghold In an idyllic parkland location

Standing in the shadow of a 15th century peel tower, a sandstone house which has been created from two cottages and a barn. The house stands 100 yards back from the River Border Esk and looks over beautiful parkland. The area is steeped in history, when it was part of the debatable land, an area between England and Scotland where no rule of law applied until The Act of Union in 1603.

The house and tower are isolated from other dwellings and overlook the lovely Kirkandrews on Esk Church. The property is reached by a 400m long private tarmac drive and there is plenty of parking in the gravelled courtyard. The garden is mainly lawn with some shrubs and trees. The Border Esk has a prolific run of autumn salmon and whilst it was once famed for its sea trout, there is a smaller run of sea trout in the summer. Some fishing in front of the house is available to guests by arrangement and other beats on The rivers Esk, Eden, Annan, Nith and Tweed can be rented online through Fishpal. There is a tennis court nearby, which again can be used by arrangement. Well behaved dogs are welcome , but we would prefer them not to go upstairs or be allowed onto beds and chairs.

The house is a great place to get away from it all with family or groups of friends. It is ideally situated for exploring The Roman Wall, Historic Carlisle and Gretna Green. Being close to the M6 and A74 means that it does not take long to venture further afield. The Lake District is easily accessible, Ullswater can be reached in forty minutes.

Being only half a mile from the Border, you also have the Scottish Borders to explore. The ice cream in Langholm is a must, and you can look for Cashmere bargains in Hawick. Visit Drumlanrigg Castle, Floors castle and Hermitage Castle.

Wildlife abounds and there is great bird watching locally, on the river in front of the house, at Longtown Ponds and by The Solway. The WWT reserve at Caerlaverock is well worth a visit, particularly in winter and spring when tens of thousands of Barnacle and Pink Footed Geese roost there.

Bicycles can be hired locally in Longtown.

More Details
  • Sleeps 13
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the manager

The first entry in the visitors book reads:

"We had a gorgeous stay. Really comfortable beds and plenty of space to move around. We loved the spacious garden and the cattle kept us entertained. All amenities were great. Thank you for giving us the best holiday ever."
Aug 2014
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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


Ideal for a family get together

  • 5 of 5

The rooms were really good and the beds comfortable. We did find that we had to use all wood available to keep warm but we did have some really cold weather, The Rayburn did not work and a Pyrex dish for the over shattered during cooking but that could just be bad luck!

I do not hesitate in recommending this property to others.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A beautiful house in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for somewhere to spend quality time with family or friends, this is the place! The house is so versatile with all the beds being able to be doubles or twins and enough bathrooms for everyone.

The lovely owners baked a cake for us which was delicious and such a surprise when we arrived.

The garden is kept really well and with the good weather we were able to spend some time outdoors enjoying it and we also went for a lovely walk down the river.

The house has everything you could need and more and we would definitely recommend!

My one and only request would be for a couple of direction signs so it is clear where the house is, but other than that it was brilliant, we would definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great find for our groupie getaway - adults and children :-)

  • 5 of 5

This house worked fantastically for our friends and family getaway. The house is old and quirky but we loved that.

Indoor and especially outdoor space provided ample room for us all to spread out.

The setting with the peele tower, wobbly bridge, River Ewe and fields of cows and lambs proved to be perfect to just enjoy walking and roaming and enjoying the setting.

If you have children Walby Farm which is nearby is well worth a visit.

Log fires and cake on arrival were lovely little touches.

Quite a few main supermarket brands can deliver to the property which is handy we did this.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Fantastic stay, on arrival the house exceeded all expectations the quality of all the fixtures and fittings were outstanding and we were short of nothing. The location and views were breathtaking. Richard and family were all really friendly and welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. Lots of extra touches like flowers and cake were much appreciated. The whole family had great fun in a fabulous house which accommodated us all very comfortably and we are all looking forward to returning. Highly recommend a stay here you won't be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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North Yorks

Perfect venue for celebrations

  • 5 of 5

Driving up to the house first impressions were wow! Fabulous, beautiful and characterful, great for large gatherings of friends and family. Lovely welcome from Richard the owner - fires were blazing, flowers and cake on dining room table (cake was yummy - thank you) Wonderful views from every window - a walk to the pretty church and suspension bridge is a must! Huge, super comfy beds with fluffy duvets and pillows - bliss. Everything we needed for comfortable, relaxing, 'home from home' weekend but with oodles of space for everyone to enjoy themselves. Richard (owner) was very accommodating in allowing us to make use of the large grounds - we hired some 'inflatable' games to provide some party entertainment - great fun although slightly chilly and unseasonal for February. Would not hesitate in going back to visit again - highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Lovely house in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 12 adults, 3 children and 2 dogs and had more than enough space to all be doing different things at the same time in this lovely house. The bedrooms are all very generous with the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in and the house itself has much to offer for all age groups. The garden was very well kept with the added bonus of terrific scenery from every aspect. The owner Richard was on call to answer any queries and being able to pay by paypal made the whole experience very pleasurable. Our one great regret was that we booked for only 3 nights and not a whole week.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests


The Solway Coast is only 5 miles away and there are some good walks on the North side between Eastriggs and Gretna. Further afield there are beaches at Sandy Hills and Rockliffe (55 miles). The closer Southern Solway Coast is a bit more of a hike but there are good beaches at Allonby and Silloth (35 miles). On the East Coast there are magnificent beaches all along the Northumberland Coast. It is a day trip, but well worth it.


Newcastle Airport is closest at 50 miles. Edinburgh and Glasgow airports 85 miles. Manchester 130 Miles.

Mainline Rail services to Carlisle. (London 3 hours 20 minutes)

An Hourly Bus service to Carlisle and Edinburgh stops on the main road close to property entrance.


Longtown 3 miles

Gretna 5 miles

Langholm 9 miles

Carlisle 12 miles

Penrith 30 miles

Edninburgh and Glasgow 85 miles

Further Details:

Longtown has basic facilities.

A good Spar open 8 until 10.

Butcher, Baker, Newsagent.

Fruit and vegetables from Cochranes Nurseries, half a mile North of Longtown on the A7.

Garage open 7 to 10.30 (Sunday 7.30 to 9.30)

Barclays Bank open Mon, Tues, Thurs only.

3 Cash machines.

Supermarkets in Carlisle: Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Aldi

The nearest restaurant is The Sportsman's, half a mile up the A7 , right on the border. It is only open in the evenings, but has good food. Smith's Hotel in Gretna is good. There are take-aways in Longtown. Chinese, Pizza, Fish and Chips and Bangladeshi. Carlisle has a good number of restaurants, but we do lack nice pubs in the immediate area.

Visit Carlisle Castle and the Border Regiment Museum, Carlisle Cathedral and Tullie House Museum.

The nearest major site on The Roman Wall is Birdoswald about 17 miles away and also visit Lanercost Priory and the tea rooms there.

The Blacksmiths Shop at Gretna Green is a bit touristy, but there is a good food hall selling Scottish and local produce. If you are in need of a retail shot, visit the Gretna Gateway shopping outlet. Also visit The Devil's Porridge museum at Eastriggs (9 miles) which features the enormous munitions factory built in World War I.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Winter 16
1 Nov 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 16 / New Year 17
23 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Winter 17
7 Jan 2017 - 13 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
Booking by email. £200.00 deposit on booking. Balance is due 6 weeks before occupancy. A further refundable good housekeeping deposit of £150.00 is payable to ensure that the property is left tidy and is to cover the cost of extra cleaning if it is not.

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover days are Fridays and Mondays. Any day except Saturday and Sunday.

Notes on prices:
2, 3 or 4 day breaks are charged at 75% of the relevant weekly rate. 5 day breaks charged at 83.5% of weekly price, 6 day breaks charged at 92% of weekly rate.

Deposit of £200.00 on booking. The balance due four weeks before occupancy

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Property Type

  • house


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • river
  • rural


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • All bathrooms have loo and sink. Bath 1 has Bath with electric shower over. Bath 2 has bath only Bath 3 Has bath and separate power shower Bath 4 has bath and electric shower over. Bath 5 is downstairs loo. No bath or shower


  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Bedroom 7
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 13 (7 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedrooms 1,2,3,6 & 7: zip and link 3' beds or Superking doubles Bedroom 4: Zip and Link 2'6" beds or 5' double. Bedroom 5: single. Bedroom 3 & 6 are en-suite. Bedrooms 1,2 & 7 share Bathroom 1. Bedrooms 4 & 5 share Bathroom 3. 2 cots available


  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: All floors except kitchen, bathroom and back passage are carpeted. Oil fired central heating. Open log fires Outside: Large level lawn with shrubberies. Two patio areas both with metal tables and chairs. 2 Sun Loungers. Charcoal fired barbecue.. Utility Room: Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer and Sink. Lots of Cupboards for storage Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Beds are all made up for arrival. Linen and towels provided weekly for change by guests. Cleaner available at extra cost. Home made Food for your freezer service available at extra cost and good notice. Logs for sale at £5.00 per 50 kilos Other: Bar area with small fridge for wine/beer and small washing machine for glasses. Lots of cupboard space.

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