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Comfortable House near The Scottish Border with river views

Bedrooms 7
Separate WCs1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

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

Property Manager
Richard Westoll
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2018

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Carlisle in Arthuret

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • 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
  • seating for 14 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , En Suite with bedroom 3
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Ensuite with bedroom 6
    Toilet 1 - Toilet , Downstairs WC
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite with Bedroom 7
  • 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
  • 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
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
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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Comfortable House near The Scottish Border with river views
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Large house, well appointed and very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed this house for weekend stay, to celebrate my mum's 90th birthday. Nine people, varying ages from 20 to 90, in the group and our dog. Welcoming cake, much appreciated. Everything we needed, very warm clean and comfortable.

Richard was very helpful and very understanding when our car needed to be recovered. Enjoyed walks from the house. By the river and to Kirk Andrew Church. Plenty to entertain us, snooker table, table tennis and outside games, all provided. Would love to return.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic 3rd stay at Kirkandrews House

  • 5 of 5

Great house for large groups of family and friends in the most beautiful setting. This is our 3rd stay and there really is everything provided for a comfortable and relaxed time. A new en-suite has been added to the downstairs bedroom, excellent for those who may have problems with stairs. Warm welcome as always from Richard, cake was delicious, thank you. 100% recommended 🥇

  • Review Submitted: 27-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Large comfortable house in quite location

  • 5 of 5

There was a party of 10 family, friends and 3 dogs to celebrate my 60th birthday over a long weekend, Thurs to Mon. It was easy to find within easy reach of Longtown and Carlisle.

Plenty of rooms and comfortable beds. Nice touch with a home baked cake left for us.

Would recommend to anyone who likes the rural setting but it is close to Carlisle, Adrian's Wall and The Devils Postage visitors centre near Annan. We had a great 👍? time.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic weekend, house ideal for our family get together

  • 5 of 5

Great location, with so much space inside and outside for 12 adults, 2 children and one dog!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
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So much space

  • 5 of 5

A super stay had by all. 3 groups of extended family and all 10 of us and 3 dogs had plenty of space. Well appointed house, thoughtful owners and great well kept grounds. Lots of good riverside walks from the house and easy trips to lake district and Scotland. Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely comfortable house with space for all

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely weekend, 11 of us, the house was extremely comfortable, open fires and plenty of space for all. The views from all of the tastefully furnished rooms were beautiful. It has everything you need for a complete get away from it all break. The owners couldn't have been any more helpful, we were even treated to a homemade cake on our arrival. Would definitely consider staying again.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Carlisle, Cumbria & Lake District National Park

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Summer 18
1 Jun 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Summer
20 Jul 2018 - 10 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer Autumn 18
11 Aug 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Winter 2018
1 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas Newy Year 18/19
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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