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Sleeps 4 adults Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 2 Pets Not accepted Region Cumbria & The Lake District Town/village Longtown
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Historic Jacobean Cottage, near Longtown (157)

Ever dreamt of escaping to Gretna Green for the big day? Then why not stay in this delightful Jacobean cottage to unwind before and after.

This Jacobean cottage, built in 1717, shares the same drive as the castle it is attached to, but has its own parking area, as well as communal grounds. It consists of a kitchen/dining room, a sitting room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The sitting room has a double sofa-bed, which means that two children can be added to the group if required. There are TVs in all the bedrooms, as well as the sitting room.  Set in 2 acres with shared drive. (Attached to the cottage is a self-catering castle, which can sleep 10 people, which can be booked separately or added to the cottage). To the rear of the building is a working farm with farmhouse and farm steading. This is ideal for smaller wedding parties having married at Gretna looking for a special venue, or for those just looking for a special place for a family holiday.

 The sitting room is modern and comfortable with low beamsThe kitchen is well equipped and spacious, to inlude dining areaDining for the whole group, with stairs leading to accommodation aboveDetail of punch bowl in kitchen

Living Space

Reception rooms

The sitting room is located on the ground floor, with views through to the back and front of the cottage. With low beamed ceiling and large red sandstone mantle, there is a Jacobean feel within the room, even with the comfortable seating electric fire and large TV. Thankfully with full central heating there is no need to suffer any cold as in olden days.

Kitchen / Dining

On entering the cottage, you walk directly into the kitchen/dining room, where there is a table and matching chairs that can seat up to 6 people comfortably. With plenty of cooking capacity and a well designed kitchen, this is a lovely space to cook and eat in. With dishwasher and washing machine and tumble dryer, there is everything here for your holiday requirements. There is certainly no chance of not knowing the directions with a compass inlaid into the tiles on the surface.

  • Accommodation, Additional
  • BBQ
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Garden Furniture
  • Grill
  • Hairdryers in all bedrooms
  • Heating, Central
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Microwave
  • Oven, hob, electric
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV
  • TV, Freeview channels
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
The larger of the two bedrooms, with double bed and en-suiteEn-suite bathroom within the double bedroomSecond bedroom, with en-suiteEn-suite bathroom for the second bedroom

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 4

Both the bedrooms are located on the first floor and both are double bedrooms. The larger of the two bedrooms is a distinctive room, with beamed ceiling and semi-partitioned area, with bedroom on one side and bathroom area with shower cabinet on the other. Whilst there is also a beamed ceiling in the other double bedroom, this is more traditional and has an en-suite shower room next door.

  • 2 Double Room With Ensuite Shower Room
This historic cottage, with hot tub is near Gretna Green The cottage is next door, to the right of to the castle

Grounds & Surrounds

Set within an enclosed 2 acre policy, with a holiday house next door, it is mostly laid out in lawn and a gravel drive. Located 12 miles north of Carlisle, 4 miles from Longtown, 9 miles from Gretna, 32 miles from Dumfries and 95 miles south of Glasgow. Longtown offers a general store, shops, pubs and hotels, whilst major supermarkets can be found at Carlisle. This area is famously known for weddings at Gretna with visits to the Old Blacksmiths a must. For golfers there are some good local courses. Fishing is available on the river Lyne. Carlisle Castle, Caerlaverock Castle and Gilnockie Tower are worth a visit.


Security Bond

The owner requires a fully refundable security bond to be paid within 7 days of the holiday start date.
This owner has chosen to use our secure online payment service to collect this bond from guests.

Check in / Check out

Guests are welcome to arrive from 4:00pm and are asked to depart by 10:00am on the day of departure.

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

Linen, towels, electricity and heating are included within the rental.

Notes & Warnings

Please note that the drive is shared with the castle next door, which is available for holiday lets either separately or with the cottage as extra. High Season/Festive lets for short breaks will only be available on request.

Whilst this property can supply a cot & highchair. Please make sure you submit a note on your booking form to the bookings team requesting this item so the owner knows to put one out for you on arrival. 

Stag and Hen bookings may not book this property, unless discussed in advance for approval. Neither the Owner nor the Agent will accept any liability should a booking be confirmed as a consequence of non-disclosure of the above which may later result in a booking cancellation by the Owner. For more information on this matter please speak to a member of our staff.


The small Cumbrian town of Longtown is located near the Scottish Border on the River Esk, not far from the Coastline at Solway. Its neighbouring town is the famous Gretna in Scotland. The town has a great deal of border history thanks to its location, and was part of the Debatable Lands, a turbulent landscape between Scotland and England during the Independence War. Although the town itself is quite small, it is fully equipped for all your self-catered holiday needs, with a range of shops and places to dine out. Nearby the beautiful Solway Coast, An area of Natural Beauty, and Nature Reserve, with spectacular landscapes to explore. For a bit more hustle and bustle the larger town of Carlisle is only a 20 minute drive to the south. 

Cumbria & The Lake District

The rural county of Cumbria is one of the most attractive in England. It contains the whole of the area known as the Lake District, as well as the northern part of the Pennines mountain range and, somewhat counter-intuitively, a part of the Yorkshire Dales.

The county is replete with attractions for the visitor, its historic heritage ranging from houses and gardens to stone circles and activities ranging from walking and climbing to watersports and fishing. Cumbria's lakes, valleys and fells can loosely be broken down into eight areas.

The North Lakes are the most popular with the serious outdoor enthusiast and the South Lakes draw most of the holidaymakers. The Western Lakes are less busy but still hold some varied attractions and appeal to the walkers as well as families and groups. They are home to England's tallest mountain, known as Scafell Pike.

East Lakes has its quota of mountains too, including the well-known Helvellyn, and is a fairly quiet area. Visit the Eden Valley and North Pennine area for wilderness, castles and rural villages, or perhaps consider North and South Cumbria. In the former we find Hadrian's Wall and the city of Carlisle. In the latter, coastal resorts and the biggest town, Kendal. Finally, the edge of the Yorkshire Dales is a beautiful part of Cumbria with country pubs, easy walking, and a thriving arts scene.

Area Cumbria & The Lake District Type of location Farmland Nearest shop 4 miles Nearest supermarket 9 miles Nearest pub 4 miles
Nearest Airport
Carlisle 12 miles
Prestwick 105 miles
Nearest Train Station
Gretna 9 miles
Carlisle 12 miles
Welcome to CumbriaTravel to the LakesEnjoy scenic Wast WaterCross the border to discover Scotland


Feefo is an independent feedback service used by Scotts Castle Holidays to give you an opportunity to see how other guests feel about this property.

2nd March 2015 Great 

The owner left a fantastic welcome pack - enough to feed an army - and it was very welcome. The venue is stunning, however, the Friday that we arrived was not a warm one and the kitchen was not a comfortable temperature to sit in once our evening meal had finished. The master bedroom also remained rather chilly as one of the radiators was not working. The bedroom with four single beds in was also chilly but we realised that one of the radiators needed bleeding and this we did. The kitchen did warm up and the lounge was always comfortable.
A plan or map of the grounds and surrounding area would have been useful.

Service rating : Thank you for your feedback. The log in section on our website provides extra security for our visitors, to access personal booking information. However we do now have the facility to take bookings and payments over the telephone, which you may find helpful in the future should you ever wish to book with us again.
Product : Great to hear that you all enjoyed the goodies left by the owners! We will certainly pass your comments onto them, any feedback is appreciated to ensure we can improve wherever possible. Being your first point of call for any queries at the castle, we hope the owners we able to help adjust the heating for you, it sounds as though this may have been resolved quite quickly and you all enjoyed your stay overall.

We hope we can be of help in the future if you ever wish to return to Scotland!

20th July 2014 Excellent 

Excellent property. easy to find (i did pre-drive it with google maps street view so i know what landmarks to look for). Tower is impressive on the drive up, more impressive inside and everything we hoped for in wanting to stay overnight in a "castle" on our two day trip. Even though it is an actual stone structure we felt very comfortable inside. the front entry is impressive and actually gets you a look at the outside wall of the original tower while inside and going up the stairs. the large family room is very comfortable and allowed many hands of rummy and games of backgammon to be played in comfort. the large screen tv is actually very welcome to look at the weather channels and such so we could plan our evening and the next day. there is also a desktop computer and wireless available in an out of the way nook to not ruin the ambiance. the upstairs bedrooms over the living room are nicely appointed with modern ammenities. we didnt use those rooms as we are only a family of four and we all wanted to stay in the tower proper. the radiant floor heating in the main entry an the kitchen area was a great idea as it warms the rooms and you see nothing. the kitchen was well stocked with everything you need to have even large meals cooking and the washer and dryer tuck ins were appreciated as well. climbing the turret stairs to the dinning hall was really neat with a plate of food in hand and having family dinners on the large slab trestle tables was fun for the family. the master bedroom was a good sleep and the master bath has all the needed items. continuing up you get the 4 bed bedroom which my kids took (22/20) and they had access to the tv in that room to watch movies on. we also got a tour of the adjoining quest house. the guest house is also very smartly done and could easily expand the number of family friends you could bring in onto the property for the experience. they have an large chunk of property for everyone to fan out in, we played croquet with the provided set, and i dont know if it is Scottish or not, but a couple of horseshoe pits on the ground north of the fountain would have been fun as well. All and all a great experience, there were many options and i chose this one as i wanted to be able to touch the stones history on the inside of the walls of where ever we stayed, and not have just a shell with all lathe and plaster inside. i completely feel i got my moneys worth, even though we were only able to stay one night. i can not give points on the local town as we toured around on the drive down and then stayed on property from that evening thru the next mid morning. i heard that they have a new property in the works so i will check that out if we ever can get back.

Many thanks for your lovely feedback and so glad we could help you find the right castle for your family break! Sounds like you had a brilliant stay and if we can assist with any future trips to Scotland please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Scotts Castle Holidays

28th August 2013 Excellent 

The location was fantastic with a real feel of stepping back in time. The kitchen and banqueting hall were particularly impressive.

Thank you for your lovely feedback. So pleased that you enjoyed the authentic castle experience!

We would love to help with future holiday plans and look forward to hearing from in the future.

Scotts Castle Holidays

14th August 2013 Excellent 

Really special time with the family. We felt like we we're living in 1584 as we dressed up for a medieval banquet for my sister and brother-in-laws wedding anniversary. The Tower was well equiped with croquet / archery etc in 2 acres of grounds so we continued the theme:-). The standard of accomodation was high and the owner, Jan was very friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend this property.

Thank so much for your lovely feedback, sounds like you had a fantastic time with your themed banquet! Glad you enjoyed your holiday, and we look forward to assisting with any future holiday plans.

Scotts Castle Holidays

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