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Sleeps 8 adults
+ 2 children
Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 4 Pets Not accepted Region Cumbria & The Lake District Town/village Longtown
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Unique Historic Castle, near Longtown (156)

Perfect venue to escape to after a wedding at Gretna Green or for a family looking for a castle experience, to explore the Scottish Borders and Lake District.

This Anglo-Scots 16th century tower house, a former stronghold of the Clan Graham, dates back to 1584, and due to the border being redrawn, is unique as it is a Scottish castle which now stands in England. Situated within two acres of grounds with a hot tub, it is located less than 10 miles from Gretna, making this an ideal location as a romantic setting. On offer is self-catering accommodation for up to 10 people in the main castle section.

Internally, it is one part 16th century, with spiral turnpike stairs going up the tower, with a 19th century part, offering more traditional accommodation. The main feature of the castle is the first floor Great Hall, which houses the dining room, as well as an impressive vaulted kitchen, good size sitting room and four bedrooms with en-suite facilities. Set in 2 acres with shared drive. (Attached to the castle is a self-catering cottage, which can sleep 4 people, which can be booked separately or added to the castle). To the rear of the castle is a working farm with farmhouse and a farm steading. The castle 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.

 This kitchen is housed in the impressive ground floor vaulted sectionThe breakfast area, tucked within the kitchen The first floor Great Hall doubles up as the dining roomThere is plenty of history in this roomThe detail in the Great Hall is superbThere is plenty of seating in the comfortable sitting roomWhy not, for a week or weekend?From the first floor you can see the original castle wallMore of the unique history to be found...

Living Space

Reception rooms

The sitting room is located on the ground floor at the front of the castle and is more like a traditional front room of a house with its own bay window. Here you will find comfortable leather sofas and the TV, and this is perfect for relaxing in. The other rooms in the house are more castle-like, with the vaulted kitchen and then the Great Hall on the first floor. This stone clad room would have been multi-purpose originally, but is now used predominantly as a dining room and is superb for banquets and fine feasts. On the first floor there is some landing space with desk and chairs.

Kitchen / Dining

In the original section of the castle at ground level is the very impressive vaulted room which houses the kitchen. Within this area there has been some clever designing of a modern kitchen and everything is well presented with plenty of cooking capacity and work space. One of the best features is the red sandstone central table which has been built into place. To the rear of this area is a breakfasting area with table and chairs that seat 6 comfortably. On the first floor is the magnificent Great Hall, which is now set up as a banqueting hall. Decorated with suits or armour and swords on the wall, along with the original red sandstone wall, beamed ceiling and arched windows, this is a time capsule of a room back to Medieval times. The tables and chairs can seat up to 16 people in this room and this is the jewel in the crown for this castle.

  • Accommodation, Additional
  • Bath, Slipper
  • BBQ
  • Bed, Four Poster
  • Board Games
  • CD Player
  • Cot
  • Croquet Set
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Garden Furniture
  • Hairdryers in all bedrooms
  • Hall, great
  • Heating, Central
  • High chair
  • Hot Tub
  • Internet Access
  • Ironing facilities
  • Microwave
  • Oven, double, hob, electric
  • Telephone, Honesty System
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV
  • TV, Freeview channels
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
The 'Four Poster' bedroom on the first floorEn-suite shower-room to the 'Four Poster' bedroomThe 'Italian' bedroom, is a more modern double room Second floor 'Bridal suite' is in the original part of the castleThe en-suite bathroom for the 'Bridal suite'The 'Family' room, is perfect for families or childrenEn-suite shower-room for the 'Family' bedroom

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 8 + 2

Accommodation is provided for a group of 8 adults and 2 children in 4 bedrooms, with 1 bathroom and 3 shower rooms, as follows:

First floor – ‘Four Poster’ bedroom with four poster double bed with TV, with en-suite shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin; ‘Italian’ bedroom with double bed with TV, with en-suite shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin.

Second floor – ‘Bridal’ bedroom with four poster double bed, with en-suite bathroom, which also has separate access off the stairs, with feature slipper bath, with separate shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin.

Third floor – ‘Family’ bedroom, with four single beds and TV, ideal for 2 adults and 2 children, with en-suite shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin.

  • 1 Double Room With Ensuite Shower Room
  • 1 Four Poster Double Bedroom With Bathroom Suite
  • 1 Family Room With Four Single Beds With Ensuite Shower Room
  • 1 Four Poster Double Bedroom With Ensuite Shower Room
Welcome to this Scottish castle in northern EnglandThis historic holiday home has a hot tub - bonus!The castle and cottage next door

Grounds & Surrounds

This Scottish tower house was built in Scotland in 1584, but due to border alterations, now sits in England. Set within an enclosed 2 acre policy, with a holiday house next door, it is mostly laid out in lawn and a gravel drive, with a hot tub. 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 cottage 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
Welcome to CumbriaDiscover the Lake DistrictEnjoy scenic Wast WaterCross the border to discover Scotland


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