Brackenhill Tower

Longtown, Cumbria, England

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16th-century former home of Clan Graham

Exclusive Use

You can have the venue to yourself (sleeps 10 guests in 5 rooms). Check Availability

Brackenhill Tower is the only Scottish peel tower that now stands on English soil, in the heart of what was once "the debatable lands".

Full of history and romance, Brackenhill Tower can be hired on an exclusive-use, self-catering basis, and sleeps up to ten guests in four bedrooms in the tower and a further six guests in two bedrooms in the attached cottage.

This former Clan Graham home dates back to the 16th century and sits in its own grounds; it offers ample car parking for larger parties and grounds for groups to enjoy.

The Tower

Sleeping up to ten overnight guests, Brackenhill Tower sits at the heart of 2.5 acres in rural Cumbria in North-West England, less than ten miles from the Scottish border. The original tower was built in 1584, with further additions added over the centuries.

Accommodation comprises of the following:

The Drawing Room - A spacious lounge complete with 52” plasma TV, DVD and Hi-Fi, with a selection of books, tourist information and games.

The Study - The upstairs landing is home to a computer with internet access.

Bedroom 1 - A double bedroom in chic French style with en-suite shower and toilet.

Bedroom 2 - A double bedroom with four-poster bed, period furniture and en-suite shower and toilet.

Kitchen - The ground floor of the tower is home to an arched kitchen with small breakfast dining area. It is complete with a range type cooker, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine/dryer, microwave, etc.

Great Hall - Up the spiral staircase on the first floor is a magnificent feature dining room with a table seating up to 14 and a further head table seating four guests. This room is home to a wealth of original features and is adorned with armour, pikes and swords throughout.

Master Bedroom - On the second floor of the tower is the master bedroom. A finely carved king-size four-poster bed dominates this characterful room. This room has an en-suite shower, slipper bath and toilet.

Bedroom 3 - A large bedroom at the top of the tower, complete with four single beds and full en-suite facilities.

A short walk from the front door is the newest addition to Brackenhill Tower... a hot-tub. Perfect for a quiet night of star-gazing with a glass of wine in hand!

Jacobean Cottage

Sleeping up to six overnight guests, this beautiful 18th-century cottage is connected to the south-east of the original tower.

Downstairs comprises of the kitchen/dining area, spacious lounge and toilet.

Kitchen/Dining Area - Includes a fridge, freezer, washer, dryer, dishwasher and microwave. The dining area has seating for up to six people.

Lounge - There is a spacious lounge complete with inglenook fireplace, 48" plasma TV, DVD/CD and Hi-Fi, along with a selection of books, tourist information and games. A fold-down sofa-bed can be set up in the lounge area for guests, if required.

Upstairs comprises two bedrooms and a bathroom with a shower.

Bedroom 1 - A large double bedroom with exposed wooden beams and an en-suite bathroom.

Bedroom 2 - A large en-suite bedroom with exposed wooden beams.


The tower was built in 1584, by Ritchie Graham, on the site of an earlier tower, perhaps dating back to the 13th century.

Ritchie Graham was a notorious border reiver. Reivers were clans who lived in the border territories; pragmatic survivors who would turn any circumstance to their advantage. 

It was essential to have a strong fortified house for the protection of your family, clan, cattle and possessions; Brackenhill served this purpose for the Graham Clan.

The reiving period is roughly categorised as 1450 - 1610 and the history is a mixture of fact and folk-law. 


Brackenhill Tower is in the perfect location for a holiday exploring a number of noteworthy areas of the UK. The Scottish Border counties, a region rich in history and heritage, are just a short drive from the castle. The nearby Lake District, pictured above, is renowned for its sheer natural beauty and is just 40 minutes from Brackenhill Tower; a Mecca for walkers, hikers, mountain-bikers and tea-lovers alike.

If you're looking for something a little more action-packed to fill your time at the tower, there is a vast array of activities within a stone's throw of Brackenhill. These include, but aren't limited to:
Golf, paintballing, quad-biking, go-karting, clay pigeon shooting, Hadrian's Wall, Robert Burn's house and there is much more within a 30-minute drive of the tower.


Low Season: 1 November - 22 December and 6 January - 28 February

Mid Season: 1 March - 30 June and 1 September - 31 October

High Season: 1 July - 31 August

Festive Season: 23 December - 5 January

Brackenhill Tower 3 Nights 7 Nights
Low Season £1,004 £1,545
Mid Season £1,172 £1,802
High Season £1,506 £2,317
Festive Season £2,009 £3,090

The rates detailed above are based on 10 occupants sharing Brackenhill Tower, for the indicated number of nights, on a self-catering basis, and apply 2021 dates.

Jacobean Cottage 3 Nights 7 Nights
Low Season £469 £721
Mid Season £570 £876
High Season £670 £1,030
Festive Season £837 £1,288

The rates detailed above are based on 6 occupants sharing the Jacobean Cottage, for the indicated number of nights, on a self-catering basis, and apply to 2021 dates.


Brackenhill sits right on the English/Scottish border and is just 6 miles from the romantic 'wedding capital' of Scotland, Gretna Green. Located 3 miles east of Longtown and approximately 10 miles north of the city of Carlisle, the tower is easily accessible.

Images of Brackenhill Tower and the Jacobean Cottage provided by MOGiguere Photography.