Longtown holiday house rental with jacuzzi/hot tub, internet access, balcony/terrace and walking

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  • House
  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 23
  • 2 nights min stay
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Key information

  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking. See Policies & House Rules
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

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CLIFT HILL

With majestic views over the Solway Plain, this grand building provides a captivating base from which to explore the Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall and Southern Scotland

Clift Hill is a generously proportioned Edwardian mansion, designed for the last days of servants and built during the first years of the Great War. Long-defunct bell pushes can be found in most rooms, including some bathrooms; a reminder of a bygone era. Relive a time when enormous bath tubs and dressing for dinner were de rigeur.

The house is the perfect place to celebrate a birthday with children and grandchildren who’ll be delighted to see hares in the garden in the mornings and buzzards and owls in the overgrown orchard…my children say the house is perfect for hide and seek.

Youngsters may enjoy darts, table football in the cloakroom and movies on the big screen after a bbq at the fire-pit on the terrace. Others will roll up carpets and notch up the bang & olufsen hifi to max for a dance.

HOUSE & GARDENS

The building was conceived in 1913 and finished in 1915, designed by the Chance family, who were wealthy merchants from Manchester. They started building the house on the small hillock opposite but changed their mind and opted for the more solid rock that permits substantial cellars.

During my work on the house, I have learnt how much the Edwardians loved fresh air. There is an elaborate venting system that resembles in parts one of those pneumatic tube transport devices. Nowadays I try to keep the cold air from coming into the house but the eleven fireplaces and forty-four doors often conspire against me. However, the illusion of being outside when indoors extends beyond the air vents. In the handsome dining room, William Morris wallpaper meets wisteria creeping in at the windows, creating an impression of a real and an imagined garden intertwining. The enormous family portrait on the dining room wall was painted by John Walton in 1957. Sharp eyes will notice that he is in the picture, holding a paintbrush. The wonderful fireplace and decor make this a room that can be as formal as you wish, or the perfect size for long board games or late-night poker sessions.

In the ground floor cloakroom there is a magnificent thunder box lavatory and large double sinks. Pride in plumbing is a leitmotif of this mini mansion. From the master bedroom with its interesting en-suite bathroom, there is a view on all sides over miles of wide, open landscape, with both the North Pennines and Lake District omnipresent. Today you can enjoy these views just as the original owner, Mr Chance once did. Nothing but nothing has changed! The river is approached by deeply sunken steps that are almost tunnels through the undergrowth and after a short hop past the cows you may find the eels and sea trout that my children loved. The cliffs here are particularly dramatic and totally unexpected, formed from an outcrop of very fine-grained, orange-red “Kirklinton” sandstone. Kingfishers live here and, if you are lucky, you might catch a flash of blue as you wade to the mini island at low flow.

For large parties, Clift Hill swallows children – you will get just occasional sightings. An old school bell sits on the front porch for you to summon them to supper.

Houses like this are familiar to anyone who has ever watched a period drama and being here, in the spacious, elegant rooms, the Edwardian period comes alive. The original teak sink for washing your crystal is still there as are so many other features. If you can work out why there are sliding locks on the outside of so many doors or why there are arches in the interconnecting bedroom, please let me know!

PRACTICALITIES

Clift Hill is a great landmark, sleeping up to 21 people in beds and more by special arrangement (camp beds and tents are an option). The grounds contain a stable, fruit bushes and orchard. There is a fun area adjacent to the driveway with trampoline, zip wire and often a slack wire.

MORE ON THE HOUSE HISTORY From auction records it is evident that Mr Chance liked his art and no doubt appreciated Ruskin. We have returned most of the house to an appearance that he, William Morris or Burn Jones might have appreciated if alive in 1915: still lots of oak and proud metal work together with a smattering of stained glass. Many of the artworks on the walls of Clift Hill today are by family members, from portraits through to abstracts. Today, the house is slowly regaining the glowing vitality it enjoyed in the lifetime of its enigmatic original owner. It offers a unique chance to step into the world where servants were on the way out and central heating was on the way in. The original floor plan is retained and the numerous doors often make you feel as if you’re participating in a West End farce. Visitors often find themselves congregating in the large kitchen with its two sofas, and old bell system for the servants.

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Amenities

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
  • Bedroom 2: Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3: Super King Bed Bunk Bed
  • Bedroom 4: Double Bed Single Bed
  • Bedroom 5: King Bed
  • Bedroom 6: Super King Bed Single Bed
  • Bedroom 7: Super King Bed
  • Bedroom 8: Double Bed
  • Bedroom 9: 2 Single Beds
  • Beds in other rooms: Sofa Bed
  • 2 Family bathrooms, 1 En suite, 1 Toilet Only

Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Access

  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Essentials

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Jacuzzi or hot tub
  • Mountain Views
  • Private garden
  • Swing set
  • Trampoline
  • BBQ
  • Patio
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Bicycles available
  • Deck
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Games room
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Housekeeping Included

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Things to know

Check in: 16:00 Check out: 11:00
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Smoking

No smoking at this property

House rules

Pets, dogs only, can run outside safely in the grounds of the house or can come into the large kitchen with its 2 sofas, but not into other rooms.

Groups led by over 35 yo only please

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Manager restrictions

Minimum stay: 2 night

About the owner

Roland W.
Average reply time:
3 hours 6 minutes

Calendar updated:
21 May 2022

Years listed:
4

Based in:
United Kingdom
Languages spoken: English, French
This House has 9 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and sleeps 23. It has been listed on Holiday Lettings since 13 Jun 2017. Located in Carlisle, it has 8 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate is £6412.
The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 21 May 2022.
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Stella C
Preston, United Kingdom

Superb house for large family gathering
Apr 2022

Stayed here with 15 other members of the family, including 4 small children, for the Easter weekend. It was amazing, with plenty of space and facilities to suit all ages. The owner went out of his wa… More 

Reviewed 20 Apr 2022

Jayne1310

Excellent place for the whole family
Sep 2021

Clift Hill House was an excellent choice for our family to celebrate a 60th birthday. The house is beautiful and has so many spacious rooms to enjoy - all are decorated to a high standard and exceptio… More 

Reviewed 13 Sep 2021

Seaside00898987923

Wonderful place for a large group!
Aug 2021

We had an amazing time at Clift Hill, it is a fantastic place (inside and out) and really well equipped! Roland and Lynn both communicated very clearly and were happy to help with any (!) questions we… More 

Reviewed 23 Aug 2021

Tyrone P
Cwmbran, United Kingdom

Wedding Weekend
Oct 2020

We book this wonderful home for our wedding, thanks to help of Roland the wonderful host we arranged to have local caterers, hot tub, sauna and our own murder mystery evening with five fantastic actor… More 

Reviewed 4 Nov 2020

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Hen Party Weekend
Feb 2020

Absolutely brilliant venue for a hen party, brilliant weekend had by all in such a quirky and beautifully situated house. Despite the weather being miserable, this didn’t bother anyone as we wer… More 

Reviewed 24 Feb 2020

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