Brackenhill Tower – Historic Luxury Self Catering Property in Cumbria
Full of history and romance, Brackenhill Tower is unique as being the only Scottish peel tower (fortified house) standing now on English soil, situated in the heart of what was once “the debatable lands” now just in England but practically right on the border with Scotland and only 6 miles from the romantic Wedding capital of Scotland Gretna Green.
Brackenhill Tower is the perfect location for a holiday exploring the Scottish Borders, the North of England and the nearby Lake District.
There are two unique self-contained properties available for accommodation at Brackenhill: The Tower House and The Jacobean Cottage.
The Tower House (sleeps 10)
Outside the Tower, guests have access to 2.5 acres of gardens, a gas bbq and extensive woodland and river walks. The Tower House has a Hunting Lodge and the Tower itself forming one spacious property full of historical character and modern luxury …more
The Jacobean Cottage (sleeps 4-6)
Outside the Cottage guests have access to 2.5 acres of gardens, a gas bbq and woodland and river walks…more
Formerly this area was known as the Debatable Lands. An area notorious for it’s inter family feuds and cross border allegiances, neither Scotland or England had any control over the Debatable Lands and as the name suggests neither country was keen to claim this lawless area.
The Tower was built in 1584 by the infamous border reiver Ritchie Graham on the site of an earlier tower perhaps dating back to the 13th Century.
All other tower houses of this style ended up being officially Scottish once the border was drawn up leaving Brackenhill a unique example of a Scottish Clan tower house built in the Scottish style but on English soil.
See & Do
As well as fabulous for walkers and cyclists Brackenhill Tower is the perfect location for a holiday exploring the Scottish Borders, the North of England and the nearby Lake District, or a perfect venue for your wedding accommodation after a Gretna Green Wedding. Below are some activities all within a 30 minute drive from your accommodation.
- Quadbiking & Go Karting
- Golf courses at Powfoot, Hoddom, Lochmaben and Langholm
- The Old Blacksmiths Shop, Gretna Green
- Gretna Retail Outlet, Gretna
- The Samye Ling Temple, Langholm
- Carlisle Castle & Cathedral
- Robert Burns House and Mausoleum, Dumfries
- Hadrians Wall, Brampton
- Wanlockhead (highest village in Scotland)
- Lochmaben Castle