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“Great for a base” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Briar Lea House

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Briar Lea House
Ranked #2 of 2 Longtown B&B and Inns
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Great for a base”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

This place has had quite a bit of criticism but I'm glad I booked it although it could do with a bit of an update it was a great base and the owners made us (including our dog) very welcome and having the pool was a real bonus!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Julie W
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

Welcoming owners with comfy, basic rooms. Good serive, good breakfast, and overall good value. Note the road can be a bit noisy with window open. Short walk into Longtown, ten miles from Brampton. Does the job for an overnight stay or a couple of nights.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank brizamedia
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Northampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

We stayed here on our way back from visiting relatives in Scotland. We called ahead and booked a family room over the phone. When we arrived we were immediately asked to settle our bill on arrival and ensure that the breakfast menu form was completed - very strange!

The lady showed us to our room and straight away there was an overpowering smell of chemicals. It could only be described as a 'disinfectant odour'. The lady said that she couldn't smell anything and advised it must be the cleaner used in the bathroom. The furniture in the room was so dated and tired. The night sleep was just about ok, but both myself and my wife woke with headaches.

Regrettably, the breakfast was also well below standard, very small portions and service was just about acceptable. The room wasn't cheap and we left very disappointed.

We have put this one down to experience and will ensure that we always check reviews before booking places in future.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank stealthsaint
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

In terms of beds, bathroom, storage for bicycles, friendliness and breakfast this will meet most people's requirements. The decor is very dated however, so if you're looking for something more modern, keep searching. It is situated about 0.5 miles outside Longtown.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012

Very clean rooms, comfy beds, superb polite service and the breakfast was excellent, very welcoming, it's just a pity this excellent B&B situated in Longtown which doesn't have the best of reputations, but then again it is farn enough out of town to not be a problem.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Heppy71
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Norwich, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2011

My friend and I stayed at the Briar Lea for two nights recently. We stayed in the Garden room, which was comfortable and clean - the en suite bathroom was gorgeous with a large shower and superb spa bath. The owners were very friendly, without being intrusive, and the breakfasts were delicious, with great service, hot delicious food and plently of it!! I would have no hesitation in recommending this guest house to anyone.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Lynn W
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Cardiff
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60 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2011

My daughter booked 2 rooms at this B&B for our overnight accomodation on our way up to Scotland. We arrived quite late on a Friday evening and the landlady was quite accomodating and explained that on the original booking one room was in a separate part of the house and so we would be separated but she had a family room which adjoined the double room and asked if we would mind the larger room. It was quite late so when she showed us to the rooms we just took what was on offer the inter connected rooms on the ground floor.
Each room smelled a little musty and unused, I don't think they get many guests. The decoration as mentioned in previous posts is quite dated and "twee" with lots of lace and a very sort of hand made feel.
The breakfast was sufficient but I was surprised at having to choose what we wanted to eat as we checked in. Also as mentioned previously breakfast does close early and you are asked to vacate by 10am, is this neccesary as they were not busy by any stretch of the imagination.
Overall it was OK for an overnight stop, not cheap but not too bad.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Tipsy252
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Additional Information about Briar Lea House

Property: Briar Lea House
Address: Brampton Road | Longtown, Longtown, Carlisle CA6 5TN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Carlisle > Longtown
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Longtown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6

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