Longtown, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA6 5PR
Guide Price £1,475,000

Ref: MRP110030


Repositioned - New Price & New Acreage


  • 10 bedrooms
  • 7 reception rooms
  • 6 bathrooms
  • Detached
  • Garden
  • Outbuildings
  • Staff/SC Accommodation
  • Tennis court
  • Off Street Parking
  • Period
  • Rural


  • 17.36 acres




Netherby Hall is an extremely private property with the benefit of idyllic and peaceful rural setting. Although it is a substantial mansion house it has a happy atmosphere. Despite its design for living and entertaining in the grandest of scales it is also manageable.

Netherby Hall has been repositioned in the market place. At the new guide price the property reflects massive value for money. The potential to divide the property is now being highlighted to possible buyers. At the new price, various outbuildings and some of the land are being retained since they have obvious development potential - They may be included in a sale with the whole if required by seperate negotiation.

The charm and warmth of the signature Cumbrian sandstone and the striking architectural features have a significant effect on the visitor. The spectacular grounds and the free flowing nature of the formal reception rooms of Netherby Hall are most notable in their flow, proportions, period features and

Through the front door you are greeted by a circular entrance hall off which is the ball room with its semi sprung floor, 17th Century panelling believed to have originated from European monastery and striking ceiling decoration. The drawing room, and sitting room, formal dining room and music room all
overlook the stunning lawns and parkland view. The themes and décor of these splendid rooms are all subtly different and yet beautifully presented. An estate office or morning room is positioned in the south east corner with its own door to outside. The kitchens and various other domestic offices are convenient to the principle and formal reception rooms.

The bedroom accommodation consists of six individual suites of rooms each with their own bathrooms and some with a sitting room or other striking feature.

Included within the domestic offices are an extensive range of commercial and semi-commercial kitchens.

An interesting and unusual conservatory has a vine growing. There are various cellars.

Both of the apartments within the house are entirely self-contained and are currently let on Assured Shorthold Tenancy basis. They are included in the new price.

The Netherby Hall has an extensive portfolio of cottages, flats and outbuildings. The majority of the cottages and apartments are let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy basis. None of the properties are occupied by any form of protected tenant although the elderly occupants of Dairy Cottage (parents of
one of the sellors) may require to remain at the property for the rest of their lives. The vendors are quite flexible how this is to be dealt with.
A detailed schedule of cottages, apartments and their rents has been prepared and is available to all interested parties.

Available seperately: The Lodge Cottage, Dairy Cottage, Clock Tower and Coach House are all extremely attractive dwellings in their own right. The Clock Tower and Dairy Cottage currently have their (metered) electricity supplied via the main Netherby supply. This could of course be altered by a buyer.

Centred around a 14th Century pele tower the property has been developed over the centuries with later extensions in the 18th and 19th Century reflecting changes in architectural styles and heritage. William Burn, the celebrated Victorian architect designed much of the modern building and is cited as being a
fine and very typical example of his work. The staircases are classical and a very good example of Burn’s style.

The Hall itself is built upon the site of and probably with the stones from a Roman fort known as “Castra Exploratorum” the headquarters of the Roman Frontier Scouts. The site is believed to have been unique having a large Roman bath.

The Reiveing Era followed and Netherby formed an important part of this part of history. In the 14th and 15th Century the Scottish lowland clan of Greyme, Graeme or Graham occupied this area and the original tower was built. The Tower still exists albeit surrounded and covered by later extensions.

In the 16th Century the Greymes were unpopular with Government forces and were exiled to the Low Countries, Ireland and eventually the United States. The Greyme family went on to fame and glory,
serving the Stuart Kings and Jacobite cause. One branch became Viscount Preston, another the Greymes of Levenings Hall in Cumbria and another descended to the Norton Conyers Estate in North Yorkshire.

In the 18th Century Doctor Robert Graham inherited the Netherby estate and set about transforming it both by building a fine house and by improving the land. Longtown was rebuilt at the same time.

In the 19th Century Sir James R G Graham become a leading politician. Home secretary, First Lord of the Admirality and a friend of Sir Robert Peels. It was he who commissioned William Burn to extend and alter the hall in 1833.

It is believed that Netherby Hall was also the setting and inspiration for the epic poem of Sir Water Scott “Young Lochinvar”. Scott was a frequent visitor to the house and a friend of Sir James. In later years, Netherby has hosted dignitaries and royalty. The property was also the scene of the infamous Netherby burglary by Messrs Rudge, Martin and Baker, all were hanged for their parts in a theft of precious
stones from Lady Graham.

In more recent times, the house has been the subject of a massive restoration project which over the last 12 years has seen the property undergo a rescue operation of massive proportions.


Netherby Hall is set in about 17.36 acres of parkland, woodland and formal Victorian pleasure grounds steeped in history from Roman times through the Reiving Era to modern day. The vendors own about 37 acres in total but the new lot size is 17.36 acres.

Netherby is positioned in the secluded yet enviably accessible setting. The house commands a phenomenal view across parkland to the west and is blessed with an excellent degree of privacy.

The view and setting is remarkable and a key part of this important country property and remains a pivotal part of its splendor.

The regional centre of Carlisle is only about 11 miles away and the pretty market town of Longtown is only about 2 miles. Longtown has provides a range of local services and amenities including a G.P., a vetinary surgery, various hotels and pubs, auction mart, gym and an industrial estate.

The Borders is an interesting and attractive part of the UK conveniently located close to the Lake
District National Park and yet connection with the motorway network is easy via the A7 or M6; providing ease of access to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Scotland, Newcastle, or the financial centres of the North West.


The main expanse of lawn with the greatest outlook and views is arranged on the south western side of the house. There is a stand of splendid mature lime trees flanking this garden with a view of St. Andrews Church with its beautiful cupolla and clock tower just possible from the terrace.

A summerhouse sits on a charming knoll and provides a stunning venue for summer evening dining with an uninterrupted view of the house in its entirety in addition to views across the park and the Border Esk beyond.

The peace and tranquility of the setting is of course of paramount importance, so too the privacy. The lack of any public rights of way or access through and across the property is of course a significant attribute.

The Victorian pleasure gardens are a stunning part of the grounds at Netherby Hall. The lawns are interspersed with various attractive beds and rose clad pergolas.

There is a large area of level lawns in front of the house before the grass paddocks which are fenced to a high standard.

The walled garden is available seperately - just over an acre with a grass tennis court and surrounded by mellow brick walls. Set within one of the walls of the garden is the Garden Cottage.

There is currently a large greenhouse standing just outside the walled garden which is now in a state of disrepair but, in planning terms, a useful footprint. The same can be said of the outbuildings adjoining the garden cottage, they are in a state of disrepair but provide excellent potential for development into one or two additional cottages.

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