Briar Lea House, Longtown, Cumbria [England] [a.k.a. we’re on our way to Scotland, hoorah!]

Briar Lea House Longtown Cumbria England UK

Easy drive up to Carlisle on the Scottish border, albeit a wet one. We arrive around 16:30hrs and stop off at the local Spar shop to get provisions for tonight’s dinner.

Briar Lea House is essentially a B&B and – as many other B&Bs – has discovered the power of campers. They let people with wheels stay on their land for what would in some cases initially appear as a small fee. It’s a non-offensive okay looking house [nothing that would get your *house envy* juices going] along some out of town [very loud] road. When we get there we are told that we cannot get on to the actual field because of heavy rain – fair enough, en route we saw that the local area [along with many places in our beloved Wales] is swamped following heavy rain fall. So we set up close to the drive on a sort of hard standing. The fact we can’t get onto the actual camp site is reflected in the price as the owner offers to drop it from £8 to £6, yay ^-^ Yet he then happily proceeds to charge us £2 for each dog [WHAT?]. Here at vanplusfour we don’t agree with charging for dogs [why? they’re not leaving hairs on anyone’s bedding other than ours…..they don’t chomp on grass……and they don’t increase anyone’s workload. Charging for dogs is just…..well…….friggin’ greedy!].

Briar Lea House, Longtown, Cumbria, England, UK

Still. With only one other occupied caravan on site and no alternative camp site to go to we proceed to set up and soon have the prettiest outdoor toilet in England ^-^

Briar Lea House, £6 without facilities, £4 for the dogs (scandalous!)

Over a [cheap] bottle of red we cook dinner, throw a couple of sticks for the dogs and settle down over candlelight dinner while watching Bride Wars.

cooking dinner camper stylie @ Briar Lea House, Longtown, Cumbria, England, UK

candlelit dinner watching Bride Wars @ Briar Lea House, Longtown, Cumbria, England, UK

Before bed we pick our next site from Cool Camping Scotland and fall asleep dreaming about Fort Williams in the Highlands. Weather forecast: rain & thunderstorms. Yay…….

The damage:

We picked this as a cheap stop over on the way from Wales to Scotland. There are absolutely no facilities here – which we don’t mind – but had we seen on any web site that there’s a charge for the dogs we would not have chosen this site. Competition in Cumbria [and along the Scottish border in particular] is pretty fierce and – although this site is not offensive – we would not stop here again. It’s a 1/5 [and the 1 point is awarded simply because we liked the look of the field…….]

Briar Lea House, £6 without facilities, £4 for the dogs (scandalous!)

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7 thoughts on “Briar Lea House, Longtown, Cumbria [England] [a.k.a. we’re on our way to Scotland, hoorah!]

  1. £4 for dogs is outrageous. Not having the information on the website is out of order as well

    Say hi to my folks when you get to Scotland ;-)

    • I agree. I appreciate not everybody likes dogs and some site owners opt for extortionate charges to put dog owners off [fair enough] but I would have appreciated a bit of transparency to give us the choice of saying yay or nay.

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