Use the links below for a wide range of ideas for things to do!
And please feel free to ask Tazeem if you need any more information.
Relaxing in a Luxury Lodge at the Tranquil Otter
Peace, fine local produce and a relaxing helping hand if you need it. The Tranquil Otter is the perfect place to get away from it all - and you can do as much or as little as you fancy. Feed the ducks if you like, or relax on your own private deck on the edge of the lake and take in the idyllic view.
We can provide you with a welcome food basket from local producers. The award-winning Mulholland’s butchers is just a couple of miles down the road. Veg and fruit are available from ‘Made in Cumbria’ suppliers. Boxes of fresh produce can be delivered to the door of your lodge. Not to mention Cumbrian beers, chocolates and, for that special occasion, flowers.
If all this isn’t relaxing enough, Eden Holistics offer health and beauty treatments in the privacy of your own lodge. Their services are in demand so if you think you might want some extra helping hands, call them on 07818 071373.
Whatever you decide to do, you’re certain to leave us relaxed and contented with your batteries recharged.
Be in your element at the Tranquil Otter. Whichever inspires you the most - earth, air, fire or water – we have them all.
Take to the air in a gyroplane, fire off a shot gun, paddle a canoe out onto the water or stay firmly on the earth in a horse’s saddle – the choice is yours with a wide range of adventurous activities on your doorstep.
If it’s the excitement of soaring hundreds of feet above the ground that gets your adrenalin going, the Cumbria Gyroplanes Flying School is the place to be. Two full-time instructors mean you and a friend can fly side by side above the stunning Lake District scenery, with plenty of photo and video opportunities along the way. The School is currently offering a special deal for Tranquil Otter guests of £100 an hour, all equipment included. To find out more, phone Andrew on 07771 608767 or 017687 78833 or check out www.chrisjonesgyroplanes.co.uk
Alternatively, if you prefer a gentler approach to flying, try the microlight flying school at Carlisle Airport. A three-hour flight over the mountains of the Lake District is an unforgettable experience. There are discounts for Tranquil Otter guests, who can also take advantage of a half hour flying lesson for £85, normally £95. Phone David Parker on 01228 526461 or 07711 064851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Adrenalin junkies can also enjoy Ghyll scrambling at a Newlands Adventure Centre 017687 78463 or get to grips with the zip wires and swing from tree to tree at Go Ape in Whinlatter Forest – fun and excitement for the whole family.
For those with fire in their bellies, a spot of clay pigeon shooting could be just the thing. Improve your aim at the nearby Green Head Quarry, which has facilities for beginners and experts alike. It’s excellent value and there’s also a ten per cent discount for Tranquil Otter guests. Phone Peter Hetherington on 016974 76392 or see www.greenquarries.co.uk
Water, water, everywhere... As well as having your own boat to take out on the Lough, next to your lodge. If swimming’s more your thing, make a splash at a private pool in Longburgh just a few miles down the road contact on 01228 576 435.
If you’d really rather prefer your feet to stay firmly on the ground, the countryside around the Tranquil Otter is great walking territory, with ambles along the Solway Coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, providing stunning views across the estuary to the Scottish fells.
Leisurely cyclists need go no further – the Solway Firth is the place for you. We have child and adult bicycles for hire so you can start your trip from your lodge door, and we can provide you with maps too, with a choice of marked and safe routes of varying distances. Bikes are available between 9am and 5pm and cost £15 a day (£5 an hour) for an adult and £10 a day (£3 an hour) for children. Just let us know the night before if you want to have them before 9am. For more energetic daredevils who want an off-road cycling adventure, whizz along to Whinlatter Forest Park.
Guests with wheelchairs can also enjoy some cycling fun at nearby Watchtree Wheelers, which has adapted bicycles and a specially designed track set amidst a beautiful nature reserve. Phone 01228 712539 or check out their website at www.watchtreewheelers.co.uk
If you prefer the saddle of a horse to that of a bicycle, or would simply like to try riding for the first time, speak to Danni at Boustead Equestrian Centre. They can fix you up with a lesson or organise a hack along the beautiful Solway Coast.
So whether it’s the thrill of the skies or fun on the ground, you can be sure to find an adventure that’s just right for you.
There is variety in local pubs and eateries.
The favourite is The Royal Oak at West Curthwaite (CA7 8BG) tel: 01228 710 219, which has a bar and restaurant and is very popular; you will need book in advance.
The closest eatery is The Royal Oak Inn, Moorhouse (CA5 6EZ) run by Nick and Charlotte, open for food most days - closed on Thursday. Nick and Charlotte will very kindly drop you back to the Otter if you fancy walking there and having a drink. Dogs are welcome in the bar.
The Greyhound at Burgh-by-Sands is easy walking distance in Burgh by Sands, tel: 01228 576 579 (CA5 6AN). Dogs are allowed in the bar and it is half way between Edward 1 Monument and The Tranquil Otter. Great for fish and chips and pub food and on a circular walk to the Otter.
There is also the Joiners Arms at Newton Arlosh, (CA7 5ET) tel: 01697 351470, offering traditional food with a twist. With a pool table and darts and the restaurant is very popular, so once again book in advance to be sure of a meal.
The local favourite for traditional fayre is The Wellington Inn in Great Orton about two miles away tel: 01228 710775. Dogs are welcome in the bar.
The nearest indian restaurant is The Mango Tree, 5.5 miles away (CA5 6LG) tel: 01228 710 333, they also deliver to the Tranquil Otter. If you fancy a takeaway on your night of arrival then give them a call.
The Golden City are the nearest Chinese Takeaway that deliver to the Tranquil Otter, 01228 597860. They also have some Japanese noodles, which are not shown on their menu, it is worth asking them for your preferred dish.
If what you fancy is a cream tea then visit Orton Grange Farm Shop and Cafe 01228 711410 , which uses locally sourced food for its ploughman's lunch, cakes and sandwiches. Their made on the premises ice cream is well reknowned locally.
There is also a wide selection of restaurants in Carlisle including the outstanding Number 10, La Pergola Italian Restaurant, Alexandros Greek Restaurant and Davids, as well as some local eateries on Bank Street and Devonshire Street and the usual suspects such as Pizza Express on Lowther Street, Carlisle.
However if you prefer to have a quiet meal in and want to try locally sourced meat then Mulhollands in Great Orton (CA5 6NA). Mulhollands also provide pre-prepared meals such as braised shanks or vegetarian quiche, these need to be ordered from the Tranquil Otter a week in advance.
Why not try something special with your family. The paths around the lake are great for a curious minds. Explore the woods, take a peek in the bird hide and see how many birds you can spot. Cycle through the woods, or just stroll.
Nearby there is a private swimming pool that may be hired by the hour (also a public swimming pool in Carlisle). In Carlisle there is wonderful castle as well as the award winning Tullie House Museum and Settle to Carlisle railway.
A short drive away there is Walby Farm Park, Trotters animal experience, Sheepdog centre, Highhead Sculpture Valley, Maryport Aquarium, Riding (lessons and trekking), Hadrian's Wall, Talkin Tarn Country Park, New Mills Trout Farm. Rained off or on an evening there is Ten Pin bowling, a multiplex cinema, Laser Quest and Cyber Quest (Carlisle) and Go Karting.
Other ideas include the Rheged Centre, Grizedale Forest (sculpture trail, Go Ape and forestry centre), Ravenglass steam railway, Muncaster Castle (Fantastic owl collection) combined with Wrynose Pass... spectacular... or the Lake Steamers on Ullswater and Derwent Water.
History and culture
We are short of National Trust properties in the area however there is plenty to of history, gardens and culture to satisfy!
- Carlisle Castle is outstanding
- Carlisle Cathedral
- Citadel and West walls in Carlisle
- Hadrian's Wall and the various visitor centres
- Lanercost Priory
- Tullie House Museum
- Guided Tours around Carlisle (via tourist office)
- Port Carlisle and the old rail embankment
- Dalemain Historic House and Gardens
- Levens Hall
- Nenthead Mines
- Gretna Green
- Thomas Carlyle's Birthplace
- UpFront Gallery
- Brougham Castle
- Muncaster Castle
- Hutton-in-the-Forest woodland walk
- Acorn Bank Gardens and Water Mill
Nature and scenery
Locally there is the site itself with a delightful walk around the lake. Also local is Finglandrigg Nature Reserve (English Nature), Campfield Marsh and Solway Firth (outstanding birdlife). Close by is the western course of Hadrian's Wall.
The Northern Lakes (Buttermere Valley, Borrowdale, Derwent Water, Ullswater and Mungrisdale) half an hour's drive away offer some of the most spectacular scenery around.
There is an observation point for Osprey at Bassenthwaite and for Golden Eagles at Haweswater.
Carlisle is a great shopping centre and people come from miles around to shop there. Gretna Gateway Factory Shopping Village is well worth a visit for discounted designer gear.
The famous Newcastle Metro Centre (1½ hours), K Village at Kendal and the market towns of Penrith and Cockermouth are also not too far away.
Finally there are numerous markets at Penrith, Silloth and Carlisle Race Course etc (details from tourist information).
If you fancy something a bit different to try here are some suggestions!
The local flight school does a tandem Micro Light flight down the Solway and over The Tranquil Otter. Discounts for residents. Feeling flush? The full monty microlyte flight around the Lake District mountains is a trip of a lifetime!
Fly fishing tuition is available from Cumbria Fly Fishing (circa £25 per hour for up to 2 people with all equipment provided).
Other suggestions include
- Go Ape (Whinlatter Forest)
- Clay Pigeon Shooting at Green Quarries (10% discount for TTO guests)
- Carlisle Races
- Jennings Brewery Tour (Cockermouth)
- Greystoke Castle Estate (quadbikes etc)
- Park Foot Pony Trekking
- Rookin House Equestrian and Activity centre
- Sockbridge Pony Trekking
- Outward Bound at Ullswater (famous ropes course and zip wire!)
Local buses run past the end of our drive but be warned they are infrequent and hence good planning is required.
For a taxi to and from Carlisle try Barry Haden on 07766 700020. www.carlisletaxi.co.uk
Carlisle Rail Station offers good rail links to anywhere in the region including the west coast of Cumbria, Penrith and Kendal, Carlisle to Settle, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The nearest airport links are currently Newcastle, Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester.
Useful telephone numbers
Main Category Sub Category Name Description Telephone E-mail & Link Disabilities Getting around Shop Mobility Wheelchair hire and City mobility (Carlisle) 01228 625950 Disabilities Getting around Shop Mobility Wheelchair hire and City mobility (Penrith) 01768 895438 Disabilities Getting around Barry's Taxi 7 seater taxi with wheelchair access. 07766 700020 www.carlisletaxi.co.uk
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