Our Story

Tranquil Otter 5* Log Cabins

It’s unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. Here’s our story at the Tranquil Otter

Imagine a 5-Star luxury lodge set in a private nature reserve overlooking a lake that changes with the seasons. From your own private deck, you can sit in your hot tub and watch the wildlife, breathe in the delicious sweetness in the air and relax. You can also explore our woodland area and sit in the bird hide. Our story at the Tranquil Otter is about our passion for nature and for the local area.

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The Solway Coast is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

We’re located between the ancient Roman city of Carlisle and the Solway Coast that forms part of the border between England and Scotland. It has been a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty since 1964.

The area is well known for its stunning variety of bird and wildfowl life. The sand dunes, saltmarsh, shingle beds and peat mosses make it a favourite area for oystercatchers, curlews, plovers, lapwings, dunlins, godwits, redshanks and turnstones. Learn more about the secret Solway.

Connect with the secrets of Cumbria’s Solway Coast

See the Glories of the Northern Lakes and Fells of the English Lake District

We’re on the northern edge of the English Lake District. In just a few miles, you can find yourself witnessing the glories of Ullswater, Derwent Water and the magnificent Northern Fells such as Latrigg, Blencathra and Skiddaw.

Latrigg Fell Lake District Walk

The World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall

We’re a short distance from Hadrian’s Wall, a spectacular World Heritage Site that stretches across some of the wildest and most dramatic scenery in England. It was the north-west frontier of an empire that stretched for 2,500 miles across Europe and the Middle East. It’s a fascinating insight into the world of Roman Britain.  There are continuing excavations at Vindolanda.

The Romance and Battlegrounds of the Scottish Borders

If you travel North from The Tranquil Otter, in under an hour, you’ll find yourself in the Scottish Borders, which will enthral you with tales of romantic heroes, literary giants and marauding outlaws. You can even visit Traquair House, where Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed before his infamous defeat at the Battle of Culloden. A local legend says that the imposing gates of this house will remain shut until there’s a Stuart back on the throne.

Our service is so good you’ll hardly notice it’s there

Our lodges are your home during your visit to The Tranquil Otter. Guests come to the Tranquil Otter to relax, luxuriate and drink in the stunning location. We understand the right balance between offering you excellent service and your need for privacy. We’re on hand, but never intrusive.

We’re passionate about our local area

Guests come to us from all over the world. But we’re firmly committed to the local area. All our staff live locally and many are Solway-people, born and bred. Where possible we recommend local suppliers for food and services to make your stay with us extra special.

We feel privileged to be the caretakers of this beautiful lake and woodland area and care about it passionately. Our dearest wish is that you enjoy it and feel as much of a connection here as we do.

The Tranquil Otter is Special come and see for yourself

See the section of our site on things to do.  Our blog also sets out the places we have been and the things we recommend.  There is also a great resource on the Lake District National Park website.