The Tranquil Otter

Type:Accessible Accommodation

The Lough, Thurstonfield, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA5 6HB

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All are welcome at Tranquil Otter, where you will find eight lodges in a nationally recognised private nature reserve. Great for peaceful, secluded relaxation and a as a base for exploring the Northern Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall and the South West of Scotland, the nature reserve is bustling with wildlife all year around and the luxury lodges each offer a perfect, private lakeside setting for quality time with loved ones.

The Tranquil Otter is accessible for wheelchair users, all of the lodges are built to accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility aids, as well as the site itself which features level paths and if required, there is a mobility scooter available for guests to use while staying.

Each lodge has an accessible bathroom with an open shower, as well as ramp access from an adjacent parking space, accessible bedroom and decking. Alder lodge is arranged on two floors with wheelchair accessible accommodation on the ground floor and featuring a wetroom with wheel in shower and grab rails. ChiffChaff, Fieldfare and Gadwell Lodges are all one bedroom, single storey, step free lodges also offering a wheel in shower and wet room. Buzzard, Dunnock and Egret lodges are all two bedroom lodges and Heron Lodge has three bedrooms. Lough House is ideal for larger family groups, as it sleeps up to 10.

The luxury lodges all come with log burners, optional hot tubs and two of them have private saunas. You’ll also find a flat bottom boat moored just off the deck of each one for you to explore the Lough. It’s one of many ways you can enjoy the tranquility of the site.

Tranquil Otter also has several dog–friendly lodges, which are set apart from each other in the woodlands with privacy assured in the lodge and on the decking. The log burner will keep you cosy in the winter whilst the decking, outdoor seating and barbecue are a delight in the summer. Bring the family and friends, including four-legged ones!

Choose from a range of optional in-lodge extras such as farmhouse afternoon teas, luxury welcome packs of speciality foods, massages, facials, flowers and decorations for special occasions.

Tranquil Otter is well situated for exploring the wider area, you’re close to a host of the region’s top attractions across the Lake District, Keswick, Carlisle and more. Hadrian’s Wall is just a short journey away, as are several historic cities, museums and other attractions and activities.

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Guide Prices

Number of Rooms / Units
Room / Unit TypeRoom / Unit Tariff*
One bedroom lodgefrom £150.00 to £200.00 per unit per night
Three bedroom lodgefrom £250.00 to £300.00 per unit per night
Two bedroom lodgefrom £200.00 to £250.00 per unit per night

*Pricing varies according to season and demand



  • Accessible Bedrooms
  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • Disabled Accessibility - Properties, paths, lawns and much woodland accessible to Disabled visitors, not boats or remoter woodlands
  • Mobility Aids Available
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Suitable for mobility-impaired
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Wheel-in Shower

Establishment Features

  • Beach / Coast within walking distance
  • Central heating throughout
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Dogs/pets accepted by arrangement
  • Electric Car Charging - Coming in August
  • Garden/patio for guests use
  • Hot Tub/Spa Bath
  • Linen provided
  • Near coastal path
  • Wet Room
  • Wireless internet (WiFi) connection available - in lodges

Key Features

  • In countryside
  • Mobile Phone Reception - Yes but patchy in places
  • Towels available - provided

Parking & Transport

  • Parking

Payment Methods

  • Accept Bank Transfers, Internet Payment or SWIFT/IBAN
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee) - online bookings only

Room / Unit Features

  • Barbecue
  • Dishwasher
  • Freeview TV
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Ground Floor Accommodation
  • Hairdryer
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Microwave
  • Tea & coffee making facilities in all bedrooms
  • Washer/Dryer

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed as green/environmentally friendly

Map & Directions

Road Directions

We’re on the B5307 between Carlisle and Kirkbride, five miles West of the ancient pre-Roman city of Carlisle, just a mile South of the Solway Firth.  The Firth is the Western border between England and Scotland and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

If coming by car,

Put the post code, CA5 6HB, in the satnav, of course ...but we share our postcode with the neighbouring farm!  So, keep going for a few yards past the village sign for Thurstonfield till you see our sign, on the left coming from Carlisle.

From the South or North, it’s easiest to leave the M6 at Junction 44 and take A689 towards Workington. At the seventh roundabout, Moorhouse Roundabout, take B5307 towards Kirkbride.

Follow the B5307 for about three miles; you will pass through Moorhouse Village.  About ½ mile after Moorhouse you will see a large barn on your right next to a sign for Bramblebeck Farm, a little further you’ll see a sign for Cumberland Bird of Prey Centre & Bramblebeck Park on the left and the road curves to the right in a dip. The “Thurstonfield” village sign is just after this bend – indicate left as you pass it.

Take the first driveway on the left about 120 metres after the village sign, discreetly signed “The Tranquil Otter”, with white stones on either side. It’s about 50 metres before the 30-mph speed limit sign going into Thurstonfield village.

Go straight up the lane; don’t take the right turn note that there are two speed bumps before you get to a gate, usually open, and then the notice board on your right.  Follow the 90-degree left bend in the lane and the lodges are on the right along the next 200 metres, beginning with Alder Lodge and ending with Heron.

Look for the low-level sign for your lodge where there is parking for one car.  If you have more than one car, there is space in the car park at the end of the lane before the bridge.  If you reach the bridge, you have gone too far!

Public Transport Directions

Carlisle has great train connections, with direct services to London (3hrs 20 mins), Birmingham (3 hrs), Glasgow and Edinburgh (1hr 30min) and Newcastle (1hr 10min). Phone 08457 484950 for times or see

Book a taxi from the station with Barry’s Taxi (07766 700020) or Metro Taxi (01228 522088). Alternatively, take one from the rank across the road from the station.

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)
Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday - Thursday09:00 - 16:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00
Saturday - Sunday09:00 - 12:00

* The site is open all year round. Guests can arrive and access their lodges at any time.