WHAT TO SEE & DO ON LOG CABIN HOLIDAYS:
LOG CABIN HOLIDAYS :LAKE DISTRICT -SCOTTISH BORDERS:When you stay at Pheasant Lodge with a woodland backdrop, there are a host of outdoor activities to do, in aces of breathtaking countryside, in one of the most beautiful parts of England, walking, cycling, fishing, clay, game shooting, etc opportunities. A short drive to the Solway Coast, Scottish Border country, or why delve in the Northern Cumbrian Lake District countryside or Western Lake District
THE SCOTTISH BORDERS
The Scottish Borders is perfectly positioned as perhaps the easiest destination in Scotland to visit Edinburgh & The Lothians lie to the north, Dumfries & Galloway to the west and Northumberland in northern England UNESCO World Heritage Site Hadrians Wall & to the south
The stunning scenery is to be seen, from rolling hills and open countryside in the west to the gentle valleys and picturesque Berwickshire coastline in the east. The region is defined not only it’s landscape as it is by its spellbinding abbeys, such as Melrose, Jedburgh, New Abbey awe-inspiring stately homes, Drumlanrigh & castles, Floors Castle Kelso, close to home Hermitage & Caerlaverock castles & the time-honoured m & truly unique Common Ridings, local to us is Langholm Common Riding, held the last Friday in July each year. These lands also inspired the great works of literary greats as Sir Walter Scott and John Buchan.
Pheasant Lodge is situated between UNESCO World Heritage Site The Lake District and UNESCO World Heritage Site Northumberland National Parks, close to the Scottish Border, therefore there is no shortage of this to do, providing an opportunity for many outdoor pursuits. The area steeped in Viking & Roman history & stories of old, with beautiful rugged, landscape & fells, ideal for walks, cycling & flying tours which are all fully accessible within a short drive. However, the immediate area has a distinctive Border character of its own & is steep in a very turbulent history, of the #Border Reivers, remains of which can still be seen today the many castles, Pele towers & fortifications.
UNESCO World Heritage Site Hadrians Wall is a short drive, with an array of archaeological remains, Lanercost Priory & Tea Room, Roman Forts of Birdoswald, Vindolanda & Chesters & Museum
HISTORIC CARLISLE: CASTLE, CATHERDAL & TULLIE HOUSE MUSEUM
Just a short drive to Carlisle the ‘Great Border City’ is well worth a visit, exploring the Cathedral & grounds, Castle or Tullie House Museum many exciting exhibitions.
Carlisle has many attractions to keep you occupied during your visit; from taking a tour of the famous Carlisle Castle to browsing the Lanes shopping centre for some retail therapy. The city centre is well renowned for its nightlife (and daylife!) , The Old Firestation, The Thin White Duke, Dutch Uncle bars & many restaurants. Carlisle is also the perfect gateway for exploring the rest of Cumbria, with regular train and bus connections to the Carlisle to Settle, Edinburgh & Glasgow &n the Lake District.
GRETNA GREEN world famous for runaway marriage :
Pheasant Lodge is the ideal accommodation for wedding guests at nearby Gretna Green. ‘The Wedding Capital of the World’ is just 10 minutes away….
Gretna Green is one of the world’s most popular wedding destinations, world famous for runaway marriages since 1754. Pheasant Lodge 5* self-catering, luxury log cabin provides the ideal accommodation for Gretna Green weddings guests or the bride & groom.
The World famous Blacksmith’s shop famous for runaway weddings,& a very romantic place to marry, just three miles from #Pheasant Lodge. Why not spend your honeymoon here. Check out our Honeymoon package!(flowers, photographer, wedding cars, makeup & hair can all be arranged for you.
Gretna Gateway Outlet Village, which offers designer brands, Boss, Ralph Lauren Superdry, Cadbury Chocolate shop M & S, Le Cruet etc at discounted rates, with cafes & restaurant to choose from Costa, Thornton’s & Pizza Express has a relaxing atmosphere in which to shop.
Samye Ling Buddist temple, Langholm Founded in 1967 the Centre is located in a peaceful valley on the banks of the river Esk in Scotland. Kagyu Samye Ling was the first Tibetan Buddhist Centre to have been established in the WEST
BIKE HIRE: CYCLING
Cycles can be hired locally from ‘Bike Seven’ on a daily or weekly basis, we can arrange this for you and have them waiting on your arrival, & secure storage is provided for you. You can explore the Border Reivers Cycle route where you can, explore this fascinating history region on The Reivers Trail, you will also encounter walkers and horse riders along the way.. Or for the more adventurous why not try
We are also close to Sustran’s route 7 , route. 10 Borders Reivers trails & route 74 Carlisle to Glasgow which is a newly established route, Coast to Coast routes, or why not cycle alongside The Roman Wall” on Hadrian’s cycle route 10. Secure bike storage, hire & wash available
‘The 7 Stane’s mountain bike trails at nearby Newcastleton is the gateway to the 7 elements or Whinlatter.(secure, hire & wash available )
You can relax & explore the Netherby Woodland Trails within 20 yards of Pheasant lodge, part of the Netherby Estate & enjoy the beautiful woodland walks, wildlife deer, red squirrels, woodpeckers etc which live there.There are walks along the banks of the river Esk from the attractive 18th bridge perfect to explore spectacular woodland .wildlife & pony trekking.
Solway Coast: an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, home throughout the winter to many migratory geese as far afield as Russia & Siberia, swans, water waders, excellent to place to walk & enjoy the bird life Caelverock wetlands
For the more adventurous guests why not explore the Lake District from the air, a unique opportunity to enjoy the magnificent scenery the #Cumbrian #Lakes has to offer. Based at #Carlisle #Lake District Airport, a short drive from #Pheasant Lodge, #Lake District. Flights from £120 for 2 hour flight, 2 planes can fly in tandem, with dual radio links,contact Chris Jones 07796 955805 to arrange a flight .
Based at Carlisle Airport, this family-run, professional flight training centre, Chief Flying instructor, Alan Rayson has over 20 years experience, prior to starting his own business, with the Cumbria Aero Club, which has sadly closed. Whether you already hold a PPL, would like a new challenge, experience or hire an aircraft at affordable prices.Contact 01228 573344 email www.carlisle-flight-training,com
RIDING & PONY TREKKING:
For those who wish to have a group or private lessons, these can be arranged at the nearby Blackdyke Riding Centre. Just 20 minutes drive is Bailey Mill riding & pony trekking centre, where you can trek in the wild Border forests of the Debatable Lands. Or you may want to learn to ride, lessons can be booked, Bailey Mill can provide a pony for the day, which includes horse management, a lesson & forest trek.
You can have an excellent day at the races from a choice of three race courses, the Sport of Kings!, Carlisle, Hexham or Cartmel! Check out Monday 7th August, Amazing Monday”
Race meetings throughout the year at all race tracks. Hexham, offering ‘A day at the races ‘ gift voucher, both Carlisle & Cartmel as both venues for concerts, & weddings. see our Specials offers to incorporate Restaurant &Hospitality packages.
The Border Esk river close to Pheasant lodges with hot tub in Cumbria is renowned for salmon fishing & sea trout, daily permits are available to guests, Which can be obtained online. along approximately 3 mile beat of this river. (please contact us to discuss your requirements 07875107952
Check out salmon fishing holidays page.
You can also spend a day at New Mills, Brampton Trout fishery & visit the new tea room.!
West Pond, Longtown, Carlisle (A6071 Gretna road)
Daily/seasonal permits can be purchased to fish here. Bream, carp, perch, chub & pike.
The Lake District is world renowned for its stunning scenery of mountains and lakes as well as an impressive literary heritage encompassing Wordsworth, Coleridge and Beatrix Potter. There are interesting walks for people of every level of fitness and plenty of good cafés and pubs where you can obtain refreshments.
Why not sample local specialities Gingerbread, Cumberland sausage and Herdwick lamb
If you prefer to keep away from the crowds, then where better than the Northumberland National Park, England’s least well known national park? Here you will find the remote Cheviot Hills as well as the cyclist’s heaven of Kielder Forest and the recreational centre of Kielder water
Hadrian’s Wall was once the northern frontier of the Roman Empire and passes just six miles from Low Moor Head. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site there is no shortage of historical remains and exhibitions to set the imagination on fire. Guided tours, uncover the secrets of Hadrians Wall with a freindly local guide, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The North Pennines area of outstanding natural beauty extends to within ten miles south-east of Longtown and is well renowned for its peatland hills and the quality of its birdlife.
Carlisle and Newcastle
If you prefer cities Carlisle and Newcastle have much to offer. Carlisle has a castle, a cathedral and Tullie House museum and art gallery. Newcastle an hour’s drive away has seen significant development in recent years, especially around the quayside. The acclaimed Millennium Bridge connecting Newcastle and Gateshead allows people to walk from Newcastle to the Baltic Art Gallery and the Sage Gateshead music venue. A short drive away in Gateshead is the Metro Centre shopping centre.
Discover the delights of Borders towns such as Langholm, the birthplace of the poet Hugh Mc Diarmid, the former hub of Edinburgh Woollen Mill, & last Friday in July #Langholm Common Riding, where the rideouts retrace the land boundaries, Hawick, Peebles, Melrose, Selkirk and Jedburgh.
A full comprehensive restaurant and pub guide is located in your welcome pack within the Lodge. Here are a few recommended hostelries for you to try!
- Davids, Restaurant – Warwick Road, Carlisle, fabulous restaurant for that special occasion, lunch or mid-week special just a short drive away.
- Sharrow Bay,Ullswater Lake, excellent locally souced food, unique surroundings, for that very special occassion, lunch,afternoon tea or dinner
- Askam Hall, Askam,Penrith one of 7 Mitchelin Star resturants in Cumbria, home sourced food, grown at Askam Hall exquiste food for that special occassion !
- George & Dragon, Clifton, Penrith traditional pub, excellent local hospitality & food, well worth a visit
- The Lemon Tree Cafe, Whitesykes Garden Centre, excellent homemade food, friendly atmosphere & service, in addition to wonderful gift shop & plants.
- The Sycamore Tree Cafe/Bistro, Longtown, steak nights Tuesday/ Fridays, excellent breakfasts, light lunch & festive lunches.)(takeaway menu)
- Skitby House Smithfield, open Thursday – Sunday excellent venue for parties, dinner, Sunday lunch & evening meals, Thursday Farmers night
- Robinhood Inn & Hungrian Wine Bar, Smithfield- lovely traditional village pub, real fire and good friendly atmosphere excellent food, you need to be hungry
- Graham’s Arms Hotel – excellent homemade food: five minutes’ drive away
- Hidden River Cafe, Longtown, excellent, locally souced food, coffee, lunch dinner etc
- Smith’s Restaurant, Gretna Green, for that romantic dinner in very luxurious surroundings, excellent food & ambience
Lake District restaurants
For those extra special events here are a couple of excellent contemporary restaurants:
- Cottage in the Wood Country House Hotel & Restaurant, Whinlatter
- Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel, Ullswater. Michelin star restaurant
Carlisle hosts TheVue Cinema, located on Botchergate, showing all the latest box office films. Click My Vue Carlisle for all latest information.