Scenic family glamping and camping in the heart of the Lake District.
Ullswater Near Watermillock Cumbria CA11 0LS 07768727016
This hideaway camspite above Ullswater is a real family favourite, set amid the fells on an old Cumbrian farmstead, with dramatic views to all sides. It has pitches for caravan and campervans, grassy pitches for tents, and a number of timber-built pods, which offer more comfort and weather protection than mere canvas – all you need to bring is your camping gear, minus the tent. Their eco-hearts are in the right place too, manifest in their unique 'Hobbit Holes', large underground living spaces with awesome views that are insulated and energy-efficient, and virtually invisible unless you know where to look; they can accommodate up to six people and some also take dogs, plus they have their own separate WC’s and basin. The site's water is solar-heated and they have a specially created wildflower meadow while also boasting what they describe as "the best campsite bar in Britain". Quite a claim, but we like what they've done with the converted eighteenth-century Cumbrian long barn, from the toasty wood-burning fireplace to local ales on offer at the bar. There's a shop on site too, while children get the run of an adventure playground, playroom and games room – or you can wear them out on local walks right from the campsite, including the one to Aira Force waterfall. Ullswater itself is a mile and a half down the hill, with the nearest pub the Brackenrigg Inn (at the turn-off for the campsite) – a good bet for bar meals.
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Leave the M6 at junction 40 (Penrith) and take the A66 (signposted Keswick) for 1 mile and then the A592 (signposted Ullswater) for 4 miles. Turn right when you see the lake in front of you, still on the A592 (signposted Windermere). After approximately 1 mile, take the first right after the Brackenrigg Inn folow the road for 1 ½ miles. The Quiet Site is on the right. By public transport, there are daily buses from Keswick and Penrith train station.