The Quiet Site

UK England North West England Cumbria Pooley Bridge

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
This hideaway glamping site above Ullswater is a real family favourite.

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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The Owner Says

We are the perfect place to stay for an enjoyable holiday in the English Lake District. We pride ourselves on being family orientated. We are a very well equipped campsite with lots of facilities to make your stay at The Quiet Site and visit to the Lake District all the more enjoyable. Facilities include The Quiet Bar where you can play pool, table football, air hockey and table tennis, well stocked shop, childrens playground, clean shower blocks, laundry room and lots more!
WiFi is included and is available in the bar and on most pitches. The broadband is fine for emails. Electricity usage: – 10 KWhours are included for each day of booking. Additional usage is charged at 15p/Kwh.

Our favourite spot

Tents, glampers, caravans, campervans, small motorhomes, dogs – yes. Large groups (unless pre-arranged) – no.

The local area

Treat yourself to some pampering amongst 67 acres of Windermere’s woodland at The Samling (01539 431922), which persuaded Wordsworth to part with his crowns. Two-night stays cost from £200 to £520, depending on the room.

Best local places to eat and drink

On the shores of Lake Ullswater, the Sharrow Bay Hotel (01768 486301) has a Michelin-starred restaurant. You can do lunch or dinner but they’re famous for afternoon teas. The on-site pub serves a variety of local ales but no food. But if you’re after some dinner then head to the Brackenrigg Inn (01768 486206) overlooking Ullswater for above-average grub with a change of scenery.

Why stay with us?

There’s an on-site pub, free hot showers, washing-up area and small shop with all the basics. The Quiet Site is committed to sustainable tourism and all hot water and heating in the bar, shop, office, cottages and service block sourced from renewables.


Traditional camping and caravanning, plus 14 pods and 10 hobbit holes.
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Camping pods £35–£50 depending on season; hobbit holes £55–£80 per night for 2 adults and up to 4 children; tent pitches from £16, weekends £20, though up to £30 in school hols.

Opening Times

Open all year; bar open 7pm–11pm most evenings Easter–Sept.

Family Friendly

While the Quiet Site aims to please everyone, there’s a huge family focus here, with an adventure playground and a games rooms inside what is surely the world's best campsite pub. It could even bring out the inner-child in one or two grown-ups in the group.


Contact Website The Quiet Site, Watermillock, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0LS

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Getting There

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.

At Penrith board a 508 Stagecoach bus toward Glenridding. Get off outside the Brackenrigg Inn and follow the lane that runs beside the inn, the site is 1¼ mile further along on your right.

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