- Sleeps 4 (max 2 adults, 2 children)
- Bed Linen Not Included
The Owner Says
The insulated, timber-built camping pods at The Quiet Site are a cosy, weather-proof alternative to a tent. A simple interior means you still have that camping feel – bring sleeping bags, use your own cooking equipment and it's a short walk to the washblock and facilities – yet, at the same time, you enjoy the warmth and comfort of proper accommodation and, of course, you don't have the faff of setting up a tent. With no tent to erect (or pack away in the rain) your holiday could just have become a lot less stressful.
The pod is designed to accommodate the variable British weather with ample ventilation for the hot days and lamb’s wool insulation for those chillier times – a wooden ‘tent’ for all seasons. All you need to bring is your camping gear – minus the tent. The pods are completely empty on arrival. They have a carpeted floor and a light wood interior. The price includes a car and electricity (up to 10KWh per night). Those staying in a pod can take advantage of all the other site facilities. Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted in the pods at the current time.
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About The Quiet Site
Tents, glampers, caravans, campervans, small motorhomes, dogs – yes. Large groups (unless pre-arranged) – no.
You'll be given a sheet with some advice on local walks when you arrive at the campsite and there's plenty of local tourist information at reception. In particular, the eight-mile walk from The Quiet Site to Aira Force Waterfalls is highly recommended and constantly tops the rankings for visitors' favourite day out. On a rainy day the drive takes 10 minutes. For the real headline hikes, Helvellyn and Blencathra are two of the most famous climbs in the Lake District and both within easy reach – both hikes have steep spines if you want to get the pulse racing. If you'd prefer to explore by bike, a local bike hire company delivers to The Quiet Site (£25 per day or £40 for Ebikes). Prices include helmet, lock, pump and repair kit and as long as you give at least 24hrs notice, delivery to the campsite is free. No trip to this part of the Lakes can end without catching the Ullswater Steamer; 10% discount vouchers are available from the campsite reception for the cruise around the lake, which you can join at Glenridding or Pooley Bridge. If you go from Glenridding, jump off at Howtown and take the gorgeous walk back (dogs welcome). History bods may also want to explore nearby Dalemain House (01768 486450); don’t forget to visit the lovely tea rooms.
Food & Drink
The on-site pub really is one of the best we have come across in the UK. They serve a variety of local ales (including their own brew) 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. 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 Quiet Site is located at Watermillock, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0LS
On the A66 to Keswick, take the A592 toward Glenridding, turning right at the Brackenrigg Inn. The site is 1¼ mile on your right.
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. The campsite can arrange free pick-up from the bus stop.