Hobbit Hole

UK England North West England Cumbria Pooley Bridge The Quiet Site

  • Sleeps 6 (max 2 adults, 4 children)
  • Electricity
  • Beds Provided
  • Private Bathroom
  • In room Wifi
  • Pet Friendly

  • Bed Linen Not Included
Cosy glamping accommodation sleeping families of up to six people, hunkered into the hillside and with amazing view over Ullswater.

The Owner Says

These new Hobbit Holes are large underground living spaces with an amazing view over the Ullswater Valley. They are superbly insulated, energy efficient, secure and virtually invisible unless you know where to look… hobbits like to blend into the local scenery! They are four times larger than a standard camping pod and suitable for larger families or those wanting a little more in the way of space and facilities.

The generous space of a Hobbit Hole is ideal for family living. The 15-metre-squared interior can accommodate up to two adults and four children. Inside there is a bench, table, heater, bin, lights, plugs and USB charge sockets. A large soft covered sleep ledge (three metres by two metres) covers one end. There is also an en-suite toilet and wash basin in each Hobbit Hole.

Outside is a large covered patio with a magnificent view over to the lake and fells beyond. The sheltered patio area – providing a flat area suitable for portable BBQs – allows you to cook, admire the view and yet stay dry when the weather is less than its perfect self. A picnic table enables a real inside/outside living experience.

All you need to bring is your camping gear – minus the tent – and take advantage of all the facilities on offer on site. With no tent to erect (or pack away), your holiday could just have become a whole lot easier.

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Suitable For

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.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 26 reviews


Awful stay

The worse camping we ever been. We booked 5 nights and stayed only 3. The pitches are too closed to eachothers and made of gravel. It was very hard to set up the tent and we bent many of our pegs. We could hear our neighbours snoring heavily all nights , that plus the screaming kids , noisy people and barking dogs from 6am to 11pm , we barely slept. The site is designed to cramped the many people as possible, so cars all around and main road just nearby . We were unlucky to have a pitch near the road so we had the pleasure of having dog pees and poops all around ... How can a quiet site pretend to be quiet and allow a woman to bring 7 dogs ?! Literally she came with 7 dogs ... After our first night we received an email asking if we were happy and to reply if we had complains , which we did but we never received an answer or help. The staff are a bit useless , I guess it must be quite hard to work in this environment. The pub and the pizzas were good , the barman was lovely aswell. If you are looking for a quiet place to enjoy the wilderness, have a retreat or just even walk during the day and rest the night avoid that place !! The name is just a lie so as the promises sold in the website. We hated all about it and we will never come back
Sep 16, 2021 by Lisa

Response from The Quiet Site

Thank you for your review. I am sorry you did not enjoy your stay with us.
When camping, it is sometimes possible to hear your neighbours. The pitch you were on has a lovely lake view and is around 10m2. All our pitches have pea gravel centres and are advertised as such. I did come up to see you regarding your emailed comments but on the first instance you were out and on the second try you had left.
We are again sorry that neighbouring dog owners have not shown you respect. Holiday parks rely on their customers to behave in a neighbourly manner. The Quiet Team are always on hand to promote this feeling of mutual respect and I am very sorry if you felt this missing. We would certainly never allow a group with 7 dogs on site. The maximum is 2 per pitch. Your opinion of our team is completely different to every other review we have had.
Delighted that you liked our bar, pizzas and barman.
We are a busy holiday park where majority guests have been . We are not called “The Silent Site” for a reason. People laugh, snore and giggle but 99% of the then do this quietly.
P.S. The Quiet Site is particularly disappointed in the way Cool Camping has enabled this reviewer to copy and paste the same revenge review across all social media platforms... and as such we award camping a 1 star for their efforts ...

Pleasant festival campsite

A nice campsite with a good friendly feel, based in some very nice grounds of Lowther Castle with plenty of exploring to do with the children ( 8&4) The staff have been very friendly and helpful from the moment we arrived. There is lots to do within the local area as well so you do not have to travel far. The campsite is based very much around a festival. The facilities are generally good, but they could have been looked at more regularly. They were often dirty . There could have been a few more facilities for the number of people that were staying. Overall the campsite was quiet however there were parties that were still going till 2 or 3am which is not brilllant for young families. But this comes with this style of festival campsite. Overall a very good stay for a few days
Aug 3, 2021 by Andy Barnes

Scenic, clean and friendly!

Stayed in one of the pods which was perfect. Great view, heater in the pod for the winter nights and great location. The showers were very clean and the facilities, including the shop and bar with large fire place, were brilliant! Would go again!

Fantastic site well placed good facilities and great staff what’s not to like.

Great reception at arrival, the pitch was great and everything there you need even baths, for those aching muscles after a hard days walking, great guide to some good walks, good bar for a well earned drink after a days walk, fantastic place and will go again soon.
Sep 21, 2019 by davetilbury Verified Review

Absolutely gorgeous

This is without doubt one of the best campsites I have ever stayed at... Eco green to a t, lovely showers, breathtaking views, helpful staff, everything works, and all wrapped up in scenery like a Constable painting... What more could you want?
Jul 9, 2019 by Robin Verified Review
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The Quiet Site is located at Watermillock, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0LS

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Getting There

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.