The Quiet Site – Ullswater

As hiking is one of my main hobbies I’m a regular visitor to the Lake District. In the past I’ve stayed at hostels or camped out wild in a bivvy bag or tent but since becoming a motorhome owner I’ll now be looking for campsites with electric hookup. For my first visit to the Lakes in the motorhome I decided to book a pitch at The Quiet Site which is close to Lake Ullswater.

On arrival I was given some literature which included some basic information about the site, some walks from the campsite and a glossy leaflet about Ullswater. On one of these leaflets it mentions the awards the site has won which include:

Five Star Holiday Park 2008/09
Awarded ‘Exceptional’ grading by the English Tourist Board
Alan Rogers Selected Site 2008/09
David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award 2008/09
Carbon Neutral Park – Cool Camping Guide 2009

On the subject of green issues the site likes to make it known to visitors that it takes the environment seriously. All WC flush water is harvested and the water treatment plant uses the latest reed bed technology. Low energy lighting is used on site and all cleaning products are biodegradable.

The site offers some good views of the local fells and well known mountains like Helvellyn, Blencathra, Skiddaw and High Street are a short drive away. As well as motorhome and caravan pitches the site also offers camping pods and a couple of cottages which could be useful if you happen to be planning a trip away with friends who don’t own a motorhome or caravan.

The Quiet Site offers all the facilities you expect and a few you perhaps wouldn’t. There is a centrally heated service block with showers, sinks, toilets, hairdryers, shaver points, washing up sinks and a coin operated laundry. When we were visiting the male showers were being worked on so one shower in the ladies had been set aside for men. There was also another room containing a bath and toilet which we were told the guys could use.

Perhaps the best thing about The Quiet Site is the bar which has the feel of a hunter’s cabin. There are animal heads on all the walls and even a few animal skins including a large bear. A large open fireplace is very welcoming and the whole place has a cosy feel with lots of character. The bar does not have any beers on draught but there are a small selection of local bottled beers and all the spirits and other bottled alcohol you would expect. They also serve hot drinks which can be very welcome during the winter. Adjacent to the main bar is a games room for younger children with a playpen and games that will keep them occupied for hours. For older children there is a seperate TV room.

Entrance to The Quiet Site Bar
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Entrance to The Quiet Site Bar

There is also a small site shop which has all the basics if you happen to run out of something and they can also exchange gas bottles too. The site is also CaSSOA registered for year round storage of your caravan or motorhome. All in all I enjoyed my stay at The Quiet Site, a perfect place to stay if you want to explore the Ullswater area of the Lake District.

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Gary Box

Author: Gary Box. Gary decided for a complete change of lifestyle late in 2009 which resulted in him buying a Hymer motorhome to live in and starting the Motorhome Vagabond blog. A tour of Europe followed in 2010 and he still writes about his adventures. Google

5 thoughts on “The Quiet Site – Ullswater

  • April 23, 2010 at 6:24 pm
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    Once again great post. You seem to have a good understanding of these themes.When I entering your blog,I felt this . Come on and keep writting your blog will be more attractive. To Your Success!

  • August 29, 2013 at 4:57 am
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    Only just started reading your blog but this just seems like an advertisement…the fact that they closed the bar at 10PM on the Friday night you where there is hardly welcoming.

  • August 29, 2013 at 5:15 pm
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    Hi Steve,

    I can assure you this was an independent review. I’ve read the review again and yes it does sound all very positive and maybe the fact I was a new owner of a motorhome had something to do with that. It was a good campsite though if you want to be in the Lakes and the bar really was a great feature. As for it closing early Friday night I don’t remember the feeling cheated when I was there but then I was really spending more time in the bar on the Saturday night.

    If you want a negative the camping pods which a couple of friends stayed in that trip were a little on the cold side but it was February. From their feedback I probably would not book a pod in the winter months.

    Sorry if you felt the review was overly positive, can’t win as I seem to be accused of the opposite lately when I write a negative review.

    All the best
    Gary
    The Motorhome Vagabond

  • August 31, 2013 at 1:40 pm
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    also we do want to go much further afield, my husband says with motor homes it is just Europe that we can travel because how do you get a motorhome to the USA for example?

  • September 3, 2013 at 10:13 am
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    Hi Jennifer,

    So USA now is it? I’ve always wanted to tour North America and New Zealand in a motorhome and still hope to one day. Depending on how long you plan to be in USA I would say shipping your own vehicle over does not make sense. Hiring can be expensive though. I’ve only thought about this briefly in the past but the way I would probably do it is to buy the vehicle in USA and then sell it again when I’m ready to return to Europe. The other option if you owned a motorhome in Europe would be perhaps try and find some vehicle swap club where an American family use your vehicle to tour Europe while you use theirs to tour North America.

    Good luck with whatever you decide.

    Gary
    The Motorhome Vagabond

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