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.
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.