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The Quiet Site

Penrith, Cumbria

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Overlooking Ullswater in the Lake District, this family-friendly site that is open all year round really lives up to its name – it makes a great place to stay if you’re looking for a little peace. It also makes a great base if you’re a keen walker: there are lots of beautiful paths to take nearby, some of which start just outside the site itself.

We are the top rated park on Tripadvisor for the Lake District in 2015, 2016 and now 2017. Our green credentials are excellent and are the only park in Cumbria to hold the prestigious Green Tourism Gold Award.

And it's a super site no matter what kind of camping holiday you're after. There are 60 touring pitches, all of which are hardstanding, some gravel, some tarmac, some stone based, all suitable for both motorhomes and caravans. Indeed, there are two touring fields, one for tourers and statics, one for tourers and campers. Caravan storage can be arranged, too. Many of the pitches have water hook up and grey water drains. All have electric.

The Quiet Site also has an area for those who wish to pitch a tent at this pretty campsite in the Lake District. The pitches sit on a mix of pea gravel and grass and are flat, the pitches all terraced. The site's microwave, fridge and freezer can be used by visiting campers.

Or you could stay in one of the two self catering holiday cottages, next to The Quiet Site. These 16th century cottages each have a stone terrace with garden furniture, plus there's a big, grassy area outside that has a sunken trampoline, and there is off-road parking for two cars at each cottage.

Cute, timber camping pods are also available for hire. Insulated with lamb's wool against the chill of winter, but still with enough ventilation to be comfortable on hot days, the pods are totally empty, so just bring all your usual camping gear – minus the tent, of course! – and enjoy a camping holiday with a difference near stunning Ullswater.

New for 2017 are 10 new underground Hobbit Holes. They sleep up to 2 adults and 4 children and boast their own private WC's. A large covered deck area enable you to enjoy the spectacular Ullswater views, whatever the weather.

The final option is to spend your camping holiday in a pre-erected bell tent. With enough room for up to two adults and four children, again, just bring your camping kit, but leave your tent at home. And despite being tents, they even have a plug socket for charging your electrical devices, as well as mains lights.

The Quiet Site is an award winning campsite and features in the Caravan Sitefinder, Practical Motorhome and Practical Caravan Top 100 Sites Guide 2017.

This secluded site with memorable views also has a great number of facilities. The modern amenities block has toilets, showers and baths, plus there's a family shower room, and much of the water is heated using solar power. There is also a well equipped room in which to get your laundry done, as well as sinks for dishwashing, a gas exchange, many water points around the site, a chemical disposal point and a motorhome service point, barbecue stands and everyone has access to a microwave, a fridge and a freezer.

There's site-wide Wi-Fi, although access is not guaranteed on all pitches, while the well stocked shop at The Quiet Site will mean you'll never run out of your holiday essentials. You can keep the kids busy on the adventure playground, while for younger children there's a soft play centre. Adults can enjoy a drink at the bar that is open all day, or challenge one another at a game of pool. There's also a secure bike store, a public telephone and a dog walk through a wild meadow.

So it is clear that if you are looking for somewhere to spend your motorhome, camping and caravan holidays in the Lake District that is in a breathtaking location but has a host of facilities, The Quiet Site could well be just what you're after. It's also easily accessible from the M6, but it’s best not to use your sat-nav to find it; instead, follow the detailed directions that can be found on the campsite's own website.

Open all year.

Allow rallies, Pets allowed, Children's play area(s), Chemical disposal point, Drainage hook-ups, Electric hook-ups, Laundry, LPG stockist, Sanitary block(s), Shop, Take away food, Visitor parking, Washing up facilities, Water hook-ups, Wireless internet, Bar

Wonderful and unique old fashioned bar with huge open fire and guest beers, pool and table tennis rooms, tv room, BIG adventure playground and football field, free hot water in very pleasant shower block, dishwashing area and laundry room complete with ironing facilities, BBQ stands, baby bath, freezer for ice packs, phone box, FREE walksheets of local walks, well stocked shop open 9am to 7 pm during high season, lovely path for dog walking adjacent to site. Free WiFi

Caravan Storage.

2 Holiday homes (for rent), Motorhome pitches, Serviced pitches (touring), 21 Tent pitches, 40 Touring pitches, 14 Camping pods, 10 Domes, 4 Bell tents, 22 Holiday homes (owned)

Nearby attractions:
Boat launch, Fishing, Golf, Horse riding holidays, Sailing, Swimming (Indoor), Swimming (Outdoor), Internet Access, Games Room, TV Room

Ullswater steamers, Dalemain + Hutton in the Forest Stately Homes, Bird of Prey Centre, Wetheriggs pottery, Howtown Outdoor Activity Centre, Stone Circles, Alpaca Centre, Hadrians Wall, Cars of the Stars, Rheged Discovery Centre, Homes of Football Ambleside, Tullie House Museum, Carlisle, Penrith Golf Course, Ullswater Outward Bound

walking, climbing, quad bikes, canoing, boat hire, climbing walls, outward bound centres, museums.

The Quiet Site

Cumbria, North of England
United Kingdom
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Overall rating

4.0 stars

Based on 2 review(s)


5.0 stars

My family and I stayed on this site for a week this summer. It was just what a camping holiday should be. The location of the site was absolutely stunning, looked like a postcard! Our 2 kids loved the area, lots of walks to go on, a playground and games room on site and of course near by lakes for water sports.
The site was lovely, the staff were friendly and helpful. The facilities were excellent, we particularly liked the family bathrooms which meant the kids could have baths. The bar is quirky and old fashioned with a lovely open fire, just what is needed after a day of fell walking. The little shop stocked everything we could have needed and everything we had forgotten. The owners of the site are also doing their bit for the environment and striving to make the site carbon neutral which we loved. There is a reed bed water treatment area, places to recycle and the owners run a tree planting program in the surrounding areas.
We stayed in our caravan on a hard standing pitch, no complaints. The tent field is on a slope but there are plenty of flat pitches available as well as pods - little log cabins - which are an easier alternative to tents. As we booked to stay again we took advantage of the caravan storage offered, saved us a lot of hassle!
Overall I would thoroughly recommend this site to anyone, no complaints at all.
The Quiet Site, Penrith, Cumbria


3.0 stars

We stayed at this site on the way back from a trip to Scotland on the 30th May. I must say that I have found a very different picture from the one painted by the other review on here. We found the facilities tired looking and not particularly clean. The facilities for water/waste were pretty minimal for a reasonably sized site, and didn't find the staff in the least bit helpful. We were asked to try and leave by 10.30am which is a bit on the early side for most. Having just stayed at a Forestry Commission site in Scotland (Cashel - would totally recommend!) at a 1/3rd of the price I would not go to this site again - rather disappointed for the £29 per pitch price.