If there’s one memory that we’ll take away from 2020, never to be forgotten, it’s the night we stargazed and drank champagne at The Quiet Site near Ullswater in The Lake District.
Having just taken up wild swimming (like almost everyone in 2020) It was time to explore as much of the UK as possible during the weirdest year of our lives. This craving for nature pointed towards The Quiet Site.
Beautifully placed high above Ullswater, The Quiet Site offers exceptional glamping and camping with a view or two. Overlooking the hills with the lake in the slight distance, you benefit from the openness of the vast countryside. Wait till the sun goes down and you’re already so close to the sky that you feel completely enveloped by the stars.
We stayed in a Hobbit House but you can also book the usual camping pods, glamping cabins (they’re selling themselves short calling these ‘glamping’, they are everything-included cabins… just a touch cosier), Gingerbread Houses (Coming May 2021!), and holiday cottages.
At The Quiet Site you can choose which accommodation to suit you. If you want to go full on with a pitch for your tent and shared loos you can, but if you want to experience the outdoors with camping at it’s heart… but you want more privacy with a private bathroom, they have that too.
The big and bold statement at The Quiet Site is the bar! It’s called The Quiet Bar, built into a 17th century barn building with all old original beams and features. What you want after a day of hiking or swimming around Ullswater is to step into the cosy atmosphere of the pub and enjoy a well earned drink in front of the fire.
Overall we got a really good vibe from The Quiet Site. It felt like a family, the staff all had smiles on their faces, chatted happily together, and welcomed us with happy eyes behind plastic visors. You’re quite far from any shops here, but The Quiet Zero Waste Shop has everything you need (even tampons, thank god!) so you don’t need to stock up on too much stuff before you go. Grab your fresh bread and milk from there and enjoy breakfast overlooking the mountains and lake.
To book visit The Quiet Site. Price for 2 nights in a Hobbit Hole is £160 for up to 2 adults and 4 children (and dogs) based on a 2 night stay in April.